It has been awhile since we have seen green plants growing outside our favorite bird-viewing window. Our seed-eating feeder birds have noticed as well. Throughout the winter months, they feasted on the many native seeds set last growing season in your neighborhood. Of course they supplemented that winter supply with their visits to your Aspen Song offerings. As winter winds down, food sources are at their lowest for our bird friends. This is an important time of year to keep the feeders filled! Once warm weather arrives, they will be able to supplement their diets with insects and greening plant material. But until then, they appreciate our help. This is the time of the year when you may see early migrants returning to your northeastern backyard. American Robins, Eastern Bluebirds, and Red-winged Blackbirds are some of the first to return. Watch for native sparrows as well. Fox Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, and White-crowned Sparrows will be visiting ground feeders for millet-based mixes like Aspen Song Value Blend. Keep an eye on your resident American Goldfinches as they feed on Aspen Song Finch mix. The males will be molting from their drab winter tones to the bright yellow of their breeding plumage. Spot this change, and there is no doubt that spring is on the way!