Date: 9/7/17 8:45 am From: Josh Adams <xjoshx...> Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Wildfires and their effect on migration
My statistical data point is very small (comparing this year vs last year), but I would agree that August felt very, very dead. I just did a walk around my neighborhood and yard and found very, very few migrants. The species that don't move around much (Chickadees, etc.) seem to be present in normal numbers, but no migrants. I suspect that the dry weather is more to blame than the smoke, since I had similar counts even a few weeks ago when there was no smoke. Presumably the are somewhere, but it'll be interesting to see if there has just been a delay or if the birds have pushed somewhere with better conditions like higher elevations.