There’s such a joy in me.
and the Birds, well, they make my heart warble.
Some of them toughed it out in my backyard all winter.
no small feat.
photo credit © F. Conrad Giarnese
others just flew in.
Welcome back, showstoppers,
with your flippant jest,
Whether birding is your hobby or full-fledged obsession, there’s nothing like spring migration. It’s an endorphin blizzard, a spectacular global phenomenon that bewitches anyone freshly released from the cold clutch of winter. Even Aristotle mentions witnessing bird migration in his writings.
Researchers at Cornell University’s ornithology lab use meteorological data, radar data, crowd-sourced eBird data and acoustic data from the flight calls of migrating birds to predict where birds are going and when they’ll be there. They rule the prediction roost.
Cornell posted species on the move this week (and there are a lot!). Look and listen, the whole orchestra is tuning up~
Magnolia Warbler, American Redstart, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Blackpoll Warbler, Veery, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Scarlet Tanag er, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Bay-breasted Warbler, Least Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Common Yellowthroat, Indigo Bunting, Swainson’s Thrush, Blackburnian Warbler, Canada Warbler, Bobolink, Red-eyed Vireo, Gray Catbird, Great Crested Flycatcher, Tennessee Warbler, Ovenbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Least Sandpiper, Golden-winged Warbler, Wood Thrush, Acadian Flycatcher, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Semipalmated Plover, Warbling Vireo, Common Tern, Black-throated Green Warbler, Common Nighthawk, Philadelphia Vireo, Northern Parula, Black-billed Cuckoo, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Black Tern, and White-crowned Sparrow. Departing species will include Dark-eyed Junco, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Bufflehead, Hermit Thrush, White-throated Sparrow, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Rusty Blackbird, Wilson’s Snipe, Northern Shoveler, and Ring-necked Duck.
Even the NYT has their binocs out. See photos and listen to the some of the birds headed our way here.
Did you know that May 10th is World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)? It began in 2006 and is now an annual awareness-raising campaign focused on protecting migratory birds and their habitats. On the second weekend each May, people around the world take part in bird festivals, education programs and birdwatching excursions. This year’s theme is Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism.
So, let’s give collective thanks for that ingot of greatness, the Cornell Ornithology lab. And while we’re at it, how about a big thunderclap for World Migratory Bird Day. Not familiar with Thunderclap? Click here. It really is something to tweet about. Together.
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What are you seeing at your feeders?
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“Make a little birdhouse in your soul.”
― Linnell Flansburgh