The Landbird Conservation Team

Evan: Monday, May 4—Census

Monday’s weather had the typical chill of an early spring day, but the trees were filled with foreign voices. Over the weekend, a brief puff of warm, southerly air helped usher in a small wave of neotropical migrants to the property. It’s always reassuring to hear the familiar song of the Gray Catbirds around the net lanes. Several other season-firsts included Green Heron, Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, Northern Waterthrush, Ovenbird, American Redstart, and Black-and-white Warblers. Both Veery and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks came from an extremely long distance and are probably a bit out of sync with the stunted leafout from 2020’s cool, wet spring. The forests and field edges at the farm were also buzzing; Wood Thrush and Field Sparrow were singing enthusiastically there. Water was calm on the bay. Under such conditions, the number of visible seabirds is usually low. Although the weather has been warm, no gray treefrogs have taken up residence in our refuge yet.

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