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 indeed still lots of birds around, and the last wave is coming through.  Late warblers, such as Mourning, Wilson’s, and Connecticut are sneaking in the underbrush, while late Flycatchers, like Olive-sided and Alder are calling in the early morning swamps.

Red-winged Blackbirds… once streaming by the thousands, are now a couple dozen.  Almost an anomaly to still see them. Why are they so late?  What held them back down south?  We peaked with 19,000 blackbirds on March 24.  Today, just 14.

Today’s full count:
Canada Goose 48
Mallard 3
Wild Turkey 1
Double-crested Cormorant 31
Great Blue Heron 5
Green Heron 11
Ring-billed Gull 32
Caspian Tern 1
Mourning Dove 4
Chimney Swift 29
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 36
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 80
American Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Purple Martin 3
Bank Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 1
Cliff Swallow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 11
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 1
European Starling 2
Cedar Waxwing 1160
Common Yellowthroat 1
American Redstart 1
Yellow Warbler 2
Pine Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 2
Wilson’s Warbler 6
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Indigo Bunting 10
Dickcissel 2
Bobolink 1
Red-winged Blackbird 14
Common Grackle 15
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow 1

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