Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Migrants arrive

Posted by Kirk

On the last podcast Paul and I lamented the lack of spring migrants at the nature center. Today, we spotted or heard the first Ovenbird, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Clay-colored Sparrow, Northern Waterthrush and the Baltimore Oriole photographed above. Not too shabby for one day's arrivals. Winter wrens, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Western Palm Warblers, Field Sparrows, Bluebirds, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, White-crowned Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows and Eastern Phoebes are also putting in appearances.

Spring is really here though I noticed for the first time today that the leaves are really starting to fill in which makes spotting the new migrants more challenging by the day.