Red-winged Blackbird

In recent days, I heard red-winged blackbirds calling in the wetlands near the lighthouse. This morning, I noticed one scratching for seed below the bird-feeder. Male red-winged blackbirds arrive early to claim territory before females show up for breeding season.  Last year, I heard the first red-winged blackbird on March 12th, which is not unusual. This year, they are a couple of weeks ahead of schedule.