Preparing For A Slump

Last night’s radar gave hint as some moderate migration.  It did translate into some small movement at dawn.   South winds prevailed until 10am, as winds shifted west, then due north with another lake breeze.  Fortunately, rain held off but clouds held tight throughout the day.

Radar movement overnight March 14, 2013.
Radar movement overnight March 14, 2013.

Today’s moderate movement totaled 13,739 individual birds.  Passerines picked up again with Red-winged Blackbirds, American Robins, European Starlings, and Common Grackles leading the pack.  Season first birds included the first Snow Geese and the first Peregrine Falcon.

After today, the weather doesn’t look very ideal for migration.  The weekend is definitely out, as well as many north wind days being predicted for next week.  Hopefully some changes will occur so migration may continue.

Highlights today:

Greater White-fronted Goose  17
Snow Goose  3
Canada Goose  669
Northern Pintail  4
White-winged Scoter  6
Red-throated Loon  2
Northern Harrier  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper’s Hawk  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  4
Sandhill Crane  93
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Horned Lark  5
Eastern Bluebird  44
American Robin  2923
Red-winged Blackbird  6804
Eastern Meadowlark  21
Common Grackle  1115
Common Redpoll  4

 

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