Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Spring!? (3)

Just a quick post to note that the first Osprey, also known in some parts of the world as a fish hawk, has been spotted in our area. These beautiful birds, almost wiped out by the pesticide DDT in the 1970s, return early each spring from South America to mate and nest.

Along with the Great Blue Heron, they are the symbolic bird of the Chesapeake Bay.

This return was just a little bit earlier than I had predicted.

In other signs of spring, the birds were singing up a storm around our house this morning, and several flocks of passerines were flying, in what looked to be migration, directly over our house, a bit too high up to identify. A few Tree Swallows have also been seen. (BirdCouple had their first-of-the-year Tree Swallows two weeks ago....

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