With spring arriving here in Utah, you’ve probably already noticed the birds in your backyard starting to sound a little more enthusiastic. It’s nearly impossible to go outside during the day without hearing birdsongs. While some of these avian singers—like certain chickadees, finches, quail, and doves—are here year-round, others are here for the spring migration. From March to May many different kinds of birds return to or pass through Utah to breed.
Exactly when a specific species comes to Utah depends on a variety of things, like availability of food, the length of the days, weather and climate, geography, and breed type. Some birds to keep an eye out for as they arrive in Utah in the spring are the Lazuli Bunting, Black-Headed Grosbeak, Turkey Vulture, Broad-Tailed Hummingbird, Black-Chinned Hummingbird, Cliff Swallow, Bullock's Oriole, Yellow-Headed Blackbird, Green-Tailed Towhee, Cinnamon Teal, American White Pelican, Osprey, Barn Swallow, Yellow Warber, and Western Tanager.
Spring is a great time to bird watch, because not only is the weather warmer, but the birds are often easier to spot since many have bright breeding plumage in the spring. Their desire to find a mate often makes them easier to hear as well. However, please make sure that you don’t get too close to nests, as this can stress the birds.