There’s such a joy in me.

It’s spring! 

and the Birds, well, they make my heart warble. 




Some of them toughed it out in my backyard all winter.

no small feat.



Image 6photo credit © F. Conrad Giarnese

Image 4

photo credit © F. Conrad Giarnese

others just flew in.

Welcome back, showstoppers,

with your flippant jest,

idle chatter,

squawking disagreement.



Image 5photo credit © F. Conrad Giarnese

Image 2

 photo credit © F. Conrad Giarnese


Whether birding is your hobby or full-fledged obsession, there’s nothing like spring migration. It’s an endorphin blizzard, a spectacular global phenomenon that bewitches anyone freshly released from the cold clutch of winter. Even Aristotle mentions witnessing bird migration in his writings.


Researchers at Cornell University’s ornithology lab use meteorological data, radar data, crowd-sourced eBird data and acoustic data from the flight calls of migrating birds to predict where birds are going and when they’ll be there.  They rule the prediction roost.


Cornell posted species on the move this week (and there are a lot!).  Look and listen, the whole orchestra is tuning up~

Magnolia Warbler, American Redstart, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Blackpoll Warbler, Veery, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Scarlet Tanag er, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Bay-breasted Warbler, Least Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Common Yellowthroat, Indigo Bunting, Swainson’s Thrush, Blackburnian Warbler, Canada Warbler, Bobolink, Red-eyed Vireo, Gray Catbird, Great Crested Flycatcher, Tennessee Warbler, Ovenbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Least Sandpiper, Golden-winged Warbler, Wood Thrush, Acadian Flycatcher, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Semipalmated Plover, Warbling Vireo, Common Tern, Black-throated Green Warbler, Common Nighthawk, Philadelphia Vireo, Northern Parula, Black-billed Cuckoo, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Black Tern, and White-crowned Sparrow. Departing species will include Dark-eyed Junco, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Bufflehead, Hermit Thrush, White-throated Sparrow, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Rusty Blackbird, Wilson’s Snipe, Northern Shoveler, and Ring-necked Duck.

Even the NYT has their binocs out. See photos and listen to the some of the birds headed our way here.



Did you know that May 10th is World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)? It began in 2006 and is now an annual awareness-raising campaign focused on protecting migratory birds and their habitats. On the second weekend each May, people around the world take part in bird festivals, education programs and birdwatching excursions. This year’s theme is Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism. 


So, let’s give collective thanks for that ingot of greatness, the Cornell Ornithology lab. And while we’re at it, how about a big thunderclap for World Migratory Bird Day. Not familiar with Thunderclap?  Click here. It really is something to tweet about. Together.



Are you a bird watcher?

What are you seeing at your feeders?

Care to share your favorite bird blogs and websites?

“Make a little birdhouse in your soul.”
― Linnell Flansburgh

Toni 5/8/14


6 thoughts on “GO AHEAD, MAKE MY DAY

  1. I am a birdwatcher and find more pleasure every day in learning new birds. Although I mostly just like to watch…
    Where I live, spring is late in coming, but the osprey returned, the herons and loons are active, and the warblers! I never actually have my binos with me of course, but I do not mind if I cannot name them.
    My favorite birder and nature commentator is Bryan Pfeiffer @


    1. Catherine,
      THX for sharing Bryan’s site. It’s GR8! When I collect a few more, I may do a roundup post and share the joy.
      I’m just like you, I rarely have binocs when I’m out but I sometimes use an iPhone app.
      It’s the music that captures me, it’s like concert hall out there.


  2. I wallowed in this one. Great info and those pictures by Frank, wow. This piece served to lighten my spirits dampened by the mother bear and her twin one-year olds who rampaged my feeders the other day, and left their poop as a calling card!! But, the birds are still here, nesting in the thick shrubs(Chipping sparrow and/or Song Sparrow), the front pine trees(Chickadee and Robin), the bluebird box (House Wren), small trees and briar patch (Titmouse) and/or lurking in the hedgerow between my sort of yard and the deeper woods (Woodpecker–Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied, Sapsucker, the occasional Pileated; White-breasted Nuthatch, Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Veery, Hermit Thrush, Hummers) and always threatening or protecting, the Red-shouldered Hawk family, Speedy Sharp Shin and their naggers, the Crows gang.) I realize that the feeders are for ME though. It’s me who wants to see the colors and shapes, the funny antics, the tiny dramas. At least right now the birds have lots of other food sources. That said, I’ll have to rummage around for alternative bird feeders–old plant pots, bath tubs, trays, and try to straighten some of the bent hangers. I’ll attach a picture.
    Thanks for the good cheer, Toni.


    1. Oh, Patty, those frisky kids are learning from the best. Thanks for the reminder ~ time to start taking in the feeders again at night.
      Most definitely, the feeders please me. Several, maybe three?, pairs of cardinals and grosbeaks…way more than usual.
      The lint form my dryer is gone as fast as I toss it out. Bird houses- no vacancy. Guess last summer was a thrill ride extraordinaire.:)


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