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For wren and writer, home is where the birdhouse hangs

Well before sunrise in early May it started: a loud chattering, burbling, cascading torrent of notes. From just outside our bedroom window, the birdsong filled the early morning air. It would continue virtually all day and go on well into the summer.

Our avian alarm clock was at it again. The house wren, one of America’s most well-known songsters, was busy attracting a mate and establishing his territory. His warbling, trilling song would periodically change to a harsh, raspy scold when anything (or anybody!) approached his prized mate or nest.

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Joyful flight of the tree swallow is poetry in motion

Brilliant flashes of steel blue and white swirled and danced, careened and darted, twisted and dipped in a masterful display of aerial skills. The binoculars hung unused around my neck — these dazzling acrobats were best viewed with...

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About On the Wing

Observing the birds of our region brings perspective about their lives, and ours.

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