Migration has gotten off to a bit of a slow start, but it is in full
swing now! Last week I mentioned that the front moving across the country
was weak, but that if it strengthened it could cause some large fallouts.
Well, that is exactly what happened!
Fallouts in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida
cold front brought lots of big storms across much of the country
during the end of last week, and there
were reports of large fallouts all along the Gulf Coast. The main
species all seemed to be the same, regardless of whether the reports came
Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, or Florida (I did not receive any reports
from Mississippi, but I am sure they would have seen the same): Indigo
Buntings, Scarlet Tanagers, Orchard Orioles, Red-eyed Vireos, and
Painted Buntings. One observer on Grand Isle in SE Louisiana saw 105 Indigo
Buntings, 56 Red-eyed Vireos, 49 Scarlet Tanagers, and 30 Orchard
species that were seen included the first Swainson's Thrushes, Gray-cheeked
Thrushes, and Swainson's Warblers, on High Island,Texas, and birders
in Gulf Breeze, Florida saw many Tennessee Warblers, American Redstarts,
and Blue-winged Warblers.
Slows Movement in the Southeast, mid-Atlantic, and Northeast
the Southeast, mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, there haven't been many
new arrivals because, as you can see on the
weather map, yet another cold front is bringing rainy weather and
migrants grounded. In the Midwest, however, winds have already
shifted to the south, so more migrants are starting to arrive. Birders
Ohio are reporting many Hooded Warblers, American Redstarts, Ovenbirds,
and Prairie Warblers, while Indigo Buntings and Orchard Orioles
up in Missouri and Illinois.
Change in Western US
In the Western US, there hasn't been much change, although the
Tucson, AZ area had a big arrival of Hermit Warblers, Orange-crowned
and Hutton's Vireos. Central California saw its first Black-headed
Grosbeaks of the season, along with Anna's hummingbirds, Orange-crowned
and a Hammond's Flycatcher. Swallows (Bar, Tree, Northern Rough-winged)
and warblers (Common Yellowthroats and Yellow-rumped Warblers) have
shown up in Colorado, and the first Vaux's Swifts arrived in
Does This Week Look?
Will there be more fallouts this week? By this point, you should
be able to tell me! Look at the weather map and what do you see? Not much.
the current cold front moves off the east coast by tomorrow, high
pressure will be in place for a couple of days, meaning that all
those birds along the Gulf coast will stick around a little longer.
the weekend, winds will have shifted to the south for much of the
country, which will allow birds to finally start heading north.
I expect to get reports of new arrivals through much of the northern
part of the country, so be ready for them!
in the southern part of the US, from coast to coast, should still
see some good birds, as new migrants arrive from the tropics, but
it doesn't look like there will be any fallouts.
are heading into the peak of spring migration for some areas, while
migration is just starting to kick into high gear in other places;
it is a great time of year all around!
Chickamauga Creek Conservancy