Spring has sprung at Powell Gardens and the return of many of the garden's birds are a sure sign of it. One of the earliest birds to arrive each year are the Red-winged Blackbirds which often return at the end of February whether there is snow on the ground or not. Last year, one particular male Red-winged Blackbird who resided on the Island Garden was named "Fabio" by Senior Gardener Caitlin Bailey. I witnessed the bird last summer when I was "on duty" at the Island Garden during our Booms and Blooms Festival. This particular male Red-wing is a show off and seems to delight in displaying to visitors on the Island Garden. He would often prance around the rocks of the spring water pool and show off the brilliant red epaulets on his wings to passers by! What a ham. Afterwards I mentioned the bird to Caitlin and she said "oh yes, that's Fabio!"