Morning Flight – 5 September 2014

[This Chestnut-sided Warbler put on a good show at the dike today. Photo by Tom Reed.]

Warm and muggy conditions, along with a continuing light breeze out of the southeast, made for a quiet morning atop the Higbee Dike. Birds were generally high and moving on a broad front. Warblers were mostly northbound for the first 90 minutes of daylight; the few that were noted after this point were mostly southbound. A roving pocket of songbirds below the dike included 6+ Red-eyed Vireos and a Philadelphia Vireo (which eventually jumped up and shot off to the north).

      Weather and time: warm and humid; 73–82 ºF; winds calm, variable or SE at 2–7 mph; 90% cloud cover at start, decreasing through period; fair->good visibility; 0633 sunrise; 3.25 hours. Observer: Tom Reed.
       Morning Flight Count totals:

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  5
Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus)  1
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  2
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  69
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  12
Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera)  1
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  5
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  20
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  6
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  5
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  3
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  1
Bay-breasted/Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga castanea/striata)  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 3
warbler sp. (Parulinae sp.)  10
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) 1
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 1
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) 34 (southbound)
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 7

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