Well, as predicted, the cold front I pointed last week did force birds
to land for a couple of days, but the winds shifted to the south fairly
quickly so birds could get up north for people to enjoy!
parts of the country saw quite an increase in migrants. Along the
Gulf coast, Indigo
Buntings were the main attraction. People in Louisiana, Mississippi,
and Alabama all reported large numbers of them. Another common sight
places were Warbling Vireos. All tolled, over a dozen species of warblers
were seen. They included some of the first Blue-winged Warblers, Cerulean
Warblers, and Worm-eating Warblers. Also making their first significant
were Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Wood Thrushes.
the weekend (4/14 and 4/15), the winds had begun to shift, allowing birds
that had been grounded to take off. Migrants started making their first
good showing in the middle part of the country. Missouri was the big winner,
with Scarlet Tanagers, Prothonotary Warblers, Red-eyed Vireos, Warbling
Vireos, and Yellow-throated Vireos all showing up in the St. Louis area.
Ohio recorded its first Gray Catbird of the year, while Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
and Black-and-white Warblers arrived in Illinois. Oklahoma reported good
numbers of both Eastern and Western Kingbirds, while parts of Nebraska
had Yellow-throated Warblers and Louisiana Waterthrushes. Remember that
waterthrushes, gnatcatchers Black-and-white Warblers, and Yellow-throated
Warblers were showing up farther south 2 or 3 weeks ago. Here in Tennessee,
there have been lots of sightings over the past couple of days. At my study
site this morning I saw or heard 3 Hooded Warblers, 3 Black-throated-green
Warblers, 3 Black-and-white Warblers, 3 Red-eyed Vireos, 1 White-eyed Vireo,
1 Ovenbird, 1 Scarlet Tanager, and 1 Wood Thrush. The tanager, Ovenbird,
Red-eyed Vireo, and Wood Thrush were the first of the season there. Other
places also reported their first tanagers and thrushes, as well as the
first American Redstarts, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Cerulean Warblers, and
Good Week in the West
The western US also had a good week, especially in California. When
the front passed through, birders reported Orchard Orioles, Baltimore
Orioles, Nashville Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers, Lucy's Warblers,
and Black-throated-gray Warblers. When the winds shifted to the south,
birds were able to reach some of the Rocky Mountain areas and Pacific
Northwest. Colorado reported its first Gray Flycatcher, while Wilson's
Warblers, Hammond's Flycatchers, and Common Yellowthroats made it
up to Oregon. See? No matter where you were, there were migrants
to see! Will
the coming week be as good?
What's the Birdwatching Outlook Ahead?
front is over the middle of the country right now. It is not very
strong one, so it shouldn't slow birds down very much.
winds will kick in a day or two after the front passes, allowing
many of the birds along the Gulf coast to fly north. I don't expect
much in the way of fallouts there, but the rest of the country
be on the lookout for migrants heading their way!
weekend I will be participating in a BioBlitz at the Chattanooga
A BioBlitz is an intensive survey of all the biodiversity in
an area. Volunteers spend 24 hours surveying all forms of life:
birds, fish, fungi, plants...everything. It
should be a good day, and there could be some interesting birds that show
up. Maybe you could organize your own BioBlitze at your school!
You might be surprised
at what you find!
North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy