Morning Flight, 5 October 2016

Birds of the land-variety trotted along last night through this Morning Flight, and once again are now lifting up from Cape May, as has been the case for many recent nights. My ears tell me this from the sky above.  Much earlier today my eyes could try to observe a moderate movement of warblers, in 3-12-bird waves, anywhere from zero to over 200 feet high, all across the sky, quite active for at least an hour.  Yellow-rumped (141) overtook Palm (85) and then Blackpoll (71), yet the warbler sp. total factors in with 184.  

The overall warbler total (487) was a magnitude down from yesterday (3759) and the birding and counting action was still busy.  The 14 species of warbler identified from today should form what is very close to a core set of species that occur on more days of the MF Project's mid-August to end-of-October selected season than the others.  Today's Top 14 as it were: Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-white, Tennessee, Nashville Warbler, American Redstart, Cape May Warbler, Northern Parula, Magnolia, Yellow, Blackpoll, Black-throated Blue, Palm, Yellow-rumped, and Black-throated Green Warblers.

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