Date: 5/11/18 6:30 am From: Bill Volkert <billvolkert11...> Subject: [wisb] Spring Migration
Like most people, we finally had some new arrivals yesterday and it seems that we are catching up on the slow start to spring. I have only been birding on my land the last few weeks since we got back into the country, but finally found 70 species around the house. I heard the first Tennessee warbler singing repeatedly yesterday. This is a sign for me that we are at the peak of the warbler migration. I had one Tennessee show up quite early and also heard one singing last week, but only a few times and not always a complete song. I have long been saying that when this species is present in numbers and calling a lot, this tells me that the warblers have peaked. Had several magnolias yesterday, plus a total of 6 warblers as new for the year, but still no Wilson's. Did have a Canada warbler in the marsh below our house which was a highlight, but only 16 warblers for the day which isn't bad but missed several that
I usually find 70 to 75 species at the peak of May migration here, so this is a good sign that more birds are arriving. Like a lot of people, I have had a number of new arrivals, but others that I would expect to be here have not been sighted so far. Only one red-eyed vireo and no great-crested flycatcher and still waiting for a few warblers and others.