An interesting note: Many people have said they have an increase in Tree
Swallow, Eastern Phoebe and Eastern Bluebird over last year. We have to
remember that in Early April we had a late Ice Storm from the Mohawk Valley,
Southern Vermont on South, with significant snow further to the north.
Early April happens to be the arrival date for all of the species (Except
Bluebird, which may or may not migrate depending on the year), many of these
arrivals died due to the extreme weather (I have fond memories of a Wilson's
Snipe wich took up residence for 3 days in the only green patch on the
lawn). Some bluebird nest box watchers in NYS reported nearly an 85% drop
in nest box occupancy and nestlings, likely due to adults beging hit hard.
I would guess that the same went for Eastern Phoebe and Tree Swallow. If
they have a normal year this year, I think they will be back to their
'normal' spring numbers before too long.
>From: Chris Petrak <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: [VTBIRD] Butterbutt, et al
>Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2004 18:49:40 -0400
>South of Brattleboro along the railroad track today - firsts for the year
>around here for me: butterbutts (aka Yellow-rumped Warbler of the Myrtle
>variety), Black-throated Green Warbler, Palm Warbler, Killdeer, Northern
>On Saturday around South Newfane - Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
>Today, Monday, at the feeders - White-throated Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow
>Purple Finches at the feeders are in GLORIOUS color!
>And Eastern Phoebes seem to have rebounded from their scarcity last Spring
>at this time - I'm hearing & seeing them everywhere.
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