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Anyone else in the southeast not seeing many Blue Jays?  There seem to be far fewer this winter and spring than previous years.  I think I've seen only four or five since the first of the year, and I've hit suburban, coastal, and salt marsh environments in both Carolinas.

Robins, Red-wingeds, Common Grackles, and Brown-headed Cowbirds have been moving through in increasing numbers for a couple of weeks.  Juncos have dropped off; I had two at the feeder yesterday for the first time in three weeks.

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2 minutes ago, IKLland said:

I don’t think so. They just are really cool sounding! Somehow I got my first ones for the year today….along with a bunch of other stuff. 
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Nice. I don't have any yet this year either because they basically don't exist in my county. Maybe one or two on public lands but very hard to access. I've learned of a place that supposedly has them but it's private (so I'll have to make a quick early morning trip later in the year).

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I had a Common Poorwill early this morning. All the swallows are back, Barn, Cliff, and Rough-winged so far. Tree Swallows have been around for a while. Just waiting on a VG swallow now. 

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20 minutes ago, Aidan B said:

I had a Common Poorwill early this morning. All the swallows are back, Barn, Cliff, and Rough-winged so far. Tree Swallows have been around for a while. Just waiting on a VG swallow now. 

It's interesting how different swallow migration is in the Central Valley than out here on the coast. I've had Barn, Tree, and Violet-green all winter, but still no sign of any Cliff's or Rough-winged

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24 minutes ago, Aidan B said:

I had a Common Poorwill early this morning. All the swallows are back, Barn, Cliff, and Rough-winged so far. Tree Swallows have been around for a while. Just waiting on a VG swallow now. 

I’ve had barn and rough winged so far. 

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21 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Anyone else in the southeast not seeing many Blue Jays?  There seem to be far fewer this winter and spring than previous years.  I think I've seen only four or five since the first of the year, and I've hit suburban, coastal, and salt marsh environments in both Carolinas.

Robins, Red-wingeds, Common Grackles, and Brown-headed Cowbirds have been moving through in increasing numbers for a couple of weeks.  Juncos have dropped off; I had two at the feeder yesterday for the first time in three weeks.

I have plenty of Blue Jays here in NE Florida. I have 5 or 5 just in my yard daily.

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Not migration but a sign of early spring for sure. I have a Brown Thrasher in the backyard right now singing his little lungs out. This is the 3rd Spring in a row that we have had one do this in our yard. As most of you know Brown Thrasher's tend to stick low in brush or on the ground but when singing for a mate the top of the tallest tree is where they will be. It will sing until a potential mate appears.

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9 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

Got my first Orange-crowned Warblers singing on their breeding grounds today. They're alway the second migrants to come after Allen's Hummingbirds. Pac-slopes are usually next, they should be here in 3 weeks.

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They aren’t resident by you? I have them all year.

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Went outside just now, and EVERYBODY was singing. Cardinals, Bluebirds, Chickadees, White-throated Sparrows, etc. It's warm here this week, too. If I have to turn on the air conditioner in February, I'm going to be grumpy.

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Red-winged Blackbirds returned in fair numbers to one large park in my county yesterday, along with a decent amount of duck sp moving in, my FOY Lesser Scaup included. It’s 50 degrees now, but it’s going to drop below freezing for a couple days. I bet I won’t see any more migrants (COGR, BHCO, probably) for a week at least.

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On 2/20/2022 at 12:17 PM, neilpa said:

Had a half dozen Violet-green Swallows yesterday. Rather early for my county and still marked rare on eBird.

I miss these! Colorado had them in abundance in spring and summer. Here in Florida now zippo😔

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