Monday, April 21, 2008

Departure



It's interesting how a single night of suitable migration weather can so drastically change the birding for the next morning. Yellow-rumped Warblers were extremely numerous along the Pheasant Branch corridor over the weekend, but southerly winds Sunday night were more than they could resist – onward to the boreal forest! This morning the "butter-butts" were very scarce - our group found only around a half dozen. Along with the Myrtles, so too went the bulk of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. But, as one birder aptly remarked this morning, "It's still only April!." Indeed, there's a lot more migration to come.

Yellow-rumped Warbler © 2008 Mike McDowell

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