Still Waters

Friday, March 30 presented itself with a brief window of south winds.  Winds began quite strong at first, before leveling off after the trailing thunderstorms moved through.  The rest of the morning would prove still and cloudy, with very little passerine movement.  Today was the lightest migration morning recorded thus far this season.  592 birds were recorded.

Two new species added to the ranks of birds seen from the Green Tower site this year.  Flyby Blue-winged Teal and Pectoral Sandpipers give us 115 species for the year.  The Long-eared Owl that has been present for the last two days was not seen today.

On the water, a few Gadwall and American Black Duck, joined a low count of 63 Red-breasted Mergansers.  However, both loons were logged again today, with 3 Red-throated and 8 Commons being seen.

With this likely to be the last count of the month, before some strong south winds on Sunday, April 1, here’s some unique season totals logged from the Green Tower this season:

Wood Duck: 108
White-winged Scoter: 61
Red-breasted Merganser: 1,833
Red-tailed Hawk: 150
Sandhill Crane: 24,977 (23 more needed!)
Killdeer: 515
Ring-billed Gull: 17,238
Great Black-backed Gull: 25
Northern Flicker: 1,432
Eastern Phoebe: 84
Tree Swallow: 284
Eastern Bluebird: 736
American Robin: 35,572
Lapland Longspur: 604
Red-winged Blackbird: 52,737
Common Grackle: 37,894
Purple Finch: 61
House Finch: 893
Common Redpoll: 57

One last bird for the day, the park’s first Louisiana Waterthrush arrived in the Dunes Creek swamps today, just shy of the record early date of March 27.

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