Saturday, February 26, 2011

What you are waiting for (is already here)

Charles River Peninsula, Needham, MA
It is already spring, so far as the birds are concerned. I brought my Edirol out with me this morning and was glad I had. The morning soundscape now includes blue jays, juncos, mourning doves, chickadees, titmice, cardinals, carolina wrens, and (you can hear for yourself) blackbirds, who have started to establish territories.

Other signs of spring: chipmunks! And what is that I hear? Could it be an Eastern Bluebird? (He over-wintered but now he's singing!)
As I was standing recording the bluebird a mink came leaping through the brush.

I am also a sucker for resonant downy woodpecker drumming. This one also has a female bluebird calling in the background.

And now, for your viewing and listening pleasure, a singing song sparrow. He starts out at whisper-level but soon increases the volume. (There is a bit of wind noise, unfortunately). I've tagged a singing cardinal at the end.

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