Date: 5/18/20 11:25 am From: Richard and Ann Rusnak <rarusnak62...> Subject: Re: [IBLE] stormy weather in May usually = great birding
This phenomenon was clearly evident at Malheur this past w/e. I picked up a dozen new species at H/Q from one day prior due to storms. Cannot ID this thrush? Cheers, Rich Nampa
On Mon, May 18, 2020 at 10:32 AM Jay Carlisle via groups.io <carlislejay= <yahoo.com...> wrote:
> This is old news for veteran birders but the unsettled weather over the > last week has brought us a lot of migrants - and the forecast for the > coming few days looks to be more of the same. The basic idea is that birds > initiate migration after dusk (most of our songbirds are nocturnal > migrants) and then are grounded (i.e., they stop migration for the night > and make do where they are) if they run into rain or even a strong weather > system with very little rain but keep migrating if the weather is good. In > my experience in Idaho, this phenomenon is much more pronounced in spring > migration than in fall - and May is the peak migration for many Neotropical > migrants. > > For example, on a quick neighborhood walk with the dog this AM, I eBirded > 26 Western Tanagers (probably a conservative #), 3 Western Wood-pewees, & > more migrants. In contrast, last weekend Heidi & I birded after a clear > night and found relatively few migrants. > > Take home message - get out birding when you can during breaks in the > weather & you;ll be rewarded! I would guess there are currently many > hundreds, if not well over a thousand, Western Tanagers in and around Boise > - and just imagine the #s across southern Idaho. > > Enjoy spring migration, > > Jay > > > >
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