Signs of Spring

Blackbird in the snow

Less than two weeks ago the ground was covered with snow.  Birds huddled out of view. Now the weather is mild and the air is filled with  bird song again. They are not in full voice yet but the chorus is increasing day by day. There are pairs of blackbirds, robins, blue tits, goldfinches and sparrows in the garden from dawn to dusk.

Blackbird in birdbath

The blackbirds above are permanent residents in this corner of the garden, just outside our French windows. They  like the cover of the bushes.

It is a delight to watch red kites as they fly over the roof tops.

Red Kite

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We often see just one hunting. Now up to four fly over.  Male and female circle each other for a while. Then they dive across the sky straight at each other to touch talons in a risky and spectacular courtship dance. Usually their courtship begins in March so I hope there will be more displays.

Crows are busy too. Recently I watched a pair of  crows stuffing twigs down a nearby chimney.

Starlings are nesting in the eaves next door.

I love the way seasons change, the way winter lingers here and there as it gradually releases its grip and slides into spring.

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4 Comments on “Signs of Spring”

  1. Thomas Davis Says:

    I am so excited to see this post. Nick Moore, one of my favorite poets, wrote a poem that included red kites and posted it recently at gonecyclingagain. Now a picture of a red kite interspersed with other photos and prose that might as well be a poem it is so wonderful. Thank you. Ethel and I were wondering and wondering what a red kite is like.

  2. twilark Says:

    Red kites were on the brink of extinction here. They have been successfully reintroduced in recent years and are beautiful to watch. We are lucky to live near open fields and they fly over at roof top level daily.

  3. gonecycling Says:

    Hi there! Thomas (above) was kind enough to direct me to your blog – how lucky you are to have red kites as neighbours. They’re slowly – oh so slowly – finding their way back to my part of the world in Sussex, but at my mother-in-law’s house in Ceredigion, west Wales, we see them 20 or 30 at a time: magnificent. Love your blog, by the way! N.

    • twilark Says:

      Thank you for visiting and for your comments. Yes, red kites are amazing. We had up to 8 or nine at a time for a while until the winter before last but some did not survive the long cold spell. Now we get about 3 or for here, many more over towards Didcot.


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