Between the text messages coming in about birds around Cape May and the activity on the various listserves covering the mid-Atlantic, Zugunruhe is setting in at my desk! The bird activity has definitely picked up around here as of the last couple of days. Don Freiday has been diligently posting about it on the Birdcapemay.org blog, complete with snazzy photos from the local birding community. Therefore, I won’t go into specific sightings except to say that I’d like some time to look for that Eared Grebe that Chris Vogel found yesterday on the south end of Nummy Island (maybe tomorrow??).
I have been checking out the weather forecast, though, and it looks like things are going to pick up this weekend. Tonight, even, we could see a flight over New Jersey, although most of the favorable conditions will be quite local, so expect predominantly northbound winter residents such as White-throated and Song sparrows, American Robins, etc. (actually, you can pretty much expect these species regardless of the conditions, given the time of year). As a cold front approaches this weekend, the migration superhighway will connect the southern states to the mid-Atlantic and we should see some of the early migrants making their way into the region. For instance, expect Pine and Yellow-throated Warblers to make their way into NJ by the end of the weekend. I’ll be keeping an eye on the radar, and post it here as soon as we see some action. Until then, work on some neck stretches… warblers are coming.