I finally saw my first Eastern Phoebe of 2013 yesterday at Hempstead Lake State Park on Long Island. In fact, I saw three! My first sighting of Sayornis phoebe is always a harbinger of spring for me and this one was especially sweet as harbingers of spring have been noticeably absent this year across much of the northern United States. So, like last year, I thought I would ask the question,which is only really relevant to folks in the midwest and northeast of the United States and in eastern Canada: When did you see your first Eastern Phoebe of 2013?
Seeing my first Eastern Phoebe on 24 March put me six days behind my average first date over the last seven years of 18 March. Are your Eastern Phoebes early or late this year? And if you want to check out what happened in 2012 or 2011 feel free!