I heard it today, and I’m very happy. Here’s the page on the Cornell site with cardinal songs. The second one listed sounds most like the characteristic spring some we hear around here, the one the males sing when they mark their territory and search for mates. The breezes will ring with this song over the next few months. I can’t wait.
Yesterday was delightfully warm and sunny, and my very warmest perennial bed, the one against the south side of the house, is now clear of snow, as is part of my herb garden. So I was able to photograph crocus shoots just coming up within the root system of a chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia). Look closely at the green things in the middle of the photo:
and the reddish first growth of sorrel in the herb garden:
Robert Frost had it wrong. Every spring I’m reminded that nature’s first green is not gold but red. Enjoy the firsts of this season. It will be warm again later this week.