The birds have sprouted.

Posted: March 29, 2016 in Musings, Nature
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Spring has arrived and so have the birds.  The park is full of them and the first one that caught my eye and ear was a small bird, the avian equivalent of a peasant child in Les Miz, dressed in tattered grey but with the voice of an angel.  He was singing his heart out as you can see.

© janet m. webb 2016

Other than geese, the red-winged blackbirds are the most numerous.  They’re loud and not particularly afraid.  Some trees appear to be bird trees, with a good crop in full bloom and voice.  Last year, there must have been a nest close to the path and one of the parent birds would dive bomb me as I walked.  I talked to several other who also had fly-by’s, which were more than a little disconcerting.

© janet m. webb 2016

But what gladdened my heart the most was spotting the first heron as I approached the dam.  As soon as I stopped, it kept its eye on me.  I alternately stood still and slowly moved down toward it, trying to get a slightly better iPhone photo. Eventually, it flew a bit further down the river and I continued my walk, satisfied that spring is truly here.

© janet m. webb 2016


  1. Simply gorgeous, Janet. Nice to see these sights again. And you captured them marvelously.

    • They’re not great photos, Lucile, because I only had the phone camera and it doesn’t zoom well, so I supplemented with word pictures. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it and I hope you had a happy Easter.


  2. Dan Antion says:

    Sure signs of spring 🙂

  3. IfeomaO says:

    Spring doesn’t exist where I am, enjoy it 🙂

  4. Hey Cuz. I have decided to call your ‘peasant child’ bird – Colm. And why Colum? you may well ask. Well on account of the fact that the 1st Jean Valjean was an Irishman called Colm Wilkinson, considered by many to be the greatest who played that part. Not surprising, says you! Colm’s performance at the 10th-anniversary concert is one of MBs favs on Youtube. Here’s to all peasant children of the world & to incredible Irishmen –

  5. Beautiful silhouettes. They’re so elegant, and somehow mysterious in that light.

  6. How lovely, Janet, and good cause to rejoice. 🙂

  7. Suzanne says:

    The sight of a heron always fillsme with joy. I really like your photo of theone you saw.

  8. nowathome says:

    I am sure that even the birds are looking forward to summer!

  9. pattisj says:

    That one is singing its little heart out! I love finding herons and egrets.

    • He was making a noise disproportionate to his size, that’s for sure. I, too, love seeing herons and egrets and can’t wait until more of them arrive.


  10. I haven’t posted it on my blog, but I had a good sight on a Great Blue Heron recently. It isn’t rare out here in SoCal, but not a common sight so close to residental areas such as where I was. She was standing on the side of this narrow canyon I was at. A few people walked by on my side but never noticed this gorgeous creature. Or they noticed me taking photos but didn’t make anything out of it I guess because she was far away. To me it seemed like this heron was doing sort of people watching. LOL