[Tweeters] Fill today

Connie Sidles constancesidles at gmail.com
Tue Feb 19 11:47:32 PST 2013

Hey tweets, the Earth tilts back toward the Sun with no human agency,
and spring comes again according to no human calendar.

It came today at the Fill, with the arrival of the year's first TREE
SWALLOW, in company with a BARN SWALLOW, foraging for insects above
Hunn Meadow West, where golden crocuses were blooming, bracketed by
pussywillows on Main Pond and SW Pond.

The life-giving Sun poured its rays upon us, something it does every
single day but not always obviously in cloud-covered Seattle. All the
ducks are busy cementing their pair bonds, and the Bald Eagles who
usually pester the flotilla of coots on the bay had other things on
their mind today: they were dancing in the thermals, now flying close
together, now far apart, screeching their ridiculously falsetto calls.
Also in falsetto was an overly testosteroned PACIFIC WREN singing in
the alder grove near the Wedding Rock. Keeping time was a NORTHERN
FLICKER atop the light standard in the CUH parking lot. He had
discovered that if he rapped on the light itself, he got a high-
pitched tone. If he rapped on the cover over the hollow post, he got a
deep tone. So he walked back and forth across the top of the standard,
hitting first one note then the other. He clearly thought he was going
to bowl over any female lucky enough to be within swooning distance,
but unfortunately, none was. - Connie, Seattle

constancesidles at gmail.com
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