Have you seen your first robin yet? One of the first signs of spring, right?
Actually, plenty of robins stay here over the winter. The ones who hang around generally remain in flocks and move to where the food is. Sometimes near fruit trees. They love fruity eats, especially since worms are pretty much unavailable being frozen in the ground and all. Or, if there is some open water, like a stream or river, they might be found on the bank hunting for food. They don’t come to feeders that much because their beaks aren’t designed for cracking seeds.
How about red-winged black birds? They are a popular spring indicator.
Some red-wings stay in northern regions during the winter, but a lot of them head for Dixie and parts of Central America. When those guys return, their trade-mark metallic trill truly conjures up images of warm weather. The females usually follow in two or three weeks. They do the work of building a nest and laying eggs. Not a lot to sing about there.
Also, love it when dark-eyed juncos flit around the yard for a week or two in March or April before heading back to their breeding grounds. Or my oven. Delicious.