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!