Today, March 24, was a bust in terms of a productive longshore flight. Temperatures were a very comfortable 58 degrees at start up, but predicted storms moved in quickly, squashing all hope for a nice movement in the warm, moist air. For the brief hour of movement this morning however, things were hopeful of what would have been a nice flight. Robins were booking between sprinkles, landing to feed or wait out the rain, then resuming again when they had a chance.
For the brief hour count today, a surprising 3,045 birds were counted, comprising 38 species. That’s about 50 birds a minute if you’re doing the math. When rain came, visibility was hampered, resulting in very little waterfowl counted, and longer distance songbirds going unseen.
It was the third morning in a row where Caspian Tern went logged. A day after our early bird appeared on 3/22, Lake Erie also logged their first tern of the season. 18 Northern Flickers and a lone sapsucker hinted that today might have been a good flicker flight. We’re in that window now where 200-600 in a day is quite possible. Also noticable were a band of 4 Golden-crowned Kinglets feeding in the small woods next to the tower. Them and a pair of phoebes were feeding on the recently grounded insects.
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