Sunday, April 14, 2013

Migrants returning

Despite wintery snowstorms this past few days, several summer migrants have returned. Here are the species I’ve seen plus the date when I first saw them:

March 25: redwing blackbirds; first Vs of Canada geese overhead.
April 1: on Black River: 5 hooded mergansers; ~ 1 dozen buffleheads, 3 turkey vultures, 1 red-tailed hawk, male and female northern harriers
April 8: first keening call of killdeer
April 9: Eastern meadowlark, two tree swallows
April 10: Eastern bluebird
April 11, 13: American kestrels
April 14: 3 phoebes

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