A Yellow Morning

I do a bird walk every morning. Now that spring migrants have returned, it is very birdy out there and I have to exert tremendous self-discipline to come back home and go to work. This morning was a very yellow morning. Birds and flowers were largely yellow in color. Yellow Warblers are present regardless of the direction I walk, so they are not unusual. However, the Yellow-breasted Chats, the Common Yellowthroats, Bullock’s Orioles, Western Tanagers, Western Meadowlarks and Warbling Vireos were in full voice this morning. I heard them all first, then scanned the trees with my binoculars until I found them. Each of these birds has a distinctive song. As afar as flowers go, Golden Banner, Golden Currant, Sulphur Buckwheat, Oregon Grape, and a couple of yellow flowers in the Mustard Family are all in full bloom. I hope you are getting out there and paying attention to the spring explosions of feather and flower.

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