Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Real Harbinger of Spring in My Backyard

Many think the American Robin is the first sign of spring, but since I have had them visit sporadically throughout the winter, this isn't the case for me.

My true spring harbinger is the Red-winged Blackbird.  This bird tends to be quite reliable in bringing excitement when it first wheels into my feeding area in March.

My husband and I look for it in its glory around St. Patrick's Day.  This year it was a bit late.  A few people around Minnesota spotted it sooner, but our quartet showed up at our neighbor's feeder on March 22.

The harsh winter has definitely thrown them off a bit, but we forgive them.  Let the spring procession begin!

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