As winter visits begin to move northward, birds from the south begin to arrive. One of the earliest spring migrants, the Eastern Phoebe returns to northeastern North America around mid-March. The males precede the females and begin immediately to establish their territories and sing their spring song. Nest building begins soon after the female arrives. She builds the nest using mud, grass and moss, often on a building ledge. Sometimes she will renovate an old nest from the prior year.
Other early songbird migrants are the American Woodcock, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, and American Robin. We’re now getting reports of our first Song Sparrow returning. Check out the Vermont eBird bar chart for this month to find out what might else be arriving around you this month.