PITTSFIELD - The signs of winter haven't yet faded quite yet, but waiting for warm weather is for the birds.
That is unless we're talking about migratory birds, many of which are now returning to Northeast Wisconsin.
It's a marked change from last year's migration.
"Last year was such a bizarre year for migration. There never was that big huge wave of migration, it seemed like they just kept trickling through for a long time because we had those weird weather patterns last year. This is actually much more of a typical winter and spring," said Jody Sperduto, Bay Beach naturalist.
Some migratory species don't go far during the winter months.
The redwing blackbird doesn't even leave the state, so they're typically among the first to reappear.
They've been back for a couple weeks now.
Some birds that appear to disappear never actually left.
"A lot of people don't realize that goldfinches are here all year round, even though just now they're just starting to turn yellow. They look different in the winter and so a lot of people don't realize that those little yellow birds that are so beautiful in the summertime are actually here all year round, they just don't look like they do in summertime," said Sperduto.
Others that have arrived are only using Northeast Wisconsin as a pit stop, like tundra swans.
They're easy to spot in many fields this time of year, often numbering in the hundreds or even thousands while they camp out in fields for a few days, getting a rest and feeding before continuing north.
The next big group of birds to arrive will be warblers sometime in mid-April, followed by hummingbirds in late April and orioles moving through in May.
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