Today, a dreary Monday, May 7, 2012, brought little in a the way of a morning flight. Scattered rain showers and squall lines dotted the radar, stunting the total flight that could be counted. 72 species and 1,258 individual birds were logged from the old Green Tower site.
Despite the rain showers, we again added a few more species for the season, including the first Wild Turkey of the year, Blue-headed Vireo, Least Flycatcher, and Eastern Wood-Pewee. This spring, we have logged 203 bird species from the tower site. 90% of all the birds found in the park will likely be logged from this single site.
Other highlights were mentioning include, 64 warblers of 14 species and 7 Lincoln Sparrows.
A few birds hitting recent milestones include:
Double-crested Cormorant- 1,500 (hit this weekend)
Sharp-shinned Hawk- 500 (hit last week)
American Kestrel- 100 (hit last week)
Mourning Dove- 800 (hit Sunday)
Chimney Swift- 1,000 (hit last week)
Blue Jay- 7,000 (hit Sunday)
Barn Swallow- 1,000 (will hit next count day)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher- 500 (hit today)
Eastern Bluebird- 1,000 (hit yesterday)
Cedar Waxwing- 1,000 (hit today)
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 2,200 (hit today)
Palm Warbler- 400 (hit yesterday)
American Goldfinch- 9,000 (hit yesterday)
North winds look to interfere with the count for most of the week. We’ll see when we make it out next.