It is 6 May. We New York birders should be awash in migrating wood-warblers, flycatchers, vireos, tanagers, and a host of other birds right now. Instead, the spring migration of 2013 has been largely a bust. Sure, the expected wood-warblers that overshoot their breeding range are showing up and even the occasional rarity has appeared, but this spring has largely been dreadful for we northeasterners. It’s 6 May and I haven’t seen a Black-throated Green Warbler yet! That is just not right at all.
While the winds and weather systems have conspired to keep the bulk of migrating birds west of New York City we have seen many of local breeders show up as expected. And, of course, we always have our resident birds as well as the long-staying winter visitors, so it is not as if there is no birding to be done. Nonetheless, I could really go for a double-digit wood-warbler day already, and I am pretty disgusted that I have not yet had one this year.
Rather than let this cloud of lousiness that has lingered over my spring birding get me down I thought I would offer up the following images of spring to the powers that be and to you, dear reader, with the hope that someone, somewhere, will be reminded that it is indeed spring and LET ME SEE SOME FRICKING WOOD-WARBLERS ALREADY!
Brant stay in New York until May because they like daffodils.
The Warbling Vireo is the bird that nobody misses.
I have sunk so low that I have been reduced to taking pictures of frogs like this Spring Peeper.
This picture of flowers in Central Park was taken a month ago. Where are the birds?
You know that when I am taking pictures of an American Robin in May that migration is really, really, lousy.
Yellow Warbler! Spring birdified. More, please.
If this doesn’t work I swear I am going to give up birding and take up trainspotting.
Places that were brimming with migrants last year have been pretty dead this year. I’ve spent my outdoor time taking photos of plants instead.
It’s quiet up here around Albany, too. And whatever unusual migrants do show up are gone the next day. *sigh*
Hey guys….I wonder where else this ‘silent spring’ thing is happening.
Our summer visitors here in the UK are certainly in short supply and two species I will mention which have notably not been arriving – or at best arriving late – are the Chiffchaff and Swift, as for the the latter people are asking around ‘have you seen one ‘cos I ain’t. I reckon all four hirundines to visit us in the summer months – Swallow, Swift, Sand Martin, House Martin – are at best here in small number so far this year.
Good to find your website….I’ll be back.
I miss the Warbling Vireo.
@John and Naomi: Let’s hope the east winds go away soon!
@Pete: Here in the northeastern US our bad migration is largely attributable to uncooperative winds keeping everything to our west.
@Jochen: You are a sick, sick man.
Or maybe I am a German, German man with no Warbling Vireos since 2007?
May a Golden-cheeked Warbler cross your birding paths in Queens tomorrow! I mean it (cos I am 100 ahead of you 😉 )!!
@ Corey: It’s not only the Northeast that’s been slow. Here in the Midwest, we’ve had a very cold spring (some parts got snow last week!), and it’s only now that the trees are really leafing out and insects are starting to appear for hungry migrants. I was at Chicago’s Magic Hedge today and the warbler tally seemed limited to Yellow-rumped, Yellowthroat, and Yellow. We feel your pain.
When I visited Michigan in May 2005, I had snow at the beginning of May and there were only Yellow-rumps and Yellows around. I met a local birder at Ann Arbor’s Dolph park while it was snowing, and she said that the song of the Yellow Warbler should be changed to “Sleet, sleet, sleet, all this way for sleeeeet”
However, by the end of the month I had encountered all eastern warblers with the exception of Yellow-throated and (no surprise there) Swainson’s.
So hang in there, hope is the thing with feathers!!
I am beginning to think that migration is just a myth put about by bird bloggers to increase traffic.
@Jochen: That is a great description of their song.
Migration seems to be slow here in MA as well. Granted i have not gotten to many of the “major” warbler hotspots near Biston yet, but i have been doing quite a bit of birding and have only seen Yellow, Pine, Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers so far. I believe Orioles have been sighted in the state this spring, but i haven’t seen one yet.