Date: 4/14/18 3:45 pm
From: Jody Enck <jodyenck...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Migration -- but outside Cayuga Basin
Today, I was doing some survey work out in Steuben County. The weather was
not great. Clouds, patchy fog, steady winds out of the east or northeast
all day. Still, around mid-day, magic happened. Visible migration
happened in a big way. Literally thousands of American Robins swept in,
low and fast, and landed everywhere. Many other birds, too. Song Sparrows
by the hundreds, many Savannah Sparrows, double-digit Vesper Sparrows,
Chipping Sparrows, even many more Dark-eyed Juncos than I've seen there all
winter and spring. Bunches of Towhees. Flocks of Flickers. A couple
dozen Golden-crowned Kinglets. A single Barn Swallow. In one bush, I saw
4 Song Sparrows, 3 female Brown-headed Cowbirds, 5 American Robins, 3
Northern Flickers, 2 Eastern Towhees, 4 Golden-crowned Kinglets, and 6
Juncos. It was a small bush, and there were multiple birds on every
branch. Oh, and I heard or saw more than 20 Yellow-breasted Sapsuckers
today whereas a week ago there were none. Saw a bunch of Northern Harriers
today, too. Not sure if it could be called a classic fall-out, but it was
fun.


Jody W. Enck, PhD
Conservation Social Scientist, and
Founder of the Sister Bird Club Network
607-379-5940

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