“Symbolism is uniquely human. We use symbols to represent intangible things like our beliefs and emotions, and to convert the abstract into something understandable. We may also use symbols to simplify and convey information.”
To me, the Red-winged Blackbird is a symbol of spring. I eagerly await the arrival of the males in early March, listening for their unique “Conk-aleee!” territorial call that tells me the long winter is over and warm days will soon follow.