Purple martins spotted in Pine Bluff

The appearance of purple martins is traditionally thought of as one of the first signs of spring and two pairs of the birds were spotted Saturday morning, according to John Simmons, who lives on Riverside Drive.

Simmons said he saw the birds around one of the Martin houses he has on his property.

“It seems like they’re a little later this year than they have been in the past,” Simmons said.