First martins spotted, seen as sign of spring

Published 11:59 am Thursday, February 10, 2011

The season’s first pair of purple martins has been spotted at Ergon Marine near the river on Lee Street, employee Theresa Parker said Wednesday.

The sighting of the small birds is a harbinger, birdwatchers say, that spring is on the way.

The martins spend the spring and summer in North America as far north as southern Canada laying eggs and raising their young. The birds then migrate to their wintering grounds in South America.

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