Dr. David Aborn's 2022 Weather Forecasts for Migrating Songbirds #11


Published: 06/10/2022

Dear Journey North Readers,

That time of year has come again, the end of another spring migration. The only migratory activity left is up in Alaska, where Wilson’s Warblers, Blackpoll Warblers, Northern Waterthrushes, and Gray-cheeked Thrushes continue to arrive. Everywhere else, birds have settled into breeding mode. 

After a slow start in late March and early April, this season was active, with consistent movement across the country almost every week. There were regular storm systems, and some created impressive fallouts. There have been years where few storms develop and migration is slower and steadier. This year was more typical. 

While migration may be over, you shouldn’t put away your binoculars. Birds are busy singing, building nests, and feeding young, and those are just as fascinating to watch as migration. It will also keep you in practice for when fall migration starts! I hope you have found my reports helpful and have gotten a better appreciation for what a spectacle migration is. 

See you next spring! 

Take care.

David Aborn