Well, migration was slower than I had predicted for this week. The northerly
winds and rain lasted longer than I thought. Thus, there was not much movement
this week, and most birds were confined to the Gulf coast. Texas had its
first Painted Bunting, as well as a few White-eyed Vireos and Blue-gray
Gnatcatchers. From Louisiana to Alabama, diversity was good even if numbers
were low. Prothonotary Warblers, Hooded Warblers, Red-eyed, White-eyed,
Yellow-throated, and Blue-headed Vireos, Black-and-white Warblers, Black-throated-green
Warblers, Indigo Buntings, and the first Eastern Kingbirds were all seen.
By Sunday and Monday, winds had shifted to the south, and some migrants
have made it farther north. Parts of South Carolina reported many Northern
Parulas, and birders in Washington, DC saw their first Yellow-throated
Warblers, Louisiana Waterthrushes, and swallows. At my study site this
morning I saw my first Blue-gray Gnatcatchers of the spring.
Despite southerly winds for much of the week, I did not receive many reports
from out west. California did have another big influx of swallows and Nevada
has migrants starting to show up. In addition to several swallow species,
they had Orange-crowned Warblers and Lucy's Warblers.
Does This Week’s Weather Mean for Migration?
I think this week will be much different. Look at the weather map and
Much of the country has clear skies and southerly
winds. That means migrants will be able to arrive from the tropics
without any difficulties, and those that are here can make some progress
north. I expect to receive widespread reports of new species showing
up in some places, and bigger numbers of species that have already
been showing up.
The next front is moving in off the west coast, so
there won't be much movement for a couple of days. By later this
week, conditions will be better for birds to arrive out there.
that time, rainy weather will be in the central US and Gulf Coast.
It could make for some of the first decent fallouts.
looks like a good week to be outside, so get out there and enjoy it!
Chickamauga Creek Conservancy