It's March 11th and it feels more like April 11th. This is the month we should be getting our spring blizzards and hoping to survive until warm weather but instead we're going to have temps in the 70s this week. Lots of birds are moving in significantly ahead of schedule. The lakes usually look like the picture above but most are very close to opening. I wouldn't be surprised to see many lakes ice free by Friday.
I decided to get out and enjoy this afternoon down at the Old Cedar Bridge area of the Minnesota River Valley National Wildlife Refuge. One of the first signs of spring was singing Redwing Blackbirds all over the place. Song Sparrows flitted through the grasses along the edge of the trail and every open bit of water was full of waterfowl. The complete list of species for the day is as follows:
Greater White-fronted Goose
I can only imagine that many more migrants will show up this week with the warm temps and the strong winds from the south. Get out and look up!