Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Birds are returning!!

It's just February 3. Yesterday was only the midpoint of winter. And yet I am very happy to announce that I already see birds beginning to return!! It's true! Amazing, isn't it?

Yesterday I heard the sound of cawing in the back yard. Crows are noisy, annoying critters, but they are the very first birds to return from their winter vacations, and therefore I sort of celebrate when I first see them. When that harsh, familiar voice caught my attention, I looked out the window - and sure enough, there was that raucous black bird sitting up in a tree. Wow! I was pretty excited! Birds were returning! I announced this great news to everyone in the house, but they didn't get as excited as I did. Huh. Go figure.

Today was even better... Bluebirds!! Eastern bluebirds are so pretty, with their bright blue backs that shine when the sun hits them just right, and their bright red bellies. Cute little birds. They come back early, too, and bring a certain joy with them. And there they were, playing together in my yard, practically wallowing in happiness, right outside the dining room slider! I wanted to get a picture, but they were gone by the time I got my camera. Still, it is pretty great that the bluebirds are back!

I'm kind of stoked! The birds are starting to come back! Pretty great, don't you think? I just had to tell you.

Today I am appreciating:

52. The first birds to return from their winter travels, whoever they are, harbingers of warmer things to come

53. Bluebirds, little bearers of happiness, bright and cheery, bright blue on top, bright red on the bottom

54. chocolate cookies, crunchy on the edges, chewy in the middle, with seeds mixed all through

55. Drumming with friends

56. Laughing with friends!

57. Winters with plenty of snow to cover the brownness underneath

58. the fact that February has only 28 days

59. Groundhog's day... who ever thought of a holiday for this underground-dwelling mammal?! That's funny!


  1. When we lived in Florida my back and front yard would be just covered in Robins to many to count. When I would try they would switch places and of course they would look alike so I never could figure out if that one was already counted so I just gave up. Any ways I always thought of everyone in Michigan. The Daffodils are blooming here in AZ. so Spring is on its way.

  2. Yes, the birds. I heard some today at our public library as Deb was going in to get something. Though in this case they were sparrows hidden in a bush right next to the car.

    But we get some special birds coming in the winter. But great to hear of the arrival of birds for the Spring. Bluebirds. Nice to hear of their coming.


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