Birds are still trickling in. There are more and more reports of
swallows, as well as some of the other early migrants. I know they are
glad to see some good flying weather. That low-pressure area was very slow
to move. The rain lingered over much of the eastern US for several days.
If it had happened a few weeks from now, it would lead to some of the
first big fallouts. But since it is still early, not many were forced to
land. Once the system finally moved out over the weekend (with the exception
of northern New England, where it is still raining), the skies cleared
and the winds shifted. This allowed an influx of birds to arrive. Most
birds that showed up were martins and swallows, but there were a few new
species as well. The Gulf Coast had the greatest diversity, with the first
Black-throated-green Warbler and Black-and-white Warbler showing up in
Texas, the first Northern Parula in Mississippi, and the first Louisiana
Waterthrush, Hooded Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, and Prothonotary
warbler in Alabama.
Yellow-throated Warblers and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have also started
showing up in Georgia and North Carolina. The southerly winds have also
helped push a couple of swallows farther north over the last day or so,
with a single Tree Swallow arriving in Illinois and a Barn Swallow showing
up in Maryland.
is also starting to pick up out West. The improved weather has allowed
4 different swallow species (Tree, Violet-green,
and Cliff) to make it to New Mexico, and the first Black-chinned
Hummingbirds arrived in Arizona. It is nice to learn that more people
are able to
enjoy spring migration!
Does This Week’s Weather Mean for Migration?
So will all of this continue? Look at the weather map and see:
There is a low-pressure area in the southwestern
US. It is not a particularly strong system, but it is still bringing
some rain to the area. That will keep migrants grounded for a day
There is high pressure behind that system, but it
is pretty far north. This early in the season, it probably won't
affect the birds, as they are far to the south. Therefore, I would
expect that by the end of the week the eastern US should see a new
influx of migrants coming in from the tropics, and those that are
already here should make some progress north.
Farther west, there is another front bringing rain
to the Southwest. That will keep a lot of birds from coming up through
Mexico. In another day or two, however, people should definitely
keep an eye out for new arrivals! That second front will move across
the country right behind the first.
I keep telling you, migration will only be getter better and better for
a while, so practice your weather map reading and look for those birds!
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