We have our first fallouts of the year! The front that has been bringing
storms to much of the country over the past few days forced birds to
land in large numbers in Texas over the weekend. Several places
on the Texas coast reported up to 18 species of warblers, including
the first Cerulean Warblers, Kentucky Warblers, and Blackburnian Warblers
of the year. One person in Galveston reported “loads of Hooded
Warblers, Northern Parulas, and Warbling Vireos.” Someone
birding another part of Galveston reported “trees full of Baltimore
Orioles, Orchard Orioles, Red-eyed Vireos, Scarlet Tanagers, Summer Tanagers,
and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks”! Other places along the Gulf Coast
did not report numbers as large, but some new arrivals did show up, such
as Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Black-billed Cuckoos, and Blackpoll Warblers
to the cold front and its storms, much of the country was warming
up with south winds, which allowed many migrants to make
good progress northward. New York and New Jersey reported increases
in the numbers of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Yellow-throated Warblers,
Warblers, Louisiana Waterthrushes, Black-throated-green Warblers, and
Blue-headed Vireos. Tree Swallows—some of the earliest migrants
to arrive—have made it well into New England. A birder at the
Wildlife Refuge reported seeing 60 Tree Swallows, while another birder
saw 90 of them at Powdermill Pond in New Hampshire!
in the Midwest saw more migrants as well. Gnatcatchers, waterthrushes,
and Yellow-throated Warblers arrived in Ohio. Nashville
and Prothonotary Warblers, Northern Parulas, White-eyed and Yellow-throated
Vireos arrived in Missouri, and the first Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
arrived in Michigan!
Farther west, birds kept coming in a steady trickle; no fallouts there.
Some new arrivals in New Mexico included Hammond’s Flycatcher and
Dusky Flycatcher, along with more Orange-crowned, Wilson’s, Black-throated-gray,
and Yellow Warblers, Western Kingbirds, and Black-chinned Hummingbirds.
Central California saw their first Ash-throated Flycatchers and Warbling
Vireos, and southerly winds helped push Orange-crowned Warblers and
Bank Swallows up into Oregon and Washington.
Does This Week Look?
So will there be more fallouts this week? Well, not for a few
pressure is dominating much of the country, so skies are clear.
Winds in the Midwest and western Gulf Coast are
coming from the south, which means the Migrant Express will continue
to bring new birds in from the tropics and allow birds that were
forced down by the storms start moving north again.
Northerly winds will still prevail over much of the
eastern US for another day or two, so you have a chance to see some
of those birds I mentioned in my report.
about Thursday, winds will have shifted, and some of those birds
will take off and a new group should arrive. There
is another cold front out west that will move across the Midwest
and East by the end of the week and over the weekend. Right now it
does appear to be a strong front, so I don’t expect any big
fallouts, but you never know!
can change, and if the front gets stronger there could be some
good sightings. For people out West, it looks
like more of the same. I don’t see anything that will cause
a fallout, so you should continue to see a steady stream of migrants
coming through, and there is certainly nothing wrong with that!
Chickamauga Creek Conservancy