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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