2013 / 2014
Jan-Apr (143) (134)
May (191) (198)
June (193) (201)
July (198) (204)
August (205) (204)
Sept (214) (206)
Oct (218) (209)
You may recall that winter of 2013 was relatively mild, with open water, irruptive finches, and many birds over-wintering. 2014, by comparison, had northern owls and lots of ice. May of 2013 was not spectacular, with only a few 19-warbler reports and only 47 species found.
|Louisiana Waterthrush, Estabrook Woods, April 2014|
May of 2014 was, by all accounts, one of the best in memory, with 63 species found and truly spectacular warbler reports routinely hitting the high teens, with one 23-warbler day by the Winstanley brothers in their back yard migrant trap! We went into May trailing 2013 by 9 birds and came out 7 ahead.
|Fledgling Orchard Oriole, Great Meadows Concord, June 2014|
Then things slowed down again, and by the end of September we were again trailing 2013 by the same margin as in early spring. Part of the problem was the condition of Great Meadows: completely overtaken by lotus, with a late draining of the upper impoundment. Not a single Snowy Egret was reported, and certainly no Little Blue Heron. Compared to the relatively good shorebird migration of 2013, this summer was pretty grim.
|Green Heron, Knox Trail wetland, July 2014|
Fall warbler migration has been, in a word, slow; actually, it has been a mere trickle of birds, with an initial blast of Redstarts, but very small numbers of Blackpolls and Yellow-Rumps. More productive was the number of nighttime flight call reports, including several Gray-Cheeked Thrushes and numerous Swainson's. Sparrows have been building in waves, with good reports from Kaveski and Barrett's Mill. At least three Clay-Colored Sparrows have been found, but extremely few Dickcissels have been reported so far. At Great Meadows the first Coot and Ringnecks have arrived, and a week ago there was a spectacular fly-over of 54 White-Winged Scoters, unusual inland.
|Dickcissel, Barrett's Mill Farmland, October 2013|
|Clay-Colored Sparrow, Barrett's Mill Farmland, October 2014|