You can feel them coming . . . birds are moving north. Our friends in High Island, Texas reported 23 different warblers yesterday. Further north the mid-Atlantic hummingbird feeders are mobbed by Ruby-throated Hummers.
But in Maine, we are just feeling the tip of the spear with early arrivers like Palm and Pine Warblers; a variety of sparrows; Great and Blue Herons . . . the onslaught should hit in the next couple weeks.
Of course we are very anxious and every early sighting jumps us in the car.
A Prothonotary Warbler sighting on Thursday yielded a Great Blue Heron, Flickers and Mergansers
A Blue-headed Vireo sighting on Friday yielded Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs
A Black and White Warbler sighting today yielded a Bald Eagle.
Of course if you always got the bird you were looking for it wouldn’t be any fun.
Our year list is up to 204 a count that has been moving up about one bird a day . . . should explode in a week or two.