Morning Flight - 11 October 2014

Alright Morning Flight Afficionados, we need to have a serious talk about the last three days (9-11 October 2014). It has been great!-- huge numbers and diversity were tallied. This is the crux of the season just on the cusp when the flights will be dominated by Yellow-rumped Warbler and a little later, American Robin. The magic began just after dawn on Thursday, October 9th. That first hour saw Palm Warbler as the dominant species identified, but after that the harbinger of late fall, YRWA (aka: the Butterbutt) took command. I will be posting a review of this fantastic migration event this week.

Weather and time: light drizzle for 1st hour, then discontinued due to rain; 58 ºF; winds NE at 5-15 mph; 100% cloud cover; good visibility; 0705 sunrise; 1.25 hours.

Morning Flight Count totals 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  1
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  8
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  6
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  20
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  9
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)  3
Connecticut Warbler (Oporornis agilis)  1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  2
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  2
Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)  1
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  34
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  3
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  23
Bay-breasted/Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga castanea/striata)  4
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  36
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  64
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  279
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  3
warbler sp. (Parulinae sp.)  290
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  2
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  1
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)  1
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  7
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)  1
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)  3
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  1

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