[CT Birds] A big summer? It's certainly no mystery.

Brian Williams brianw15th2v at att.net
Sat Jul 4 22:28:23 EDT 2015

Certain developments of late concerning migrants includes the observation that a lesser predominance of gnatcatchers is inversely proportional to the size of the immediate gnat population, which is still a far cry from being without gnatcatchers.  In the past ten days our neighboring orioles who regularly upstage their fellow songbirds each morning and evening are abruptly unheard during these times, while hermit thrushes have taken their role without caution for anything vulnerable in their decible range.  A quick review this evening confirmed these suspicions, paying heed to their root causes in this long sleeved July weather and precluding any further pursuit.  Phoebes, indigo buntings, vireos, and a handsome pair of savannah sparrows were about the wood margins.  Grackles, red-winged blackbirds and robins are constantly overhead while the fields are patrolled by low flying killdeers, spotted sandpipers, barn swallows and tree swallows.  Add to this equation families of backyard birds and this summer is a productive one for birds in the immediate vicinity.
A positive season as described here comes as coattails to management efforts in the past two years in both the north sector of Pachaug State Forest and in Hopeville Pond State Park where the primary beneficiary was the health of the adult trees which requires reclamation of habitat from the current trend of degradation.  Creating in its wake such a positive response from migrant bird species is a great tiding for our communities which border these state lands and hopefully is a positive sign for the forest species for which these programs were originally intended.
As much as degradation and loss of habitat carries grave and far-reaching consequence, reclamation and enrichments hold due reward.
Brian Williams   Griswold

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