| STORY BY MEGHAN MCMAHON |
What do you look for as an early sign of spring? Crocuses and daffodils pushing up through the soil? The call of a cardinal calling out for a mate? A few more minutes of sunlight each day?
Many migratory birds give us hope that spring is near when they arrive back on their breeding grounds even before winter has given its last hurrah. In February and early March they fly in, ready to get back to the business of breeding and nesting.
Among these birds are some that we consider harbingers of spring and some that are a lesser-known sign of the season. Not all will stick around until fall. Some are just passing through or maybe taking a break to refuel before continuing their northward journey.
Take a look at these birds you may spy in the sky or your yard soon if you haven’t already.