August 2016

Vol. 44, No. 4

Bird Sightings: March-April 2016

Seth Kellogg, Marjorie W. Rines, and Robert H. Stymeist

March both came in and left like a lamb. The temperature averaged 42˚ degrees in Boston, four degrees above normal. There were five days with temperatures in the sixties and two days in the seventies. The temperature hit 77˚ on March 9, 34˚ above the normal for that date and ended at 71˚. The low was 21˚ on March 3. Snow was recorded on two days: 0.5 inch on March 4, and 3.6 inches fell on March 21 and quickly melted with readings in the sixties in less than 36 hours. Rainfall was just 3.16 inches, 1.16 below the average.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron by Richard Johnson

April started out mild, but on April 3 the temperature dropped 30˚ to a month low of 22˚ and came with 6.6 inches of snow. This caused considerable damage to many trees that had budded early with the warmth at the end of March. Rainfall totaled 2.91 inches, an inch below average for April. Strong southwest winds on April 22–23, when temperatures soared over 70˚, brought us the first big wave of migrants.

R. Stymeist

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