The Search for Signs of Spring

It’s beginning! Despite the snow still covering the ground, I see signs of spring: the Northern Cardinals have returned to the Winterberry Bush, so I know they’ll build their nest there once again this year; the daffodils and crocuses have both sent shoots up; and the trees will soon bud.

Soon, I’ll begin my favorite activity of finding the nests and beautiful eggs of sparrows, robins, cardinals, mourning doves, and any new kind of bird. Maybe this year, I’ll find the Northern Flicker nest. Maybe I’ll find the Acadian Flycatcher, the Eastern Phoebe, or the Blue-headed Vireo. I’ll also look for the Tufted Titmouse, the Golden Crowned Kinglet, or the Wood Thrush. Of course, I’ll seek the Yellow Warbler.

I’ve recently connected with new friends who love birding in Centre County, and all of the above birds represent confirmed species that nest right here in my town.

I love learning new things as I search for more nests and eggs.

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