I’ve recently been making a big push to finish up the last of the range maps for the upcoming Peterson Field Guide to Moths that I’ve been working on with my friend Dave, with the hope of having the first draft completed by the end of the month, allowing time for review and revision. There were around 975 species being considered for maps, so it has kept me busy! I reached the end of our original species list yesterday, and all that’s left is to go back and do the maps for the few species that got added after I’d already passed their spot on the list. There’s still lots left to do on the book, but finishing the first drafts of the maps represents a big milestone for me.
As a result of my preoccupation, I have hardly made it outside the last week. We’ve had some cool, windy, rainy weather, which also hasn’t helped inspire me to lay aside the keyboard and mouse and head outdoors for a little while. I finally got out today for a little bit. The weather had warmed up a tad, though it was still breezy. We’re due to get a few really nice warm days over the weekend, and I’m very much looking forward to that. I expect we’ll see the first major emergence of moths this weekend, as it’s supposed to be in the low 20s (Celsius; 70s F). Expect several posts from me about it, since I’ll be done the maps and finally allow myself back outside to enjoy it all. I’ve been looking forward to the first truly warm spell since we got our first moth at the beginning of March!
Today on my walk I heard Wood Frogs calling, Spring Peepers peeping, and a few spring migrants singing: bluebirds, robins and the above Song Sparrow. It had staked out a few juniper bushes in the back field that it was singing from, which had me confused at first – it blends in very well! Song Sparrows are one of the earliest to return of our residents. In a couple of months the sparrow’s song will blend into the background and just be part of the soundscape, but right now, while it’s fresh and new and isolated, it stands out and is pleasing to hear. He knows spring is here, and it’s something to sing about.