[CT Birds] Advanced Botany
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 :-(
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,
> 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
> 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
> bloom affect bird migration this spring? Assuming the warm weather
> well south of us, will it push birds to the North faster or not? Or
> the birds, obviously interested in insect activity, stick to
> 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
> "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
> 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
> having the same thoughts about the migration season.
> Steve Kotchko
> Wethersfield, CT
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