Date: 5/12/18 2:48 pm From: Paul Plotnick via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Warblers in Yard
Lucky man. In 1982, the year we moved in to our present home in Stamford, and the following year, there were over two dozen warblers each May in the maple trees in the woods in my backyard including Magnolia, Yellow-Rumped, Tennessee, Nashville, Blue-Winged, Black-Throated Green, Blackburnian, Black-Throated Blue and even a Cape May. I got a stiff neck from looking up into the treetops trying to identify the various warblers flitting around and giving their distinctive calls. Every year there were less and less and by 1992, there were none save for an occasional Yellow-Rumped and one lone Black-Throated Blue male who showed up at the feeder on October, 2016, hung around for two days stoking up on sunflower hearts, and then departed for the south. Either they're changing their migration patterns, avoiding areas that have sprayed for West Nile virus, killing off insects the birds feed on, or there are just many fewer warblers to go around. We have not seen or heard a Red-Eyed Vireo, Pewee, Wood Thrush, or House Wren in our woods in many years as well. Same for the lone box turtle that used to appear in our yard, try to dig a hole for her eggs - she had none - and then crawl back into the woods. Very sad.
On Sat, May 12, 2018 at 4:49 PM, mdigiorgio via CTBirds < <ctbirds...> wrote:
> Couldn’t get away to bird today, but the birds came to me! > In my yard I had Bay-breasted, Black Throated Green, Black-troated Blue, > Worm Eating, Parula, Black and White, Magnolia, and Chestnut-sided, and > Blackpoll > Warblers, Redstarts, Yellow-throated Vireos, Red-eyed Vireo, and Blue-gray > Gnatcatcher. > No Kirkland’s Warbler- darn! > Michael DiGiorgio > 154 Princess Drive > Madison, CT 06443 > 203 421 5848 > Website- mdigiorgio.com > > > _______________________________________________ > This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) > for the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. > For subscription information visit http://lists.ctbirding.org/ > mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org _______________________________________________ This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. For subscription information visit http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org