[CT Birds] Listen - but then look

greg hanisek ctgregh at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 11 17:17:12 EDT 2015

Bird song is on the rise. Species
that have been quiet most of the winter –Tufted Titmice, Northern
Cardinals, House Finches, American Goldfinches and some others –
are increasingly vocal.This chorus, as limited as it is,
sometimes finds people getting ahead of themselves. All of the birds mentioned above, along
with the ever-present and highly vocal European Starling, are
enthusiastic singers with varied repertoires. They're sometimes the
source of reports of birds that shouldn't be here until about late April,
such as Yellow Warblers, or well into May, such as Eastern

Titmice, which seem to belt out
unending variety, and starlings, which are talented mimics, probably
account for most of these misheard voices.The word of caution? If you hear
something that seems to be well out of season, try to get a look at
it. It might be a seasonal rarity, but more likely it's a familiar

Greg Hanisek

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