Signs of Spring……….60s by WednesdayFebruary 26th, 2012 at 11:20 pm by Chad Evans under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
It was mild Sunday & Monday & Tuesday look mild to warm, but Wednesday looks downright warm with highs in the 60s. This will force the American Elms & Silver maples in blossom & push the daffodils forward after being burned by recent cold.
Nonetheless, Sunday’s warmer, sunny day brought out the first of the early spring birds that I have seen. They were active & in song. This is one of the first signs of spring. These species I observed (& heard & saw in song) today just at the house, working outside:
Red-winged Blackbirds usually return in late February & begin to congregate in flocks before dispersing & establishing their territories in spring. I have always felt the Red-wings’ return & song was a sign of spring.
Heard my first decent number of Song Sparrows in the field behind the house today. You start hearing them sing in the first warm days of late winter-early spring.
I heard & saw the first of the Killdeers back with several in the wet, marshy field behind the house. They usually nest there on some of mud flats each spring. Too bad they are going to build houses there, that marshy meadow is full of different bird species in the summer.
I saw the first substantial number of American robins today, including the first one I had heard in full song since last summer.
Had male & females Eastern Bluebirds on the fence today, which is a refreshing sign of spring. I need to get nest boxes mounted!
Saw my first Common Grackle. They usually return when the Red-winged Blackbirds return at the end of February.