Winter has lost its grip. I have said that before and I have been wrong and early many times. But looking out 14 days for Traverse City, I see nothing but temps above freezing. I see on our local TrailTracker that Yellow-rumpeds have picked up in numbers and that the big wave has begun!
The renewal each year is special for many of us. There are pockets in the woods where you know you will “get” Blackburnians, Black-throated Blues, and Canadas. Grasshopped Sparrows and Clay-coloreds are both reliable in the place that I call the “top of the world” in the Park. Even though you know you will be right and that those birds will show there, it’s still thrilling nonetheless.
Given that nothing in the past thirteen months has been normal or reliable or rhythmic, get out and experience the miracle that is migration. Find a trail or a corner of our local world that will forever become special to you, one that you have never traversed, a trail where you will anticipate your own personal “gets” each year.