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04/07/2014 08:46:39 AM · #1
Hey all

Spring brings with it a change of everything - weather patterns, amount of sunlight, and of course animals coming out of hibernation...and bird migrating. Robins are most people's bellweather.

But for me spring is truly here only when I see and hear two other birds: one is the red-winged blackbird, tough gutsy little birds that will basically take on all comers. And the second, ugly though they are, is the herald of the REAL maple season for me - the big, ugly but extremely useful turkey vulture! They can't ride nice warm thermals when it's cold, so there has to be some decent daytime temps for them to return.

So what bird epitomizes spring for you?
04/07/2014 09:12:08 AM · #2
in real time… A Big Month III

But, I think you are asking for our fav, or at least our indicator or Spring. Mine is:
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Due to arrive in the mountains of Colorado any day now. We are still in the grips of snow and ice, but my Spring harbinger is the Williamson's Sapsucker.
04/07/2014 09:22:37 AM · #3
For me its not so much a particular bird that arrives but one that departs. Dark eyed juncos always tend to show up at my feeders within a week or two of the first snowfall and then leave within a week or two of the last snowfall. In our area they are almost strictly a winter bird. So when they no longer visit my feeders i know that spring has really made it. Our last snow was just shy of a week ago and they are still here. But my guess (my hope) is that next week i won't see them again until November. Bring on the spring as I say a fond farewell to our juncos.
04/07/2014 09:38:58 AM · #4
Gold Finch and hummingbirds show up about the same time.
04/07/2014 09:48:58 AM · #5
I'm thinking goldfinch - when I see their bright yellow feathers I know spring is here. By the way, they haven't shown up here yet!
04/07/2014 10:00:20 AM · #6
The first warning comes from the geese ...

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... then the Swallows start buzzing.

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04/07/2014 02:06:42 PM · #7
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This is spring for me, one of the signs anyway.
04/07/2014 05:09:44 PM · #8
Originally posted by snaffles:

....So what bird epitomizes spring for you?


Don't know about birds, but a sure sign of spring for me is all the dog shit one can see on their lawn... yep...it's spring. :O)

Ray
04/07/2014 07:32:49 PM · #9
In most places I have lived I found the Killdeer the harbinger of spring..
04/07/2014 08:47:14 PM · #10
When I lived in Upstate New York it was the Red-Winged Blackbird. In North Carolina I'd say it's more about when the Coots head North which is right about now - although I did start to see Red-Winged Blackbirds here when the weather started warming up.
04/07/2014 09:31:23 PM · #11
Red winged blackbirds and Sandhill cranes. Goldfinches, as well as Lazuli Buntings and eventually hummingbirds (but it's more summertime when they finally show up here).

ETA: Also, Sage Grouse display time.

Message edited by author 2014-04-07 21:49:42.
04/08/2014 12:50:49 AM · #12
Originally posted by spiritualspatula:

ETA: Also, Sage Grouse display time.

When I was a wee child, my father took me out at some ungodly hour in the morning (it was dark) to go watch Sage Grouse mate(?). I remember there were a lot of people there watching (...bunch of perverts!). Those are some funny little birds.
04/08/2014 01:38:48 AM · #13
Originally posted by RayEthier:


Don't know about birds, but a sure sign of spring for me is all the dog shit one can see on their lawn... yep...it's spring. :O)

Ray


You got that right Ray. I have 4 small dogs that made one BIG mess.
04/08/2014 12:58:45 PM · #14
Originally posted by aliqui:

Originally posted by spiritualspatula:

ETA: Also, Sage Grouse display time.

When I was a wee child, my father took me out at some ungodly hour in the morning (it was dark) to go watch Sage Grouse mate(?). I remember there were a lot of people there watching (...bunch of perverts!). Those are some funny little birds.


Yeah, they're a bit strange. Here's a photo of a male in display (not mine)

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04/08/2014 03:17:16 PM · #15
I had never heard of a sage grouse until today, and now I've run across it twice. the first was this really bizarre story:

//m.magicvalley.com/news/local/poisoning-ravens-to-help-sage-grouse/article_4cd847e4-bbae-11e3-82ee-001a4bcf887a.html?mobile_touch=true

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