Morning Flight – 8 September 2014

[Northern Parula looking for trouble. Photo by Tom Reed.]

A large flight over the Mid-Atlantic largely avoided Cape May, thanks to newly-established easterly winds. Small parties of warblers and other passerines flew past and over the dike at various heights and in various directions. The highlight of the observation period was a Connecticut Warbler at the start of the 3rd hour.

      Weather and time: mostly cloudy and mild; winds north to east at 5–10mph; very good visibility; 0635 sunrise; 3.25 hours. Observer: Tom Reed.
       Morning Flight Count totals
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  1 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  2
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  49
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  27
Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera)  1
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  4
Connecticut Warbler (Oporornis agilis)  1
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  40
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  20
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  11
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  4
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  1
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  4
warbler sp. (Parulinae sp.)  21
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  1
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  1
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)  2
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  1
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)  36 southbound, 41 northbound

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