Spring is in the Air
The spring migration is a highlight for many birders. With the growing daylight, we have more time to be outside and looking for avian friends. The migration gives us the greatest diversity of species as these birds head to their northern breeding ranges in NJ and beyond. Meanwhile, we also get to observe our yearlong and arriving summer residents as they setup on their territories and perform their mating displays for this year’s breeding cycle.
With all of that happening, there are about eight species that I make a mission of seeing each year. This does not include the transients, the species that are passing through on their way to more northern grounds, nor does it include any of the warblers. Warblers are their own task with 34 plus species to be seen each year. Beyond that, I am more of a visual birder and focus on observing the bird versus settling for hearing its song. I enjoy being able to observe some of the behaviors from the birds. Therefore, I tend to focus on our year-round residents and our springtime breeders more than to observe the transients. So here is a list, in no particular order, of eight springtime breeders that I set as a goal to see every year: