|Song Birds by Roger Tory Peterson|
When I was a child, I had a picture book about birds (not this one, probably the Little Golden Book of Birds). I continue to be especially fond of the birds that were depicted there, including the Red-winged Blackbird, the Red-headed Woodpecker, the Scarlet Tanager, the Bluebird, and the Baltimore Oriole. I loved their names, as well as the images, and when I started to be a birder, I loved discovering the real birds. Even now, every spring I’m very happy when I hear these blackbirds sing — a sure sign of the changing seasons.
Earlier this week on a walk, we saw only one of them, lurking in the bushes, but we heard quite a few of them singing their beautiful trilling song. I suspect that they returned from the South a while ago, but I haven’t been birding here recently. To celebrate the return of these spring singers, I looked for some art work depicting them.
|Illustration by Roger Tory Peterson|
highlighting the field mark: the bird’s red wing patch.
|19th Century Print from the Library of Congress|
|Illustration from Audubon's famous book of American birds.|
|1987 US Postage Stamp|
|Our first sighting of a Red-winged Blackbird in 2021 was at the beginning of March.|