April Showers…

Here is the longshore flight report for April 1, 2012.  It was at some point a well conceived idea to report some outrageous April Fool’s Bird.  Those that peruse the many social media sites have likely already been overcome with countless April Fools attempts today, thus I will pass and give the straight report.

Today was a welcome south wind.  With the wind and warming air, thunderstorms also accompanied the morning.  Despite the ever growing threat to the west, nearly every thunder cell passed by to the south of the high dune, resulting in only a few sprinkles here and there.  The stream of birds continued on without being hampered by the rain.  Though, more than once the humans questioned whether being on such a high dune next to a lightning show was such a wise idea.

After being reduced to a trickle, Red-breasted Mergansers surged again today, with out 436 birds seen.  This is a season high for the Green Tower site.  Few other ducks were moving, but 2 Red-throated Loons and 8 Common Loons were seen off shore.  The hawk flight would be non-existant.. the overall theme this season.

Also providing season highs were the sapsuckers, with twelve yellow-bellied wonders winging it past.  One particular male set up shop in the parking lot cottonwood and would defend the tree against other migrants stopping for a breather.  With them, 39 flickers flew past.

The largest robin and blackbird flight since March 22 picked up again, with at least one Rusty Blackbird confirmed with them.  Nearly 100 Tree Swallows also zipped by the tower, but we’re still waiting on our first martin to pass by.

Herring Gull near the old Green Tower Site.

Today’s count was 3,018 birds.  The full list today follows:

Canada Goose 13
Blue-winged Teal 4
Green-winged Teal 7
Red-breasted Merganser 436
Red-throated Loon 2
Common Loon 8
Horned Grebe 3
Double-crested Cormorant 33
Great Blue Heron 8
Killdeer 4
Pectoral Sandpiper 4
Ring-billed Gull 35
Herring Gull 7
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Caspian Tern 18
Mourning Dove 10
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 12
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 39
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 9
Tree Swallow 96
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 12
American Robin 544
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 25
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 24
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 4
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 732
Rusty Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 665
Brown-headed Cowbird 192
Purple Finch 19
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 13

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