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Old 02-28-2010, 04:52 PM   #1
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I heard a beautiful song outside my window in a dogwood tree at 6 AM today. I had to grab the binoculars to see what it was. It was an Orchard Oriole! Those guys are not supposed to be here until April 1st at the earliest. I read they are late to come north and early to leave, sometimes as early as July. I don't know what the heck he was thinking, but he's probably not happy to be here.

I've been putting out raisins and cranberries for the bluebirds so maybe he at least got something to eat.

Anybody else seeing migrants before their expected time?
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Old 03-01-2010, 03:41 PM   #2
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I have seen a red-winged blackbird already. Also the house finch males are getting spring coloration and "singing" already. Here is a link about plants emerging and blooming earlier as well. Invasive plants are beneficiaries of climate change in Thoreau's woods
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Old 03-01-2010, 04:42 PM   #3
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I noticed a few male goldfinches yesterday with their bright yellow summer coloration as well. Since it's been such a bleak winter it was actually nice to see. I don't think we had a single day of sunshine in all of February.
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Ohhh,,, a redwing blackbird and you saw one. That means I'm next for them to start staking out territory. Spring hasn't exactly sprung yet... I'm waiting.
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Old 04-16-2010, 10:15 PM   #5
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The "goils" have arrived!!!
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:38 PM   #6
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AND.... The Red-wings!
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This one appears to be missing its typical RED bar.
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AND.... The Red-wings!
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This one appears to be missing its typical RED bar.
Oftentimes you can't see the red on their wings unless they are 'displaying' for a female or flying...
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Old 04-21-2011, 07:03 AM   #8
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We have one that's returned to our feeder for the past three years with part of its colored bar tilted in an upward fashion.
Must have had some sort of damage to a few of its feather shaft bases?
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