Here’s the latest For the Birds column. This one’s a little different. Let me know what you think. Thanks for taking a look at http://www.BirdsofNewEngland.com.
Is it possible that the bird in your backyard has never seen a human before?
It’s not likely, but if there were ever a time for that happen, it’s during the fall migration.
If we were a little farther north in New England, the odds would be much greater. Even in the middle of New England, however, the possibility still exists — at least in my very unscientific estimation. The adult birds, those that flew through our region on their northern migration in the spring, have almost certainly seen humans.
But first-year birds, those born a few short months ago, who knows? Maybe you are the first human one is seeing.
It would take a relatively cautious bird species that breeds in the vast Boreal Forest of the northern U.S. and Canada. So a Gray Catbird or Baltimore Oriole passing through has likely seen plenty of humans already, having likely been born in the suburbs.
But one of any number of warbler, vireo or fly Continue reading