|Boreal Songbird Initiative|
The birds that make up New England’s winter migrants consist mainly of three groups: “winter ducks” that include ducks, grebes, and loons; “winter finches” including finches, sparrows, buntings, and larks; and “winter raptors” including some eagles, hawks, and owls.
Winter migrants are also hiding in plain sight and include species that we see year round including such favorites as Black-capped chickadees, Blue jays, and American robins. Yet, these birds may in fact be northern birds wintering in our parks and back yards waiting to be seamlessly replaced by different individuals of the same species come spring. In simpler terms the Robin eating dried crab apples from your crab apple tree in February will fly north to northern Saskatchewan come March only to be replaced by a Robin currently in Virginia who will build it’s nest under your eave come summer.
Whether bobbing quietly in the bays and ocean waters, picking seeds from frozen farm fields or hiding in plain sight the story of these winter migrants is no less incredible than those of their spring counterparts the warblers, bobolinks, and thrush. The winter migrants make a journey of thousands of miles from the boreal forests of northern
This deepening understanding of both spring and winter migrants is a reminder that “our”