Sunday, April 27, 2014

Peak Migration on the Gulf Coast

Male Brewster's Warbler

Over the past week a large diversity of birds have made their way across the Gulf of Mexico.  Most migrants hit the coast early in the week before conditions turned worse over the last few days.  Here in Southwest Louisiana our best day turned out to be on April 23rd when we caught 320 individuals.  The day before we had a very rare occurrence; we saw a male Lawrence’s Warbler and caught a male Brewster’s Warbler (Golden-winged X Blue-winged hybrids).  The next day, we caught our first Golden-winged Warblers of the season.  The past few days there has been little movement and few birds around in general, but we did catch our first (and probably only) Black-throated Blue Warbler and Black-billed Cuckoo.

Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-billed Cuckoo

Golden-winged Warbler

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Join Rob in Honduras in December!

Rob writes: While in Honduras last November, my Sabrewing Nature Tour partners and I spent much of our time filming many of Honduras' amazing birds while also taking video of sights around the Lodge at Pico Bonito.

It took awhile to get through everything that we filmed, but this past week I finished up a short video segment featuring some of the sights and sounds you will likely encounter if you join me on our inaugural tour to Honduras this December! Special thanks goes to my dad for helping with all of the editing and layout of the video below.

If you're interested in birding in Honduras and visiting the Lodge at Pico Bonito, consider coming with me this December for the first Sabrewing Nature Tours trip to this incredible country! I'm happy to answer any questions you have - just send me an email via the Contact Us page.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Our First Painted Bunting of the Season

If you like rainbows, you have to love Painted Buntings.  Here in Louisiana, we caught our first Painted Bunting of the season a few days ago.  Over the next couple weeks many more should arrive on the coast.  Many other buntings, orioles, thrushes and warblers have arrived over the last couple days as well.

An adult male Painted Bunting

A Painted Bunting wing.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Wave of Warblers and More

There was a large increase in diversity and numbers over the weekend.  Many new species made it across the Gulf of Mexico on Friday and Saturday nights.  Orchard Orioles were in small flocks throughout the chenier and many large flocks of migrants were quickly moving through the trees.  The highlight was catching a few Cerulean Warblers!  Hopefully the next wave comes soon as the last wave has moved out and there are very few birds around.

A male Cerulean Warbler-definitely one of the highlights of the season so far
A Blue-winged Warbler with some pollen on his head

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Swainson's Warbler at the Bayou

Look at that long bill!
The banding and birding here along the Gulf Coast was slow over the weekend.  There were not many birds caught and few were around in general.  Luckily, there was one major highlight over the weekend . . . catching a Swainson’s Warbler.  I have very little experience with this species having seen them on only one other occasion.  Having one in the hand was an amazing experience!

The wing of a Swainson's Warbler