Monday, August 24, 2015

Aug 25, 2015

A slightly shorter migration report tonight because migration is more uniform across the state of Illinois than last night (and I am very tired & have a big AP psychology test tomorrow, yay!).

Anyway...looking from the current radar (as of 10:00pm shown at right), migration tonight looks pretty good for the entire state. Migration in the heavier-end of the light side to moderate concentrations of birds should be expected tonight and some new arrivals and influxes could be expected at "migrant traps" statewide.

Winds are favorable, west-northwest, for heavy migration tonight; although I think a factor that is somewhat restricting movement tonight is that the winds are gusty and may be just a bit TOO strong in areas for the birds to want to migrate.

Tomorrow, and for the next few days/weeks, keep checking those sod farms for Buffies (Buff-breasted Sandpipers) and Golden Plovers; check any mudflats for other shorebirds such as Baird's, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope, other something even better maybe (?); and check those pockets of woods for the first of the migrant warblers such as N. Waterthrush, Black-and-White, Blackburnian, and others. As usual, to get detailed reports on exactly which species to see and when to find them, check the regional Birdcast migration forecast as well as eBird's species occurrence chart.

The wind forecast looks favorable for migration (pretty much northerly winds) until Wednesday, so as well as tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, birders should also get out Wednesday morning to check for arrivals and influxes! More southerly winds arrive Wednesday night so a lull in migration should be expected starting Thursday morning.

That's it for today folks! Keep on birding!


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