Recapping the Weekend

The longshore flight did not occur on Cinco de Mayo due to the north winds that quickly enveloped the region Friday afternoon.  In fact, this cold front brought local temperaures into the mid 40s by Friday evening, while most of the southern part of the state was in the mid 70s at the same time!

Under a East-Southeast wind, a small morning flight occurred today.  While a few categories were in low supply, an interesting mix of birds still accumulated 91 species and 2,162 individual birds.

The major highlights today were: 1 Ross’s Goose (getting quite late, state’s second latest?), yet another Merlin, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (also getting late), and a Lapland Longspur.

Two new birds to be included in the season totals today included Swainson’s Thrush and Common Tern.  We welcome them.

A great count of 98 Eastern Bluebirds (including one active flock of 24), brought the season total for bluebirds to 1,000!  1,000 bluebirds!!!

The rest of the day’s list is below.

Ross’s Goose  1
Canada Goose  40
Wood Duck  3
Mallard  1
Red-breasted Merganser  1
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  52
Great Blue Heron  5
Turkey Vulture  23
Osprey  3
Bald Eagle  2
Northern Harrier  6
Sharp-shinned Hawk  6
Cooper’s Hawk  5
Red-shouldered Hawk  4
Broad-winged Hawk  4
Red-tailed Hawk  36
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  1
Sandhill Crane  13
Killdeer  4
Solitary Sandpiper  3
American Woodcock  1
Caspian Tern  15
Common Tern  2
Rock Pigeon  5
Mourning Dove  20
Chimney Swift  49
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  55
Warbling Vireo  2
Blue Jay  298
American Crow  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  15
Purple Martin  5
Tree Swallow  35
Bank Swallow  29
Barn Swallow  33
Cliff Swallow  20
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  13
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  98
Swainson’s Thrush  1
American Robin  8
Gray Catbird  1
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  24
American Pipit  6
Cedar Waxwing  94
Lapland Longspur  1   
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  1
Cape May Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  18
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  33
Prairie Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  4
White-crowned Sparrow  7
Summer Tanager  1
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  7
Indigo Bunting  50
Bobolink  6
Red-winged Blackbird  210
Common Grackle  195
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Orchard Oriole  1
Baltimore Oriole  41
House Finch  2
Pine Siskin  7
American Goldfinch  596
House Sparrow  2

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