The birdlife is changing too, returned from southerly regions: grackles cackle from the tops of trees, cormorants wing low over the tidal basin, and phoebes harken spring from within the leafless forest. It’s early yet, but we’ve already got a pair of bald eagles tending their new hatchlings above the National Arboretum’s azalea grove for the first time since 1947.
Soon many more nests will fill with tiny songbird eggs and before we know it the forest will ring with the cry of fledglings, rasping after their parents. It all happens fast, spring, the buds are growing to burst and soon we’ll be engulfed in flowers. The cherry trees that encircle the tidal basin erupt in blossoms in early April, attracting tourists from all over the world.
So as we ready ourselves for the ephemeral growing season that is spring, let’s remember to keep our eyes to the trees (and flowers). Irregardless of whether you live in the city or the countryside, there’s definitely something to be seen. But don’t miss it because, before you know it, it will be too late!