I thought I’d do something different this month. Before I get there I must mention that those of us in Atlantic Canada have a hard time believing that it really was the first day of Spring a few days ago. Nevertheless, I went back through ebird to find when species were first coming to where I live in New Brunswick (Woodstock) last Spring. I’m skeptical some will come as early since there is still so much snow here, but you never know!
April 3 – Killdeer and American Robin
April 6 – Wood Duck and Canada Goose
April 11 AM – Eastern Phoebe and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
April 11 PM – Palm Warbler, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, and Savannah Sparrow
April 12 – Tree Swallow
April 13 – Osprey and Northern Harrier
April 22 – Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Yellow-rumped Warbler
I was the first in NB to see quite a few of these species last year because I traveled thirty minutes to work every day. This year I’m only two minutes away so I’ll have to make a point to do some searching for spring migrants this year.
I’d be curious to know what April looks like in other parts of Canada. Hopefully those of you reading from other provinces will share!
Next I thought I’d include photos of various warbler species that we get here in New Brunswick. This is a nice way to get ready for Spring and is something to look forward when you look outside and see so much snow. This isn’t too hard as all the pictures are of males and that is what will be arriving here first anyway so its great practice.
Please comment and guess what you think each warbler is. I’ll post the answers in a week or two and will include some hints if I need to. The pictures aren’t the greatest on purpose and some are more obvious than others, good luck!
Spring Warbler Quiz (8 different species)
Until next time,