and Songbird Migration
Weather Forecasts for Migrating Songbirds
* Weekly forecasts will be published on the
dates shown below:
March 1, 2005:
How's this week's weather for songbird migration? Ornithologist Dr.
David Aborn shares the "secrets" of weather maps so you'll
be ready to predict if you'll be seeing birds migrating through YOUR
8, 2005: Dr.
Aborn reports the first birds now migrating north. Swallows, hummingbirds
and waterthrush sightings made the news this week.
March 16, 2005:
in the West look good for sighting migrant songbirds this week. There
were lots of sightings in California this past week and more to come!
Birds will be stalled in the SE with rain and another front heading
23, 2005: Nasty weather over the eastern
part of the continent has forced a lot of migrants to land, especially
along the Gulf coast. What a feast for the eyes! A few clear days and
southern winds have sent more birds northward. Another front from the
NW will bring rain and birds will once again be forced out of the skies.
Spring migration is picking up- go out and see for yourself!
Songbird migration arrived in full force this week along the Gulf Coast!
Southern storms forced migrants to land in TX, MS, and LA. Migrants
could be seen as they head up towards the Midwest later in the week.
A lot of migration is still ahead, and so far it is off to a good start!
Lots of birds! That front last week really forced a lot
of birds to land, especially along the Gulf coast. Last week was another
quiet week out west. Californians saw another Baltimore Oriole. Swallows
have made it as far north as Oregon. Midwest, the mid-Atlantic and Northeast
should see an influx of migrants by the beginning of next week.
14, 2005: The
warblers are coming! Last week Texas 9 species of warblers spotted,
along with Summer Tanagers. Other migrants seen further to the North
including swallows in Minnesota and Indigo buntings in New Jersey. Visit
the report to find more details and this week’s weather and songbird
20, 2005 This
past week southerly winds and clear skies have allowed migrants to make
their way north. Maine and Vermont reported their first Wood Thrushes,
and Warblers moved into the Midwest. In the South, tailwinds meant many
birds could fly over the Gulf Coast without stopping. Read many more
details in David Aborn’s report this week.
"Birds, birds everywhere," exclaims Dr. David Aborn. Last
week's cold fronts brought birds down for a wonderful week of birdwatching.
A front that is now stationary over the Rockies should start moving
across the country in another day or two, so there's another good week
ahead for birders. David's full report has a birding list to bring you
The story in the SE and E was the same, from Georgia to Massachusetts
to Ohio: lots of warblers, thrushes, orioles, flycatchers, and buntings.
A BIG week for migration despite the cooler than average temperatures
throughout the mid-section of the country. Read more about the birds
that are migrating through YOUR part of the country in David Aborn's
report this week.
11, 2005 Texas
and Louisiana had a last big arrival of migrants. New Mexico has had
a good week. In the Midwest, Illinois and Wisconsin have reported 12
species of warblers, Warbling Vireos and many others. The coming week
looks good for the northern half of the country. Another front moving
across the US will force many migrants to land. Read
more about the birds that are migrating through YOUR part of the country
in David Aborn's report this week.
a Good Day for Migration?
at today's weather map. Find the high pressure systems and note the wind
direction. Can you find any places where the weather looks good, from
a migratory bird's point of view?
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