The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is leading free daily birds walks this month, during the height of spring migration, all over the state from North Smithfield to Coventry to South Kingstown.
At this time of year, male birds are sporting bright colored plumage to attract mates. Jeffrey Hall, the organization’s senior director of advancement, points out that trees aren’t lush with leaves yet.
“This is the easily identifiable time for these birds,” said Hall. “The other thing is that they're calling. So you may go outside and hear a particular bird call that you think is unusual. And it could very well be that it's a migrating bird coming through and you happen to have it in your yard.”
Hall said people are spotting all sorts of birds: cuckoos, indigo buntings, whip-poor-wills, and warblers. On a recent guided walk in Rome Point in North Kingstown, people counted 30 bird species.
Hall said ‘tis the season for bugs, too. “That's what drives the birds out,” said Hall. “Warblers are insect-eating birds. Those are the small, brightly colorful birds that we're seeing now. And they are insect eaters. They keep moving up, as the bugs hatch. So while we may find the bugs undesirable, the warblers are finding them quite tasty.”
Hall said the birds are heading to northern New England and Canada to breed. They will return in the fall when they head back south in less colorful plumage after they’ve molted.
In other bird news, the peregrine falcons nesting atop the Superman Building in downtown Providence welcomed three chicks this past weekend.
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