Monday, March 31, 2014

A Week on the Gulf of Mexico

The past week the Gulf Coast brought some great days but also a few slow days.  The week started with a great day on Monday.  South winds on the Yucatan and north winds along the US Gulf Coast created great conditions on Sunday night into Monday.  Black-and-white Warblers were the most numerous warbler in coastal woodlands but the weather also brought in good numbers of Hooded and Worm-eating Warblers as well as our first Blue-winged of the season.  Vireos also came in strong with many White-eyed, Red-eyed, and Yellow-throateds.

Tuesday also had some nice arrivals such as a good number of Prothonotary and Yellow-throated Warblers.  Bad weather for migration for the rest of the week made for a slow few days although Indigo Bunting and Northern Waterthrush arrived during this period.  But, the highlight of the week came on Friday even though we didn't catch many birds.  As I was walking up to a net, I saw a long-tailed bird and figured it was a mockingbird but as I got closer it was clearly our first Yellow-billed Cuckoo!

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - An even more striking bird
in the hand than in the field!
Black-and-white Warbler - The most common warbler to start the week.

Prothonotary Warbler - We had a couple of days with good numbers of
Prothonotary Warblers.

1 comment:

Diana Engela said...

Lovely birds especially the painted bunting,good birding here in south africa too