Tuesday, March 11, 2014

As Sure as Spring

There's music in the woods at night; the coyotes are singing their spring love songs.  If you get close enough, it can raise the hair on the back of your neck, and around here, it's a good harbinger of spring.  Last week, the ground was in a deep freeze, and with the exception of a few snowdrop blossoms and the music of the coyotes, it seemed there wasn't a single sign of spring's approach in these Ozark hills.

Until Thursday.  The first red-winged blackbird made his appearance...

 ...and in spite of the chill,
kept up his cheery chipping as if he was quite happy to be back.  

Friday we spotted a Phoebe, returned from its winter in the south,
wagging its tail and singing its name.
A spring peeper (aka, tree frog) let out a timid peep from the pond. 

Yesterday, for the first time this season, 
we watched wild turkey gobblers displaying for the hens.

One old gobbler wanted to be sure the young ones, with their short, stubby beards, 
knew who was boss.

Even when it seems like a long wait, it's good to know there are some things you can always count on-- that as long as the earth endures, spring will come again, that somewhere the coyotes will sing, that the sun will come up in the morning, and that God's mercy will be available for a new day.

Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him.  
As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; 
he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rain that waters the earth.

Hosea 6:3

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.

Lamentations 3:22, 23, 25

Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday


Rebecca said...

So happy spring is finally close! Great photos and post. :)

Findlay Wilde said...

I really like that most posts today are all really happy sounding and positive. Spring is a really great time of year for wildlife changes. From Findlay

S. Etole said...

The red-winged blackbirds have the prettiest song. Enjoyed the photos and thoughts.

Carletta said...

The Red-winged have returned here as well. I tried so hard to get a photo this week. :)
I usually have turkeys to visit this time of year but it's still quite cold here.
Wonderful captures!!!

EagleAye said...

Fantastic pics! I loved the shots of the Turkeys.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

The red-winged blackbird is very pretty.

Janet Shaw said...

Great Photos!

eileeninmd said...

Lovely series! Love the neat turkeys! Great birds.

Brian King said...

Love the blackbird with the white background! Very nice! Great shot of the strutting tom, too!

Anonymous said...

Good to see these spring birds returning. I love the trill of the Red-winged Blackbird.

Sandra said...

What lovely signs of spring you're getting! You show two birds that I don't know, the red-winged blackbird and the sweet little Phoebe. I've never heard the coyote call either! We live in different continents!
Our all black blackbird has been singing for a few weeks now and spring flowers are popping up everywhere. It's so wonderful when the earth awakens from it's long winter's sleep!

Mary Cromer said...

So lovely Connie...we have not seen our Phoebes yet, but the music of the Red-winged Blackbirds is playing out everywhere once again ;)

Small City Scenes said...

Yes the Red Winged Blackbirds are back. They are beautiful. My daughter has seen the wild Turkeys at the ranch. All a sure sign of Spring. MB

Adam Tilt said...

Got to love the return of spring. Great shots of an eclectic collection.

hannah said...

Those turkeys look a bit like vultures to me ..but I adore that little Phoebe, and wonder how they came by that name.

Jennifer Richardson said...

ahhh....so much newborn joy in this post:) love the ways spring is shyly revealing herself in your part of the world.
to hear the coyotes call is something I would so love!
glad for all the fresh feathers shining brightly for your winter-weary eyes:)

Kamana said...

the blackbirds are so pretty. i always think the turkeys look a bit comical.

Stewart M said...

The birds know that spring is no the way, even as we shiver in winter.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

I've seen the phoebe, but not the blackbird...still looking. I am just happy that spring is trying to get a foothold around here.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Beautiful signs of spring.

eileeninmd said...

Great series, spring is coming..