Connecticut Warbler at McCabe Nature Preserve

Early this afternoon I found a Connecticut Warbler at McCabe Nature Preserve (eBird checklist). I think this is the first record for the preserve, which is located just outside of Milton, Delaware. I had high hopes of landing a Nashville Warbler or Blue-headed Vireo for my Delaware year list, but had no expectation of finding a Connecticut Warbler (CONW). The bird wasn’t acting like a textbook CONW (you know, skulky and hard to see), but was straight up chillin’ on bare branches in a young hardwood stand. Who goes out to find a Nashville Warbler and finds a Connecticut Warbler? Anyway, I don’t have much time to write so here are the photos.

The next three photos are a bit overexposed, but still get the job done.

Migration – It’s Starting!

US Composite for 1 August 2013.

Migration is starting all over the country. Shorebirds have been on the move the past few weeks, but now songbirds are on the move as well! I was not aware that songbird migration started this early, but it was brought to my attention that migration happens at Higbees Dike year round. Sam Galick witnessed a decent morning flight of passerines on July 30th. He had a lone Louisiana Waterthrush, five Northern Waterthrushes, four American Redstarts, and an impressive count of 53 Yellow Warblers! Be sure to check out the eBird Checklist for his count.

Yellow Warblers

Yellow Warblers in morning flight at Higbees Dike, New Jersey, on 30 July 2013. Photo by Sam Galick.

Migrants should be trickling south through the northeast and upper midwest throughout the month of August and will begin to heat up near the end of August and into September. Here’s this week’s update from BirdCast:

“Scattered precipitation begets a slow start to many areas of the region this weekend, with light movements occurring where it is dry. However, portions of the western Great Lakes show signs of more movements to come, with favorable conditions that facilitate light to moderate movements there early in the weekend building South and East to begin the week. However, as high pressure moves off the Carolina coast, precipitation returns to shut down migrants in most places, again with the exception of portions of the western Great Lakes where light movements continue. This precipitation is tracking a low moving East across Canada, and as it departs more northerly flow builds over parts of the region. As this happen late in the week, more favorable conditions are in place for light to moderate movements to occur in areas free of precipitation. Birds on the move this week include Blue-winged Teal, early Ospreys, Semipalmated and Black-bellied Plovers, Solitary, White-rumped, and Pectoral Sandpiper, Yellow Warbler, and American Redstart.”

American Redstart

American Redstart at Higbees Dike, New Jersey, on 30 July 2013. Photo by Sam Galick.

What have you been seeing? Semipalmated and Black-bellied Plovers have been increasing in numbers along the Delaware Bayshore. Pectoral, Solitary, and White-rumped Sandpipers have been around for a week or two now, but not in significant numbers.

For Fall Migration Updates, check out the following links:

Upper Midwest – Woodcreeper.com by David La Puma
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – The Northwoods BIRDAR by Max Henschell
New England – Tom Auer’s blog
Florida/SE – Badbirdz Reloaded by Angel and Mariel Abreu
PA/Ohio Valley – Nemesis Bird by Drew Weber
NW Ohio – Birding the Crane Creek by Kenn Kaufman
Pac NW – Birds Over Portland by Greg Haworth
Continental US – eBird BirdCast Forecast & Report by Team eBird

Little movement throughout the region last night

Maryland and Delaware

There was little movement throughout the region last night. The radar was relatively quiet throughout much of the night and if anything birds moved south out of the area. Migration appears to be slowing down, but we may get another push of Yellow-rumped Warblers and Sparrows before it’s all said and done.

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For more on migration throughout the country, check out these sites:

United States – BirdCast
Northeast – Nemesis Bird by Drew Weber
Pac NW – Birds Over Portland by Greg Haworth
New Jersey – The Birdchaser by Rob Fergus

Check out the Migration Tools on the right sidebar for information that I use to predict migration conditions and analyze the radar. I will generally be posting before the radar is up, which is usually around 6:30 am. Check back then to view the base reflectivity and velocity for the area. Thanks to Drew Weber for setting me up with the radar files and helping with the coding!

Please post your sightings and any feedback in the comments section! Thanks!

Decent movement throughout the region last night

Maryland and Delaware

The radar showed a moderate movement throughout the region for most of the night. It appeared that more birds were leaving than coming in, but birding should be good today! Is there any day that birding isn’t good?

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For more on migration throughout the country, check out these sites:

United States – BirdCast
Northeast – Nemesis Bird by Drew Weber
Pac NW – Birds Over Portland by Greg Haworth
New Jersey – The Birdchaser by Rob Fergus

Check out the Migration Tools on the right sidebar for information that I use to predict migration conditions and analyze the radar. I will generally be posting before the radar is up, which is usually around 6:30 am. Check back then to view the base reflectivity and velocity for the area. Thanks to Drew Weber for setting me up with the radar files and helping with the coding!

Please post your sightings and any feedback in the comments section! Thanks!

Strong migration until early this morning

Maryland and Delaware

Migration was strong early in the night (check out this link for a Migration Alert post from last night), but then slowed to almost nothing a round 2:00 or 3:00 this morning in Delaware. In Maryland, birds were moving all night. Birding should be good today throughout the region even though movement slowed in Delaware early this morning. Look for another big push of Butterbutts, sparrows, and most likely winter finches into the region!

Click on the thumbnail to view the full-sized animation.

For more on migration throughout the country, check out these sites:

Countrywide – BirdCast
Northeast – Nemesis Bird by Drew Weber
Pac NW – Birds Over Portland by Greg Haworth
New Jersey – The Birdchaser by Rob Fergus

Check out the Migration Tools on the right sidebar for information that I use to predict migration conditions and analyze the radar. I will generally be posting before the radar is up, which is usually around 6:30 am. Check back then to view the base reflectivity and velocity for the area. Thanks to Drew Weber for setting me up with the radar files and helping with the coding!

Please post your sightings and any feedback in the comments section! Thanks!