This time of year is one of the most exciting, not for the amounts of birds, but for the return of the familiar species that inhabit Connecticut in the warmer months. Reports are now pouring in about all our familiar faces that are beginning to trickle in.
Woodcock have begun their courtship, which usually begin around this time, so they are right on schedule.
Reports of American Oystercatchers have begun coming in. These are one of the earliest arriving shorebirds in the area besides the usual wintering species. (Ruddy Turnstone, Dunlin, Sanderling, Black-bellied Plover.)
Tina Green found a early Greater Yellowlegs on Friday at Gray’s Creek in Westport, and I went to try and find it on Sunday but with no luck. Either it was taking shelter from the rain or it has moved on, but more should begin flying in in early April.
A Piping Plover was reported by Stephen Brown in Napatree (Rhode Island) on Saturday. These awesome little shorebirds are endangered, but nest along the CT beaches. Hopefully they’ll raise a large brood this year.
ANNNNDDDD…… the one we’ve all been waiting before has returned! Osprey in Hamden, reported by Jim Zipp.
Update, 3/9: and an Eastern Pheobe in Greenwich, found by Merideth Sampson.
We are currently waiting for Great Egret and Snowy Egret, Common Snipe, Pine Warbler and other early shorebirds to arrive in the next couple weeks. Keep Your eyes (and ears) open!