Do bird sightings mean spring is on the way?

February 7th, 2014 at 9:01 pm by under Weather
ReportIt photo of a robin from March 2013.  Submitted by Tara Steffen.

ReportIt photo of a robin from March 2013. Submitted by Tara Steffen.

I was pleased to read an article on the Capital Weather Gang blog about the appearance of robins in winter.  I know many of you will find it interesting.

Every year as spring inches closer, we get a number of photos and e-mails/calls in to the weather center of people’s sightings of robins and other birds.  Some of you toss out our “wintry” forecasts in favor of the belief that spring must be on its way because the birds are back!  But, many of these birds that, at one time, may have signaled spring with their arrival, no longer travel south during the winter season.  So,  their spring-like forecasts are not necessarily trustworthy ((unlike those from your Live Doppler 15 Fury Weather Team, of course ;) ))

To read more about the migratory changes of the red-breasted robin through the years, click here to read the full article.

One Response to “Do bird sightings mean spring is on the way?”

  1. Mary says:

    My husband and I saw robins in January. We also have bluebirds visit our feeder year round,. Yesterday at subzero temps, we had 5 bluebirds feeding all day long. :)