Birds are back, ready or not

Even without snow, late February in the Midwest makes me feel color-starved. So when a birdseed feeding frenzy erupted outside my window, I grabbed my Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 and played hooky for half an hour. Drawn to the deep jewel tones of the cardinals, red-winged blackbirds, bluejays and assorted songbirds, I soon had an abundance of color on my card. And in less than an hour of editing, this visual feathery feast was ready to share with my color-starved friends and family. Dig in!

It’s worth noting here that migratory birds are returning to their summer habitats sooner than in years past. Global warming hastens their spring migrations. And birds arriving too soon at their breeding grounds are at risk for malnourishment, which jeopardizes offspring and raises the hatchlings’ mortality rate. So in addition to recalling global warming deniers from Washington, we can also keep our bird feeders filled. Fewer birds will hunger for seed, and fewer of us will hunger for color.