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

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