Spring came and then abruptly left, or so it seemed. Last weekend the temperatures dropped into the high teens and on Saturday we had snow flurries all morning. Thinking it might be our last snowfall of the season, I braved the cold and attempted to get some footage of birds at a nearby natural area (Cornell Plantations Arboretum).
As you can see from the above video, I was quite successful. Although bird activity was muted, Red-winged Blackbirds and Mourning Doves were singing, and I found an Eastern Phoebe flying from perch to perch in search of insects (although it appeared that none were to be found). A Canada Goose seemed quite happy in the flurry, preening itself and swimming around as if all was well.
My favorite clip is the last one, featuring an American Robin perched on a limb with it’s belly feathers ruffled out. It looks like a male and he appears warm and cozy, unfazed by the snowflakes landing on his head and back … a picture of contentment and show of faith in an unpredictable world.
Although we got another flurry of snow yesterday morning, the weather forecast predicts a warming trend. It is quite possible that we won’t see any more snowfall until next autumn, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Winter may or may not have voiced its last gasp, but we can all be sure that spring will soon explode in full glory, and that the greening of the trees is merely a blink away.
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I’m so glad I discovered your website, although I can’t remember exactly how I came across it. It’s wonderful that you share your experiences in nature so that we can enjoy them too. And, by the way, your video footage and audio recordings are extremely good. Thank you.
Really, really nice. Especially the last shot of the robin against the blacks, whites and grays.
yep … the last one is my favorite by far.
Beautiful, made me miss winter
I’m one of those snowbirds that leave winter for the sun and warmth. I was watching the weather channel and it looks like spring will return in your area. Thanks for the memories Lang. Your video, nicely done, as always. Enjoyed.
Thank you so much for this most beautiful video!
Beautiful! We have around 25 centigrades here (around 80 F), aesculus hippocastanum is the last of the trees around that’s still blooming, and all birds are mating like crazy. No, wasn’t my intention to tease you… 😀
well … what a tease!
Just amazing. Beautiful. Thanks.
Winter has been a bully lately. Each time spring shows her sweet face he pops her one. The birds know that winter is bound to surrender, and seem determined to stick with their annual plans. Thank goodness!
Yes … thank goodness!
Your videos are very calming, Lang. It’s fun to see the birds singing. Love the vibrant, puffed up Robin! Is that how they stay warm? Thank you.
Donne: I noticed the calming effect of the snow scenes, and how that crept into my written account. Now I want to get more snow scenes, but I fear that I won’t get another chance until next year (having said that, I fully expect a foot of snow to drop when I least expect it).
What a beautiful video, a very special treat!
Thanks Michele! Just a few snippets, but they did capture the mood.
I have had red wing blackbirds, mourning doves, and lots of goldfinches at my feeders as I feed the thistle seed and sunflower seed. This past weekend was bad here in north central WV, but the birds are back today building nests. I have a pair of brown thrushes building a nest in my pine tree behind my house.
Brown Thrushes? You mean Wood Thrushes, or maybe Brown Thrashers? I expect the thrashers to arrive here (in upstate NY) within a week or so. I look forward to their return because they are so vocal during the early stages of their breeding. No Wood Thrushes yet here, but Hermit Thrushes are moving through.
You are right. They are Brown Thrashers. I looked them up in my bird book.
I thought so. And this morning they have arrived here. Later today, I’m going to publish a new blog post featuring a recording of my first Brown Thrasher of the year.
I’m new to your site, and I’m sure it’s here somewhere, but where are you located? Your nature videos are most beautiful and educational! I’m so glad you are there, doing what you do! Lovely!
Tracy: I’m located in upstate New York, the Ithaca area to be exact. Glad you like my work!
The ornitomusic with Lang,congratulations
you’re welcome Senén!
Enjoyed this, I have seen the pair of Eastern Phoebes around our place already this year. I also have a trail camera set up over a ruffed grouse drumming log, and captured a twenty second video of him drumming during the snow storm the other day.
Ron, are you going to post that video somewhere? I plan to drum up a ruffed grouse later this week. I have very nice video already, but I’d like to get more.
i love the sound of red-winged black birds, so liquid. and i think that robin was thinking “to heck with this, i ain’t singin’ about THIS weather”.
There was indeed a noticeable lack of robin-song during the flurries, although the robins seemed to be doing fine (given how early they arrive here, I assume they are quite used to such changes in the weather).