Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thankful Thursday -- Bird Songs


I'm thankful for the birds.

The bird songs are back and doesn't it sound wonderful? I always forget how noisy they are after suffering through a long silent winter. So far we have spotted many yellow finches (not quite yellow yet), cardinals, nuthatch, chickadees, sparrows (of course) mourning doves, and starlings. The feeders are full and the squirrels are greedily eating their share and the birds' share also. The oranges are out in anticipation of the first sighting of the orioles. I love all of the activity.

In Michigan, we eagerly await the first call of the robin; word spreads quickly when one is sighted. Our biggest fear is that they return too early, which they do some years, and then are unable to find the worms they need because the ground is still frozen. Some years, they try to warm themselves by landing on the pavement after cars have gone by with hot tires. I love how we all get so protective. Radio talk shows will have robin reports, callers call in to give their advice and tell how we can help them by putting out worms, insects, and fruit.

I'm thankful that I live in an area where I can view nature and appreciate it.

For more Thankful Thursday posts, click here or on the sidebar button.

Don't forget to visit An Herbal Bedfellow for healthy recipes made with herbs, and also my newest blog:
Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.

12 comments:

RainGardener said...

What a good thing to be thankful for. Not many have showed up yet and I miss their singing. Especially my little chocolate guy (haven't quite figured out what he is yet). He bathes and sings and flutters and sings and . . .

Gail said...

Oops I lost my first comment! I do love the sound of all the birds in early spring...they seem so happy to be up and about! It's a joy to be in the garden listening to them. gail

RainGardener said...

I was busy commenting on birds singing and forgot to tell you how beautiful your garden in your header is. Just what I want but don't know quite how to go about it.
I tried to leave a link with my 'lil chocolate guy fluttering and singing on one of my posts but guess I don't know how to do it. (Critters . . . That Let Us Share The Yard) It kept posting on my site. So I guess I'm thankful I got it deleted really quick! ;-)

Blondie's Journal said...

Jane Marie,

One of the reasons I love living in the midwest so much is the pretty robins!

xoxo
Jane

Rose said...

It's not spring here yet with the cold temperatures we've been having--much the same as you, I suppose. But the welcome sound of the birds in the morning and the sighting of all the robins certainly is a hopeful sign! I'm glad I turned up the volume on my monitor so I could hear your birdsong. Certainly something to be thankful for, Jane Marie!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Jane Marie, I love robins, too, and I love the fact that all of you in Michigan look out for them. That is SO sweet! I love that you have Robin Patrol.

XO,

Sheila :-)

keewee said...

I just love the sounds of the bird chorus in the mornings.

Mildred said...

I have been awakening to the chatter of birds too. What a joyful sound.

My Mother's Garden said...

Hi Jane Marie~
I have to agree with you about the delightful sound of hearing the birds chirp about....I call it a bird symphony.

Spring is almost here :)

Karrita

Sue said...

I've been hearing the birds, too, but not seeing them often when I look for them.

Happy almost spring!

Femin Susan said...

the birds songs are very sweet......

garden girl said...

Life goes on in spite of the economic turmoil we find ourselves in! Being thankful for the simple gifts of nature is good for the soul! Thank you Jane Marie!