It Must be Spring
I caught these two love birds sitting right outside our window. It was evening, so the photo is not the best quality. I didn’t want to disturb them with a flash. These are called Mourning Dove because of their mournful coo-cooing sound. We started hearing them on March 1st this year.
The Sound of Bird Song
I know it’s not quite Spring, according to the calendar, but we know when it is just around the corner. The air is filled with bird song from early morning until evening this time of year. We have numerous kinds of birds that make our farm their home for at least part of the year. They become more active when mating season arrives, of course.
One of my favorites is the Great Egret. These magnificent birds usually stay throughout the summer and fall because they feed on the crayfish and frogs in the irrigation ditch at the back of our property. Sometimes they even stroll through the trees in front of the house.
Last year we had a very windy March. I caught this pair resting in a field all puffed up to keep warm.
The egrets are not too wary of people on our farm. I guess they put up with us because they find plenty to eat on our organic farm. Finally, for the real birders out there here’s a video I made of another bird that visits us frequently. Enjoy!