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Red Wing Blackbirds in Lake Marshes – Early Spring?

Looked at the bird counts for Ottawa County from the Great Backyard Bird Count. Two dozen Red Wing Blackbirds and two Greenwing Teal sighted in a marsh on north side of Sandusky Bay. On February 20!

Now I know there are always a few birds ahead of the rest, but Red Wing Blackbirds, an annual sign of spring, as far north as Lake Erie on February 20?! And Green Wing Teal?

I don’t want to “jump the gun” here, but it sure doesn’t feel like winter out there and yes the the 14 day forecast isn’t spring-like, but maybe after that? The wildlife telling us somethig?

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