Tomorrow is the first day of spring. I'm looking out my window at a fresh layer of snow that fell overnight. Luckily the storm went a bit north and we were spared the brunt of the snow. The one thing that will get me through the gray, cold days of March in Minnesota is the ability to live vicariously in Texas by watching radar returns every night. The first few nights of bird movement have started to appear and it brings me hope. Watching the listserves for neighboring states I know that it will only be a few days before I will see my FOY Red-winged Blackbirds, Killdeer and Sandhill Cranes.
Unfortunately the first Yellow-rumped Warblers, Hermit Thrushes and Ruby-crowned Kinglets are still weeks away. Until then it's late nights with my friend - Doppler.