A Little Break in the Weather

After eight consecutive days of longshore flight, we had a little breather today as rain drops could be heard in the pre-dawn darkness.  It allowed one to roll over and catch an extra hour sleep, then see how the radar had progressed.  By 8am, the slow moving rain system could be seen swinging northeast into Michigan.  By now, most of the morning flight would have been finished.

Dawn Radar on March 18, 2012. Notice the extensive bird migration still occurring in Chicago, while two storms are situated on each side of the city.

Despite the gloomy conditions, three hours of counting still took place beginning at 8:30am through 11:30am.  A few minor highlights will follow, but most exciting is we have now surpassed 150,000 birds in less than two weeks of counting!

Among the morning’s list, 61 Northern Flickers was still quite respectable given the conditions.   Nearly a thousand blackbirds still traveled this morning, and 600 robins made it over as well.   It was the first morning in 5 days that a redpoll was not seen.  A new bird for the season was a single Bonaparte’s Gull seen flying over the lake.   The total count today was a minuscule 2,622 birds.

Several more days of south winds are forecasted before a slight cool down late week.  The large spring flight thus far has attracted the attention of one of the DNR’s main photographers that will hopefully get to capture some excellent flight shots sometime this week.

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