It’s here at last! Last night’s fantastic winds and movement of birds as well as the outlook for tonight have convinced me the floodgates are open! Over the past few weeks, the signs for the major migrant push have started to reveal themselves. I began hearing Pine Warblers the second week of the month and soon was hardly not going a day when I wouldn’t hear their song through an open window at school. Just last week, we banded Connecticut’s first Nashville Warbler of the season as well as a Prairie Warbler at the Birdcraft Sanctuary in Fairfield. Factor in Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Hermit Thrush to the mix and you have a terrific variety for April 21! On the 22, I visited the Larsen Sanctuary and came out with some pretty good migrants including, Louisiana Waterthrush, Purple Finch, Pine Warbler and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.
Finally, just today I had an eight warbler morning at Birdcraft, which included the following highlights:
10+ Gray Catbird
1 Brown Creeper
1 Hermit Thrush
~ 15 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 Black-and-white Warbler
2 Palm Warbler
1 Prairie Warbler – Singing in an Apple near small bridge
3 Northern Waterthrush
1 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH – A fantastic bird for the morning and a pretty uncommon bird at the Birdcraft.
1 Common Yellowthroat – Caught in the nets near the pond
The greatest areas of activity were around the pond, the oaks bordering the small hill at the NE side of the property, and the bridge facing the pond.
So, it seems, the floodgates are open. I’ve jam-packed my weekend with lots of local birding trips and am pumped for what’s in store! It’s all uphill from here!