Saturday, April 2, 2011

Spring 13: Every Cloud

6:20am-6:40am, Bussey Brook Meadow, Jamaica Plain, MA
crisp, windy, various clouds emerging on a clear sky

I love the first day of blue skies after bad weather.

This morning felt like a reward after yesterday's muck: fresh, clear, and happy to be alive. Could this be the silver lining to every relapse into winter- that we always return to our progress towards spring?

The marsh is back to mostly liquid, and the path is cleared of snow.

Today's bird, a Red-winged Blackbird, is familiar, but I liked catching him so clearly in the pre-dawn moments, without the usual din of 15 other blackbirds:

A moment later, a nice trio emerged (song sparrow's elaborate call, a scolding robin, and the previously quoted blackbird). I love the variation in how their calls interlock, as each bird keeps its own pacing. The blackbird was behind me (away from mics) so it's hard to hear in the mix.


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