[CT Birds] Survival of the Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Roy Harvey rmharvey at snet.net
Tue Dec 10 17:44:03 EST 2013

One way to look at birds which are off-course is that they can be, figuratively, examples of nature's experimentation.  If there is pressure on the birds in their natural habitat, as Tom surmises, and some genetic variation leads a bird to a new and SUCCESSFUL migration path, then it might be the start of a new population.  Such adaptations have been ongoing as long as there have been birds; contemplating how our Connecticut birds became established since CT was under a mile of ice just 10 thousand years ago is something I find endlessly fascinating.  I, for one, think that nature's track record at adapting successfully is better than man's track record is for trying to intercede.

Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

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