By Marcia Davis

The first purple martin – a purplish-black male -arrived Feb. 22 at Sue and Clifford Snider’s Madisonville martin colony.

Even earlier on Feb. 12, migrating tree swallows appeared in Clinton.

On March 7 a pair of Carolina wrens used their long, pointed bills to harvest moss from my lawn. Making multiple trips with moss-filled beaks, they stuffed a Colonial Williamsburg ceramic bird jar on the wall. A female eastern bluebird flew in close to watch intently. She seemed to glare at the wrens – as if she knew the wrens’ actions meant one less available bird house for her to chose from for her own nest.

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