As an obsessed birder, I am particularly in tune with the seasonal behavior of West Virginia's avian life. For example, even though winter storm Thor is threatening to dump more snow on the Mountain State this week, I know that the spring bird migration is already in motion. Over the past week, the flock of American Robins hanging out on the disc golf course at Dorsey's Knob has grown from about a dozen birds to over a hundred today. I have also already been hearing the expected springtime songs of Carolina Chickadees, Northern Cardinals and Song Sparrows coming from the thickets around the Groscup Center. Even a nomadic flock of Cedar Waxwings showed up on cue this week to feed on the dried fruit still clinging to an ornamental tree near the lodge. Last March they were in that very same tree at this very same time of year. Some of them might even be the very same birds!
So even though ice, sleet, and snow are in the immediate forecast, rest assured that the air will soon be filled with the springtime songs of migrating birds.