Common yellowthroat, just because

Photo by Chris Bosak — Common yellowthroat in New England, spring 2022.

Here’s a shot of a male common yellowthroat. They are a common warbler that nests throughout most of the U.S. and into Canada. They migrate south in the fall, but in my observations, stick with us a little longer than many of the warblers.

For the Birds: The colors you’ll see

Photo by Chris Bosak An indigo bunting perches in a tree in New England, July 2021.

I’m not going to try to emulate Dr. Seuss, but I think he would have drawn plenty of inspiration from a walk in the woods in New England in May.

His classic “Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!” comes to mind, but only altered to “Oh, the Colors You Can See.”

A recent walk made me think of this. The majority of the walk was along a wide dirt path with shrubby habitat on both sides. Beyond the thickets on one side was a large field and beyond the thickets on the other side were deep woods. It is perfect habitat for a bird walk.

The first bird I saw was a male eastern towhee. It was once called rufous-sided towhee because of the unique dark orange color of its sides that complement the otherwise white and black plumage of the bird. The bird’s red eyes are visible when it approaches among the shrubs closely enough. I did not see a female towhee on this particular day, but they are lighter brownish-orange where the male is black.

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A walk among bobolinks

Photo by Chris Bosak — Bobolink in New England, May 2022.

One of the highlights of the post-spring migration rush in New England is to visit a field in New England where bobolinks nest. Luckily, I have one fairly close to where I live — Happy Landings in Brookfield, Connecticut. The bobolinks’ bubbly song (which reminds me of R2-D2) fills the air as red-winged blackbirds and yellow warblers provide an apt auditory background. Here are a few shots of a recent walk in the field.

Photo by Chris Bosak — Bobolink in New England, May 2022.

Photo by Chris Bosak — Bobolink in New England, May 2022.

Photo by Chris Bosak — Bobolink in New England, May 2022.

For the Birds: Patience is key to spring migration

Photo by Chris Bosak An Eastern Phoebe perches on a branch in Selleck's Woods in Darien, Conn., in late March 2015.
Photo by Chris Bosak A red-winged blackbird sings from the top of a tree at Happy Landings in Brookfield, Conn., spring 2017.

Late March and early April can be a tough time for birdwatchers as we are in the slow build up to spring migration.

The spring migration actually starts sometime in February when the first male red-winged blackbirds arrive. It’s a nice sight (and sound) when they return to our swamps, but it’s pretty much just a tease as we know winter will continue, and it will be several weeks until other birds start to show up.

American woodcocks and eastern phoebes return to New England around the middle of March. A few weeks later, ospreys arrive. The build up can be excruciatingly

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The day after the storm, take 1

Photo by Chris Bosak A song sparrow perches on a fence post the day after a snowstorm in New England, Jan. 2022.

Here are a few photos from the calm after the storm. It’s still bitterly cold in New England, but the sun is shining brightly.

Photo by Chris Bosak A song sparrow perches on a fence post the day after a snowstorm in New England, Jan. 2022.
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Storm photos, take 5

Photo by Chris Bosak A blue jay stands on a fence post during a snowstorm in New England, Jan. 2022.

Here are a few leftover photos from yesterday’s storm.

Photo by Chris Bosak A white-throated sparrow perches on a branch following a snowfall in New England, January 2022.
Photo by Chris Bosak A blue jay stands on a fence post during a snowstorm in New England, Jan. 2022.

Storm photos, take 4

Photo by Chris Bosak A junco perches on a branch during a snowstorm in New England, Jan. 2022.

A montage of snowy bird photos wouldn’t be complete without a junco, so here you go. Also, a blue jay as a bonus.

Photo by Chris Bosak A blue jay stands on a fence post during a snowstorm in New England, Jan. 2022.

Storm photos, take 1

Photo by Chris Bosak A red-bellied woodpecker perches on a fence during a snowstorm in New England, Jan. 2022.

Well, you all had to have seen this coming. Here is round one of the January 29, 2022, snowstorm photos. Like any great bout, this will likely go several rounds.

Photo by Chris Bosak A red-bellied woodpecker perches on a fence during a snowstorm in New England, Jan. 2022.