The return of the birds

Have you noticed?

The birds are back.

First we noticed some new birds around the feeder. They weren’t chickadees. I can’t tell you what they were because they flew away before the kids returned with the bird book.

Then we heard our friends the pileated woodpeckers. We know them. We have a few that like to hang around our woods in the spring and early summer; we assume for nesting. We haven’t seen them yet, but their tap-tap-tapping has been echoing around, livening things up. They are half the reason we leave so much deadwood standing. (The other half is that we are lazy.)

We’ve seen robins on more than one lawn, though not ours because ours is still snowy. Unfamiliar bird songs ring out above us.

And the other day, movement out the front window caught my eye. I called to my son and we watched a cedar waxwing perch on our porch rail for a moment, then he flew up into a spot on the porch roof where we have found nests in the past. Guess these guys are taking the rental this year.

Keep your eyes and ears open.

The birds are back.

Cherie Galyean

About Cherie Galyean

In a perfect world, Cherie Galyean would spend hours every day chasing her kids up hiking trails, pretending to garden, and baking things. Instead, she works full-time in the non-profit sector and fits those other things in-between loads of laundry in her free time. A Maine native with multiple hometowns, she currently lives on Mount Desert Island with her husband, seven-year-old daughter, five-year-old son, and the best shelter mutt in the world.