In northeast Pennsylvania, March is a month with one foot in winter, and the other in spring. The waters are mostly frozen over, and patches of snow are still seen littering the land. But as the days get longer, and the sun feels warmer, little by little, we catch glimpses of spring. Crocuses and daffodils are fighting up towards the sky, buds are swelling on trees, and animals are on the move. Our migratory birds are slowing making their yearly appearances, with one in particular, the highly vocal standout, the Red Winged Blackbird. Our property is rich in wetlands, and waters making it an ideal summer nesting area for the blackbirds. Long before the females make their journey north, the males come in, setting up territories and putting on shows. Their deep black oil slick plumage and their red and yellow striped shoulder patches are a stark contrast to the still dormant plants. This week we heard the call of the Red Winged Blackbird. That very distinct Conk-La-Ree! That call that makes you swoon with joy. Thank you Mr. Blackbird. Thank you for making us feel the spring in the air and to appreciate all the little surprises that March has to offer.
-Written by Jessie Caccavale of The Lodge at Woodloch Gardening Team