Our house was built half a century ago right in the middle of a pecan orchard, so I just knew this place was going to be wonderful for bird watching. Since we just moved here in wintery November, we have mainly seen doves and crows up until now, as one might expect, and a few starlings.
This morning, however, is glorious! We've just had a lot of rain and the orchard is full of puddles, fattening buds, and the promise of spring. The resident mourning doves are out in force, patrolling the ground under the trees, but we have also seen goldfinches, great flocks of robins, the first of the red-winged blackbirds, and an (as yet) unidentified woodpecker.
The air is full of birdsong and my heart is happy.