The early bird gets big trouble this year

By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, April 10, 2019

A combination of cold and snow is probably killing off significant numbers of the first migrating birds in our region, says birder Bruce Di Labio.

Migrants leave the south at different times, with some birds always in a rush to arrive first and get the best breeding territory, he said.

“That’s not always a good method of surviving. It’s rolling the dice and a lot of those early migrants don’t always win.”

Among the insect eaters “there have been yellow-rumped warbler, pine warbler, eastern phoebe, but sadly it is going to be pretty tough on them to survive,” he said.

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