Tuesday, 6 August 2013

[Maine-birds] Fall migration begins

The Phoebe pair's constant activity, ferrying to and from the nest under the camp porch has ceased. Their second clutch has fledged and all have departed. Our nesting Cedar Waxwings have quietly fledged their young and departed, as well. 

Resident Blackburnian, Northern Parula, Black-throated Green and Northern Parula, foraging for their young along the early morning waterfront, have declined almost zero. Red-eyed and Blue-headed vireos now sing only on rare occasion with only the nestling Red-breasted Nuthatch's incipient voices constantly reminding us that they are still here...but not for long.

Faint call notes are now beginning to be heard in the night sky and the small restless forms of shorebirds,on our salt flats are beginning to increase. 

The summer doldrums are behind us. Fall migration has begun. 

rob speirs 
cumberland, me  

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