Return of the Red Wing
A black silhouette high in a tree,
Memories harken to summer.
Hush. No it couldn’t be!
While the snowflakes fall and cold winds blow.
It must be too soon,
Come closer-I must know.
A tell-tale sign, it’s easy to spy;
stretch of wing, flash of red
As he quickly flies by.
A harbinger indeed oh have you heard.
Shout for joy, spring is here
With the return of the Red-winged Blackbird.
© Donna Donabella 2012
Winter has not loosened it s grip yet, and it is snowing again with bone chilling cold. But as I wait for signs of spring, I am thinking of this wonderful bird.
I wrote this poem in early March of 2012 while waiting for signs of spring. It is said that the Red-winged Blackbird is the true harbinger of spring here not the American Robin. They frequently show up in mid to late February and stay high in the trees waiting for the snow to melt so they can stake out their territory for nesting.
I have learned to tell them just by their silhouette in the tree, but it is when I finally see the flash of their red wing that I know they are truly here and spring is right behind them. This bird has never failed in bringing spring with it….so I wait patiently for them to return here from their winter homes in the south.
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Special Note: The Red-winged Blackbirds pictured here are males that visit my garden in spring and summer for food and a bath in the pond. They nest in the “wild area” behind our meadow. These pictures were taken in 2014 and 2013.
I leave you with a few words about this wonderful harbinger of spring; the Red-winged Blackbird. I welcome you to download the photo and share it.
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