Morning Flight – 7 September 2014

Sorry everyone, no pictures today. This is because walking up to the top of the Higbee Dike is slippery and treacherous after a rainy night. This is because I tumbled up the dike and landed on my camera. I'm slowly cleaning the mud out of my camera. I think it's going to be OK.

Take it from me, use caution when walking up. And thank Mike Crewe, CMBO Program Director, next time you see him. Mike worked with shovel in-hand for an hour this morning to create many good steps and footholds for making a safe, tumble-free, ascent and descent. If you still have any doubts remember that you can take a less steep approach up the dike from the northwestern corner of the impoundment, adjacent to the fisherman's parking lot. The steep, but now stepped, "main" path I speak of just before is at the southwestern corner of the dike impoundment, adjacent to the wooden platform.

Now for the birds. With the exception of Bobolink, it was a low-showing of neotropical migrant numbers this morning in spite of winds from the north. A total of 1,491 BOBOs were counted and all significant movement was northbound. There were a few more warbler species than yesterday with 15 species today, including Blue-winged and the 2014 count's first Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Weather and time: cloudy, windy, and seasonably cool; 66–68 ºF; winds NE at 10-15 mph; 95% cloud cover; very good visibility; 0634 sunrise; 3.25 hours.
       Morning Flight Count totals
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  34
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  7
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  316
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  10
Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera)  1
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  3
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  1
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  47
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  9
Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea)  1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  6
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  1
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  3
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)  2
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  1
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  1
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)  1
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)  1491   northbound
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  14
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  1

Today's full list can be viewed at:

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