Morning Flight - Thursday, September 6, 2018

Well I’m not gonna lie to you: it was a rough one today, folks. The past few days have certainly been slow, but this was by far the slowest.

Warblers were sparse and little else was moving aside from a light pulse of 80 Barn Swallows and 139 Bobolink (both headed south). A few dozen redstarts were flying in both directions along with handfuls of the other usual species, but there was precious little happening besides that except for a bonus northbound Blue-winged Warbler.

The “highlight” of the morning came when we saw a Trail’s-type Flycatcher came in and landed in the little walnut on top of the dike (any Empidonax in morning flight is exciting), but then it flew off as a Merlin made a pass at it before zooming back up the peninsula! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again--it’s hard to be a songbird in Cape May!

BirdCast predicts that good numbers of migrants will be moving south on the radar tonight, so even though the forecast isn’t optimal for morning flight, there will certainly be a fresh influx of birds arriving. It’s fall after all, so get out and bird!

As always, you can find the link to the official count on Trektellen here and the complete eBird checklist here.

Bring on Day 38!
Orange and black, but not a redstart! It's a firefly (?) of some kind!

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