I have noticed that breeding species seem to be in fairly typical numbers in Broome Co. neotropical species included. Neotropical migration was poor and mostly likely related to a cool and chilly May 1-16 with a 2 day warm period with very strong southwest winds on May 18th and 19th. Many of our usual migrants, like the ones seen at the Hawthorn's for example, simply overshot our area these two days. As for your lack of breeding species like chipping sparrows, yellow warblers, baltimore orioles and others, could this be due to the severe drought your area had last summer? We didn't have it nearly as bad down here in Broome Co. Do drought conditions hurt insectivores like breeding birds due to less insects, harder to find earthworms (for robins) etc so that nesting success drops? This is the only thing that I can think of since the species that Chris T-H mentioned originally winter in different locations (some in the tropics and others in the southern U.S) and have different migration timetables. These species are also usually fairly tolerant of humans and disturbed habitats. Maybe it was last year's drought leading to poor nesting success across many different songbird species. And given songbirds high mortality rates, this could lead to a noticeable drop in numbers from last year to this year. Just a thought. Hopefully they will bounce back, this year is pretty wet, and in fact it could be too wet!
On Sun, Jun 18, 2017 at 9:48 AM, Glenn Wilson <wil...@stny.rr.com> wrote: > In Union Center (Endicott), do not have any Tree Swallows that I know of. > > BUT the Spring Street feeders are very active with Rose-Breasted > Grosbeaks, Cardinals, Juncos with young, White and Red breasted Nuthatches, > Mourning Doves, at least two Hummingbirds, one pair of nesting Bluebirds, > two nests of Prairie Warblers, calling Ovenbirds and Towhees, and a very > vocal Phoebe. Can't forget Purple Finches, nesting House Finches, and two > active House Wren nests > > Other than Tree Swallows, I would say this location is pretty normal. No > Great Blue or Green Herons after the goldfish yet but no doubt they will > come. > > Glenn Wilson > Endicott, NY > www.WilsonsWarbler.com > > -- > > Cayugabirds-L List Info: > http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME > http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES > http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm > > ARCHIVES: > 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html > 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds > 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html > > Please submit your observations to eBird: > http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ > > -- > > -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --