A sign of Spring

Birds of Spring

The Canadian Goose

The pussy willows come out. We start searching the tree tops for signs of Spring.
The first sign is the the return of the male redwing blackbird, followed by geese, swans ducks and bluebirds.
Watching for the return of the birds: The first is the redwing blackbird. For more information click on this picture.
The robin is one of the last birds of it's type to return. Flocks return about a week before the female redwings look over their prospects for a mate.
The swamp still has traces of snow, and theres a robin!
Traces of snow still linger in the swamps.
Spring is here with the return of the Canadian Geese.
The Canadian Geese return in search of open water.
For more about Geese click on this picture.

Photographs by Cynthia Willerth ©2001


For more information about birds their songs, identification, and habitats

Audubon's Multimedia Birds     of America has a replica of the complete John James Audubon's Birds of America (1840-1844), which includes the full text, color plates, figures and bird calls for many of the illustrated species.

Birding 123     All About Birds by Cornell Labs: Info on how to identify birds using a silhouette, bird's posture, size, flight pattern, and the kind of habitat in which the bird was seen.

The Nutty Birdwatcher     Information resource on Eastern US Birds

North American Bird Sounds     A big help in identifying that hidden bird or deciding what you did see during migration.

What Bird.Com     North American bird identification, songs, pictures, silhouettes, and habitats.

USGS     Patuxent--Tools for Learning About Birds: Common bird songs, and photos.

Birding Freeware

J-Bird     A free open source data base to keep track of the birds you see.


Birding Notes

Writing Field Notes     online guide on how to write convincing details of what you see..


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