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Red-winged Black Birds
« on: March 02, 2018, 10:12:49 AM »
Here in Michigan, most people think that seeing a Robin is the first sign of spring, however many Robin's winter over. Not so with the Red-winged Black birds. They are the true harbinger of spring as birds go.  We just had one at the bird feeder here on this second day of March!  Earliest I have ever saw one here!
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Re: Red-winged Black Birds
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2018, 11:43:30 AM »
I saw the first bluebird in the yard a couple of days ago.  I had to watch for awhile to make sure it really was one.  I don't ever remember seeing one this early.  An unusual amount of crows too.
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2018, 12:24:33 PM »
Then there's the flocks of geese been heading north for a couple weeks now.
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Re: Red-winged Black Birds
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2018, 04:01:10 PM »
Our bluebirds never left!   Got a few daffodils in bloom.  Trees are budding. I can hear the high Vs of geese heading north at night.  I think that they will have to hunker down for a few days with our Noreaster.  Doves are paired up.  And I saw my first robin yesterday.  Im not to sure Punxsutawney Phil got it right this year.
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Re: Red-winged Black Birds
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2018, 07:44:46 PM »
When I hear the woodcock doing their "sky dance" as they migrate in, spring is right around the corner! Have been hearing many more songbirds early in the mornings, good to hear....Scott B.
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Re: Red-winged Black Birds
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2018, 07:56:43 PM »
Never saw one at the feeder. Very common to see one next to the brook on a cat-nine-tail just down the road.
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Re: Red-winged Black Birds
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2018, 08:17:29 PM »
He was back today.  No cattails here or open water for that matter. That's usually where you see them, is in cattails.
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Re: Red-winged Black Birds
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2018, 09:46:36 PM »
Western tanager here. They arrive at this elevation in early spring and then move up. Redwings and geese both overwinter here. 

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Re: Red-winged Black Birds
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2018, 06:37:52 AM »
Alot of people say it around here, too. For whatever reason, even after I found out it's not true however many years ago, I still watch for them. There's only been a handful of years that I saw them before the last snow. I haven't seen one yet this year. We're forecast for another noreaster come Wednesday, so, so far this year they haven't lied to me yet

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Re: Red-winged Black Birds
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2018, 06:56:02 AM »
I used to see the red winged black birds fairly often, but I haven't seen one in quite a while.  Don't see the big string a black birds in the air like I use to see either.  Banjo
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Re: Red-winged Black Birds
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2018, 03:51:55 PM »
I screwed up when I removed all the cattails that were taking over my pond. I lost all my red winged blackbirds. Does anyone know what I can do to create a nesting area for them short of putting the cattails back in.

I now have a crow problem and I hear the black birds chase them off.

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Re: Red-winged Black Birds
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2018, 06:47:41 PM »
That's my sign of spring when I hear red wing black birds, they showed up a few weeks back I also seen a few kill deer. Can't wait pretty tired of hauling wood to the stove  ;D.
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