Feel it in the air

As I sit here writing this in Houston, at the end of March, you can definitely feel spring in the air. While the weather hasn’t quite accepted the fact that spring is here, the birds definitely have and you only need to step outside  to see the evidence; bright yellow goldfinches, purple martins, barn swallows and chimney swifts cavorting about through the air, warblers arriving to brighten the treetops, mockingbirds singing as loud as they possibly can.

My springs in Calgary were a much more anticipated time than they are down here and I was always on the lookout for some of the feathered harbingers of the change of season, eagerly waiting. Here are some of the birds I really felt it meant spring.

Both this species and the Red-winged Blackbird added some color and song to the marshes, with their loud songs, they really did herald spring.

Both this species and the Red-winged Blackbird added some color and song to the marshes, with their loud songs, they really did herald spring.

You knew it was spring when the hummingbirds arrived because thy really would have a tough time in colder temperatures.

You knew it was spring when the hummingbirds arrived because thy really would have a tough time in colder temperatures.

And whenever I saw and heard swans flying majestically overhead, brilliant white plumage against clear blue sky I definitely flet like it was spring.

Swan

So while the swallows are still down here south, as are the hummingbirds and warblers, be on the lookout for your own harbingers of spring, you’re sure to see plenty in the days ahead!

About Matthew Sim

A 15 year-old birder and nature photographer, Matthew got caught up in birding in 2009 at the age of 11, buying a digital camera and zoom lens soon after with everything just spiraling downhill from there. He soon got involved with the birding community at home in Calgary, Alberta and expanded his knowledge from there. In the fall of 2011, he moved back to his native Texas for high school and was in due course amazed at the different levels of bird diversity between there and Alberta. Matthew is interested in all aspects of the natural world and is always eager to learn more.

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