The chickadees started singing their spring song--their "phoeee-beeeee" song--on February 4. I wanted to shout with happiness and tell you, but i was in cyber-silence (on retreat) for the month of February and had to wait until now.
At my first metta (loving-kindness) retreat, which was in February, around Valentine's Day, many years ago, i heard one of the other chickadee calls as "Sweetheart." "Sweetheart."
Chickadees are, to me, real love birds--conveying friendliness, kindness, and love wherever they go. Or maybe it's just that i'm a sucker for anyone who calls me "sweetheart."