Birdie Bootie Call

on March 4, 2012 in Misc

Spring is almost sprung and I feel like I’m coming back to life after a loooong winter.

I bet you know just what I mean.  First, we turn a corner in January when the days a tiny bit longer.  Enough to make me poke my head outta my groundhog hole.  Then comes February when there’s a different slant to the sunlight.  This means the sun actually shines in through my job/office window after months of absence.

And then there’s the birdie bootie call.

I’m kinda surprised more people don’t notice this.  But all winter long there are songs you never hear from a lotta birds, especially common ones like sparrows and finches.  During the cold months  they only chirp and squawk like they ain’t too crazy about the weather.  Then around late February you can hear it – melodious, complicated, happy-sounding birdsongs.  And you just know they’re feeling warmer and hornier and they really want to start mating, like, RIGHT NOW!

Granted, this ornithology stuff doesn’t sound like action hero-type fare.  But the point is I’m starting to feel action restless again.  I mean, I’m stir-crazy and starving for adventure and fun and intrigue and just plain everything.  I even feel more like writing, as in novels.  If it weren’t for the nasty cold winds we’ve had all over Colorado, I’d want to run around like Lara Croft on a crazy-ass tomb raiding or something.  Not that we have a lotta big fancy tombs in Colorado.    But spring and then summer are just around the corner, so I’m making my plans.

How about you?  Maybe depending on where you live in the country, winter may have really gotten you down like it did me.  As in Michigan, definitely, but Florida not so much?

Have a warm, almost spring day, y’all.

14 Responses to “Birdie Bootie Call”

  1. Ciara Knight says:

    Thanks for the laugh. I nearly fell out of my chair laughing about the bird bootie call. Oh, my goodness.

  2. Helena says:

    Ciara — My pleasure.

  3. We hardly had a winter and slipped into spring early. Bummer!

  4. Helena says:

    Alex – We definitely had a winter here, and the upside is that means plenty of snow and runoff from mountain snow. Water is always an issue in Colorado.

  5. ann says:

    Your Birdie picture is so darling. Although it was still quite cold this morning, I heard my first Red-winged Blackbird calling for his mate. I’m soooo ready for Spring!

  6. Spring cannot get here soon enough. I love warm weather. I hate the cold.

  7. Helena says:

    Michael — I like the cold and winter in small doses. But by this time of the year I’m fed up with it.

  8. Helena says:

    Ann – I don’t see any red-winged blackbirds in Denver, but they’re all over Longmont-Boulder.

  9. Bovvie says:

    I’m in Michigan and (for whatever reason) it is 67 degrees today. The first day of any season–even if it isn’t real–makes me want to write. There are birds everywhere, but tomorrow the temperature will drop again. :(

  10. Hart says:

    Oh, the Cardinals! That is the most distinctive song (different every year, but you can always hear it)–I always LOVE that first Cardinal spotting, as I know spring is coming. We have crows all winter, and the tiny little birds (they might be titmice) that cluster in dense shrubbery, but the bright birds are gone all winter and return… the Jays, the finches, the orioles… I love them.

  11. Helena says:

    Hart – I wish we had cardinals and orioles in Denver! I’m such a nerdy birdwatcher at heart.

  12. Helena says:

    Bovvie — Isn’t it interesting how seasons and temperatures affect our writing? I feel like I can simply DO more now that there’s more warmth and light.

  13. Old Kitty says:

    I love the oncset of the brids’ dawn chorus! I love it when the blackbirds start to chirp too! It all means spring is well and truly about to burst into life and it’s bye bye winter!!

    Time for new things, new beginnings!! Yay!! Take care

  14. Helena says:

    Old Kitty — I’m beginning to wonder if I’ve developed seasonal disorder over the years, or whatever it’s called. I really do feel like I’m coming back to life this spring.