Tuesday, May 1 brought a flood of migrants into the dunes area. Overnight winds from Sunday and Monday night created one of the most memorable warbler mornings at the tower in a long time. In addition to the warblers that were moving, a new record for total new arrivals in one day may have been beat for the tower site.
Backing up first, Monday, April 30 was the first south wind in nearly a week. There was a good movement yesterday of blackbirds, and a few first arrivals as well, including the first oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Palm Warbler, Yellow Warbler, and Bank Swallow. Over 3,200 birds flew past, comprising 68 species.
By far the highlight on Monday was the dunes’s area’s third ever FISH CROW. This was also the second one at the site this year and first ever video/audio documented bird.
On Tuesday, 80 species were logged in a shortened survey until 10:30am. In this period over 5,000 birds were counted. The dawn flight was intense in warblers and other first arrivals. Though blackbirds still made up the largest total, Yellow-rumped Warblers flew by in the strong winds, with 800+ being seen. Equally impressive for the site, over 300 Palm Warblers went by. The warbler list was immense, with Blue-winged, Blackburnian, Yellow, Pine, Cape May, Nashville, Tennessee, and Orange-crowned all being seen. Unusual at this date as well, as the appearance of both Bay-breasted and Blackpoll Warbler.
Orioles impressed with 62 Baltimore Orioles and 8 Orchard Orioles. Their Bobolink cousins also appeared today. The first kingbirds arrived today. Finally, finches did well as well. Both Purple Finches and Pine Siskins were up, and goldfinches topped 500 birds!
The south winds should continue overnight for another good day on Wednesday if you’re near the dunes area. Come on out.