Dr. David Aborn
Earth Day Everyone!
What better way to celebrate the Earth than by watching
spring bird migration! For many of you, there is plenty to see.
The front that moved across the country at the end
of last week, and over the weekend produced some more good fallouts.
Many places along the Texas coast reported seeing 25-30 warbler
species, and large numbers of Gray Catbirds and
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Some of the new species
seen were Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackpoll
Warbler, Magnolia warbler, Swainson's Thrush, Gray-cheeked Thrush,
and Yellow-billed cuckoo. People on the Mississippi
coast reported large numbers of grosbeaks, Indigo
Buntings, Tennessee Warblers, and Baltimore
Birding, Thanks to the Weather!
and Tuesday, winds had shifted to the south, and some of those birds,
as well as birds I have been reporting on over the past week or
two, have been able to make it farther north. At my study site yesterday,
I saw my first Blue-winged Warblers, Wood Thrushes, Blackpoll
Warblers, Northern Waterthrushes, Scarlet Tanagers, and
Great-crested Flycatchers. People in
Massachusetts saw their first Blue-headed Vireos
and Louisiana Waterthrushes, while several Common
Yellowthroats have made it all the way up to Maine.
the Midwest, birders in Ohio reported the greatest numbers of migrants,
including their first Prairie Warbler, Black-throated-green
Warblers, House Wrens, Yellow-throated Vireos, and Scarlet
Tanagers. For those of you living in the upper Midwest,
you won't have to wait too long before the excitement reaches you,
because swallows have returned to Michigan, House
wrens and Least Flycatchers have come
back to Minnesota.
in the West
Out west, it has been slow. There have been southerly winds,
which have allowed birds to arrive from the tropics and continue
moving north. Arizona, New Mexico, and California have not reported
anything new, but Nevada has had an assortment of flycatchers moving
through, along with Rufus Hummingbirds, Bell's Vireos,
and Bullock's Orioles. The weather has also allowed
the first swallows (Barn and Tree) and Black-throated-gray
Warblers to show up in Colorado.