Saturday, May 2, 2015

May 2nd, 2015

Alas, tonight's spectacular migration has arrived. For the first time this year, we're receiving moderate to heavy concentrations of migration over the entire state. That means that in some places, almost 200 birds are moving per square kilometer overhead. That's a lot of birds, and a lot of different species. Given that fact, tomorrow is likely to hold many arrivals and influxes in store. It's really going to feel like spring after tonight, folks. If there's any way you can get out there, tomorrow, I would highly recommend it. Warblers, thrushes, vireos, flycatchers, gnatcatchers, sparrows, and more will all be showing an increase in numbers. And if you saw a lot of insects out there today, you know they'll be feeding frenetically. Keep an eye especially on migrants traps like greenways along rivers or isolated forest preserves. 
Tonight's winds. Click image to view live.

Tomorrow (Sunday) night is looking to be as favorable, with decisive southerly winds remain throughout the state. Excitingly, that's not all to be excited about. The forecast predicts favorable southerly winds across Illinois for the entire rest of the week. As if repaying us for the unfavorable week we've had, favorable winds are forecast to last at least through next weekend. If this holds true, we may have a very exciting first week of may indeed.

Here's to that excitement, folks. I'll be looking forward to seeing your reports (and obviously the birds themselves as well). As it is worth sharing nightly, here's an eBird Page to help you predict what you'll find out there.

Good birding!

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