Harbinger of Spring in High Park: March 7, 2022

I see Red-winged Blackbirds occasionally in winter especially near birdfeeders.

Red-winged Blackbird (male)

A few have been appearing this week but never more than one or two.

Red-winged Blackbird (male)

Last year, I saw my first group of Redwings on March 5.

Red-winged Blackbirds (male)

This morning, in rainy High Park, we heard and saw at least a dozen. To some, this signifies the beginning of the spring migration.

Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)

The males always arrive first. In a few weeks, we will start to see the females (who look very different).

Red-winged Blackbird (female)

Other birds:

House Sparrow (male)
Canada Geese
Blue Jay
House Sparrows in house intended for Purple Martins
Mallard (male)
Mallard (female)

Park scenes:

High Park Zoo:

Mouflon Sheep
Highland Cattle
Barbary Sheep

Today’s group:


Hi Miles,

Last spring Lilly & Billy built their nest on this photographer’s tiny Manhattan balcony. He recorded it all, from twigs to fledglings – for posterity and for his own pandemic entertainment. 😊 And they’re back this year!


March brings breezes loud and shrill,
Stirs the dancing daffodil.                         – Sara Coleridge (1802-52)

Miles Hearn

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