Signs of Winding Down?

Today, Wednesday May 23 brought another push of south winds into the dunes area.  This current stream of weather holds promise of a return to unseasonable 90 degree warmth by the weekend.  The birds don’t seem to mind it much in flight, as they continue overhead.

While numbers don’t seem incredibly high, especially from totals we were getting earlier in the season, they hold good variety that we would have been quite pleased with 4 weeks earlier.

New birds have been added to the season totals.  Today, a visiting Semipalmated Plover and Olive-sided Flycatcher were new for the year.  Additionally, a Northern Parula on an un-reported light day a few days ago have also been added, bringing the season total to 210 species.

Achieving 210 species while standing still is quite an achievement.  When the counter predicts that he’ll get another Western Kingbird.… well that’s another achievement, as a flyby Western Kingbird was logged early (6am) this morning heading west.  This makes two for the season from the old Green Tower.

Though in the end, with the first good push of south winds in 2-3 days, a meager 891 birds were logged.  Signs point that the spring migration is winding down.  We’ll still log birds and push our way to 300,000 season birds and already begin making plans to do it all over again next year.  This time 20 feet higher, atop the new Green Tower platform.

Today’s full list follows:
Canada Goose 13
Mallard 2
Double-crested Cormorant 29
Great Blue Heron 3
Green Heron 5
Turkey Vulture 19
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper’s Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Semipalmated Plover 1
Killdeer 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2
Ring-billed Gull 1
Herring Gull 1
Caspian Tern 13
Common Tern 4
Rock Pigeon 1
Mourning Dove 1
Chimney Swift 25
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Least Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
WESTERN KINGBIRD 1
Eastern Kingbird 18
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 191
American Crow 1
Horned Lark 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Purple Martin 4
Tree Swallow 2
Bank Swallow 3
Barn Swallow 1
Cliff Swallow 13
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 5
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 1
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 1
Cedar Waxwing 310
American Redstart 2
Yellow Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 1
Prairie Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Summer Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 1
Indigo Bunting 13
Bobolink 2
Red-winged Blackbird 89
Eastern Meadowlark 2
Common Grackle 54
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 6
House Finch 1
Pine Siskin 1
American Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 1

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