There are plenty of birds around my place, and West Danby generally. In this
area I have all the expected breeding birds, and even some fun additions, like
Marsh Wrens, Pied-billed Grebes and Northern Harriers. If you’d asked me a
couple days ago about what’s missing, I might have said Cerulean Warbler, but
lo! Chris Wood found one yesterday in more-or-less the same area they’ve
occupied in previous years.
Well, yeah, there don’t seem to be any Grasshopper Sparrows, let alone
Henslow’s; but that’s not exactly news.
Cuckoos, Thrushes, Tanagers, Flycatchers, Warblers, Vireos, Bobolinks,
etcetera: they’re all here.
However, it’s certainly true that things are quieter now that territorial
rivalries have settled and nests have been filled. During the next few weeks
I’m expecting an explosion of bird activity, but it won’t really be about
singing, it will be all about stuffing the gullets of hungry youngsters!
> On Jun 18, 2018, at 11:45 AM, W. Larry Hymes <w...@cornell.edu> wrote:
> I have noticed, as have others, that the woods have not been as plentiful
> with bird song as normal. On my recent walks at Upper Buttermilk I have been
> very disappointed in the total absence of Wood Thrush, Veery, and Scarlet
> Tanager. By this time in past years I've always have several of these birds.
> On my most recent walk (Friday) I was wonderfully surprised to hear 2 Wood
> Thrush and 2-3 each of Veery and Scarlet Tanager. Why the sudden
> "reappearance"?? I know I'm going to be criticized for asking, but could
> some birds (species) still be migrating in? If not, then why did they
> finally "show up"? Some could argue they were busy with nesting. But I've
> never experienced birds remaining completely mum during the nesting season.
> Another argument could be that they are now moving around after the first
> brood. I doubt that would explain the numbers of these species I had all of
> a sudden plopping down in Upper Buttermilk? By the way, we picnicked at
> Upper Treman yesterday and bird song was relatively infrequent. Do any of
> you have any thoughts on this subject??
> W. Larry Hymes
> 120 Vine Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
> (H) 607-277-0759, w...@cornell.edu
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