Though this question is probably only relevant to birders in the midwest and northeast of the United States I feel compelled, like last year, to ask it. Have you seen your first Eastern Phoebe of 2012? When? Was it earlier or later than usual for you?
my first decently photographed Eastern Phoebe of 2012 at Bayonne Park on 4 April 2012
This year I had several first phoebes. I saw one on Long Island way back on 08 January but that was clearly a bird attempting to winter. (And as far as wintering birds I had them on my trip to Florida as well.) My first migrating Eastern Phoebe of the year was at the Oradell Reservoir in New Jersey on 15 March, slightly earlier than my average of 19 March. My first migrating phoebe in New York wasn’t until 29 March at Forest Park in my home borough of Queens.
When did you get your first phoebe of the year? And if this game doesn’t apply to you I am sorry…but my first phoebes are too cool to not post about!