A Late Start to May

As odd as it may sound, the weather was too nice in early May.  With warm weather and good winds many migrants skipped passed Maine or stayed further west.  Then we had some bad weather and that lead to a bit of a Warbler “fall-out.”  Things have been pretty quiet for the most part, but this week some new species started popping up.

Yellow-Rumps and Palms were here in April, and small numbers of a few other species have been around since early May.  This week, however, I was able to find Black-Throated Blue and Black-Throated Green Warblers, Magnolia, Yellow, Black & White, Bay-Breasted and Chestnut-Sided Warblers.  Northern Parula, Northern Waterthrush and American Redstarts were also visible at a few different spots.

The Orioles are back as are the Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks and this morning I saw my first Eastern Kingbird, Bobolinks, Solitary Sandpiper and Blue-Winged Teals of the year too.  The number of species is climbing, but the number of individual birds is not so high.

In addition to late arrivals we had some late departures.  The Long-Tailed Ducks are usually gone by now and I have had the opportunity to see them in their breeding plumage, something I had only seen before in books.

A couple of extra surprises were discovering a muskrat den in Portland and a MINK in Falmouth.

3 thoughts on “A Late Start to May

  1. Great shots, as usual…and VERY envious about the Bay-breasted, which is emerging as a nemesis bird for me (right behind dickcissel). RR

  2. Chuck, I’m not set up to comment on your blog. Just a quick note to say that I’m awed by your knowledge of birds and your photographs. Very happy to be on your mailing list.



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