Optimal migration conditions continued last night, with clear skies and light northeast winds across the northeast and mid-Atlantic states. The radar indicated nocturnal migration from Maine through Florida, with the highest concentrations being along the coast. Migration was noticeably less than the previous night, although it is typical for heavy movements to be followed by smaller ones simply due to the number of birds prepared to make the journey (especially in early fall, when resources are still plentiful and the rush to stake out breeding territories is not a driving force). Here’s the radar from sunset last night through 5:00am this morning.
With the help of Bertram Murray (and the advice and technique of “Wild Bill” Elrick), I’m starting a pilot project this morning to see if we can catch migrants at Hutcheson Memorial Forest in an attempt to quantify the site significance as a stopover location…I’ll report back later as to how successful we were.