Monday, September 14, 2015

Sept 15 - 17, 2015

Hello birding friends,

Due to commitments tomorrow and Wednesday evenings, I will not be posting reports until Thursday night. That means that this report is covering Tuesday through Thursday mornings.

I can tell you, folks, that you will not be missing out on much by my not reporting because the national composite radar ( looks extremely quiet tonight, and with the southerly winds that are forecast to remain in place until Saturday, not many new arrivals and influxes will appear in our state until about Sunday morning if the forecast remains the same. If an anomaly happens; however, and there is an unexpected big push of migrants before Thursday, I will try to post a quick note to warn everyone.

In summary, not much turnover should be expected until Sunday morning, when I am predicting a pretty huge push of new migrants will come into the state.

Liz Day Shorebird Forecast: Shorebirds continue at many locations throughout the state; however, in lesser densities. Locations such as Emiquon or Chautauqua should still be checked for any remaining large flocks and any interesting species such as lingering godwits. Also, lakefront locations like Montrose Beach (especially in very early morning to avoid the dogs!) would be worth checking for species such as Sanderling and Black-bellied Plover or perhaps any of the southbound Illinois-fledged Piping Plovers...?

To predict exactly which species you are likely to see over the next few days, please consult:
BirdCast's regional migration forecast for this week:
eBird's Illinois species occurrence chart:

Good birding!


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