[CT Birds] Survival of the Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Phil Asprelli aspr82 at sbcglobal.net
Tue Dec 10 17:53:48 EST 2013

If Mother Nature has a Mother-in-law it is us!

Phil Asprelli

 From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey at snet.net>
To: CT Birds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> 
Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 5:44 PM
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Survival of the Fork-tailed Flycatcher

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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