Our female Red-winged Blackbirds returned today, more than 3 weeks after the males returned.
This is a fairly common migration strategy amongst migrating birds, with the male birds returning to breeding grounds ahead of the females. This approach gives the males time to establish territory.
You'll witness males return before the females in familiar backyard birds such as Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Dark-eyed Juncos, Gray Catbirds, House Wrens, Eastern Phoebes, Chipping Sparrows, Baltimore Orioles, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.
It's nice to know that when the males of these species return, females (and the nesting season) are not far behind!