Sunday, April 6, 2008

This Just In

Sunday, April 6, 2008
Blue-gray gnatcatcher. Photo by Julie Zickefoose.

When I woke up this morning and saw the sun (that unfamiliar bright yellow light in the sky) shining and the maple trees in flower, I knew it might be the day they arrived.

And sure enough it was today.

Just about the time I was throwing the hotdogs on the grill, and shellacking the kids at a game of P-I-G on the basketball court, I heard the telltale high-pitched, buzzy lisp of our latest spring returnee.

The blue-gray gnatcatchers got in today here in Southeastern Ohio. An undeniable sign of spring. Hallelujah!

I ran to the house for my binocs and when I came out I could hear the gnatcatcher's call, but at some distance. Where to look? .....DUH! Look in the trees that are flowering. That's where the gnats AND THUS the gnatcatchers will be. Ah! Look there! In the crown of that red maple. It's a male blue-gray and he's looking natty!

Happy spring to you, my fellow bird watchers! May a gnatcatcher soon arrive to catch your gnats.


On April 7, 2008 at 1:30 AM Trixie said...

Please send ALL signs of spring this way. I just got a foot of snow. No, not an exaggeration, either.

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On April 7, 2008 at 6:17 AM KatDoc said...

My Sunday birds of spring were a pair of Tree Swallows returning to my yard, three Purple Martins, and a singing Chipping Sparrow along the nature trail in town. Huzzah!


On April 7, 2008 at 6:25 AM Jayne said...

Sweet!!!! So glad to see his return on Indigo Hill. :c) I had my first Hummer at the feeder yesterday. Spring has sprung indeed.

On April 7, 2008 at 7:58 AM Eve said...

Sadly I have never seen a blue-gray gnatcatcher Bill. I am just north of their range but one never knows when a stray will pop up! I am lucky enough to have clay-colored sparrows on my property for the last 7 years and can't wait to hear their "buzz buzz buzz" in about 1 month!!
The weather here has just begun to warm up to the 50's WOOOHOOOO!!

On April 7, 2008 at 9:35 AM Patrick Belardo said...

I saw my first on Sat.!

On April 7, 2008 at 10:35 AM littleorangeguy said...

Best Monday morning at work, ever: a flock of golden crowned kinglets flitting around the pine trees in the back lot; one them executes a perfect --and close!-- fly-by right outside my window. It really is spring!

On April 7, 2008 at 8:47 PM Anonymous said...

Update from NC - We've had black-throated green warblers calling since Apr 4, and heard/saw the first black-and-white today. Four of the rough-winged swallows from the ill-fated, mite-infested nestbox on our house did a fly-by this evening. They have returned every year since we took the box down to see if the place they were raised is available.
See you soon in WV,