Sunday, April 12, 2009

Radar map, 23:21 12 April 2009Radar is showing birds are on the move Sunday night, primarily in front of a storm front stretching from western Georgia to eastern Iowa. The blocky, dark blue line is the front connecting those two regions, the brownish wash and circular blues are birds in the air around 11:30 PM (EDT). If I'm reading this right, coastal Texas appears to have a pretty thick migration right now, as is South Carolina and Michigan. Sadly for me, not much benefiting the Southern Tier of NY tonight.

Red-tailed HawkOne of many Red-tailed Hawks taking to the skies this Sunday afternoon.

We spent the weekend at my folks place in Rochester, NY, and it was a typical April day for Rochester: deceptive. From inside it looked beautiful, sunny, bright, warm. Standing outside, however, was only sunny and bright. Temperatures stayed in the 30's (*F), wind was constant and strong. That's nothing for us locals, after an outdoor easter egg hunt we hit a local park. The "usual suspects" were all there, including an impressive amount of woodpeckers, ranging from Downy up to Pileated. A few "First of Year" species made appearances: Winter Wren, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and Louisiana Waterthrush.

American Tree SparrowAn American Tree Sparrow takes flight, soon to
be headed to its northern breeding grounds.

Back at the house the feeders were filled with "undesirables." Dozens of House Sparrows, Brown-headed Cowbirds, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Common Grackles covered the ground, the hopper, the suet. On the desirable side, Pine Siskins continue on the nyjer feeder, White-crowned, and Song Sparrows mix among the ground-feeding species, a single Field Sparrow sang nearby. Siskins are actually breeding in the area, as are crossbills, trees are flowering, skunk cabbage is exploding. Renewal, growth, circle of life . . . it may not feel like spring, but it is.



jan m said...

Glad you had a good birding day in Rochester Mike. If I had a greater tolerance for the cold, I think I would have better birding days.
I appreciate the migration maps you've been posting. I continue to be amazed by the technology that allows us so much information.

dAwN said...

Man ..that map is so exciting! really ...I have been checking out badbirdz site to see what birds are coming from the south into florida ..We are presently in NC and our Blue Grosbeak just arrived...Exciting!
Nice blog.

noflickster said...

@jan_m - The best part of Rochester birding on this trip was we didn't really go anywhere. My time was predominantly spent at my folks place and the surrounding fields. Just a few more weeks until the Willow Flycatchers, Common Yellowthroats, and Baltimore Orioles return to their neighborhood!

@dAwN - You're in a great place, according to the radar maps! Lots of stuff taking off from Florida and heading your way, hopefully for you it doesn't just cruise on by, but actually settles for some time in your neighborhood. Badbirdz is a great site for tracking migration, I love watching the flights depart from Cuba and head to the Keys and beyond.

It's fun to watch the radar during migration seasons, trying to figure out what the morning will bring and what's going on elsewhere. And, these days, it helps answer whether I head out and listen for calls (or, at the end of the season, which nights I should explore first on the recordings I've been making from our roof).

Thanks for dropping by!

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