Mid April Birds Still Coming in Very Slowly

By , April 17, 2013 10:02 pm
Blue-winged Teal

Blue-winged Teal

It is now past mid April and our birds are coming in very slowly. I don’t think I have seen a single Bluebird on my daily walks with Molly. Still it is Spring and the birds are arriving even if our ground isn’t ready. We are seeing ducks not on lakes or ponds but in free standing water from the melting snow. Shawnne saw something a few days ago, probably a Merganser, but she wasn’t able to get a good look at it. Today we saw both our first Wood Duck and Blue-winged Teals of the season. It is a very soft picture but it was the best I could get.

We are getting some larger birds, birds one expects on lakes, on the melted snow. Today we saw Tundra Swans along with a bunch of ducks and geese on that standing water.

At our feeder at home we have started getting Fox Sparrows. We’ve seen the since the 7th, the photo below is from April 13th. We are expecting a major thaw once this weeks storm ends. That should begin the heavy migration. (We hope.)

Tundra Swans

Tundra Swans

Fox Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

One Response to “Mid April Birds Still Coming in Very Slowly”

  1. Shawnne says:

    I was so excited to see the ducks and swans! We also saw some more EasteRn Meadowlarks. Things are changing gradually with the weather but it’s very gradual. We are getting more snow tomorrow but I do’t think it will stick. Once the weather changes it’s going to happen quickly. I can’t wait for warblers to arrive. Had fun birding today!

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