In the bird world, some purple martins already are returning to Georgia from winter homes deep in South America for the spring nesting season.
With the days getting longer, bird song once again is starting to fill the morning air. I’m hearing now the ringing “tea-kettle, tea-kettle, tea-kettle” song of Carolina wrens before dawn, and very soon I expect to hear the “what cheer, cheer, cheer” singing of Northern cardinals.
The feathered creatures most associated with February, though, are Eastern bluebirds. They’re already warbling softly and checking out bird boxes and other potential nesting sites for their baby-rearing season, which gets underway next month.
IN THE SKY: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Center astronomer: The moon will be last quarter on Wednesday. Mars and Jupiter rise out of the east just after midnight. Jupiter will appear near the moon Wednesday night and Mars will do so on Thursday night. Saturn is low in the east a few hours before sunrise.