The first Neotropical migrants started arriving in small numbers a few weeks ago. This spring has been quite interesting since many species arrived much earlier than usual and some that are often not seen until May, like the Blackburnian Warbler, were present about two weeks early. Since the trees had not yet leafed out in April these birds were also relatively easily spotted this year.
Many of the birds that are arriving now will be staking out their territories soon, meaning that there is a lot of singing and dancing going on in the woods right now! Even though most trees are now covered in dense foliage, it is still a great time to get out and see these beautiful birds. Keep in mind that once the new arrivals settle in and start nesting they tend to fall quiet and become very secretive, making it quite difficult to find them.
In the mean time migrating shorebirds have started to arrive on our shores as well and their numbers and diversity are building almost daily right now. One of the best places in the state to see large numbers of them is at our Coastal Center at Milford Point. In fact, the Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center was just selected as the best birding destination in the state by Yankee Magazine in its “Best adventures” edition. Come see it for yourself – you won’t be disappointed! But even if you stay close to your home, make sure that you take a minute to walk outside, enjoy the spring bird chorus and keep your eyes peeled: they’re back!