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ImagePNWMountaingirl
Feb 18, 2010 5:41 PM CST
Name: Sharon
South Prairie, WA
Please share your bird migration observations in the Midwest here. Drooling
ImageRosebud
Feb 21, 2010 1:13 PM CST
The Ozarks in SW Missouri
I saw 3 flocks of Snow Geese yesterday...they were flying low enough to clearly see and hear them...it was awesome!
Imagechickadee
Feb 25, 2010 6:42 PM CST
Name: Kay
Lincoln, Nebraska
Hi. I'm in Nebraska and we are looking forward to the migration of the Sandhill Cranes. They congregate in the central part of the state on and around the Platte River. There is a very nice visitor center which draws people from all over the world to see these amazing birds! They usually arrive sometime in March.
Imagechickadee
Feb 26, 2010 10:03 AM CST
Name: Kay
Lincoln, Nebraska
This morning I heard a report on the radio that there have been two flocks of Sandhill Cranes that have arrived this week. They are running late, I guess. Its because of our icky winter, I don't blame them for wanting to stay south awhile!
ImagePNWMountaingirl
Feb 26, 2010 2:55 PM CST
Name: Sharon
South Prairie, WA
We have a sandhill crane festival in late March here on the Eastern side of the state. Love it when they come as we have a little vacation house over there. They stay for about a month and then move on.
ImageNanny56
Mar 6, 2010 9:04 AM CST
Name: Claudia
Putnam County Indiana
We have had Sandhill Cranes passing over this week.

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ImagePNWMountaingirl
Mar 8, 2010 3:37 PM CST
Name: Sharon
South Prairie, WA
Do you have any idea of their destination? I have a friend in MN who I think sees them during the summer.
The ones we see in WA only stay in the Eastern part of the state for a month or so in March and then head on. I think those may be the ones Angele sees in NM in the winter.
ImageNanny56
Mar 8, 2010 6:47 PM CST
Name: Claudia
Putnam County Indiana
No...I really have no idea where they are headed. Saw more large groups on Sunday and today.
ImageNanny56
Mar 8, 2010 6:50 PM CST
Name: Claudia
Putnam County Indiana
More Common Grackles arrive every day now since the first one showed up on the first of March. The Red-winged Blackebirds have arrive too! The Starlings stayed all winter this year here at the house.

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Imagefirefly
Mar 13, 2010 2:24 PM CST
Name: Christine
Mid Michigan
Hi everyone.

We have had a very mild winter and some warmer temps the last couple of weeks. The lake/marsh out front is almost all open.

I heard sand-hills this morning out there. I was almost late for work, checking out everything in the spotting scope. I saw a couple common mergansers, of course canada geese, a couple swans (that will stay, I saw some trumpeters a couple weeks ago) Some mallards are back also.

It is a very exciting time to watch the birds and very early for the thaw.
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Ralph Waldo Emerson
ImageNanny56
Mar 14, 2010 7:20 AM CST
Name: Claudia
Putnam County Indiana
I saw my first Eastern Phoebe on Friday 3-12-10!

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Imagechickadee
Mar 16, 2010 8:35 PM CST
Name: Kay
Lincoln, Nebraska
Our spring and summer friends, the Redwing Blackbirds have finally made it back. It took them a few extra weeks to arrive this year. Its still just so chlilly and wintery here... Angry
ImagePNWMountaingirl
Mar 18, 2010 7:34 PM CST
Name: Sharon
South Prairie, WA
Yep, it is starting to get exciting everywhere.
Imagefirefly
Apr 6, 2010 4:57 AM CST
Name: Christine
Mid Michigan
The red winged blackbirds have been here for some time now, but the females just caught up. We have seen large flocks, looking like large black clouds, circling the water.

We heard a racket yesterday, peeked out to see every tree with birds on it. They were all singing at once. It must have been at least a thousand red wing blackbirds. What a sight for sure and what a racket. The sound drowned out the peeper frogs and the geese.
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Imagechickadee
Apr 6, 2010 8:01 PM CST
Name: Kay
Lincoln, Nebraska
Your description of the noises of Red Winged Blackbirds, peepers, and Geese is so very familiar to us on our lake right now! The sure signs that spring has sprung! Hurray!
Imagefirefly
Apr 7, 2010 4:25 AM CST
Name: Christine
Mid Michigan
Anyone who lives by the water would know. Hilarious!

It was cooler last night and we had all doors and windows closed in the house, also a noisy humidifier running right by the bed, we could still hear the peepers!

The redwings were in last night too. You just go outside and turn around slowly and every tree is covered, like leaves. Amazing.
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Imagechickadee
Apr 7, 2010 10:09 AM CST
Name: Kay
Lincoln, Nebraska
We are always amazed at the peepers! It sure seems like they'd be hoarse, the way they carry on Hilarious! It's non stop!
And I can NEVER see them...
ImageNanny56
Apr 11, 2010 8:37 PM CST
Name: Claudia
Putnam County Indiana
The Eastern Towhees have arrived along with the Brown Thrashers this past week!
ImagePNWMountaingirl
Apr 16, 2010 10:19 AM CST
Name: Sharon
South Prairie, WA
Love the thrashers and their wonderful song. We have Western Towhees year round here. According to Journey North, you should have lots of exciting birds VERY soon. Enjoy.
Imagefirefly
Apr 16, 2010 4:51 PM CST
Name: Christine
Mid Michigan
Canada Goose nesting out front of the house, as spotted through the spotting scope.

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What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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