Coming home from work this afternoon, I parked in the backyard car pad, cut the engine, and stepped out into what sounded like an aviary. The air was filled with bird squealing, buzzing and chirping, but it took me a moment to see the flock of birds high up in the maple and horse chestnut trees. I immediately thought of red-winged blackbirds, but since I usually saw them in summer, perched singly on a cat tail or thistle, I wasn’t sure. After being relatively bird-less all winter, though, it was exhilarating to hear and see any birds, and I ran for my camera. In closeup, as you will see, most were clearly red-winged blackbirds, but it looked like some grackles were mixed in, as well. Twenty minutes later all the birds were gone. As usual, I found myself learning so much more about a bird when seen close up!
When the birds had left, the yard was very quiet, and we were back to the silence of winter. (But just for awhile, I hope.) Namaste. Fran