The first day of spring has arrived and while the temperatures, wind and sky today deny the fact, and there is nothing vernal to be seen, the words of Hal Borland are true. The axis has changed and the further north you move, the faster the days will lengthen. It is reckoning time for those long, dark winter afternoons and evenings. One benefit of blogging is ability to review the past record of seasons and events. This winter has been interminable but looking back on last year, it is recorded that we had snow cover and cold temperatures in March as well.
And spring did come.
Yesterday we watched the male Northern Cardinals on the very uppermost branches of the bare trees singing and flashing their bright colours in territorial display. Crests up and tails spread, they competed for space and female attention. A pair of Coopers Hawks were watching nearby from the underside of a tall pine tree as the vulnerable songbirds performed. But the spring songs had to be sung despite the danger of being in the open.
What is your spring song?