I'm starting out today's blog post by featuring a mini essay by E.B. White, which is the same way I began yesterday's post, albeit with a different one of his essays. I chose to use it because of his poignant observation of Dark-eyed juncoes, a bird type who is on my heart and in my heart, as they often are — especially at this time of year.
The first day of spring was celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere last week; and I (as I often do) felt a twinge of sadness, for the coming of spring means the sweet Dark-eyed Juncoes who visit the area where I live and who spend some of their time in my garden will soon be leaving, after all, they are snowbirds.
They only "hang out" here from late fall through VERY early spring. Two of them stoped by this past Monday to nestle in my containers of flora and nibble on seeds. One of them can be seen in the picture atop this entry, but they were not here long enough, nor were they close enough for me to get a decent photograph of them.
Thankfully I haver a number of images of them from bygone years during winter ...
... as well as early spring....
"When a missed opportunity like this occurs, I try to console myself with the wisdom that E.B. White spoke of in his essay, 'Remembrance is Sufficient.' ... A few weeks ago she (White's aunt) said something so close to the theme of Christmas that we shall quote it here... We were apologizing for have taken her for a motor ride that morning to see once again the bright colors of the woods. 'Why, my dear,' she said without hesitation, 'remembrance is sufficient of the beauty we have seen.'"
While it's true that "Remembrance is Sufficient," I still wondered if today's visiting juncoes were here resting and fueling up for their journey out of this part of the world and on to colder climates.
I truly feel sad when they go during this transition of seasons and always think of Anne Murray singing, Snowbird, featured in the You Tube video below and is another piece of content that I've mentioned in a prior post.
Now, as I listen to Murray singing the lyrics, I find myself thinking that I shoulda said (to my visiting juncoes) "IF I COULD, I'd fly away with YOU...."
BUT I DIDN'T...
... which, in a small way, means I can have Dark-eyed Juncoes with me all the time.
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