Fri Apr 16 08:50:50 1982
Pileated and Arrivals
As far as I know, Pileated Woodpeckers don't migrate--they don't even
wander; they are pretty much sedentary. So, Bob, if you have more around
this year (and they must have come from somewhere), perhaps there has
been some change in habitat, more or less locally, that has either:
a) attracted last year's young or b) driven birds out of some other area.
That's my two cents, anyway. I have a pair behind my house (we live on the
edge of a ravine heavily wooded with mature hardwoods) and haven't seen
an increase in the 6 years I've been there.
Here are some recent arrivals: Great Blue Heron (that was last Sunday,
in the Kingston area), Common Loon, Cowbird (upstate New York, since
about April 2), Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Tree Swallow, Purple Martin,
Osprey (also upstate N.Y.), Kildeer (since around the end of March),
and Woodcock. Unusual sightings: Blue Goose and Forster's Tern.
I spent the week before Easter in Saratoga Springs (New York) where I
saw incredible numbers of Grosbeaks, Juncos, Redpolls, etc.--
the typical "winter" birds that "go back north" as soon as spring
approaches. I didn't see many of these before my trip or after my return
to Toronto. That made me wonder what "north" really means. Does anyone
know if winter finches remain to breed in upstate New York?
Is anybody going to Point Pelee in May? If so, I can report progress
of the migration through there so you can make plans accordingly.
Botanical note: Skunk Cabbage and Hepatica are up.
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