March 15, St. Paul: Heard several reports over the weekend that male redwing blackbirds had returned to southern Minnesota and the southern edge of the Twin Cities. Sure enough, this morning a male announced his presence in the little cattail wetland/drainage basin next door to where I work in St. Paul. I checked last year’s images and notes, and my first local siting was March 16, but I didn’t hear any calls for a few more days.
I always look forward to the first siting of redwings returning to claim nest sites because they are indicators that Mother Nature is serious about putting and end to winter. We may still have some cold and snowy weather, but seeing and hearing redwings on cattails means that warm weather is on the way.