Morning Flight – 24 August 2014

Now we're talking! Today's Morning Flight migration event included 759 warblers and at least 300 Eastern Kingbird. Flight activity was greatest 40-70 minutes after sunrise. The winds increased from the east throughout the three hours counted and served to well-shut down things by the middle of the third hour. Well-seen warbler highlights were Louisiana Waterthrush, Prothonotary, Tenessee, Cape May, and Pine Warbler. The first Red-bellied Woodpecker and empidonax flycatcher of the season were also 'doing it'. Swallows and blackbirds were slightly less in evidence since yesterday, but the neotropical migrants really came in with a good showing on the northeast wind.

This counter will note that northeast winds often cause the primary flight-line of warblers to be off to the east, over the impoundment, and today, very much in the sun-- making for difficult viewing conditions-- don't worry, today's warbler-watchers present on the dike scarcely heard a complaint coming from my direction (If only that were true, hee hee).

       Weather and time: partly cloudy; 66–70ºF; NE at 8 mph for hour 1; NE at 12 mph for hour 2; NE at 12-15 mph for hour 3; 5% cloud cover; excellent visibility; 0621 sunrise; 3.25 hours.
       Morning Flight Count totals

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  9
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.)  1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  300
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  17
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  2
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  23
Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum)  1
Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)  1
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  35
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  23
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea)  1
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  1
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  341
Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)  4
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  5
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  81
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  1
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)  1
warbler sp. (Parulinae sp.)  66
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)  1
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  6
Dickcissel (Spiza americana)  1
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)  66
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  7
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  35
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  13

Today's full list can be viewed at:

The bright sunlight compliments the Yellow Warbler above the rest.

This American Redstart thinks I'm slowly improving with flight photography.

Baby-juvenile eagle was begging an accompanying adult along the canal.

Ever wonder what the inside of a Chimney Swift mouth looks like? Peachy-orange with a very W I D E opening (Photos by: Glen Davis).

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