Morning Flight – 20 August 2014

By the data tallied below you can see that it wasn't a flight day. One hour after sunup a few waves of Eastern Kingbird moved forces to the north and the southeast. I wonder what they will look like they are up to tomorrow, perhaps it'll be continued trolling for warm, insect-laden corridors and sassafras treetops. Similar weather is forecast for tomorrow AM that is preceding a decent sized high pressure-low pressure battle originating in the western Altlantic Ocean with the potential to affect us birdwise.

       Weather and time: mostly clear; 66–76ºF; winds E at 5-7 mph; 5% cloud cover; very good; 0617 sunrise; 2.25 hours.
       Morning Flight Count totals

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  88
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  7
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  2
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  24
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  4
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  2
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
warbler sp. (Parulinae sp.)  1
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)  1
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  41

Today's full list can be viewed at:

The ever so slightly migratory (??)...
Think about it over a kingbird intermission

Northern Mockingbird, in juvenile plumage. (Photos by: Glen Davis)