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.