The record setting warmth this month has shifted nature to turn toward spring, and this has accelerated the migration of birds.
Some species, like the robin, has already been seen in large flocks returning to Western New York. Signs of spring are everywhere and the official start is March 21.
At the Tinker Nature Center in Henrietta, Darlene Kron is noticing a difference this year. “A lot more birds than normal,” said Kron. “They’re coming back up north.”
Rochester will record its warmest month ever for February and the birds have spoken. “If you crack your windows in the morning or just on your way to work,” said Liz Magnanti, manager at The Bird House in Brighton referring to the bird song.
“This is definitely unusual,” said Magnanti, “There are birds checking out their bird houses earlier than normal.” Such a warm February has meant that the birds have come out a lot earlier, and that could mean an earlier mating season that will ultimately end up in seeing more birds come summertime.
Seeing the red winged blackbird is a sure sign that spring has come early and more birds have been better business for The Bird House. “We’re seeing an increase in seed sales,” said Magnanti.
If we do see a harsh freeze in March, according to Magnanti, it should not have much of an impact on the birds as they continue to prepare for the warm months.