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 those wanting to get one great weekend of birding in before the Memorial Day weekend brings it’s traditional swarms of beach goers, trail stompers, and general loud picnicking.

There were a few good counts done early in the week and we continue to have new arrivals filtering in.  Among those new arrivals this week were: Great-horned Owl (first tower bird of year), Gray-cheeked Thrush, and Eastern Wood-Pewee.  Also new in the dunes area were reports of Wilson’s, Canada, and Connecticut Warbler in addition to the season’s first Olive-sided Flycatcher.  Balance this with still double digit counts of Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers, and it’s a good sign that the peak is going on now and high species counts are possible.  From the tower site, we’re only 4,000 or so birds away from hitting 250,000 birds for the season!

Let’s hope high species counts are possible!  The Dunes Birdathon is this weekend and NIMBA is pushing to raise more than $10 for every species of bird found in NW Indiana tomorrow!  The group will start at 2:30am and won’t stop until the sun sets on Saturday.  There is still time to pledge here.  Consider making a tax-deductible donation for bird activities and research in the dunes!

If you’ve missed some birds lately, here’s two new videos of some of the birds we’ve been seeing the last few days in the dunes.

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