Tuesday, March 11, 2008

3/11/08 Harbinger of spring?

Do you see it? Up in the tree? We often think of the sound of birds as the first indicators of spring. Walking home today I heard a bird. And when I looked up, I actually saw the bird! Do you see it in the tree up there?

No? Here's a close-up:

It's a red-headed woodpecker! This picture doesn't do it justice. It was spectacular with its bright red head and brilliantly contrasting black and white body and head. It is definitely not the typical first bird of spring for me. But it is definitely easily heard and easily recognizable.

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