Birds of the Season

May 5, 2023 by Team Journey North

As the spring season progresses and migration kicks into high gear across the continent, reports are streaming in from our Journey North community. Today we feature recent bird observations from our reporters.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Photo: Mary in Wayland, NY

Spring Season in Full Effect

At Journey North, we follow several specific migratory species, like hummingbirds and monarch butterflies, as well as phenological events, like tulip bulbs emerging and maple syrup tapping.

As the spring season continues, more and more observational reports are being submitted to Journey North. Read on to see a sampling of recent birding observations from our All Other Signs of Spring reporting category:

Mike in Paducah, KY: "A baby Bluebird prepares to fledge. Mom and Dad have been trying to call (coax) it out of the house most of the morning. It was gone a few minutes later, leaving two siblings, which fledged the next morning." (04/28/2023)

and also from Mike in Paducah, KY: "Observed Our first Blue Indigo for 2023, taking a break after feeding on some sunflower heart chips." (04/29/2023)

Elizabeth in Branch Township, MI: "Warbler. 6:11 pm My first this year." (04/30/2023)

Michelle in Delevan, NY: "Heard several yellow warblers lining the trees of a wetland. As I entered my car to leave, saw my first yellow warbler this year." (05/04/2023)

Brenda in Kenora, ON: "Mallard ducks back even though the ice isn't off Longbow Lake, they are swimming in the open areas near shore." (04/30/2023)

Bird in Geneva, NY: "Scarlet Tanagers 2, 630-700 a.m. high mulberry tree. Bright red male and olive yellow female Sang 20 min!!
It's a pleasure to actually see what you hear. Beautiful!" (05/02/2023)

Katrina in Madison, WI: "First American White Pelican of season spotted" (05/03/2023)

Report Your Observations

What seasonal observations are you noticing in your area? Please check out our various project categories and maps and submit your reports to Journey North. Remember to include a photo with your observational report whenever possible. Your contributions are greatly appreciated! Thank you!