|American Robins, Charles River Peninsula, Needham, MA|
Two weeks ago, the Charles River was covered with ice; this morning it was covered with wood ducks (unpictured). One group featured one female and seven males--she flattened herself against the surface of the water (making what I always assumed was a distress call but which must be an all-purpose attention-getter) while the males jostled each other to get closer to her.
The bluebirds are already paired off and checking out house boxes. Meanwhile the house sparrows are claiming a few for themselves. The inklings of a bit of a struggle this spring...
And the blackbirds, mostly grackles with a smattering of red-winged blackbirds and cowbirds, were in the trees making an unholy racket. Which I love.