Weather Forecast for the Birds
More recently, another strong front moved across the country. This was the system that brought those terrible storms and tornados to Fort Worth, TX. The rains and strong north winds associated with the cold front forced many migrants to land. The Texas coast reported 14 species of warblers on April 2! Mississippi and Alabama reported 6 species of warblers, including Black-throated-green Warblers, Kentucky Warblers, and Hooded warblers, along with Red-eyed Vireos and Eastern Wood-pewees. The front stalled when it reached Georgia and Tennessee, and it rained all day Sunday, Monday, and part of Tuesday (7 inches of rain!). I was out this morning and saw quite a variety of birds, including the first Worm-eating Warblers and Scarlet Tanagers. I suspect tomorrow will be even better as more of the birds that were grounded on the Gulf coast arrive in this area. The winds are shifting to the south already, so it is good flying weather.
Dr. David Aborn
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