Today I saw a spattering of newly returned migrants around the city:
Two pairs of Yellow-crowned Night-Herons were at their usual nesting site in the big live oaks just east of the UNO campus. They were spreading their back plumes, posturing, and grabbing sticks. Love is in the air!
A Barn Swallow was sitting on a wire where Harrison Ave crosses the Marconi canal. This is another traditional nesting site.
Three adult Little Blue Herons flying high overhead at West End early this morning were, I suspect, newly arriving migrants- rather than commuters from our wintering population. They were flying higher than commuters usually fly, and not headed toward any logical commuting destination (headed out over the lake). Six more far out over the lake westbound also seemed to be in an odd place- perhaps also new returnees.
Elsewhere in the state, various observers have reported returning Northern Parulas, Yellow-throated Warblers, and even an American Redstart.
The momentum is building!