Statewide Birding Report - 6/6/19

Migration just won't give up across the north, where warblers, flycatchers, thrushes and vireos and continue to pass through about 7-10 days later than usual. Among them have been Tennessee, blackpoll, bay-breasted, and Wilson's warblers, Philadelphia vireo, Swainson's thrush, and most of the flycatchers, especially yellow-bellied, olive-sided, and eastern wood-pewee. Red-headed woodpeckers, scarlet tanagers, cedar waxwings, and common nighthawks are also on the move, while black-billed cuckoos have been notably scarce thus far. On the other hand, LeConte's sparrows are showing especially well this year in northern grasslands.

Shorebird migration carries on as is typical of this time of year. Most prominent have been semipalmated and white-rumped sandpipers but notable sightings included red-necked and Wilson's phalaropes, American golden-plover, and Hudsonian godwit. Reports of American white pelicans were common across non-forested portions of the state, often involving flocks of the birds soaring on thermals like typically seen in vultures and birds of prey. Notice flocks of Canada geese in V formation headed north this week? Those are known as "molt migrants," failed or non-breeders headed to the Canadian tundra to grow new feathers where food resources are rich and predators are fewer.

                                         Nests of the ruby-throated hummingbird are only about 2 inches wide and 1 inch deep. The female does all nest building, incubation, and caring for young.  - Photo credit: Greg Hottman
Nests of the ruby-throated hummingbird are only about 2 inches wide and 1 inch deep. The female does all nest building, incubation, and caring for young.Photo credit: Greg Hottman


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