Tag Archives: blackbirds

March Red-wings

Right on schedule, the local Red-winged Blackbirds appeared on territory on the 11th of this month (it always amazes me how they figure out when to show up — I can’t remember what day of the week it is most … Continue reading

Posted in Field Sketches | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Shrike and Blackbirds

I’d been looking forward to the weekend, as I’d planned to spend most of it outdoors getting some watercolour studies done for an upcoming painting, as well as attend several lectures at the Quantum to Cosmos festival in Waterloo. Unfortunately … Continue reading

Posted in Field Sketches | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

The Rowdy of the Meadow

The song of the Bobolink is both strange and delightful, a percussive mix of clinks and warblings heard on warm summer days above unmowed fields. Even his latin name, Dolichonyx oryzivorus, sounds like a phrase from the bubbly babbling if … Continue reading

Posted in Field Sketches | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Grass Lake

I hear the note of a bobolink concealed in the top of an apple tree behind me. […] He is just touching the strings of his theorbo, his glassichord, his water organ, and one or two notes globe themselves and … Continue reading

Posted in Field Sketches | Tagged , | 1 Comment

First Wave

Regardless of what the calendar says, and never mind on which day the vernal equinox lies — as far as I’m concerned, the first day of spring is the day the first Red-winged Blackbird arrives to stake his claim over … Continue reading

Posted in Field Sketches | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Spring Birding

Crows and Jays from a blindingly sunny afternoon on the 11th. The first Red-winged Blackbirds showed up on this date (the exact date they arrived last year, too) but disappeared by noon and weren’t seen again until the following Monday. … Continue reading

Posted in Field Sketches | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Yellow-rumped Warblers, Rusty Blackbird

Image | Posted on by | Tagged , | Leave a comment