Birds That Sing in the Spring Tra La

  • Post published:02/26/2014
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Birds on snow – snacking

Here are the birds that sing in the spring. Robins are joining the blue jays – and other birds that I can only identify as Big Birds and Little Birds. Sunday the temperature reached a high of 46 degrees, and gentle breezes are wafting across the hill.

Birds and Staghorn sumac

Birds have been flying in and out  of  the staghorn sumac grove across the lawn. The snow is still deep in  spite of warmer temperatures these last few days. Birds are finding meals pretty hard to find. In fact, Tom over at the Mon@rchs Nature Blog says that robins and other birds  will only eat the sumac fruits if there is really nothing else to eat. I knew that crushed dried sumac fruit was edible because I once bought some at a very complete spice shop in Cambridge, Mass.  I never did do anything  with that packet  of sumac; unfortunately I hadn’t yet acquired middle eastern cookbooks like those written by the fabulous chef Yotam Ottolenghi

My husband said he was listening to birdsong the other day and thought it sounded, and felt, like spring. I watch these birds and and hear a snatch of song. Spring is coming, so these must be the birds that sing in the spring.  With a small apology to Gilbert and Sullivan.


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  1. Lisa at Greenbow

    Spring is trying to come forth. The birds can feel it.

  2. Flaneur

    Since we seem to be on something of a Mikado streak here, the wonderful, woebegone song from the Mikado has to be:

    On a tree by a river a little tom-tit
    Sang “Willow, titwillow, titwillow”
    And I said to him, “Dicky-bird, why do you sit
    Singing ‘Willow, titwillow, titwillow'”
    “Is it weakness of intellect, birdie?” I cried
    “Or a rather tough worm in your little inside”
    With a shake of his poor little head, he replied
    “Oh, willow, titwillow, titwillow!”

  3. Pat

    Lisa – I can feel it too.
    Flaneur – Oh if only we could have a G&S festival around the piano!

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