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Poetry Sunday-Return of the Red Wing


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.




I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

redwing collage 2

I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  



If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 



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.

spring redbird

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. March 1, 2015    

    How lovely to see those birds with red color, heralding the coming of spring ~ Sadly spring always come late here ~

    Happy weekend ~

    • March 2, 2015    

      Seems like spring will be late here too Grace! Have a wonderful week!

  2. March 1, 2015    

    This is a real song of joy and awakening – spring has definitely sprung there!

    • March 2, 2015    

      Thanks Jae Rose. So happy you enjoyed the poem!

  3. March 1, 2015    

    They are gorgeous birds! I can’t wait to see them in my backyard as well:)

  4. March 1, 2015    

    So true – when certain birds return one knows spring / summer is on the way. I will be so happy when I see my first robin here, but I fear it will be yet a while. Love your photos of red-winged blackbirds.

    If you would like to have a series of your photos featured on PU sometime, drop me a note. Smiles.

    • March 2, 2015    

      The birds do bring such joy and teach us so much don’t they Mary! Thank you for asking me to feature some photos on PU Mary. Let me think about it and I will get in touch!

  5. March 1, 2015    

    Yes… that is who I wait for every spring… i think he’s a month away though

    • March 2, 2015    

      Sadly Patti I think you are correct…they may be a month late this year.

  6. March 1, 2015    

    A harbinger of spring here would probably be the European blackbird.. Totally black with a bright yellow beak and a wonderful song. A thrush actually… I saw the yesterday for the first time.

    • March 2, 2015    

      How exciting that you saw a blackbird there already….our red wing does look very similar to your blackbird Bjorn.

  7. March 1, 2015    

    This is a very nice poem. I wish though, winter would subside a bit. More snow tonight and we have so much. I have been seeing birds of spring too and there is nowhere for them to get food. Maybe winter is saying her last goodbye…and your blackbird is ushering in warmer weather.

    • March 1, 2015    

      I agree Donna…more snow here too, but it seems we actually may have ‘some’ days in the 30s which is a shift. I think we had 2, 30 degree days last month. I also worry about the birds flying north and no food for them. Here’s to the warmer weather. You can be sure when the Red Wing shows we definitely will be shifting to spring.

  8. March 1, 2015    

    I too love the redwings. I love their song too. I hope they come your way soon. Enjoyed the poem, photos and details 🙂

    • March 2, 2015    

      Thanks so much Sara…I hope so too.

  9. March 1, 2015    

    ah the spring bird pouring joy…wonderfully captured in your lines and lens….

    • March 2, 2015    

      They do sing such a wonderful welcome song to spring. Happy you liked the poem.

  10. March 1, 2015    

    This is one of my favorite birds, yet I never gave thought to when they arrive. Now I’m going to be on the lookout for them! Lovely poem, too.

    • March 2, 2015    

      Let me know when you see yours and I will let you know when mine shows…glad you enjoyed the poem Deborah!

  11. March 1, 2015    

    Thanks for bringing the red-wing blackbird into focus. When I was ery young and lived next to a corn field, these were my deep summer birds. I never saw them in the early spring, but I’d like to. Thanks for your heart-felt comment on my poem!

    • March 2, 2015    

      You are so welcome Susan as your poem was so incredible….the red wing comes here to nest and raise its young in early spring…then they leave to go to those corn fields to be with you….

  12. March 1, 2015    

    Stunning photograph of the red-winged Blackbird surrounded by the beige twigs! You’ve captured something extraordinary. I love their song too. For me, it is the Robin, in the Thrush family, that most reminds me of spring. But I also love your Red-Winged Blackbird. Beautiful.

    • March 2, 2015    

      I love the robins too Susan…when I see them come back here to nest, it is quite an exciting time in the garden….hoping our spring comes soon.

  13. March 1, 2015    

    happy Spring Donna

    thanks for dropping in at my Sunday Lime today

    much love…

  14. March 1, 2015    

    Donna, your words and photos of this most beautiful bird, are quite timely, as much of the US and, indeed, parts of the Mediterranean, (my neck of the woods), are awaiting the upcoming season with much anticipation, for it has been a cold and rainy winter, uncharacteristic, anyway, for Crete, where snow covered olive groves, vineyards and orchards! Ah, to spot the signature hues of the red-winged blackbird, soaring in the skies, and know that the days will be bright and warm, once again.


    • March 2, 2015    

      Wow Poppy…snow and cold on Crete…indeed very odd….hoping we all see a shift to warmer days soon!

  15. March 1, 2015    

    colorful birds,
    beautiful mind.

    • March 2, 2015    

      How very kind of you to say so…thank you!

  16. March 1, 2015    

    Feathered enchantment. Whenever they arrive.
    On this side of the world there are (finally) some signs that Autumn is thinking of moving in. Yay. There are also some signs that the garden is as confused as I am. There are spring bulbs poking through. Before autumn. Before winter…

    • March 2, 2015    

      How very strange Soosie. Nature seems to be very confused indeed….hoping we both see a seasonal shift soon!

  17. March 1, 2015    

    How lovely, Donna!! Such a joy to see these beautiful creatures through your eyes 🙂

  18. March 1, 2015    

    I am ready to sing for joy too. I love it when the birds start coming back at the end of a long winter. When I was a child, a sure sign of spring was the sparrows sitting on the electric cables.

    • March 2, 2015    

      That is a lovely memory Gabriella! Here’s to making joyful noise to welcome in spring.

  19. March 1, 2015    

    He is my favorite, a joy to see!

  20. March 1, 2015    

    “They are indeed a harbinger of spring, I haven’t seen one around here yet. There is beauty in their red wings.

    • March 2, 2015    

      Soon Truedessa, and when we see them I know there will be a joyful celebration!

  21. March 1, 2015    

    Glorious photos and a joyous shout-out for spring!

    • March 2, 2015    

      Glad you enjoyed the pictures Sherry…they are hard to capture.

  22. March 1, 2015    

    Oh Donna what a pretty bird ~ I love the red wing, so unique. We were both thinking about birds as they truly are a sign of Spring on the way. It snowed again here today, too. Can’t wait for Spring. Stay warm! 🙂

    • March 2, 2015    

      Snowed here today and very windy but I am noticing a shift in the sky…and the temp will shift a bit to warmer this week…spring is just around the corner!

  23. Ollie Ollie
    March 1, 2015    

    I do hope to see them soon!

    • March 2, 2015    

      It will be a wonderful moment that I plan to celebrate when they finally arrive!

  24. March 1, 2015    

    I too love the red winged blackbird, but for different reasons. You have just given me another,


    • March 2, 2015    

      So glad to spread the joy of this wonderful bird Elizabeth!

  25. March 1, 2015    

    Nicely done! We don’t have them here, but good to enjoy them via you.

  26. March 1, 2015    

    Yes they are… I look forward to them… Love the prose and photos… Michelle

  27. March 2, 2015    

    What a good feeling you invoked in your words here. Indeed, spring is something to cheer about. Dance on… dance on… smiles..

    • March 2, 2015    

      Much celebration here as we wait and watch for spring…and lots of smiles!

  28. March 2, 2015    

    how nature can inspire one to write. spring is coming soon, fasten your seatbelt 🙂

    • March 2, 2015    

      I needed a seatbelt with the high winds today totomai….it seems spring is going to come soon.

  29. March 2, 2015    

    Isn’t he a handsome gentleman. There is hope for spring!!! Wonderful post!! Thank you!!

    • March 2, 2015    

      Indeed Cathy…they give me great hope. I look for them daily now!

  30. March 2, 2015    

    Spring is here.. and what a beautiful way to welcome it.:) Loved the images as well..

    • March 2, 2015    

      I am so pleased you liked the words and pictures! Thank you1

  31. March 2, 2015    

    I never knew about these birds so many aspects that you’ve wrote about… so stunning! And I love the quote…”shout for joy, Spring is here”… Have a happy March and a sunny week of early Spring!

    • March 2, 2015    

      We are beginning to warm a bit this week so spring is inching in….so glad you enjoyed the poem Alexa!

  32. March 2, 2015    


    What a pleasure it has been to visit your poem and to discover this delightful Red Winged Blackbird. A magnificent sign of hope and of spring and its arrival. I have never seen this kind of bird, here in England, or Ireland. A cousin of the more common blackbird, I imagine. Thank you for giving me hope!!


    • March 2, 2015    

      O Eileen that is wonderful that this poem gave you hope. Yes I imagine our blackbird is a cousin to yours…..both wonderful birds!

  33. March 2, 2015    

    Donna, what a pretty poem on the Redwing Blackbird.. I have been seeing some of them in my yard lately, they come with the other blackbirds.. Pretty images and post! Happy March, have a great week ahead!

    • March 2, 2015    

      That is a great sign EIleen….and I am glad you enjoyed the post…..enjoy the start to March! It has been ferocious so far.

  34. March 2, 2015    

    I’ve always liked red-winged blackbirds and will look forward to their return later this year. They’re so attractive, with that flash of red as they fly.


    • March 2, 2015    

      I agree Karen. Such a happy bird coming back just to raise their young.

  35. G L Meisner G L Meisner
    March 2, 2015    

    The first bird of spring for you. Great poem to express the excitement with.

    • March 2, 2015    

      Yes spring just brings out such great joy in birds and humans!

  36. March 2, 2015    

    Truly, spring is nearer and nearer every day!!!

    • March 2, 2015    

      It sure is Laura….the weather was strange today…winds whipping and the sky looking more like spring than winter.

  37. March 2, 2015    

    I too am anxious and more than ready for spring! Bring on the birds! The blossoms! The green!! Thanks for sharing these wonderful feathered friends with us.

    • March 2, 2015    

      You are so welcome Linda….I am more than ready too!

  38. March 2, 2015    

    Well I am not a Red Wing but a mere Wren with news that as Summer has now left us in Australia, she has to be on her way over to you, even if she is a tad delayed!!! Loved your poem and hope your Blackbird and Spring turns up soon for you!
    Wren x

    • March 3, 2015    

      Oh Wren I adore my lovely wren birds and hope they nest again in the garden…their song is joyful as is your news….I will await the lovely weather you are sending us! Thank you!

  39. March 2, 2015    

    I enjoyed the hopeful disbelief contained in each line… spring is on the way indeed. I found myself lifting my body a little, getting closer to my screen, looking for a glimpse of red scouting for a nest.

    • March 3, 2015    

      Lovely that you joined in with the spring vigil Magaly….there is hope for a change soon! And thank you for your wonderful comment and visit!!

  40. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    March 3, 2015    

    Fabulous poem about the red-winged blackbirds Donna. We have quite a few in our area with all the marches and cattails.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

    • March 3, 2015    

      Yes they love the cattails here in my pond and along my meadow. I look for them daily now Judith, in hopes of finding spring is here finally.

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