Oriole Migration Highlights
As of May 8, 1997

Carol Gersmehl and Mindy Person, Macalester College

Oriole Migration as of May 7, 1997
Legend

Date Color Timing
Before 4/23 Yellow Early
4/23-4/25 Orange " "
4/26-4/28 Red " "
4/29-5/1 Light Green Later
5/2-5/4 Dark Green " "
5/5-5/7 Dark Blue " "

April 22
The first wave of Baltimore orioles of the season was reported from Texas & Louisiana Gulf coast on Tuesday, April 22nd. (See April 24th update.)

April 23
A storm in the northeast brought this oriole and comment from Massachusetts: "Blown in with the last nor'easter ahead of schedule were a Northern Oriole in North Eastham, Massachusetts. Also a Rose-breasted Grosbeak in South Wellfleet, and a Summer Tanager, found dead in South Orleans. With another storm predicted to move through this week, keep watch for other birds moving through earlier than normal."

April 24
Orioles reported statewide in Georgia.

April 26
Thousands of songbirds landed after storm in Texas after crossing Gulf of Mexico on April 26th, including many orioles. http://www.learner.org/jnorth/1997/critters/oriole/862603797.html

April 27th
First reported throughout Maryland and Virginia on Sunday, April 27th.

April 28
On the 28th, the first was reported from Pennsylvania (Indiana County), and another on the 29th from western Penn.(Westmoreland County).

April 30
Orioles reported statewide in Missouri: "Waves of delayed spring migrants have hit Missouri's woodlands since April 30. Flocks of Baltimore Orioles, Nashville Warblers, Swainson's Thrushes, Orchard Orioles, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks have been reported in the last few days from cape Girardeau and Boone Counties."

April 30
And in Illinois: "Some neotropical migrants finally arrived in Central Illinois- many of them one to two weeks late. Many went from 0 to 10-15 individuals. For example, new migrants in Sangamon County April 30th were BALTIMORE ORIOLE, LEAST FLYCATCHER, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, VEERY, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, WOOD THRUSH, RED-EYED VIREO, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, OVENBIRD, HOODED WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, SUMMER TANAGER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, INDIGO BUNTING, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and ORCHARD ORIOLE."