Yellowhammer Winds

April 10 brought the best flight of the month thus far.  High winds meant another day where birding was more comfortable from the lower stairs and ground below the platform.  Winds at dawn were already gusting to 25 knots.  For the day 13,539 birds flew past the park today, making up 54 species.  Again, not many new arrivals this morning.  But there were notables to mention.  Today’s highlights included continuing Long-tailed Ducks.  Seven were seen today on the lake.  11 White-winged Scoters were also seen today.  The strong winds also picked up the gulls.  Over 1,000 Ringers passed by.

Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker

On land, blackbirds staged a good 6,000+ flight.  Tree Swallows increased notably, with over 300 passing.  Even cooler was the first major Northern Flicker movement.  162 flickers passed by (with 14 sapsuckers mixed in).  With decent conditions the next few days, this flicker count could go higher before maxing out.  Others worth mentioning include 11 Yellow-rumped Warbler and 4 Purple Finches.

Here’s a video of some recent highlights for everyone.

Complete highlights are below.  The next two days look really good for longshore counting.  Come on up Friday or Saturday!

Green-winged Teal 3
White-winged Scoter 11
Long-tailed Duck 7
Common Loon 14
Osprey 1
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 3rd year.
Great Black-backed Gull 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 14
Northern Flicker 162
American Kestrel 2
Peregrine Falcon 2
Purple Martin 2
Tree Swallow 338
Yellow-rumped Warbler 110
Red-winged Blackbird 6851
Rusty Blackbird 20
Common Grackle 4069
Purple Finch 4

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