Almost over……..

Hooded Warbler, Birdcraft Sanctuary (taken with a cell phone camera)

With the first arrivals of Mourning Warblers and other late migrants this past week, the signal has been sent: passerine migration is winding down. Memorial day weekend is always a very melancholy time for me. It is so close to the end of the school year, and many friends and family are in town for the weekend, yet one of my favorite times of the birding year is at a close.

This weekend is also big for another non-birding reason: final exams, a factor in my limited birding this past week and predictably throughout this weekend as well. I take finals very seriously and therefore hamper my birding time as a result. Once finals are done this week; however, I’ll have just two remaining days of school left before it will all end! Unbelievable considering that at this time a year ago, I was still in the heart of treatment!

Although my birding has been limited, I’ve still been able to get out. I had a great day at the Birdcraft this past Wednesday, getting my Fairfield first Hooded Warbler (quite a while in coming but I’ll take it!) as well as a good slew of other migrants including Canada Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Swainson’s Thrush, American Redstart, Northern Waterthrush, Blackpoll Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Gray Catbirds, Red-eyed Vireos (1 with nesting material) and around 20 Cedar Waxwings.

During these next couple weeks, I’m looking forward to spending some time with spring shorebirds across Fairfield, until spring shorebird migration too, winds down.

In the next couple days, between studying for finals and getting out for a local round or two, I’ll try to post a wrap-up for spring migration across Fairfield and ramble about my plans for summer birding and the like.


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5 Responses to Almost over……..

  1. Betsy says:

    Hi Alex,

    Really enjoy your birding adventures. The Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker returned a couple of weeks ago. The male gives us a wake-up call about 5:00am most mornings by tapping on the metal chimney pipe on Bruce’s workshop. This is extremely loud if you happen to be in the shop during his tapping. He also appears in the late afternoon too. One afternoon, a female was tapping. Perhaps a family of them will appear this summer in the yard. The Chickadees are nesting in one of the birdhouses. Great fun to watch them zoom in and out of birdhouse. Spring has arrived (finally) in Rangeley.

    Good Luck on those finals.


    Betsy and Bruce too

  2. Betsy says:

    Hi Alex,

    Love getting your birding adventures. Keep up the good work. The Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker arrived a couple of weeks ago. About 5:00am he sounds a wake-up alarm by tapping on the metal chimney on Bruce’s workshop. He returns in the late afternoon for more tapping. The female appeared one afternoon and also tapped on the chimney. Sure would be wonderful to have a family of them in the yard this summer. The chickadees are nesting in one of the bird houses in the back yard. It is great fun to watch them zoom in and out of the birdhouse. I guess spring is here (finally) in Rangeley.



    Betsy and Bruce too

  3. James Purcell says:

    Whoah, sick banner pic!!! That’s a fantastic shot of a Parula! where was that taken?

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