Poetry Sunday-Return of the Red Wing


Return of the Red Wing



A black silhouette high in a tree,

Memories harken to summer.

Hush.  No it couldn’t be!




While the snowflakes fall and cold winds blow.

It must be too soon,

Come closer-I must know.




A tell-tale sign, it’s easy to spy;

stretch of wing, flash of red

As he quickly flies by.




A harbinger indeed oh have you heard.

Shout for joy, spring is here

With the return of the Red-winged Blackbird.



© Donna Donabella 2012



Winter has not loosened it s grip yet, and it is snowing again with bone chilling cold.  But as I wait for signs of spring, I am thinking of this wonderful bird.


I wrote this poem in early March of 2012 while waiting for signs of spring.  It is said that the Red-winged Blackbird is the true harbinger of spring here not the American Robin.  They frequently show up in mid to late February and stay high in the trees waiting for the snow to melt so they can stake out their territory for nesting.


I have learned to tell them just by their silhouette in the tree, but it is when I finally see the flash of their red wing that I know they are truly here and spring is right behind them.  This bird has never failed in bringing spring with it….so I wait patiently for them to return here from their winter homes in the south.




I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

redwing collage 2

I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  



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Special Note:  The Red-winged Blackbirds pictured here are males that visit my garden in spring and summer for food and a bath in the pond.  They nest in the “wild area” behind our meadow.  These pictures were taken in 2014 and 2013.



I leave you with a few words about this wonderful harbinger of spring; the Red-winged Blackbird.   I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

spring redbird

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

83 Replies to “Poetry Sunday-Return of the Red Wing”

  1. How lovely to see those birds with red color, heralding the coming of spring ~ Sadly spring always come late here ~

    Happy weekend ~

  2. So true – when certain birds return one knows spring / summer is on the way. I will be so happy when I see my first robin here, but I fear it will be yet a while. Love your photos of red-winged blackbirds.

    If you would like to have a series of your photos featured on PU sometime, drop me a note. Smiles.

    1. The birds do bring such joy and teach us so much don’t they Mary! Thank you for asking me to feature some photos on PU Mary. Let me think about it and I will get in touch!

  3. A harbinger of spring here would probably be the European blackbird.. Totally black with a bright yellow beak and a wonderful song. A thrush actually… I saw the yesterday for the first time.

  4. This is a very nice poem. I wish though, winter would subside a bit. More snow tonight and we have so much. I have been seeing birds of spring too and there is nowhere for them to get food. Maybe winter is saying her last goodbye…and your blackbird is ushering in warmer weather.

    1. I agree Donna…more snow here too, but it seems we actually may have ‘some’ days in the 30s which is a shift. I think we had 2, 30 degree days last month. I also worry about the birds flying north and no food for them. Here’s to the warmer weather. You can be sure when the Red Wing shows we definitely will be shifting to spring.

  5. I too love the redwings. I love their song too. I hope they come your way soon. Enjoyed the poem, photos and details 🙂

  6. This is one of my favorite birds, yet I never gave thought to when they arrive. Now I’m going to be on the lookout for them! Lovely poem, too.

  7. Thanks for bringing the red-wing blackbird into focus. When I was ery young and lived next to a corn field, these were my deep summer birds. I never saw them in the early spring, but I’d like to. Thanks for your heart-felt comment on my poem!

    1. You are so welcome Susan as your poem was so incredible….the red wing comes here to nest and raise its young in early spring…then they leave to go to those corn fields to be with you….

  8. Stunning photograph of the red-winged Blackbird surrounded by the beige twigs! You’ve captured something extraordinary. I love their song too. For me, it is the Robin, in the Thrush family, that most reminds me of spring. But I also love your Red-Winged Blackbird. Beautiful.

  9. Donna, your words and photos of this most beautiful bird, are quite timely, as much of the US and, indeed, parts of the Mediterranean, (my neck of the woods), are awaiting the upcoming season with much anticipation, for it has been a cold and rainy winter, uncharacteristic, anyway, for Crete, where snow covered olive groves, vineyards and orchards! Ah, to spot the signature hues of the red-winged blackbird, soaring in the skies, and know that the days will be bright and warm, once again.


  10. Feathered enchantment. Whenever they arrive.
    On this side of the world there are (finally) some signs that Autumn is thinking of moving in. Yay. There are also some signs that the garden is as confused as I am. There are spring bulbs poking through. Before autumn. Before winter…

  11. I am ready to sing for joy too. I love it when the birds start coming back at the end of a long winter. When I was a child, a sure sign of spring was the sparrows sitting on the electric cables.

  12. Oh Donna what a pretty bird ~ I love the red wing, so unique. We were both thinking about birds as they truly are a sign of Spring on the way. It snowed again here today, too. Can’t wait for Spring. Stay warm! 🙂

    1. Snowed here today and very windy but I am noticing a shift in the sky…and the temp will shift a bit to warmer this week…spring is just around the corner!

  13. I never knew about these birds so many aspects that you’ve wrote about… so stunning! And I love the quote…”shout for joy, Spring is here”… Have a happy March and a sunny week of early Spring!

  14. Donna,

    What a pleasure it has been to visit your poem and to discover this delightful Red Winged Blackbird. A magnificent sign of hope and of spring and its arrival. I have never seen this kind of bird, here in England, or Ireland. A cousin of the more common blackbird, I imagine. Thank you for giving me hope!!


  15. Donna, what a pretty poem on the Redwing Blackbird.. I have been seeing some of them in my yard lately, they come with the other blackbirds.. Pretty images and post! Happy March, have a great week ahead!

  16. The first bird of spring for you. Great poem to express the excitement with.

  17. I too am anxious and more than ready for spring! Bring on the birds! The blossoms! The green!! Thanks for sharing these wonderful feathered friends with us.

  18. Well I am not a Red Wing but a mere Wren with news that as Summer has now left us in Australia, she has to be on her way over to you, even if she is a tad delayed!!! Loved your poem and hope your Blackbird and Spring turns up soon for you!
    Wren x

    1. Oh Wren I adore my lovely wren birds and hope they nest again in the garden…their song is joyful as is your news….I will await the lovely weather you are sending us! Thank you!

  19. I enjoyed the hopeful disbelief contained in each line… spring is on the way indeed. I found myself lifting my body a little, getting closer to my screen, looking for a glimpse of red scouting for a nest.

  20. Fabulous poem about the red-winged blackbirds Donna. We have quite a few in our area with all the marches and cattails.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

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