|Stationary front in Southern IL...almost to northern|
|Changing winds to mostly southerly?|
So what could these arrivals be? These arrivals could be any assortment of the following, though many of these are probably still a a short ways south: AMERICAN BITTERNS, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, SORAS, VIRGINIA RAILS, both YELLOWLEGS, PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, EASTERN KINGBIRDS, BLUE-HEADED, YELLOW-THROATED, AND RED-EYED VIREOS, HOUSE WRENS, MARSH WRENS, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, GRAY CATBIRDS, all the expected sparrows and swallows, warblers including OVENBIRDS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS, PINE WARBLERS, YELLOW WARBLERS, HOODED WARBLERS, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS, WILSON'S WARBLERS, NORTHERN PARULAS and LOUISIANA + NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and SWAINSON'S THRUSHES. Also keep an eye out for early ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, INDIGO BUNTINGS, SCARLET and SUMMER TANAGERS, and if you're really lucky, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, BOBOLINK, DICKCISSELS, or YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS. Also of note, birds like AMERICAN PIPIT and SMITH'S LONGSPUR should be peaking in migration now or soon, so those in or noear more open places should keep an eye out for those species. Finally, waterfowl are continuing the general trend of declining concentrations of diving ducks (which breed further north), and peak migration of dabbling ducks and state breeding residents. So for example, ducks like BLUE-WINGED TEAL and NORTHERN SHOVELER seem to be everywhere right now, whereas it's getting harder and harder to find species like Common Goldeneye.
|Light migration in N IL near storm system|
***There is a chance that the warm front from the south will break its stationary status later tonight and continue its movement northward, bringing migrants with it. This would mean more new passerine species in Northern IL in addition to what Central and Southern IL are already getting, but it would also mean that the Easterly winds along the Lakeshore would change to Southerly, in which case the most favorable lakewatch conditions would no longer exist. Check the winds tomorrow if you're planning to check the lake (http://bit.ly/114kK8z).***