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October 01, 2014
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The ‘snow birds’ are back

These tree swallows take a break from catching insects on the fly over the Delaware River. These swallows, with their iridescent wings and backs, are common along lakes and rivers and are usually the first swallow species to return to our area from Florida, Mexico, and Central America.


May 19, 2011

The arrival of April and May marks the start of nature’s spring concert with spring peepers and American toads singing near wetlands. Not to be outdone by the amphibians, many warblers and other passerines arrive to contribute to this concert. The melodic call of the wood thrush heralds its arrival from wintering grounds in Central America; this singer is shy and hard to spot, but its song is very distinct as it seeks a mate for the upcoming breeding season.
Other birds that arrive now are easier to spot, and some of them are brightly colored. This week’s images are just a few of the many species of “snow birds” that arrived from afar to breed.