Date: 5/14/18 6:48 pm
From: <searleslr...> <searleslr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: And Then Spring Became Summer...
Confounding is a good word. I've seen more Magnolia Warblers than Yellow. A
number of less common species have been plentiful in my forays, while
common ones are not so easy to find. One example: White-Crowned Sparrows
have been abundant compared to White-Throated. I saw a flock of 20-25
Solitary Sandpipers (emphasis on "Solitary"). And the spring's reports of
Ibises seem to be frequent, although the same bird may have been reported
more than once. Personally I saw two different White-Faced Ibises, one with
a clearly white face (Marshalltown) and the other with a light pink face
(Colo Bogs).

On a broader scale, it's been highly unusual to have shorebird migration
occur at roughly the same time as neotropical migration, and waterfowl
migration seemed to take a long time. All this can be blamed on unusual
weather/climate patterns. Is it the "new normal"?

Lee Searles

On Monday, May 14, 2018 at 6:43:51 PM UTC-5, Ann Johnson wrote:
> That song ran through my head this afternoon while sitting at a picnic
> table at Walnut Woods SP listening to the sounds of Great Crested
> Flycatcher, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole, Indigo Bunting and
> the ubiquitous American Redstarts. The migration last night must have been
> in the millions of birds as the number of migrants was down considerably!
> Interestingly enough, it also brought in good numbers of Chestnut-sided and
> Magnolia Warblers and they were in full song. There were a few Catharus
> thrushes yet about. The most peculiar thing was that I also found a Palm
> Warbler and a Yellow-rumped Warbler. This migration season is just
> confounding.
> Ann Johnson
> Norwalk (Warren County)

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