Saturday, May 5, 2012
Our Wood Thrushes Came Back!!!
Every year, Princess Lisa waits with crazy anticipation, and a little bit (OK, a lot) of worry, as the date approaches for "our" Wood Thrushes to return to the slope behind the Lovenest and serenade us with their flute-like song.
This year, it seemed like the wait took forever. But then, on April 24, Lisa heard them, seemingly far away in the woods.
They are here to stay and - we hope - breed, along with the Scarlet Tanagers, Ovenbirds and other new arrivals.
April 24 is not some random date. Thse guys are on a schedule. Here are the dates we've kept of their arrival each year:
2007: April 24.
2008 - April 23.
2009 - April 23.
2010 - April 29 (we had been away in Arizona, so this may not be their actual arrival date).
2011 - April 25.
2012 - April 24
Amazing, huh? And they don't have airline tickets from Costa Rica or which ever warm place they spend the winter.
P.S. - Thanks to the Avian Ecology program at the University of Missouri-Columbia (my alma mater) for the photo above.