Date: 8/21/17 7:47 am From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10...> Subject: [wisb] Re: Nighthawk and warbler migration
Warblers have made a huge push the past couple days. Northern arrivals include Wilson's, Bay-breasted, and lots of Tennessees. Also good numbers of Nashvilles and Redstarts. Had my first Philadelphia Vireo today as well.
Nighthawks have also been pushing at all times of day here on the Lake Superior shore. Reports have been widespread statewide, and while my personal observations have been small groups, counters near Hawk Ridge in Duluth tallied an impressive 12,000+ on Saturday and Sunday combined.
From: Steve Mullen <gungagalunga23...> Sent: Sunday, August 20, 2017 8:47 AM To: <ryanbrady10...> Cc: <wisbirdn...> Subject: Re: [wisb] Nighthawk and warbler migration
Hey Ryan & All,
Yesterday a few of us floated the Fox River with tubes between Montello and Lake Puckaway in Marquette County. Between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., we also noticed a large Common Nighthawk migration. I'd say we counted at least 100 Nighthawks during the float, and another 50 on the way back north of Monty and in Waushara County near Redgranite.
Other highlights included a family of Eastern Kingbirds that were flycatching a bug hatch on the water- something really cool to observe. They would fly up to an overhanging tree branch and shake their feathers to dry off after an attempt. Never thought i'd see that.
Only shorebirds we saw were Killdeer. Possibly due to high water and human traffic.
On Sun, Aug 20, 2017 at 7:18 AM, Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10...> wrote: Common Nighthawks have been on the move the past two days, particularly in the northern tier of the state. First noted in multiple counties on Friday evening, I had small groups moving south yesterday morning at my house in Bayfield County, and then more moving along the Bayfield Peninsula shoreline last night.
Yesterday morning also featured the first significant landbird flight that I've noticed. Again at my house, I had 86 warblers of 12 species (including at least a dozen Tennessees), the aforementioned nighthawks, Bobolinks, and several other migrants. Pine Siskins and Red Crossbills have been around in small numbers over recent weeks as well.