When will warm-weather birds start flying around western Massachusetts?

Hampden County

Patti Steinman with the Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary told 22News there are already a few warmer-weather birds flying in early to Western Massachusetts.

They include the Eastern Phoebe and the Tree Swallow. In the evening, you may hear the American Woodcock’s song.

There are many birds that stick around through the winter in Massachusetts, but now that temperatures are getting warmer, we’re seeing even more.

There’s one group of colorful birds we’re still waiting on. 

“The big wave of Warblers, as I was saying, the wave really comes in May, usually the second week of May. So that’s the one that birders from all over really are looking out for…our beautiful colored Warblers,” Steinman told 22News. 

A few Warblers flew in a little early, but the primary population doesn’t come until later. 

Later in the season, we’ll see Scarlet Tanagers, the Indigo Bunting, and of course, our state bird, the Chickadee. We see Blue Jays and Robins all winter, but as we continue to warm up, even more, will come down from the north.

Most birds start migrating back here in the spring because that’s their prime mating season. 

And eagles have been here all winter, but Steinman told 22News now they are adding more materials to their nests, as they do annually, ahead of mating.

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