My heart skips a beat when I hear the sweet melody of the Cardinal’s morning song.
I was out looking for songbirds on Saturday morning. The temperature warmed up in the middle of last week. It reached into the 60s on Friday. It was in the low 40s at sunrise on Saturday. I stopped by the tree grove on the west side of the park first. A few birds flew in, but they didn’t stay for long. A dark-eyed junco watched the sunrise from his hiding place in the branches of a tree.
I went to the east side of the park where the old cottonwood tree stands. My spirits rose when I heard a cardinal singing. I walked in the direction of the sound. An American tree sparrow noticed me as I passed by. I wished him safe travels on his journey north. The American tree sparrows spend their summer in the arctic. They will be leaving soon.
I found the cardinal perched on the very top of an evergreen tree. There is a line of evergreen trees and bushes near the old cottonwood tree. House sparrows were flying between the trees and calling from the branches. One stopped right in front of me. They were joined by the American tree sparrows. I watched the cardinal until he flew away.
A downy woodpecker landed on a small tree nearby and demonstrated his expertise at drilling into the bark. He worked his way up the tree until he reached the top. Then, he flew to the old cottonwood tree.
The temperature has cooled down again. There is still excitement in the air, though, from the few days of warmth.
An audio file of a Northern Cardinal singing, February 20, 2016. The sounds of House Sparrows, American Tree Sparrows, Starlings, and Canadian Geese can be heard in the background.
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