Along with the fast growing vegetation in the spring comes birds announcing their arrival with their song. Some just traveling through, others here for the summer. Their rich and varied notes ring throughout woods, meadows, and towns.
One of my touchstone’s in the spring is the first Swainson’s Thrush I hear. They arrive in May and nest in the Northwest forests. Their song is melodious, flute-like, airy, ethereal. They are not often seen, but their song rings true and clear.
To learn more about this particular thrush, visit this podcast from BirdNote. This program is a fun, educational and entertaining look into many aspects of bird life and lore.