Brown Thrasher Singing

Very late in the afternoon today, just before sunset, a Brown Thrasher sang from a branch near the top of a big sprawling shrub on the edge of a neighbor’s yard. The day had been sunny and mild, almost warm, with a soft blue sky. It’s the first Brown Thrasher song I’ve heard this year, marking another familiar event in the seasons, right about on schedule. The past few days I’ve been out of town, so I may well have missed the real first singer here – but it’s right about the time when they usually start to sing, mid February.

Snow had lingered for two or three days, very slowly melting, until finally, yesterday and today, the weather warmed and the last small, sheltered patches disappeared.

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