IT IS A FINE DAY in the Pine Point woods

IT IS A FINE DAY in the Pine Point woods, as two of our favorite migrants among the passeriformes—perching birds—have returned. The little yellow-rumped (Myrtle) warblers have traveled from the southern US and Mexico, on their way to the North Woods of northeastern Minnesota and Canada. They are usually the first of the warbler tribe to push the boundaries of spring. Likewise the eastern phoebe, also returning from the southern states. A little fly-catcher, it is now flitting over the cold Mississippi, catching who-knows-what. It loves to sit on a twig and endlessly bob its tail, while endearingly calling its name. Fee-bee! Fee-bee! It is lovely to welcome them back.

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