Quiet Spring

Here we are at the tail-end of the spring migration, and it has been singularly lacking.  The only warblers around the house this year were a couple of Yellowthroats.  No Yellow-rumps, no Redstarts, no Yellow Warblers (not around here, anyway), not even a Blackpoll.  Possibly the very wet, stormy spring had something to do with it, but the warblers have been declining around here for years now.   Many other birds are going (or gone) as well.  I was listening to the singing out there this morning, and we had Robins, Catbirds, Cardinals, Song Sparrows, Mockingbirds, House Sparrows and a Downy Woodpecker.  The Mourning Doves, Flickers and Cowbirds are done whooping it up now although they’re all still around.  No Carolina Wrens (which replaced the House Wrens), no House Finches (well they’ve been gone for a couple of years, I think), nothing else.  At least we still have the Mockingbirds for diversity.  Very depressing morning, considering how beautiful it is.


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