Well, as predicted this past week has been pretty uneventful,
but that doesn't mean that migration has taken a break! Southerly winds
have been blowing over much of the country, which means that many of the
that were in the southern US were able to continue northward, and many
birds arriving from the tropics were not slowed by bad weather. Most places
reporting lots of swallows, especially Tree Swallows. Tree Swallows were
seen in Washington, DC, Indiana, Ohio, and even as far north as North
Dakota! New Mexico added a little more diversity, with Violet-green Swallows
and Northern Rough-winged Swallows being seen along with Tree Swallows.
At my study site there have been Tree Swallows and Purple Martins.
Migrants On Their Way
While swallows have dominated the scene, there are some indications
that other migrants are on their way. The first Rufus Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds were seen in California, while people in Tucson, Arizona
saw their first Yellow Warblers and a Lucy's Warbler. Ruby-throated
Hummingbirds were reported in Naples, Florida and Douglas, Georgia.
Warblers and Great-crested Flycatchers continue to be seen at various
locations in Louisiana.
Will the Weather Bring this Week?
For some parts of the country this week might be better than last week.
The storm system that has been stuck over Texas
will be moving east, and a cold front is moving in from the north.
systems will bring rain and northerly winds across the eastern half
of the country by the end of the week and over the weekend. That
birds arriving from the tropics will be forced to land. While it
is still too early for a large fallout, there should be more migrants
and bird watchers and ornithologists (people who study birds for
a living) may have a lot to see.
For people in the western half of
the country, conditions should continue
to be warm, clear, and dry. This means migrants won't have any trouble
arriving and making their way northward. I expect that we will see
more migrant sightings in the northwest and northern Great Plains.
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