Friday, September 25, 2015
Sept 26, 2015: Moderate Migration
First of all, tomorrow (Saturday), I will be birding at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary with the Illinois Young Birders Club from 7:00am to about 8:45am. I would love to meet anyone who has any questions or feedback about this season's migration reports...I will be with the probably large and excited group of young birders in the said time period, so I don't think it would be hard to find me there... :-)
Tonight, the entire state is experiencing MODERATE levels of migration, spurred on by nice northeasterly tailwinds. This can be viewed on the current national composite radar, the patchy green radar noise indicating moderate levels of migration throughout the state (http://tempest.aos.wisc.edu/radar/us3comp.gif).
So go birding tomorrow! It should be fairly productive with some further turnover evident...probably birds such as Ruby-crowned Kinglets and White-throated Sparrows should be a bit more abundant in northern parts of the state come tomorrow morning. Also, influxes of species such as Brown Creeper, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Winter Wren should start to become fairly evident throughout parts of the state in the coming days.
Tomorrow (Saturday) night appears to be a bit less conducive for migration, as winds will be gradually shifting to be from the southeast, especially in northern parts of the state. (how confusing!)
To predict exactly which species you may find and when, please consult:
BirdCast's regional migration forecast for this week: http://birdcast.info/forecast/regional-migration-forecast-25-september-2-october-2015/#MidwestNortheast
eBird's species occurrence chart for Illinois: http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMe?src=changeDate&getLocations=states&states=US-IL&parentState=US-IL&reportType=location&monthRadio=on&bMonth=08&eMonth=11&bYear=1900&eYear=2015&continue.x=63&continue.y=9&continue=Continue
I hope to see you at Montrose tomorrow (Saturday) morning between 7:00 and 8:45am!
Henry (Oak Park, Cook County)