The North Wind Blues

Since it’s been a few days since any longshore list was provided, we thought we would give a quick update.  North winds have been in place since last weekend.  Today the wind is again gusting from 20-30 mph out of the north.  The Dunes area is settled into upper 40s (yet clear skies!).

North winds bring few birds and big white caps.

Little in the way of migration has been occurring here.  Despite promising conditions to the south, migration has stalled out south of us and has brought little in the way of new migrating neo-tropic migrants.  The forecast holds that north winds will dominate all week, with a quick switch over on Wednesday, before flopping back to north winds.

Despite the gloomy outlook, if one looks at the typical list of birds being seen right now (Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-throated Sparrows), it’s fairly typical of the average for this date.  3 marvelous weeks in March have now been caught up by three miserable April weeks.  Botanically, things are still a couple weeks ahead though.

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