“Hey! The Purple Martins (Progne subis) are here!” ::everybody runs outside:: I did not make a note of when they arrived last year, shame on me, but the year before they arrived on the 19th of April. I also wrote that we saw the scouts, which is incorrect. Martins don’t send scouts, they are just the older birds, which just makes sense.
In the hay field about halfway back, along the fenceline, a Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus). This is the first year that I’ve seen these on our property, although I see them everywhere else. I hope they like us enough to stay.
A large, male Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta or Sturnella magna) on a hayfield fence post. He was in full-blown breeding plumage – beautiful!
A group of 6 or so Turkey Vultures having dinner. We didn’t stop to see what they were eating, but thanked them for keeping our highways and byways clean.