The weather is warming, winter is nearly over...but the birding can be downright boring!
Let's take a quick walk through the local birding calendar: May speaks for itself. June is a prime rarity month (especially coastally). July and August are exciting shorebirding months. September and October combine passerines, raptors, and the later shorbs. November is another fantastic rarity month. December brings CBCs, and the first winter rarities are discovered, some of which spend the entire season. January and February can be spent scouring the gulls at the local landfill (I miss it already...). And then there's March/April....
Many of you will likely disagree with me on this, but my motivation to go birding takes a serious hit in March and early April. The rare gulls are thinning in number, winter finches disappear, and boreal rarities such as hawk-owls and gyrfalcons won't be found this late in the season.
There are some highlights though. Bonaparte's Gulls are arriving and should be forming larger flocks as the month progresses. They always bring the possibility of Black-headed, Little, or even Ross's Gull with them. And then we have the waterfowl migration, during which ponds and marshes are filled with several species including the Redheads and "Common" Teals recently seen in CT.
But as far as true rarities are concerned.....yawn :)