The verb hark derives from Proto-Germanic by way of Middle English to urge someone to listen attentively. When we command (and hark is often used in the imperative) others to hark, we are directing them to do more than just hear: we are exhorting them to pay urgent, in-depth attention. Around Christmas, some folks hark the herald angels singing, but those heavenly creatures in the air right now don’t have halos. So hark, migrants are on the move!
Corey and I plan to hearken to whatever choice birds pass through our respective parts of New York State. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and will you be birding? Share your plans in the comments below.