Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spring Migration in Minnesota


An afternoon trip to the mailbox brought a most wonderful surprise.  As soon as the door opened, I heard the distinctive trilling.  My heart leapt with joy at the return of a dear friend: the Red-winged Blackbird.  In the summer,  he lives in the cattails over on the South Pond, but spends most of his day here snacking, or singing--perched high in his favorite red oak tree.   The friendly and talkative Red-winged Blackbird  is a sure sign of seasonal change, but I cannot recall another spring when his arrival has  preceded the Eastern Phoebes—usually the harbingers of warm weather to Bon Bon Pond.  

Listen to the call of the Red-winged Blackbird:

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