Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 20, 2010 @ 9:41 am

Northeast Winds Trigger Migration

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Northeast winds seem to have triggered a huge flight last night over northern Florida. Strong winds played a role in pushing these birds out to sea but other birds still traveling in the morning should have landed somewhere along the west coast of the state.
We will post more in a bit.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel & Mariel


  1. My first good western stray of the season turned up late today in the neighborhood: A female Western Tanager.

    Alas, a lack of warblers was balanced by a four-thrush day – Swainson’s, Wood, Gray-cheeked and Veery.

    Bob Duncan

  2. Walking the dogs at 6:45 AM this morning, I heard a few Warbler flight calls and a single Thrush. I couldn’t get out as early as I’d have liked to because of business, but between 11:15 AM and 12:30 I had the following birds in the Mangrove Bay Neighborhood of NE St. Petersburg.

    7) Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    1) White-eyed Vireo
    1) Yellow-throated Vireo
    1) Red-eyed Vireo
    1) Tennessee Warbler
    1) Northern Parula
    3) Yellow Warbler
    1) Blackburnian Warbler
    5) Yellow-throated Warbler
    4) Prairie Warbler
    9) Palm Warbler
    6) Black-and-White Warbler
    1) Northern Waterthrush
    1) Common Yellowthroat
    1) Canada Warbler
    1) Baltimore Oriole

    Don Margeson

  3. It was an Empidonax bonanza at Manatee Springs State Park on the lower Suwannee Saturday evening and Sunday morning, with numerous calling Acadian Flycatchers around the springs and in the woods, and at least two well-seen Yellow-bellied Flycatchers (yellow throat, white wingbars, stubby bill with brighter colored lower mandible) near the springs. One of the latter was also calling, with a one-note call rather similar to the Acadians, so beware. To complete the tyrannid invasion, a couple of Great Crested Flycatchers and an Eastern Wood-Pewee were seen or heard near the Magnolia campground.

    On the Sink Trail were 2 Veeries, a Swainson’s Thrush, 2-3 Hooded Warblers, 2 Ovenbirds (1 singing), an American Redstart, and numerous, singing Northern Parulas.

    A quick look at Cedar Key on Sunday afternoon found 2 Roseate Spoonbills actively foraging in the marsh very near the road (Hwy 24).

    Brad Bergstrom
    Margaret Harper

  4. Led by Jerry Krummrich, a small but efficient task force of 4 took on surveying Hamilton county on Saturday. One of the best days I’ve had in the field in years. Jerry has the official list, but my rough count was about 80 species, including 15 species of warbler.
    Black-crowned Night-Heron – only a handful. Not as many as we see in November.
    Least Bittern (1)
    Blue-winged Teal – roughly 200!
    Ruddy Duck – one male in striking breeding plumage
    Cooper’s Hawk (1)
    Broad-winged Hawk (2)
    Black-necked Stilts – about 6
    Lesser Yellowlegs – almost too many to count
    Pectoral Sandpiper – (2)
    E W Pewee – several
    Acadian Flycatcher – several, all silent
    Gray Catbird – first of season for me
    Veery – several
    Blue-winged Warbler
    Black & White
    N Waterthrush
    Common Yellowthroat

    Dotty Robbins

  5. Highlights yesterday with Jim McKay

    Am. White Pelican 80+ CK
    King Rail 1 LS
    Whimbrel 1 CK
    White-rumped Sandpiper 1 CK, flyby
    Am. Oystercatcher 30 CK
    Caspian Tern 1 CK,adult
    Black-billed Cuckoo 1 LS
    E. Wood Pewee 1 LS
    Acadian Flycatcher 2 LS calling and singing
    Least Flycatcher 2 LS calling and singing
    Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1 LS calling
    Eastern Kingbird 12 CK
    Brown-headed Nuthatch 1 LS. 2.2 miles from North entrance
    Swainson’s Thrush 1 LS
    Nashville Warbler 1 LS, female
    House Finch 2 CK, cemetery

    The pewee and empids were all found along the 9 mile drive

    Murray Gardler


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