Down to 14

As fast as spring migration enters, it quietly fades away.  Without hurrah, the spring sounds exit, with the summer breeders still going strong as June comes around.  It was just last week that we had peak counts of 30+ warblers and a multitude of species arriving daily.  Now, much of that has passed.  There are … Continue reading Down to 14

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250,000 birds! … but not done yet.

The longshore flight continues.  Despite the warming weather, leafing trees, and all the signs of Memorial Day and the start of the summer season, there are still thousands of birds that will be logged from the platform before we call spring migration finished.  Today's count of 2,295 birds helped push the season count to 250,000 … Continue reading 250,000 birds! … but not done yet.

Warbler Mania

The Indiana Dunes warbler peak can be manic, yet subtle.  An explosion of sounds and active motion in the bush and overhead.  You look to your right and left, but see no others.  You're left with fish tales to tell of warblers dripping from the trees.  No elbow to elbow crowds, like seen in other … Continue reading Warbler Mania

Warbler High Gear

It's been a few days since any update, but weather has been up and down lately.  Sometime this week we passed the statistical peak for warbler migration in the dunes.  The cooler weather and rain showers have no doubt delayed it to the point where the peak may occur this upcoming weekend.  Perfect timing for … Continue reading Warbler High Gear

Monsoons

Today was an important day.  It's the day before the Indiana Audubon Big May Day count.  It's also the day before International Migratory Bird Day.  The weather patterns now may dictate the birds we can log tomorrow.  After being nearly a week behind schedule, some amazing winds have brought 4 excellent migration nights and each … Continue reading Monsoons

Lake Michigan Neotropical Madness!

May 8 was the little longshore flight that could.  Under steamy conditions and a strong south gale, passerines streamed out of areas to our south in search of bug infested zones to raise their young.  May 8 was also the longshore flight that just came short of some record breaking counts.  To come second or … Continue reading Lake Michigan Neotropical Madness!

Gotta Love Those Flyways!

Last night, as predicted, a large movement of neo-tropical birds moved through Indiana, and brought the most diverse longshore flight of the season.  It was also the first day this season to surpass 100 species in one morning.  Today's flight brought 2,743 birds of 102 species. When large flights are predicted, you can also predict … Continue reading Gotta Love Those Flyways!

Tail Wagging Warblers

Today's longshore flight brought another good day of migration.  Despite the east winds, with northerly tendencies (especially after noon) the day ended being the best flight of the season and sixth best of all time according to the Grube Magnitude index (65.80 specifically).   88 species, making up 2,790 birds were logged today.  Warblers were … Continue reading Tail Wagging Warblers

Birdathon Time! aka. mom and dad, please send money!

The first week of May and her wild swings of weather fits seems to be settling down a bit and may actually reward us for all we've waited for this past two months.  If the forecast is right, some warm southerly winds may envelope us for an extended period, beginning as early as Wednesday.  South … Continue reading Birdathon Time! aka. mom and dad, please send money!