The female eastern towhee that showed up in my Willmar yard on 15 December, successfully overwintered. I saw her last on 16 March. She never seemed stressed by the cold weather; her biggest challenge seemingly avoiding the sharp shinned hawks in the neighborhood. I did create a few piles of discarded Christmas tree "hide-outs" for her, which she frequented.
For what it's worth, I estimate Kandiyohi county and points west to be at least 7 days behind the Metro area with respect to spring weather conditions and snow amounts. Spring migrants are trickling in, but I have yet to see a flock of waterfowl.
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