Take some time to watch the moon, preferably through a scope so you can watch for birds flying across its face, though let me say this up front: WARNING: a full moon is bright, especially through a scope! Don't damage your retinas!
Here in the northeast, it looks like a good night for migration and a good night for observing it. Under a full moon you can observe migrating birds not only by ear as many give a characteristic flight call, but by sight, too, as they pass in front of the full moon. I spent some twenty minutes outside photographing the moon (not my image above, though, they're still on the camera). To be perfectly honest, I didn't see anything cross the moon as I stared through the camera, which wasn't optimal but I was too lazy to swap the camera for the scope on the tripod.
I did hear several flight calls, and by mid-morning tomorrow I'll know what my roof-top microphone recorded. I've been testing a new recording unit since early June, and I've impressed myself by analyzing each and every recording within a day or three after it happened. Things I've learned:
- I record a lot more cuckoos, both Black- and Yellow-billed, during the breeding season than I see.
- The local Ovenbirds give a beautiful flight song pre-dawn on our hill.
- A Dark-eyed Junco likes to perch on the microphone.
- Northern Cardinals are the earliest songsters.
- Migration has already started. So far I've recorded American Redstarts, Yellow, Canada, Black-throated Green and Magnolia Warblers, Northern Waterthrushes, Chipping and White-throated Sparrows, and several yet-to-be-identified species. That's off the top of my head, not a complete list.
- My neighbor's dogs bark a lot.
- The resident coyotes howl a lot.
- We have several vocal amphibians in our pond, and they have the stamina of a Tour de France competitor.
- My other neighbor likes to blast classic rock every Friday night and occaisionally Saturday.