“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Spring Migration

Spring Migration Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, July 4, 2017
1. Spring Migration Marker
Inscription.  Returning Home in the Spring
Each year millions of North American birds return from their southern wintering quarters in south and Central America. The returns of these birds heralds the arrival of spring and perhaps the most exciting time in a birdwatcher's year. At this time, a large number of birds can be seen in fruiting trees, especially after increment weather. Since they nest much further north, many of these transient species are only passing through Alabama.

Stranded Travelers
The open visits and clear views into the tree canopy below this overlook provide a unique vantage to see many birds. Be sure to check this area after a heavy rain in spring when the trees maybe packed with decayed migrants.

Warblers are perhaps the most colorful of all Alabama's birds. These small insectivores are an incredibly diverse group ranging from the chunky Yellow-breasted Chat to the smaller Yellow warbler. The diversity and brilliance of their colors must be seen to be believed.

Vireos are similar in size to the warblers but are not closely related. Vireos have
Monte Sano State Park Map of Main Park Trails image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, July 4, 2017
2. Monte Sano State Park Map of Main Park Trails
more subtle color patterns of grays, greens, and yellows. They are distinguished from warblers by their larger, hooked bills and their face patterns of bright eye-rings or eye-stripes. You will often hear the incessant questioning call of a vireo long before you see it.

Two species of tanager are found in Alabama. The male of both these species are striking red, while the females are yellowish green. Scarlet Tanagers are best told by their Jet-black wings, a feature absent from the pure red Summer Tanager.

Although thrushes are not as colorful as many other spring migrants, their glorious voices more than make up for their drab plumage. Five species can be found in Alabama during migration, all of which are separated by subtle differences in the spotting of their breast and patterns of their face.

Declining Neotropical Migrants
North American songbirds that winter south of the border are known as Neotropical migrants.
Populations of these birds have declined in recent for a number of reasons including:
Birds are losing their habitat hemisphere wide-from the wintering grounds in the south, through out their migratory areas to breeding ground in the north.
As habitats are lost and become increasing fragmented, threats to adult birds and their young increase.
Migration itself can also be hazardous as these birds fly thousands of miles hoping to find enough food along the way to sustain their journey.
Another major threat to these birds is free-ranging house cats which may kill thousands of songbirds each year. This has led to recent campaigns for owners to keep their cats indoors.
Location. 34° 44.855′ N, 86° 30.672′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is on Bankhead Parkway Northeast. Touch for map. Marker is located in Monte Sano State Park at the overlook at Bird Site #29. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5105 Nolen Ave SE, Huntsville AL 35801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Monte Sano Railway (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lowell M. Anderson (approx. one mile away); Historic Viduta / Hotel Monte Sano (approx. 1.2 miles away); Hotel Monte Sano (approx. 1.3 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 1.7 miles away); Harris Hill Cemetery (approx. 2.3 miles away); Trough Springs (approx. 2.4 miles away); Burritt Museum (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 151 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 29, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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