365 Nature – Day 40

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.

This 365 Nature project has made me pay even closer attention to nature than I ever had before. I always considered myself a relatively good observer of nature, but as I look for things every single day I’m finding even more that I had previously overlooked. This week I heard the Black-capped Chickadee’s song. They are a constant presence in our yard and their chickadee-dee-dee call is a regular part of the soundtrack to my days. As I’ve paid much closer attention to songs and calls since January however, the first couple days of the chickadee’s whistle has become much more obvious this year. Some people may consider the American Robin’s song as the quintessential song of spring, but today I realized that the chickadee’s simple whistle song is perhaps more of a sign of spring for me. I was able to capture a recording of it this morning.


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Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She is the author of a book about urban nature, coming Spring 2020 from Mountaineers Books. She writes freelance articles about natural history and has bylines in Crosscut, ParentMap, National Wildlife Magazine and others. On the side she writes fiction.

Kelly holds a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the University of Washington.

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