Monday, May 3, 2010

The migrants are here!!

Wow, warm weather finally pushed northward after the cool weather of last week, and Connecticut had a major fallout of spring migrants over the weekend. The local list-serves are just buzzing with reports.
I spent about ten minutes outside after lunch - which only whet my appetite for more!

New migrants seen:
Yellow Warbler, Dendroica petechia
Wilson's Warbler, Wilsonia pusilla
House Wren, Troglodytes aedon
(seen once in the fall)
Chimney Swift, Chaetura pelagica

and a few heard but not seen - I won't count them yet, but at least I've made a record of their presence here at West Campus:
Baltimore Oriole, Icterus galbula
Common Yellowthroat, Geothlypis trichas (seen once in the fall)

From Friday and Saturday last week, Tom reported another three new species for our list - thanks Tom!!:
Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica
Blackpoll Warbler, Dendroica striata
Red-eyed Vireo, Vireo olivaceus

This list of names on a page, little black scratchings on your screen, cannot describe these birds - do an image search for the Yellow and Wilson's Warblers to feast your eyes on mother nature's beauty! Listen to the the songs of the House Wren and Baltimore Oriole (scroll about 1/3 down the linked page for the recorded songs).

1 comment:

  1. Hey Sue! The House Wren is still singing away out front even as the rain begins. Great views at break time of a Common Yellowthroat right across the parking lot by the gate. Both Northern Flickers were in the nest cavity when I walked by as well and a House Finch singing at the top of the Flicker tree with two American Goldfinch sitting right next to him. I'm pretty sure there was a Great-blue Heron flyover this morning as well but I didn't get great views. If the rain holds off I'll be out at lunch!