They are coming…………….

While participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count this past weekend.  I was pleasantly surprised to see a COMMON GRACKLE hanging around my feeder and the backyard for most of the day.  Les Griffiths had one also.  Although certainly no “rare”, it is an unusual sightings around here in the winter.  You don’t have to go very far south though to find them.  Just head down to anywhere along the Lake Erie shoreline and you are sure to stumble across Grackles and other blackbirds, like Cowbirds, Red-wings, Rusty’s, etc. 

But spring isn’t all that far away.  Soon we will be seeing and hearing birds around here that have been missing for the past several months.  I have yet to see a Red-wing Blackbird in this neck of the woods since winter arrived.  But they are coming.  For sure.  For sure.  They can almost always be counted on the show up sometime in the first week of March.  So keep your eyes and ears open.  They will often be seen along roadside ditches perched atop tall reeds and grasses.   Who among us will be the first to spot one?  If you do, please note if on the “Observation” page of this website, along with the date and place.  We all want to hear about.

Tundra Swans, too, will be starting to show up, as they make their way north.  I have already heard about a sighing of a few swans flying over London.  They generally migrate in flocks.  And are often “heard” before they are seen.  They are often heard at night as they migrate north.  So as you are “out and about” be sure to keep your eyes and ears open. 

They are coming.

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