Morning Flight -- 19 October 2014

It was a wonderful and blustery day at the dike! Yellow-rumped Warbler stole the show with 15,782 counted. The high wind speed created a spectacle of whipping and winding birds streaming by. The flight didn't really get started until 20-30 minutes past sunrise. Another major highlight was the staggering number of raptors (primarily Sharp-shinned Hawk with over 2,000 conservatively estimated) streaming north for the 6 hours of the day that the count was conducted. 

Weather and time:
 sun and clouds; 53 degrees F; winds NW at 18-28 mph; 30-60% cloud cover; very good visibility; 0712 sunrise; 6.25 hours.

Morning Flight Count totals:
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  93
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  4
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  6
kinglet sp. (Regulus sp.)  8     
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)  9
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  59
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  1
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  1
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  3
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)  1
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)  2
Oreothlypis sp. (Oreothlypis sp.)  1     
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  1
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  5
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  2
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  14
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  6     Filter
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  185
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  15782
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  2
warbler sp. (Parulinae sp.)  1741     
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  24
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  1
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  1
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)  3
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  1
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  6
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2

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