April 27, 2013

A startlingly beautiful Black-headed Grosbeak comes to the feeder at El Potrero this morning, and now an ear must be kept out for their equally beautiful notes at Mason’s. In a more usual spring these will have appeared a full month earlier than this and again one thinks to one’s self, “what gives?”

A single Marsh Wren, which a little bird told me would be the last. It is 90 degrees today, and those wintry Savannah Sparrows have gone back to sulking and racing mouse-like through the tall green grasses; this, too, will be the last of these snowbirds-defined before they leave for the Mogollon Rim or go on up even to the Arctic.