Friday, May 3, 2013

MA - spring arrivals slowing down a bit

In my most recent local post I may have been a bit hasty in describing new spring arrivals in Gill as occurring "everyday". The impetus of migration certainly seems to have slowed down since making that comment, especially over the last couple of days. Aside from a couple of notables such as an Ovenbird heard from our yard on the 2nd, and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the yard on the 3rd, I haven't noted any new species for the year in the last two days. It has to be said that the weather has been glorious this week (nearly windless with comfortably warm, sunny days and cool nights). Perhaps it's been a little too nice with no obvious weather pattern to affect or disrupt bird migration ans stir things up a little. So, at the moment, things remain pretty stable in Gill though I do expect some new migrants to appear any day now, namely Baltimore Orioles and Indigo Buntings.

In the mean time, I had ten minutes playing with the camera (Canon Powershot G10) in the yard this morning between 10:45 and 10:55hrs. Here's a selection of images from those ten minutes, all taken on May 3rd, 2013;

American Goldfinch - male

American Robin

Blue Jay

Chipping Sparrow

Eastern Bluebird - male

Eastern Chipmunk

Chipping Sparrow (left) and House Finches

Mourning Dove

Northern Flicker

Red-winged Blackbird
 Tree Swallow

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