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The first sounds of Spring

Did you hear birds singing today?

With the sun shining most of the day, birds seemed to come out of their hiding places to start singing and looking for food.

So many days this year have been cold and windy — and bereft of any wildlife. The only sound for many days was the wind howling mournfully through bare tree branches.

Even the fields where I walk with the dog, there were no tracks for the longest time.

Now there are tracks from the occasional rabbit, squirrel and even what appeared to be a mouse. There are tracks outside the beaver den. And there's something that appears to be a dog roaming on its own, so more likely is a coyote.

In the March-April issue of Lake Simcoe Living Magazine, Ron Fleming talks about the first bird songs of Spring.
Which bird "confirms that Winter is leaving and Spring is on its way?" I'm sure most of us will think of the red-breasted robin.

Not so, Ron says. It's the red-winged blackbird.

You can read more about the birds of Spring in the March-April issue. We're working on that issue now, and it should be available the first week of March.

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