Thursday, April 30, 2015

April Ends

Gray Catbird

This is the way April ends
This is the way April ends
This is the way April ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

(apologies to T.S. Eliot)

As far as warbler migration goes, April 2015 turned out a lot like April 2014. Looking back at my May 2nd post from last spring Where are all the warblers?, only six species were recorded at Pheasant Branch Conservancy. It's six again and quite similar in terms of species:

  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Northern Parula 
  • Palm Warbler
  • Pine Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler

Naturally, this has Wisconsin birders wondering when the floodgates are going to open. Around midnight tonight the winds are supposed to shift to southerly. At present, though, they remain out of the northeast. Any day now...

Meanwhile, there is evidence all around us that spring's promise is being fulfilled.

Virginia Bluebell

Great Blue Heron

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Eastern Painted Turtle

White-throated Sparrow


All images © 2015 Mike McDowell

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