Rain and wind cut short the KTOS field trip at Seven Islands State Birding Park
yesterday morning, but for the first hour and a half, pockets of blue sky
opened up between gray clouds to brighten the hills and lift the spirit.
The birds were quite active, and daydreaming of spring I think, for many were
singing emphatically, especially the FIELD SPARROW, whose merry little song
bounced sweetly through the windswept landscape. Vocal too was the EASTERN
TOWHEE, reminding me to drink my tea, though I much prefer to "drink coff-eee."
The highlight of the walk, however, was the double rainbow that shimmered into
existence before our very eyes. It certainly gave the birds a run for their
money. And the best moment-within-a-moment was when four Tree Swallows, one of
the earliest spring migrants, and whose arrival stirs up something deep within
my Old World DNA, flew right over and ahead of us like fairy jets, their
silhouettes soon backdropped by the double rainbow. THAT, I'm certain, will be
etched into my memory forever.
What else needs to be said? I think that is plenty for now.
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