We always think that the first sign of spring is the arrival of the robin. Robins are actually here all year and survive on berries during the winter until they can start hunting for worms in the spring. As a flock, they travel from one berry tree to another. I noticed a flock feasting on a tree in the Kroger parking lot off of Jefferson Boulevard.
I have planted crab apple trees in my yard to help out the birds during the winter, although I have yet to see birds eating the berries in my yard. I just notice that the berries have been eaten.