Saturday, April 23, 2011

Spring 34: April Showers...

6:35am-7:05am, Bussey Brook Meadow, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA
drizzly, cool, grey

I've been bummed out about the weather report for Acadia (continuous rain for the next foreseeable 10 days), and worried that my upcoming residency may be birdsong-less. But I have two reasons to be hopeful:

1) This morning, there were birds singing despite the drizzle. Phew! That was not the case in most of the rainy mornings of fall and winter that I experienced, but maybe springtime birds are more motivated to keep up the singing?

2) Adages come with the wisdom of generations, right? I'd like to gently remind Mother Nature of the observation that April showers bring May flowers. Please, please, please don't rain for all 11 days that I'm at Acadia! May is just around the corner (hint hint!)

Today's bird was little, flitty, light-chested, perhaps an errant chickadee, but he certainly had some new sounds. Listen for thin, super-high notes mixed with cheeps, followed by soft warbling:

Here he is again, with a few more birds in the background:


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