South Winds Are Coming!

Caspian Tern over Lake Michigan

We’re getting excited with the possibilities this season!  The first forecasted south, warm winds are set to arrive this week.  We should start to see the first early movement of blackbirds and robins, as well as waterfowl out over the lake.  With an official counter this season, it’s possible to log some interesting high counts, including some possible state record counts.  The thoughts of new, first state records is also not out of question this year. how many birds will fly by the tower site this season?  250,000…. 500,000…. 1 million!?

2010 Green Tower Birds

We are forecasting the official start of the Green Tower counter season for Tuesday, March 6.  The protocol will be to begin counting within the first 30 minutes of sunrise, and weather permitting continue through a six hour period.  Our first few morning may greet us with below freezing temperatures, but the good news is that temperatures will continue to rise through the season.  This year’s lake is much more open than normal, with zero shelf ice to drive feeding ducks farther off shore.    With this much open water, we expect an early and heavy duck movement, with many species probably peaking a few weeks earlier than normal.

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