Pre-holiday Sing-out. In the Salt Marsh.

It’s been a busy week for many of us.  But for the birds in the salt marsh it’s been a cool and quiet week. Lots of hunching and huddling, rain and winds early in the week, then cool temperatures throughout.

Walking into the salt marsh the other day, however, I was in for a surprise pre-holiday sing-out. Upon arrival, I was greeted by a beautiful song performed flawlessly by a Northern Mockingbird.

A Northern Mockingbird greets with a beautiful song...
A Northern Mockingbird greets with a beautiful song…

Next, I approached Papa Osprey’s nest. Eyes half closed, and looking like an opera singer, Papa was singing his heart out! It was a long and beautiful song. The chorus repeated twice. I wish I understood the lyrics, but I have a suspicion that he was singing for Mama Osprey. “It’s almost Christmas…Darling come home!” Or something similar.

papa osprey yawns
Papa Osprey sings his heart out!

Nearby, a beautifully dressed Snowy Egret was singing too. The subject of his affection might have been a shy-looking lady on the other side of the water.

snowy egret singing
A Snowy Egret sings for…
snowy egret starts to develop plumes
…his beautiful date.

Little further out an Ibis was serenading…someone. I’m guessing it was one or all of the girls in a tree nearby.

ibis singing
An Ibis serenades…
...the girls in the tree.
…the girls in the tree.

Then I heard another Osprey calling. And singing. It proved to be Papa’s friend Steve. Maybe he was calling for Mrs. Steve, whom I haven’t had the pleasure to meet as yet? Or just getting into holiday spirit? I have no idea, but he was certainly participating in the sing-out wholeheartedly.

Osprey Steve  is singing too
Papa’s friend Steve is singing out too…

A slow warming trend has been promised for the weekend and into next week, so the birds have something to look forward to even before the holidays.

I hope your weekend will be warm  – in the home and in the heart. ❤ Tiny



36 thoughts on “Pre-holiday Sing-out. In the Salt Marsh.”

    1. It truly is a treat! Maybe they’ll sing some carols for the holidays 🙂 If they do, I promise to record a video just for you my friend. Hugs!

    1. I’m sure it’d be okay, but their songs are a bit tricky to learn. I’ve heard PO’s song many times, I know how it goes, but just can’t get it right 🙂

          1. Thanks, Tiny! I’ll shoot you an e-mail next time we plan to be up your way. And let us know if you want to visit the preserves by us ~ Robinson Preserve is across the street and Neal Preserve is next door.

            And Anna Maria Island is just 2 miles down Manatee Avenue.

    1. I can’t honestly say he has a sweet voice, it’s actually quite raspy, but I’ve learned that, surprisingly, the ladies like his face…the more red, the better 🙂

  1. Gorgeous birds and fabulous pictures sweet Tiny. Wish I could have been there to enjoy all those beautiful songs with you. I truly love listening to birds sing. Hugs

    1. Thank you Maggie! Some of the songs are really beautiful, like the Mockingbird’s and the long Osprey song, but some of the wading birds get more points for beauty and effort than their singing voice 🙂 Hugs and have a wonderful weekend!

  2. I think I know the song, it goes like this:

    So good to be singing in the salt marsh
    sitting safe, happy warm and all so grand
    far, far away where the north wind, so harsh
    would freeze my arse off, up in Newfoundland 🙂

    (PS–we here say ‘Newfoundland’ the same as you would pronounce ‘understand’; emphasis on last syllable. )

    1. My soft spot is for ospreys, but I love egrets too. They are so gracious, and even more so now that they have started to grow their plumes.

  3. How lucky you are, Tiny, to have such glorious bird song like that to hear. Thank you SO much for sharing this post with us. These birds are so beautiful … I can only imagine how much more so when seeing them. Have a great weekend! Love, Amy

    1. Thank you dear Amy! yes, I am grateful every day for all the natural beauty that surrounds us here. It is wonderful to be able to just go out for some exercise and see all the birds. Have a wonderful weekend, Amy! Love and hugs, Tiny

  4. Thank you for sharing these spectacular birdie photos with us! I just learned today that birds are not descendants of dinosaurs but dinosaurs with plenty right, so I admire and respect them even more! 🙂

  5. Truly lovely photos. I am jealous of your talent…and the fact that Florida weather means you can slog through a swampy heat in the middle of December.

  6. One of my philosophy professors said that humans are superior to other animals because we are the only ones who were capable of speaking and creating a language. I had to laugh. Things are communicating all around us, every day. Every bird song means something, every meow, bark, chirp,,,,, the list of the different languages in nature is endless. Sometimes my cats talk to each other with their eyes, without even making a sound . We are the ones who don’t understand!

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