Happy first day of spring

CHESTERVILLE — It may not feel like it, but spring arrived today, March 20.

The current temperatures may tempt the snow buntings to stick around a while longer, but eventually the white-and-black birds that fly in choreographed flocks will head back to their breeding grounds on the northern tundra.

The video clip below shows local snow buntings in flight on the second last day of winter. The footage includes a single bird that appears to be a North American horned lark — often seen with snow buntings, Ralph and Marge Norg of Chesterville said on Facebook. The lark certainly looks at home in a wintery environment but is one of the first bird arrivals of spring, according to the Norgs. With thanks to Susan Helmer Sloane for being first to identify the bird.

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