Friday, May 3, 2013

When The Birding Sucks Locally, Go North...

The recent paucity of birds has the birding community a buzz with plenty of belly aching about the lack of migration.  The number of doomsday posts on the NY lists servers have been plentiful and some quite amusing.  But understandable as many birders are going through serious withdrawal and it has put many on edge.  I have taken this in stride, but if this was Shorebirds, I would be freaking out. 

Deciding that there was nothing much last weekend locally, I convinced my friend Andria that a trip up north would be worth least a change of scenery.  It paid off with excellent looks at several good birds including Golden-winged Warbler, Prairie Warbler and Cerulean Warbler to name a few.  Perhaps the best bird of the day was at the end of our trip, when we picked up Upland Sandpipers at the Shawangunk Grasslands to wrap things up.  It was a successful birding trip and looking forward to migration picking up closer to home.  Here are some photos from the trip.
Golden-winged Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Upland Sandpiper

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yojimbot said...

Im disappointed by your sarcastic post here. In NYC, Spring Migration was a full 2 weeks behind schedule this year and although not everyone expressed that rationally its still a significat observation. In addition there were no bees at all during flowering season. As a birder and environmentalist I would expect that you would pay closer attention to these aberrations in an effort to understand the profound changes our climate is experiencing. But as long as you're getting pretty pictures, who cares right?


Well Akira, you are entitled to your opinion, but I think you missed the entire point of my post. True I did not delve into why Spring migration appeared to be 2 weeks behind because this was not that type of post. Glad you think the pictures were pretty though. I hope you keep visiting as you may yet see a more analytical post on spring migration. Thanks for your comment.