Keep an eye out for these seven species, arriving in North Carolina from their winter homes in Central or South America sometime in March. Actual arrival times will vary depending on location and, of course, luck.
Here’s when to start watching for these early birds:
Purple Martin – early March
Louisiana Waterthrush – mid March
Barn Swallow – mid-March
Chimney Swift – late March
Least Tern – late March
Broad-winged Hawk – late March
Ruby-throated Hummingbird – late March
Curious when you might see your “FOY” – first of year – bird for other species? Check out eBird’s bar chart for North Carolina here.
Audubon chapters throughout the state offer free bird walks throughout the year; check your nearest Audubon chapter’s website to find a bird walk near you here.