I saw my first migratory Eastern Phoebe of the year today in the same place as last year – Rockaway Community Park in southern Queens – and a day earlier than last year, but still later than usual for me. For me, this means that spring has arrived! (The actual bird is the one in all three images.)
As I have for the last several years, I will now ask the same question of midwesterners and northeasterners that I ask every year: When did you see your first Eastern Phoebe of 2014? And was it late or early?
Puddle, puddle, on the ground, who’s the fairest phoebe around?
This is a bit late for me but not by too much. My average over the last ten years is now 21 March and it would be much later if not for the early bird I found in 2006 on 03 March. If you are interested, here are the dates of my first phoebe from each of the last ten years.
2015 – 28 March
2014 – 29 March
2013 – 24 March
2012 – 15 March
2011 – 19 March
2010 – 31 March
2009 – 15 March
2008 – 21 March
2007 – 26 March
2006 – 03 March
Great, I’m your first phoebe of 2015. Now find me some bugs and turn off the cold!
I saw my first of the year today! I live in CT. This was about the same time as I saw mine last year.
This year my first phoebe was March 19 at Palmyra. I still haven’t seen one in my county this year. In 2014, my first phoebe was March 15 at Heathcote Meadows (in the southern part of my county). In 2013, it was April 13 at Cheesequake. In 2012, it was March 17 at Negri-Nepote. In 2011, it was April 8 at my local patch. In 2010, it was Jan 23 in western Maryland. So my first phoebe sightings are either the early wave in mid-March or the main wave in mid-April, with the exception of the straggler in the last example.
Spring? It looks cold! 🙂
Still no Phoebe here in Heidelberg/Germany, in spite of looking ho so hard.
Jochen, I don’t get it. This is the time of year that they migrate. Are you spending all your time trying to find Say’s Phoebe or something?
Er, actually it’s a blackburnian Warlber I’m busy finding… 🙁
April 7 here in Maine, exactly to the day from last year!