Words on Birds: Birds are transitioning with spring | News

Words on Birds: Birds are transitioning with spring | News

Spring has arrived, at minimum according to the calendar! The blasts of arctic air that we have experienced in March unquestionably made it really feel far more like winter season. However, the snow and ice are all but absent, crocus and snowdrops are hoping to arise, and in the chook globe, some spring migrants are arriving as we sneak in some warmer southerly winds from time to time.

Of program, the blackbirds started arriving additional than a thirty day period back, but flocks of grackles, redwings, cowbirds and starlings continue to pour into the spot. Quite a few can be observed congregating in the late afternoon as they phase prior to roosting for the evening in close by marshes. Some are invading place chicken feeders, but most will go on to their nesting territories.

A couple early snipe have been seen in the Moist Meadows assets on Scotland Highway in Newbury together with quite a few killdeer. The figures of fresh new drinking water ducks at this site is outstanding and has captivated a good deal of birders. Hundreds of green-winged teal, many American wigeon and one particular Eurasian wigeon, along with mallards, black ducks, gadwall, pintail and a pair of shovelers are having fun with the flooded fields. The 1st blue-winged teal have arrived there if you have the persistence to locate them I the tall grass.

On the morning of March 21, Marj Watson of Georgetown spotted a lone sandhill crane in the tall grass at Damp Meadows. She acquired the phrase out swiftly and a lot of birders rushed to see it. Those that arrived early more than enough that working day acquired excellent seems before it disappeared into the significantly taller grasses.

We counted 38 turkey vultures migrating north up Route 1A in Rowley just one evening on our way house. The first ospreys have designed it to our area. Our 1st sighting was over our home in Essex when a number of have produced it to Plum Island to reclaim their nesting platforms. Kestrels are starting to be witnessed migrating at the Hawk Check out at Whole lot 1 on Plum Island.

Terrific egrets have been exhibiting up in marshes for much more than a 7 days now and the initially snowy egret was seen in Essex this 7 days. Returning terrific blue herons are by now tidying up their nests in the rookeries. Piping plovers have arrived on Plum Island and on Crane Seaside in Ipswich. The 1st higher yellowlegs are also arriving and a lot more shorebirds, such as willets and black-bellied plovers, should adhere to.

“Our” phoebe has returned to the neighborhood and we have viewed a number of about Newburyport in recent times. The initial tree swallows are back again and even a couple of barn swallows have been noticed. These birds all rely on a diet program of traveling bugs that will call for some warmer temperatures in the times ahead. A handful of days of southwest winds will assistance carry additional of these birds to us, together with the 1st pine and palm warblers, hermit thrushes and much more robins.

Bluebirds are visiting suet feeders and birdbaths all above the spot and a handful of folks have witnessed bluebirds examining out nesting bins already. We have been blessed to have a single male making an attempt to dominate a person of our sunflower heart feeders this week. Ideally a mate could sign up for him. Now is a excellent time to put out mealworms to try out to stimulate these gorgeous birds to your garden.

Meanwhile, many of the wintering birds continue to linger. Wintering eiders, scoters and extended-tailed ducks are nonetheless present in location waters in fantastic numbers. There are even now numbers of loons off the coast. Even snowy owls are even now present on Plum Island.

So we will get to take pleasure in the juncos, tree sparrows and white-throated sparrows at the feeders for a couple of far more weeks right before they head north and we will take pleasure in seeing the male goldfinches as they proceed to transform back to their gorgeous dazzling yellow breeding plumage. If you search carefully, they have started turning currently, renewing our hope that spring is arriving right after all.

Steve Grinley is the operator of Chicken Watcher’s Source and Present at the Route 1 website traffic circle in Newburyport. E mail him at [email protected], or see website: www.birdwatcherssupplyandgifts.com.