Even more than <a href=”http://nature.lohudblogs.com/2007/03/11/robin-on-the-lawn/” target=”_blank”>robins</a>, I find the song of <a href=”http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Red-winged_Blackbird.html#sound” target=”_blank”>red-winged blackbirds</a> to be a greater harbinger of spring. The small, well, black songbird with red shoulders (The males anyways. Females, like most songbirds, are drab.) show up in wet, marshy areas throughout the Lower Hudson Valley about now. I’ve been hearing them for about a week or 10 days.
Here’s a nice <a href=”http://outdoors.mainetoday.com/news/070325birding.html” target=”_blank”>read</a> on red-winged blackbirds and spring.