On March 18 at 11 AM, I heard a Song Sparrow singing in my front yard near Chemong Road and Reid streets. Awfully early, no?

Marilyn Freeman

Note: Yes, I’d say the bird is about a week earlier than usual. I’m not surprised, however, given the mild temperatures, and the fact that other migrants like grackles have returned. D.M.

Song Sparrow - Karl Egressy

Song Sparrow – Karl Egressy

Song Sparrow - Wikimedia

Song Sparrow – Wikimedia

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.