Eager for spring to arrive? Enjoy this animated map of North American songbird migration. It has been assembled by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, using data from its eBird collection program.
When you want to know which dot is which bird species, go to the bottom right corner — Related Stories — and click on the map.
The spring/fall routes of Bobolinks, cuckoos, and Connecticut and Cape May warblers are particularly interesting.
Check number 54, Horned Lark, that winters just south of us. It will be among the first two or three migrants to arrive here — some of them next month — and among the last to leave. Look for them in open farm fields and on road shoulders.