A Prothonotary Warbler is a
beautifully colored small songbird that is one of many that come
through during spring migration.
Wikimedia commons photo.
They’re Back! Radar Reveals Arriving Birds!
If you are a birder, you know that the spring migration
of birds is an exciting event. This is the time when
all sorts of colorful and delightful birds come back
north from their winter homes in the tropics.
The birds start arriving in late March and continue
moving through until the end of May. The peak of the
migration is late April and early May. That means we
should be seeing bright little birds any day now!
However, almost all the warblers are here for only a day
or two. Then they keep on going to the deciduous
forests of the northeastern part of the continent.
This means that for most of us, the only way we get to
see these travelers is during migration. If you are
lucky and vigilant, you may see several species in your
own backyard during the migration season. However, what
we really want is to see a lot of species all at
once! In other words, we want a “fallout.”