Weather Forecast for the Birds
not strong enough to keep birds from flying, so the few migrants that were
around were able continue their journey north.
Last week, however, was a different story. A much stronger cold front moved across the country. It brought lots
of rain and strong north winds with it. While it is still early in the migration season, those conditions still
forced some of the early migrants to land. Both Texas and Mississippi reported good numbers of Prothontary Warblers,
Black-and-white Warblers, and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds on March 8 and 9. Here in Chattanooga, I did not see as
much, but we did have our first hummingbirds of the season. By the weekend, the winds along much of the Gulf coast
had shifted to the south. This means the birds had a tail wind to help them fly, so they took off. The south winds
reached the east by Monday and Tuesday.
Migration is starting to pick up, and things should get exciting as the
spring progresses! I will let you know what I see.
Dr. David Aborn
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