The Spring Migration Monitoring Program was launched on April 1. The weather has featured a little bit of everything, which has meant reduced net hours for the first few days of the season. The snow and ice have all but melted and we have been pleased to find a good variety of migrants. A full report on the first week will be posted by Wednesday of next week.
Embayment C is still frozen but large cracks in the ice are beginning to form along the shoreline. This bay will be full of ducks within the next week or two.
Song Sparrows (Melospiza Melodia) have been the most abundant early spring migrant so far. Smaller numbers of Eastern Phoebe, Rusty Blackbird, Golden-crowned Kinglet and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker have also been noted.
Javier Arata learning to hold songbirds for the first time.