In sorting thru images I came upon a picture of a Baltimore Oriole that visited with us last spring, in early May. I was quite taken with this beautiful visitor from the southern lands. I am an avid watcher of the birds around our farm. Now, in late February, we mostly have chickadees and the woodpeckers, but soon others will start to arrive. I have heard that robins are around.
And here is a picture from some other visitors soon to return.
I am looking forward to all the birds as they return to our part of this amazing world of diversity and beauty. Another one of my favorites is the hummingbirds that start buzzing around when the flowers appear.
Amazing flyers, especially when two males are squabbling over territorial boundaries.
I am very sobered by reading the article about the loss of habitat and the changing climate conditions that are threatening these amazing fellow species. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120216094724.htm
“Birds are perfect canaries in the coal mine — it’s hard to avoid that metaphor — for showing the effects of global change on the world’s ecosystems and the people who depend on those ecosystems”.