Morning Flight, 26 September 2016

The flight-effect of the last 5 days finally slowed down a bit today.  93 Northern Flickers flew at all heights and vectors, casting many interesting looks.  Smaller numbers today also meant lower diversity, but it was the second day in a row with Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2), and the apparent arrival of new passage migrant mimids: Gray Catbird (6) and Brown Thrasher (5).  The nocturnal migration of these creatures is quite shrouded in mystery compared to most eastern songbirds because they don't call at night during migration and only "do morning flight" through undergrowth, and across smaller open gaps, in punctuated bursts, it seems.

Here's from today:

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