Today the cardinal sings with rich fervor in the nearby spruce, his red feathers flaming against the fprest green backdrop. Two chickadees call cheerily to one another from their hidden treetop homes. A beakside down nuthatch gives several little nasal grunts as it busies itself with a corn kernel it’s wedged into the tree bark. A pileated woodpecker gives a trilled fly-by call on its way to some solitary place. These big pterodactyl-type birds seem to be very shy. Somewhere in the distance a hawk’s raspy cry pierces the atmosphere.