I walked into Fox park Sunday afternoon, 3/26/17, after "spring" break. Please note, however, neither the suburbs of Boston or Fox Park have turned the ignition on the spring thing. So, I will not provide pictures today because the view is, for both flora and fauna alike, the same as the last time I took pictures.
The weather was warmer than freezing, but there is evidence of chilly rain and wind slowly wearing away at the snow. the Beech leaves are also having a hard time staying attached this long into the cold season. they are rustling and falling off both because the the weather but also because we really cannot have too much longer before our warblers come through, song birds start really singing, buds and leaves ome out, etc, etc.
Let us see where the warblers are today, ehh?
Here we have the most up to date info on the Palm warblers. If you are not used to the eBird species range map, you should click the link and get used to it. This is the most efficient way to find where species are, assuming there are people around the areas in question to report sightings. Here, I narrowed the time frame to this year and this month. We can see the Palm warbler crew is still in Florida for the most part. This is where many Palm warblers go when they go south, the farthest ones only ferrying over the Cuba. Up the coast they go, but the leaders of the pack are not really in New England yet.
Palm warblers are an early warbler in my experience around here. They often will be showing up as the buds on the trees begin to get serious about leaves. They simply don't cross the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean, unlike many of their peers.
Another early bird is the pine warbler. They don't really migrate much, but in the spring they wander up from the south, making for regular sightings in MA in NH.
But what about the real warbler crew? Blackburnians! Chestnut sided! Well, as you can see below, they are all still singing songs in portuguese and spanish, as far south as Ecuador (for the blackburnians) right now.
Remarkable! Both of those birds will fly between 2,000 and 3,000+ miles, just to visit us in NH! Special indeed.
Despite the snow, rain, and cold winds at my sit spot, the anticipation for spring is getting into gear.