Birds are on the move! Lots of migrants are showing up across the country.
All the rain over the past week really has birds stacked up along the
Gulf Coast. Birders and researchers from Texas to Florida have been reporting
lots of new arrivals, including the first Northern Parulas, Prothonotary
Warblers, Nashville Warblers, Worm-eating Warblers, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers,
Eastern Kingbirds, Western Kingbirds, Great-crested Flycatchers, Summer
Tanagers, Red-eyed Vireos, White-eyed Vireos, and even an early Wood
Thrush! The rain and north winds have not given birds a chance to get
much farther north than Tennessee and the Carolinas. The first report
of Orchard Oriole came from South Carolina, along with the first Chimney
Swifts. Here in Tennessee, I have received reports of Northern Parulas,
Yellow-throated Warblers, Blue-headed Vireos, and gnatcatchers.
Things out west were much better than the previous week (yeah!). People
in Arizona were treated to 5 species of warblers; Nashville, Orange-crowned,
Lucy’s, Black-throated-gray, and Wilson’s, while people in
southern California saw Scott’s Orioles, Western Kingbirds, Rufus
Hummingbirds, and Allen’s Hummingbirds.
Does This Week Look?
So will this week be just as good? You should be starting to get
the hang of reading a weather map by now:
cold front and low pressure area over the Southeast should get
out of here by tomorrow. The high pressure behind it will bring
some north winds for a couple of days, keeping birds grounded in
the eastern half of the country.
the weekend, the high pressure will have move far enough east that
the winds will shift to the south, allowing birds to make some
good progress northward. I expect that many of the species I just
mentioned will start showing up in the Midwest and Northeast.
conditions are good out West right now, so people in the Southwest
should continue to see birds arriving, and people in the Northwest
and Rocky Mountain states should also see some of their first arrivals
for the next few days.
front is starting to approach from Canada, so birds in the western
US will face bad weather by tomorrow or Friday. As the front moves
east, the central part of the country will see rain and north winds
by the weekend, and the eastern US by the start of next week.
As numbers of arriving migrants continue to increase, there could be some good
sightings to report next week!
All Bird-watching Kids!
know we are just starting spring, but if any of you budding young birders
are looking for something to do this summer, you might want to consider
Camp TALON (Teen Adventures Learning Ornithology and Nature). See more:
Camp Talon: Join the Fun!
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