Here is thread about springtime. I have two questions for you:
What are the signs that you notice in your local area that indicate that spring has arrived?
Have you any favourite pieces of music about spring?
For me, one primary sign of the oncome of spring in Stockholm is the arrival of the fieldfares. This will be odd to those of you in the UK, for whom the fieldfare is an uncommon winter bird
Suddenly in late March, they are everywhere.
I knew nothing about these feisty little thrushes until I watched David Attenborough’s magnificent TV series The Life of Birds. There is a sequence, shot in Sweden, in which a group of fieldfares work together to chase away a hungry raven which is after eggs and chicks.
They are the avine equivalent of the Neighbourhood Watch.
The Swedish name is björktrast (birch thrush). Linnaeus’s Latin name was the unappealing Turdus pilaris.
And now for some springy songs.
Jazz, folk music, madrigals, musicals, Americana.. every musical genre has great song or two about the joys of spring. The birds are singing vigorously and it’s almost as though we humans are inspired to do likewise.
How about It was a lover and his lass – with lyrics by the “As you like it” Hitmaker Willy S.
Or Southland in the springtime by the Indigo Girls.
This is not an exclusively ornithological thread.
Your rite of spring might be…
Changing your car to summer tyres
Opening up your summer cottage
Your first dip in the sea or the local lake
Spotting the first butterfly or bumble bee
Tuning up your keyharp to prepare for the first outdoor dance
Digging out your bikini from the back of the wardrobe where it has languished all winter