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Spring on LI starts with the Osprey! Come mid-March to early April, it happens: the Osprey return to their nesting sites after flying South for the Winter. And birders get excited!


This is also the time of year that our winter visitors, such as the Dark Eyed Juncos, White Throated Sparrows,  (& sometimes Snowy Owls!), as well as an array of beautiful waterfowl who winter here, start to leave.


Spring also brings many different kinds of beautiful Warblers (making birders very excited!). Catbirds, Red Winged Blackbirds, Cowbirds, and the like also make a return. Robins are more noticeable now. Grackles start showing up in droves!


Let’s not forget about the colorful breeding plumage of the birds as they change from their drab winter coats into their showy breeding attire.


The male Cardinals become a vibrant red, male Goldfinches sport a bright yellow plumage. Even the shorebirds, many species of Plovers included, molt into a more colorful version of themselves!


Yes, Spring has Sprung. Birds are busy chatting and flirting and building nests to raise their families. It’s a wonderful time of year to start watching the birds set up nests & territories.


From the many parks we have on Long Island to your own backyard, the viewing opportunities to see the wonder of nature is vast!


Happy Spring! & Good Birding!

SPRING ON LONG ISLAND

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Check the Spring Migration Table to see what’s moving through and when!!

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