[CT Birds] Advanced Botany

Carol Ansel carolansel at gmail.com
Sun Apr 11 11:52:28 EDT 2010

My thoughts exactly, Steve. My sense down here on the coast is that we  
are at least 3 weeks ahead in blooming garden flowers - forsythia,  
andromeda, daffodils and all the flowering fruit trees, and the lilacs  
have flower buds. I was looking at a red maple and wondering what  
looked odd about it the other day, and I think it was that it had  
flowers and leaves budding out at the same time.

My biggest wonder is the orioles. They generally pass through our  
yard, staying maybe a week or two to enjoy the apple and pear blossoms  
- which may well be gone by the time they arrive this year :-(

Carol Ansel
On Apr 10, 2010, at 2:41 PM, Steve Kotchko wrote:

> I'm not sure about all areas of CT, but in the Hartford region,  
> premature
> warm days and recent abundant rains have "advanced" the botany two  
> weeks or
> more before traditional bloom.  Numerous flowering fruit trees are  
> fully in
> bloom, and other trees are starting to "green up" rapidly.  Garden  
> flowers
> are out, and the grass is very green in many towns.
> So I have a few questions for the experts among us.  How will this  
> premature
> bloom affect bird migration this spring?  Assuming the warm weather  
> extended
> well south of us, will it push birds to the North faster or not?  Or  
> will
> the birds, obviously interested in insect activity, stick to  
> traditional
> schedules and the only complication for be for us-the birders-who  
> will have
> to peer at warblers, etc. through fully-leafed out branches vs. the  
> lighter
> "green up" normally associated with late April and the first weeks  
> of May?
> I've read the daily bird reports, and see scattered sightings of the  
> usual
> early arrivals, but no real reports of full-blown early waves of  
> birds, so
> my curiosity pushed me to send this e-mail.  I imagine other birders  
> are
> having the same thoughts about the migration season.
> Steve Kotchko
> Wethersfield, CT
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