April 26, 2015
At Farmington, Ct.
The last week of April and the month of May is a terrific time for birding in Connecticut.
Spring is popping out all over, with early wildflowers like Dutchman’s breeches coming into bloom, while the trees are leafing out. At the same time, waves of many thousands of birds migrate into Connecticut, some of them bound for the far north, some of them intending to spend the warm weather months right here.
On a good spring day in early May it is possible to see a dozen warbler species, a colorful, hyperactive family of small birds that brighten the woodlands and fill them with song. Some of these birds are here only for a matter of days before they continue their journey to spruce and fir forests in northern New England and Canada, or other habitats.
For a beginner, it is an ideal time. There is plenty to see, of course, and because of that bird clubs, nature centers, Audubon organizations and others host numerous guided birding outings that are a great way to acquire birding skills.
My column on spring birding, with a list of guided hikes for beginners, can be found on The Hartford Courant website. Nice photos by Steve Dunn accompany the column.