Spring arrived in Northeast Ohio at 7:58 a.m. today, but this story may be for the birds

Can we really trust a buzzard?

Spring arrived in Northeast Ohio at 7:58 a.m. today, but this story may be for the birds
George and Suzy Graham came from Rockford, Illinois to be a part of buzzard sighting day in Hinckely. (Source: Hinckley Chamber of Commerce)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -As Northeast Ohioans, we grasp at any sign that says spring is here, and according to a buzzard in Hinckley spring arrived at 7:58 a.m. Friday morning.

Every year on March 15, a group of buzzard spotters gather in Hinckley to look for the first bird to migrate back to the Hinckley Reservation.

About 50 people were out there early this morning, according to Melinda Mallari with the Hinckley Chamber of Commerce, and caught the first glimpse.

“A big cheer went up this morning,” Mallari said. “Normally we have to wait until about one in the afternoon to spot our first one, so this was a relatively early spotting.”

Buzzard tracking has become so popular that Hinckely throws a “Buzzard Day” festival, the Sunday after the 15th.

This Sunday, March 17, will be the 62nd year for the festival.

the 62nd annual Buzzard Day will be Sun. March 17 in Hinckley, Ohio.
the 62nd annual Buzzard Day will be Sun. March 17 in Hinckley, Ohio. (Source: Hinckley Chamber of Commerce)

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