It seems like the birds are arriving early this year. Is the mild winter making them move ahead of schedule?
we have unexpected cold fronts in the spring, birds can stop temporarily
or even reverse direction to wait for better traveling conditions. And good weather may speed
up their migration spending less time at their normal pit stops to reach
Lately there has been a lot of excitement in
the air with this crazy weather. I have seen waves of Red-winged Blackbirds
stopping briefly at my feeders only to leave the next day on their way
further north to their nesting grounds. The chickadees have been
conducting battles for territory through song and checking out nesting
sites. Bluebirds and other birds have started to carry off mouthful of
nesting materials. While robins and cardinals, up before the sun, sing
lovely ballads for their mates.
Things seem to be moving much
faster than normal and if you want to check the maps or report the
sighting of a bird go to www.hummingbirds.net to check the status of hummingbirds and http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/Maps.html for a lot of other spring sightings. I would make sure all my seed feeders are cleaned and filled and all my nectar/fruit feeders are cleaned and hung by mid-April.
Preparing Your Yard For Wild Birds in the Spring http://preparing-your-yard.html
What is the nectar (sugar water) recipe? http://bit.ly/GE3Ojj
Can hummingbirds drink from the same feeder as an oriole? http://bit.ly/GFRUiI
What's the Best Way to Attract Orioles http://bit.ly/GE4vZO
The Best Hummingbird Feeders http://bit.ly/GE4N2M