Monday, April 16, 2012

Migration Moving Slowly in Central Indiana

Weather over the past several days as been extremely favorable for migration through Indiana and around most of the eastern US. I have been watching the migration on radar every night (see the NEXRAD radar here) and went out on both Saturday and Sunday mornings to Eagle Creek Park to see if I could get in on any of the action. Saturday morning was rainy but it did not stop the birds. At Starling Sanctuary, I found Yellow-rumped, Yellow-throated Warblers, Northern Parula, and Louisiana Waterthrush all singing in the rain!
Louisiana Waterthrush
On Sunday, the rain had stopped but the wind was blowing extremely hard out of the south. I had hoped that the wind would mean a bunch of new warblers but unfortunately that was not the case. The warbler species stayed pretty much the same with the exception of a singing Pine Warbler but the number of individuals was up. There were a few other migrants around with the highlights being both my first Chimney Swift and Broad-winged Hawk of the spring.

Next Thursday, both Eric and I will be participating in the Amos W Butler Audubon Society's annual Birdathon. We are on the Wild Birds Unlimited Team and would appreciate any donations that you might be willing to make to our team. You can donate by following this link. We are hoping for 150 species but it is still really early in the year and we have to hope that more of the migrants push into the area.

-Rob

2 comments:

Laurence Butler said...

Just an appetizer! And a very happy migration to you, sir.

Bird Seed Lady said...

Seems like the migration is earlier this year due to the early spring.