Monday, May 27, 2013

5/27 IL Migration Report

Nice southerly winds in IL with only moderate levels of migration to
back it up (see below)
Migration's winding down...
So for the most part, IL is now under the influence of southerly winds, a pattern that should continue at least for the next couple of days (Northern IL Wind Forecast:, Southern IL Wind Forecast: These conditions are favorable for migration, but the radar isn't reflecting this as much as it would have three weeks ago ( This again reflects the deceleration in migration occurring as we move into the summer breeding season. As yesterday, we still see influxes of migrant flycatchers (e.g. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher), thrushes (any Catharus species), warblers (e.g. Mourning Warbler), and shorebirds (e.g. White-rumped Sandpiper) in some parts of the state, but in many places, we aren't seeing much other than breeding species.
Earlier in spring, this northbound warm front would have
lit up the state. Now, it just means warmer temps and
more insects for breeding species to feed on.

Nature's giving me less and less to write about! Maybe time to start preparing a 2013 Spring Migration Summary...

To figure out which species to look for in your area, here are the eBird resources I've made a habit of sharing.
General IL charts:
Make your own:

Short and sweet, tonight. Good luck everyone!

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