And migration continues at a breakneck pace. The entire region saw moderate to heavy migration with conducive winds and mostly clear skies. Actually the entire country east of the Rockies was pushing through birds at an incredible rate as they all rush back to breeding grounds to claim territories. It’s May 4, so you should probably get some birding in regardless of the conditions you are seeing outside. Birds are on the move and should be around in fair numbers. Go birding!
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With the amount of birds moving last night, expect new species to be showing up everywhere. Look for concentrations of birds in Erie and the counties in northern PA thanks to some early morning storms moving through. Elsewehere in the state, birds were moving from SW to NE, and then almost due east early in the morning. It may be good to check spots along the Susquehanna and Delaware Rivers for concentrations of birds.
As always, please leave me comments on what you find out in the field.
Maryland prediction coming soon…
Last night appeared to be central New York’s strongest night of migration yet. With storms moving through around midnight, check out the migrant traps around you for concentrations of birds.
For all you Biggest Week birders, check out those spots along the lake, they should be hopping with warblers this time of year. A storm system was also moving east through the lakes and may have provided some strong discouragement to warblers looking to cross the lake, resulting in a pile up of birds both stopping at the lakeshore, and returning to it as they hit the storm.
Check Kenn Kaufman’s blog for more specifics on what to expect this time of year.
For migration updates or other regions check-
New England – Tom Auer’s blog
New Jersey – Woodcreeper by David La Puma
Florida/SE – Badbirdz Reloaded by Angel and Mariel Abreu
NW Ohio – Birding the Crane Creek by Kenn Kaufman
Wisconsin – Woodcreeper by David La Puma
Arizona – Words About Birds by Tim Schreckengost
Pac NW – Birds Over Portland by Greg Haworth
I need your help! These reports will only be as good as the feedback I get on these updates. Please leave comments on interesting patterns of migration you are seeing in the field so I can incorporate some ground truthing to my forecasts and predictions. Thanks!