The bird migration is just so awesome!
Everyone has a bird, that for them really marks the start of spring. For me it is juncos, when I see juncos I know that winter is on its way out. It can snow, like today, but it’s pretty much half-hearted.
It goes like this:
Canada geese, Mallard ducks, Oregon Juncos, Herring gulls, Redwinged blackbirds, Various hawks., Various ducks, Robins
American kestrel, Some kind of sparrow (not white crowned or swamp), Mountain bluebirds
In contrast, these are our winter birds: Crows, ravens, Pine grosbeaks, chickadees, redpolls, Hairy woodpeckers and Downy woodpeckers.