[CT Birds] early birds ALERT

Greg Hanisek ghanisek at rep-am.com
Tue Mar 13 16:18:01 EDT 2012

The reports of Pine Warblers the last few days merit a little heads up. Pine 
Warbler is the earliest local breeding warbler to return on territory, so 
these reports are within the expected time frame, at least by recent 
standards. However, overall recent standards are trending earlier all the 
time.  Given the weather, we should all be alert for birds arriving ahead of 
schedule. If recent trends continue, we'll may well get a few that stretch 
credulity or at least set early arrival dates for the state.

If you see a bird that's common later in the year, say May, June or even 
mid- to late-April, bear in mind that it is RARE if it shows up now. (For 
example any flycatcher except E Phoebe, any vireo, most warblers etc). 
There's a rather short list of expected March passerine arrivals so be 
thinking documentation. Many of you are very good with the camera, and if 
not take some notes. If you think you hear a species that shouldn't be 
around this early, make an effort to get a look at it and confirm its ID 
visually. There can be a jumble of sound right now coming from things such 
as goldfinches, titmice, house finches etc that might resemble something 

Greg Hanisek

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Pfeifer" <Jim.Pfeifer at erm.com>
To: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 3:48 PM
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Another Pine Warbler?

> I've got a lone Pine Warbler singing from the stand of White Pines behind 
> my house today - saw it as well.  Earliest ever for this location.  I have 
> one or two nesting pairs each year.
> Jim
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