Thanks to the wonderful Ebird I can track my bird watching progress with obsessive accuracy- I am currently ranked 70th in Brooklyn for species spotted this year and I’ve see about 30% of the species that are available to see. That’s exciting. But even more exciting is that many of the birds I’ve seen in the past two weeks are birds I did not previously know existed. In a very short period, my way of looking at the world has shifted so I now see what was previously invisible. It’s like a superpower! BirdVision! And it includes all the minute changes of the season’s cycle- blossoming trees attract birds so the tiny changes in vegetation each day are important and duly noted.
Suddenly, yesterday, the swallows were out on the Lake and they zipped back and forth catching flying insects in the chill morning. Barn and Tree, I think, although there are other swallows, apparently, that I can learn to see.
It’s raining today but I’ll get on my bike and look around. Hope your spring is bringing many new discoveries.