The Snow and Ross's Geese are moving through the state right now. The first shorebirds are showing up in small numbers. Sandhill Cranes are being reported as small groups pass through. Waterfowl are heading back and soon enough raptors , swallows, and sparrows will be on the move. March isn't a powerhouse month for migration but it does kick things off. And once the ball is rolling, the birds just keep coming. April and May will be here in no time, and before you know it the end of June will arrive and Fall Migration will have kicked back off.
If you head to southern Utah during the latter half of the month quite a few southern specialties will be arriving and starting to look for nest sites. Lucy's Warblers, Bell's Vireos, Scott's Orioles, Common Black-Hawks, and more are all early arrivals.
If you're not quite ready for winter to be over, it's a great time to head into the mountains looking for winter finch flocks. Rosy-Finches were abound at Powder Mountain last week--while Crossiblls, Cassin's Finches, and Siskin tend to start showing up at valley feeders just about now. There are still some gulls around, as well as 1,000's of Tundra Swans, and other winter waterfowl. Winter Raptors are still here to--Merlins, Rough-legged, and Harlan's Hawks, as well as Bald Eagles.
But it's the month of change and many of the birds we are seeing right now will be long gone in a few weeks--replaced by their breeding counterparts. Make it a helluva March and let us know what you're seeing!