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PHENOLOGY

Phenology

Third Week of March

This can be the week of many firsts, such as the return of the killdeers, great blue herons, song sparrows, and brown-headed cowbirds. The first garter snakes may come out of their underground dens for some early spring sunning. Migratory American robins, eastern bluebirds, wood ducks, and common grackles arrive in numbers. With much honking and fanfare, pairs of Canada geese claim their wetland nesting territories.

March 19, 2016 - Crocuses began blooming. Wood ducks were checking out nesting boxes, the first Canada geese were incubating, and mallards began egg laying.

March 23, 2016 - In Northfield, as five inches of heavy wet snow fell, 40 northern cardinals at one time were counted at a feeding station.

LOOK FOR

What to Look For 03, 2018

First migrating American robin arrives (Carver County):
2016 March 6
2015 March 12
2014 March 19
2013 March 15
2012 March 2

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