Yesterday was mild and I decided to grab a book and eat lunch outside on the patio. I was joined by what seemed like every bird in the neighborhood. Sparrows, Cardinals, Titmice, Blue Jays, Robins; you name it, they were out there. The chattering was so loud it reminded me of cicadas in August! The male Cardinals were going berserk. I saw two of them spar in the garden for five minutes over a piece of dried pampas grass!
We have two pair of Northern Cardinals in residence on our property. One pair nests in the back yard, and the other in the hedge in the front. They co-exist peaceably for the most part, but in the spring, during mating season, their territorial nature takes over and look out!
There was so much activity I didn't read a single page of my book. I just reveled in bird calls, green shoots, and a breeze that didn't send me scurrying inside. It may still be gray, but it appears spring is coming to my corner of the world after all.