Monday, February 16, 2009

Yellow bird

Yesterday a yellow bird appeared at the birdfeeder. At first I thought it was our first goldfinch of the season, which would be amazing because it’s only February and it just snowed again. Then again, the purple finches are looking more and more red lately. Last weekend, while Ben and I were walking near Black Pond, we saw two robins. Birdsong is more varied and jubilant in the mornings, even when it’s 27 degrees Fahrenheit. It lifts one’s spirit and reinforces the hope that winter will not last forever.

This bird is canary yellow and has virtually no black on it anywhere. And it’s lemon yellow. Shaped just like a finch, and finch-size, wings and tail white, with one thin black stripe running along the wings. Orange beak, no black cap or any black anywhere except the wings.

A mystery, an anomaly, a pleasure of backyard birding.


Jayne said...

Probably some species of warbler? Boy, the birds really ARE singing more now, aren't they? Spring is just around the corner! Love to you and Ben. :c)

Jenn said...

Sounds beautiful. And, yes, I know exactly what you mean about that birdsong and the feeling that spring is not far off.

Cynthia Bostwick said...

Maybe a warbler, but I can't figure it out. Just glad he/she keeps coming to the feeders. And the song? As you know, Jenn, wonderful! Thanks for bouying my spirit by commenting!