It’s always a joy when the hummingbirds return just before summer. Weighing a little more than several dimes stacked together, a hummer is about as small as an animal can be and remain endothermic, which means warm-blooded in biologists’ terms. That makes them particularly vulnerable to climate change.
Famously secretive, rails are usually heard rather than seen. But this is the time of year when you might spot one, and the best place to try is just a few miles from the lake.
Snow geese commonly move through New Hampshire from March on, while we still have snow on the ground. They will be breeding in their Canadian Arctic tundra soon after completing this seasonal journey through our area, and you might see them anywhere from Winnipesauke to Walpole to Concord.
Flickers look different from most of the woodpeckers we commonly see in the New England wilds. It is more of an oddball in the woodpecker clan. It has a speckled, chestnut-brown body with a black crescent on its spotted breast, and a black mustache—when it is a male. We might see yellow under the surfaces of its wings and tail if it flies overhead. A new article by ecologist Dave Eastman.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which was signed by President Woodrow Wilson and protects more than 1,025 species. All other legislation pertinent to the safety of our native birds is amended to this important bill, which reflected the plight of avian life in those times. The Act ended the millinery trade, which was selling feathers from egrets and the like, making such ornamentation a societal no-no.