May begins with our first Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and a cacophony of White-crowned Sparrows, which often seem to be everywhere for about a week on their way to the arctic. And then it builds with the likes of Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Red-eyed Vireo, Black-billed Cuckoo, Alder Flycatcher, Veery, Swainson’s Thrush, Least Flycatcher, and about a gazillion warblers.
In fact, 20 species of warblers nest in the Olympic Region each year, and others can be found during the migration, making the spring an amazing time to look for them. These include Ovenbirds, American Redstarts, and Black-throated Green Warblers singing in our deciduous forests, Canada Warblers in thick wet or coniferous thickets, Blackpoll Warblers singing from the tops of our mountains, and Palm, Magnolia, and Nashville Warblers offering songs from our coniferous and boreal habitats – like those in Bloomingdale Bog and Madawaska.
These same boreal habitats give us birders a chance to look for our resident boreal species – like Gray Jay, Black-backed Woodpecker, and Boreal Chickadee – which are joined by recently returned Lincoln’s Sparrows and Yellow-bellied and Olive-sided Flycatchers, and everything seems to have arrived in place and on cue for the Great Adirondack Birding Celebration, held the first weekend of June each year at the Paul Smith’s College VIC.