Posted by: woodcreeper | April 14, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

Fallout at Dauphin Island

From Chris Borg:

David,
Had a day that rivaled our Key West fallout a number of years back so I thought you would appreciate hearing about this… Following is a recap of my weekend on Dauphin Island…. had two great days of post front birding with the highlight being numerous looks at 16 warbler species and a myriad of other neotropical migrants. Concentrating my efforts mostly at Shell Mound I located a total of 84 Species for the two day trip. Wave upon wave of tanager, grosbeak, bunting, and oriole on Saturday afternoon. I don’t think I’ve seen so many tanagers (of both Eastern species) in any one given day! Indigo Buntings and Blue Grosbeaks were equally abundant… at one point I had dozens of each in one field of view (probably 50 birds total)! Sunday brought greater warbler diversity although abundance was only fair. There were noticeably fewer tanagers as well. By Sunday afternoon the event subsided. I was very fortunate to have had the right conditions align and coincide with the weekend. Following is a recap… Birds are listed in the order in which they were observed and for brevities sake I will not include year round residents (with the exception of Pine Warbler and White-eyed Vireo). I’m trying something new for me… in an attempt to estimate the frequency of encounters I’m incorporating the R=rare, U=uncommon, C=common, and A=abundant system (of course this is very subjective). Anyways, hope all is well!
Peace Out,
Chris

Saturday April 12th

Bank Swallow… C
Northern Rough-winged Swallow… C
Barn Swallow… A
Northern Parula… C
Great Crested Flycatcher… C
House Wren… C
Cedar Waxwing… A
Cave Swallow… R
White-throated Sparrow… U
Ruby-crowned Kinglet… C
Ruby-throated Hummingbird… A
Pine Warbler… U
Yellow-rumped Warbler… C
White-eyed Vireo… C
Purple Martin… U
Ruddy Turnstone… U
Sanderling… U
Yellow Warbler… U
Summer Tanager… A
Indigo Bunting… A
Worm-eating Warbler… U
Blue-headed Vireo… U
Blue Grosbeak… A
Yellow-billed Cuckoo… C
Scarlet Tanager… A
Eastern Kingbird… C
Red-eyed Vireo… A
Blue-winged Teal… U
Chimney Swift… C
Orchard Oriole… C
Prothonotary Warbler… C
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker… R
Kentucky Warbler… R
Rose-breasted Grosbeak… U
Black and White Warbler… U
Chestnut-sided Warbler… U
Tennessee Warbler… C
Yellow-throated Vireo… C
Yellow-throated Warbler… U
Wood Thrush… U
Northern Shoveler… U

Sunday April 13th

Summer Tanager… U
Northern Parula… C
Indigo Bunting… A
White-eyed Vireo… U
Ruby-throated Hummingbird… A
Red-eyed Vireo… C
Great-crested Flycatcher… U
Black-throated Green Warbler… C
Orchard Oriole… C
Rose-breasted Grosbeak… C
House Wren… U
Prothonotary Warbler… C
Black and White Warbler… C
Ruby-crowned Kinglet… C
Yellow-throated Vireo… A
Scarlet Tanager… U
Yellow-throated Warbler… C
Louisiana Waterthrush… R
Hooded Warbler… C
Blue-headed Vireo… U
White-throated Sparrow… U
Blue Grosbeak… C
Cedar Waxwing… C
Yellow-billed Cuckoo… C
Barn Swallow… U
Common Loon… C
Chimney Swift… C
Northern Rough-winged Swallow… U
Purple Martin…. C
Kentucky Warbler… C
Worm-eating Warbler… C
Northern Waterthrush… R
Tennessee Warbler… U
Yellow Warbler… U
Red-tailed Hawk… R
Wood Thrush… R
Gray Catbird… U
Prairie Warbler… U

C.K. Borg
{ckborg@hotmail.com}

“Apathy silences the greater good.”

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