Morning Flight – 27 August 2014

A clear, near-windless, and otherwise quiet morning was to be had today at the dike. A small collection of American Redstarts and a few others was heralded in by a south horizon to north horizon calling Dickcissel. Most of the migration activity (and a low figure at that) occurred 30-70 minutes after sunrise.

There was a better "neotrop" diversity to be had than the data show. Click on the list below. Magnolia, Yellow, Prairie (likely local breeders), Black-throated Green Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, and Baltimore Oriole were all in with the regular crowd of House, Carolina Wren, Gray Catbird, Northern Cardinal, Blue Grosbeak, and Indigo Bunting. These were the birds in my neighborhood!

       Weather and time: sunny; 62–74 ºF; winds light and variable; 5% cloud cover; excellent visibility; 0624 sunrise; 2.25 hours.
       Morning Flight Count totals

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  5
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  8
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  5
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  1
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  13
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  1
warbler sp. (Parulinae sp.)  2
Dickcissel (Spiza americana)  1
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)  13

Today's full list can be viewed at:

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