This week I have noticed a change in the behavior of several of our resident species. They are now entering their nesting-season preliminaries.
Two days ago, three Cardinals were vigorously countersinging from trees surrounding my yard in Old Jefferson. I have been hearing wan versions of Cardinal songs all winter, but these birds were clearly (and loudly) staking their territories against each other- the first this year. And the first time I have heard three singing at once at my place since Katrina (yay!).
Yesterday, a House Finch in Elmwood was, likewise, giving the first vigorous finch song I've heard this year.
Finally, today, a Mockingbird was singing robustly in the batture of Old Jefferson. Nearby, a Mourning Dove crossed over River Road in a long arc on stiff wings: a courship flight. Both of these were firsts of the season for me as well.
Things are gaining momentum!