|Tired Tree Swallow?|
As I walked to the lower gardens I could hear a lot of song! I was greeted immediately by a cardinal on a tree, his breast glowing a blazing red-orange as the sun shone directly on him and he sang his purdy, purdy, purdy song. The song sparrows were perched in various locations singing as well. In the crab apple tree center stage, I heard a funny song. At first I thought it was some time of blackbird, but it turned out to be a pair of cowbirds! For some reason I was surprised to see them so early, but when I ran into Mary Lou and Jonathan a little later, I found out they have been seen already. A mourning dove was perched in a tree near the golf course side and juncos were chasing each other all over. They seemed very playful and excited like when they first arrive in the fall. I think they must be getting ready to leave soon… Geese still flying back and forth over the park. They are so very active.
|That sun feels good!|
Down by the soccer field we saw four nuthatches flitting around together. Two couples? A goldfinch called from a nearby tree. The pond is no longer frozen and 4-5 mallards were at the far end. There were at least three males, a female and a black duck. It looked like the same grouping I had seen on the river a few weeks ago. The males were in their bright, breeding plumage with their beautiful iridescent green heads.
Sadly, we have been informed that the City feels the mulberry tree in the upper gardens that the birds love so much is beyond it's life and must come down. New trees will be planted around the park this spring which is very exciting and we're hoping that mulberry can be replaced with another mulberry. However, in the event that they can't find one, Duane Hillis (President of Friends of Nahanton Park) and park neighbor has encouraged us to go up there and take a cutting. Apparently they are quite easy to start. Check out this video.