Mariton: They Are Coming
Mariton’s Tuesday Morning Bird Walks start on Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30 a.m. While I don’t expect to see lots of warblers, I am beginning to see new neo-tropicals everyday. This is a great time to get used to the binoculars again, spot some easy birds before the leaves emerge, and start tuning the ear to bird songs.
The neo-tropical migrants are indeed returning. I have been hearing Black and White Warblers for about a week. The other day I heard an Ovenbird in the distance. Yesterday, I came across some Palm Warblers while working on the trails. Later in the day, I found a few Blue-gray Gnatcatchers near the Nature Center. Gnatcatchers have a nasal buzzing pssst that is quite distinctive, but easily dismissed as an insect. This morning, I looked up and saw a kettle of a dozen Broad-winged Hawks.
Yesterday morning, I walked into a flock of about 20 Yellow-rumped Warblers. Technically we can see Yellow-rumpeds during the winter, however, these birds acted like they had been migrating all night. They visited every Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) blossom looking for insects. Because the Yellow-rumpeds were feeding in Spicebush, they were at eye level. Here is a photo that Carole Mebus sent me from last year. You can see that these are quite pretty birds, and now is a good time to see them.