Friday, April 17, 2009

Birds Passing Through

Friday, April 17, 2009
10 comments
vespersparrow

Today a vesper sparrow stopped by the farm on its way north. Small and finely streaked, with that faint eyering and chestnut shoulder—it's the first one spotted here at Indigo Hill in a decade.

Otherwise, spring migration here this year seems at least a week behind schedule.

10 comments:

On April 17, 2009 at 2:56 PM OpposableChums said...

Hmmm...

That "week behind schedule" doesn't bode well for the upcoming World Series of Birding next month...

On April 17, 2009 at 7:48 PM rmharvey said...

On the contrary, the delay could mean that the WSB participants have an easier time with the early migrants, as they still may be around. Of course that assumes that things improve by then.

In any case trying to predict anything three weeks out it meaningless.

On April 17, 2009 at 10:32 PM littleorangeguy said...

I love this post -- I think that, in truth, you don't care how "behind schedule" you are at Indigo Hill. However long it takes, I think you'd be happy to wait for that sparrow.

On April 17, 2009 at 10:40 PM KatDoc said...

Ahhh, a Vesper Sparrow. One of my Top 10 most wanted birds. Could you please Fed-Ex it to me?

~Kathi, who thinks migration is right about on time in SW Ohio

On April 18, 2009 at 9:46 AM Bill of the Birds said...

KatDoc:
Go outside TODAY. I think the vespers are slipping thru OH right now--have heard numerous reports.

On April 20, 2009 at 6:51 AM Birdie90 said...

Bill, I've noticed the delay here as well (southwestern Ontario).

You can almost set your watch to the chipping sparrows' spring return, but this year they're about a week late.

On April 20, 2009 at 8:36 AM Anonymous said...

I live in South West lower Michigan. Has anyone from us northern dwellers seen any hummingbirds yet? I haven't.

On April 20, 2009 at 10:39 AM Birdie90 said...

Anonymous,go to http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html for reliable range maps.

On April 20, 2009 at 4:19 PM Anonymous said...

Birdie90,

Thanks for the info. I will check that out.

On April 20, 2009 at 6:14 PM Kathiesbirds said...

How amazing to see this little bird after a decade! Is there any hope it will stay?


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