Patrick Comins

I work as the Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Connecticut and currently serve as President of the Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.  I've  always been fascinated by weather and read voraciously on the topic as a child.  This interest has only grown with time, especially since I've become an avid birder.  The weather has a huge influence on bird movements and migration.  Southbound migrants ride cold fronts to their wintering grounds, making the passage of each cold front from August to November the time to look for migrating hawks, songbirds or shorebirds.  Cold weather to our north can herald the arrival of migrant or wintering waterfowl as lakes freeze to our north.  A warm front that stalls over the coast on a spring morning can produce amazing fallouts of colorful warblers along the coast, or a warm sunny morning in May can make for a great day of birding inland.  Easterly winds can push uncommon vagrants into Long Island Sound, southwesterly winds in the fall can bring western vagrants and a tropical system can send seabirds well inland or carry tropical birds our way.  Here we will explore implications of weather patterns for birds and birding and I will attempt to make birding forecasts based on weather conditions.  I hope you enjoy them and wind up seeing some good birds in the process. 

Latest Articles

  • Beautiful Invasion
    We're being invaded, but this is a welcome invasion.  One of the best irruptions of Purple Finches in years is underway.  Purple Finches, like many species of northern breeding finches are periodic...
  • October a Great Time to Get out Birding!
    October is a great time to get outdoors in Connecticut and can offer some of the best birding of the year.  Some migrant nesters can linger well into the fall, a great variety of birds are migrating...
  • Climate Change Threatens Many Connecticut Birds
    The National Audubon Society recently released a study of the potential impacts of climate change on the ranges and distribution of more than 600 North American birds.  Audubon scientists used hundreds...
  • Code 5!
    The American Birding Association has a ranking system to classify the degree of rarity of a birds that may show up in North America (mainland U.S. and Canada).  The rarest of the rare are classified...
  • Great Migrations
    Migration is in full swing and the next two weekends offer opportunities to get out and experience this phenomenon yourself.  As discussed in last week's slideshow, the annual Lighthouse Point Park...
  • Migration in Full Swing
    It's September and millions of birds, butterflies and dragonflies and other creatures are on the move.  As the days get shorter it is a signal to birds and other migrants that the season of plenty...
  • Help Wrap Up a Successful Shorebird Season!
    It is looking like we are going to have a great year for Piping Plover productivity in Connecticut, but there is one last bit of work that needs to be done to wrap up a successful season…removing...
  • Audubon Connecticut’s Big Weekend: Rare Birds and Great Variety!
    How many different kinds of birds could we find? That’s the question Audubon Connecticut staff and volunteers set out to answer over the course of three days during peak migration season.  From...
  • The Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy
    There is only one place in the state where you can see a Spectacled Eider...The Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy in Litchfield.   The Conservancy will be honoring me for my bird conservation...
  • Share the Shore This Holiday Weekend
    Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional start of beach season, but it is also a critical time for our coastal waterbirds that call those beaches home.   Piping Plovers and American Oystercatchers...
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