Friday, April 30, 2010

April 30 - Garret Mountain fallout

It seems like several pieces of the puzzle that makeup a spring fallout scenario occurred as several days of northwesterlies bottled up the migrants and were then followed by southern winds combined with last night's full moon & this morning's cloud cover to produce amazing results here today. I saw 20 species of warbler, which would certainly be a personal high-water mark for the month of April.

Highlights included record early arrivals of Tennessee & Canada warbler, plus several Blue-Winged, Blackburnian, and Nashville. Northern Parulas, Yellow, Chestnut-Sided, BT Blue, Yellow-Rumped, BT Green, Pine, a couple of Prairie, Palm, Black-and-White, Redstart, Ovenbird and both Waterthrushes, plus Common Yellowthroat made up the list.

Other goodies were Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Orioles, Veery, Wood Thrush, Chimney Swift, Broad-Winged Hawks, Solitary Sandpiper, Green Heron and Kestrel.

The numbers of bird were equally impressive. Several dozen Blue-Headed vireos were around, as were more than 100 Hermit Thrushes. A truly incredible morning.