I went to the library last Friday in spite of the gloomy forecast.  Very Good Jeeves was waiting for me. (All you Wodehouse fans will understand.)

It was a shivery, raw day with freezing rain and sleet spitting from a sullen sky. Walking was treacherous and my head was down,  eyes fixed on the icy sidewalk.

snothrshThen I heard them. A  lovely sound – one of the sweetest –  particularly in the dead of winter.

I stopped  and searched the bare winter trees  that lined the walk to the library. I couldn’t see them anywhere.

But, oh, I could hear them!

They were tucked away somewhere – perhaps hidden beneath the eaves of the old brick buildings nearby or  huddled deep within the branches of the juniper bushes by the entrance to the library.

I stood in the cold waves of sleet-filled rain beneath the leaden sky and I listened.

And I was warmed.


Alice E. Ball- A Year With Birds 

Bird illustrations – Richard Bell

11 thoughts on “Wintersongs . . .

  1. Miz Booshay says:

    You are a clever blogger! I love those little birdies!


  2. Tammy says:

    I haven’t been here in so long…so glad to visit you again! :DI’m not familar with juncos either, but what a lovely picture you painted with your words…:) I was so happy to hear some more birds singing than usual this past week…as if spring were around the corner here!Blessings!


  3. roberta says:

    We used to watch the junco’s at the feeder in our plum tree back in Oregon. Their tiny footprints in the snow were so sweet. I haven’t seen them here in Idaho.I would love to hear a follow up of how you like the Mary in a Martha World book by Joanna Weaver. Sounds like a good title.


  4. Missy says:

    The Wodehouse alone would have been worth the slippery trip, but you were doubly blessed! Lovely!


  5. Sue says:

    Yay! I can see your pics now that I press reload after your pages load. I use firefox too. I’m seeing several posts about birds today and I’m loving every one of them!:)


  6. I’m using Firefox too, and seeing the same as Violet.I’m a Wodehouse fan who totally understands!;)Jeanne


  7. Speaking of walks and birds…in my area there is a place in the mountains called Chickadee Ridge, where one can snowshoe and the chickadees will eat seeds from one’s hand. I am not quite sure where this ridge is, but I have an idea of the general location and have wanted to snowshoe there. We haven’t had much snow though.


  8. cassie-b says:

    We have lots of juncos every winter. I don’t know if they’re here in the summer, but they don’t come to the feeders in the warm weather.They’re just so pretty.Cas


  9. violet says:

    Lovely – and I’m glad you didn’t slip on the ice!(Islandsparrow, so many of your jpgs and gifs don’t load on for me, at least not when they’re close to the top of the page. In this post, I only see the bird illustration at the bottom. Am I the only one this happens to? – I’m browsing with Firefox)


  10. Susanne says:

    I have never heard of juncos before. I learned a new bird species today. :v)


  11. Oh, I love juncos. We used to have them when we lived in Ohio, but I don’t see them here. They are the sweetest little birds.


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