Gale Warning!

What a difference a couple hours can make!  A short longshore flight count occurred today, Friday, April 20.  Temperatures at dawn were a balmy 60 degrees with a gentle south wind.  Within two hours, the wind shift had occurred and the mercury was plumetting on the lakeshore.  What was 60 degrees was now 42 degrees under a northwest gale.  By afternoon, a Gale Warning had been issued for small craft, with waves tonight expected to build to ten feet.

Big Waves on Lake Michigan.

However, the south winds overnight allowed for a few new birds for the season, most notably Gray Catbird and White-eyed Vireo.  A Black-throated Green Warbler was also heard inland, within the state park, but not at the Green Tower site.  Other notables would include a return of migrating ducks (wigeon, shovelor, teal, bufflehead) that have not been seen in a few weeks.  It was another 1,000+ day for American Goldfinch too.

Today’s list included 2,815 birds.  Those birds are listed below:

Gadwall 6
American Wigeon 1
Northern Shoveler 5
Green-winged Teal 29
Lesser Scaup 20
Bufflehead 2
Red-breasted Merganser 33
Common Loon 17
Double-crested Cormorant 114
Killdeer 2
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Ring-billed Gull 114
Herring Gull 5
Caspian Tern 8
Chimney Swift 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Horned Lark 1
Purple Martin 1
Tree Swallow 64
Barn Swallow 4
House Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8
Eastern Bluebird 2
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 10
Gray Catbird 1
Brown Thrasher 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Palm Warbler 4
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 18
Prairie Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 2
Chipping Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 604
Common Grackle 43
American Goldfinch 1051
House Sparrow 1


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