First Major Fallout!
For those of you along the Gulf coast, I hope you were outside on Sunday
(April 6) because the first major fallout of the spring happened. Birders
and researchers in Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida in particular reported
spectacular numbers of migrants. In Alabama, 20 species of warblers
were seen, including the first Cerulean, Tennessee, and Blackburnian
Warblers. The tally was similar in Louisiana, but 95 Indigo Buntings
were added to the mix. In Key West, Florida, birders tallied 60 Prairie
Warblers, 25 Ovenbirds, 20 Worm-eating Warblers, and 20 Yellow-billed
Cuckoos. Not bad for one day!
System Moves, More “Firsts” Arrive
The storm system that moved across the country at the end of last week
really forced the birds down. Once the system moved east, wind shifted
pretty quickly to the south, which has allowed many of the birds to
continue onward. There have been lots of new arrivals the past couple
of days, including the first White-eyed Vireos and Northern Parulas
near St. Louis, MO, 4 species of swallows and many Common Yellowthroats
reported in Oklahoma, and the first Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Blue-headed
Vireos, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Black-and-white Warblers, and Louisiana
Waterthrushes in Washington, DC. Here in Chattanooga, I heard my first
Ovenbird of the year, and a friend of mine saw the first Red-eyed Vireo,
along with Hooded Warblers, Black-throated-green Warblers, and Blue-headed
More northerly states are also getting their first taste of spring
migration, with the first hummingbirds seen in Illinois and Indiana,
in Michigan, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire, and Louisiana Waterthrushes
showing up in Ohio and Wisconsin.
The southerly winds also allowed a lot of migrants to arrive in the
western US as well. People in Arizona reported a big influx of Scott's
and also saw 6 species of hummingbirds. Birders in California have
had the best numbers the past few days. People in San Diego had Orange-crowned
Warblers, Yellow Warblers, Wilson's Warblers, and the first Yellow-breasted
Chats, while farther north, 300 Tree Swallows and 114 Common Yellowthroats
were seen at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary!
What to Expect This Week
This week could be another good one! Take a look at the weather map:
A strong cold front is moving across the country.
Temperatures behind it are expected to drop 15-20 degrees, and you
know what that means: northerly winds = fallout! As the front crosses
the Gulf coast and Midwest today and tomorrow, many birds should
be forced down, so there should be a lot to see the next few days.
the front moves east, the same could be expected in the Southeast
and mid-Atlantic region. There should be some good birding in the
eastern half of the country this weekend.
early next week, the winds should shift around, allowing people
and out west
to enjoy the bounty of birds out there.
in full swing, with a lot more migration to come, so be part of the
Chickamauga Creek Conservancy