The fourth 節気 “sekki” division of the traditional Japanese calendar is:
vernal equinox, spring equinox
The first “kō” microseason within this division is:
(すずめ はじめて すくう)
“suzume hajimete sukū”
Sparrows start to nest
That makes 雀始巣 the tenth microseason of the year!
It typically lasts 21~25 March, so it started yesterday 🙂
This is #10 in a regular subseries of 365 Days of Japanese, where every five or six days I post about a Japanese microseason that has begun around the same date as the entry. I am taking all information from the list of 72 in this article. There is also a 36 microseason list here, which may be more authentic (rather than being based primarily on Chinese sources).
Image credit: Damon Calderwood.