Apr 02 2012

A Little Late, A Lot Early

Published by at 7:06 am under Migration,Phenology,Plants

Pennsylvania birders were treated to a surge of ducks last weekend when Friday night's storm forced migrants to stop in our state to wait for better weather.  The migration fallout was especially large on Saturday.

A day late, I went to Moraine State Park hoping to see a few stragglers.  There weren't as many ducks on Sunday but I found a nice variety:  ruddy ducks, buffleheads, horned grebes and five long-tailed ducks.

My own notes indicate that long-tailed ducks usually come through our area about a week earlier, approximately March 25.  This group was a little late, but I was too, so our paths crossed.

Meanwhile, the plants and insects are still early even though our weather has moderated.

A week ago, on March 25, I found this large-flowered bellwort blooming at Barking Slopes.  It usually blooms around April 25 so it was one month ahead of schedule.

A little late.  A lot early.

What will happen next?

(photo of long-tailed ducks by Steve Gosser, photo of large-flowered bellwort by Kate St. John)


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  1. FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOKon 02 Apr 2012 at 11:39 am

    So enjoy your posts. never have seen a bellwort — will keep my eyes open for one — barbara

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