Morning Flight – 26 August 2014

Another clear, and much stiller morning than yesterday saw a further decline in Morning Flight migration numbers since Sunday. A Louisiana Waterthrush perched up in the black walnut trees on the dike slope. Prothonotary and Prairie Warbler, and Alder/Willow Flycatcher (aka Traill's Flycatcher) skulked around the road. A few birds seemed to not care about going against the prevailing trend and were seen flying quite high. This behavior was predominated by Eastern Kingbird and American Redstart.

       Weather and time: sunny; 67–75ºF; NE at 3 mph; 2% cloud cover; very good visibility; 0623 sunrise; 2.25 hours.
       Morning Flight Count totals

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  46
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  2
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  16
Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)  1
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  11
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  10
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea)  1
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  27
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  1
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)  1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  3
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  1
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)  1
warbler sp. (Parulinae sp.)  9
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  2
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)  42
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  2
oriole sp. (Icterus sp.)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  5

Today's full list can be viewed at:

Cape May Warbler may be encountered in Cape May in at least August, September, October, and May (Photo by: Tom Reed)

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