Monday, September 7, 2015

Sept 8, 2015: Dedicated to Liz Day

Hello birding friends,

This migration report is dedicated to Liz Day, a very kind birder from Indianapolis, IN who recently passed away. She will be missed and my connection to her was that she emailed me, complimenting me on these reports on August 22, so just last month. In that email, she also suggested that I give "shorebird forecasts" because they are notoriously more enigmatic than songbirds in their migration habits. So part of this migration report will be a "shorebird forecast" in memory of Liz. My sincerest condolences go to Liz's family during this hard time.

Tonight, Illinois is not experiencing uniform migration. As evidenced by the current national composite radar, the southern three quarters (3/4) of Illinois are receiving negligible to very light amounts of migration tonight. The NORTHERN quarter of Illinois is experiencing MODERATE to HEAVY migration levels, and if one looks just further north into Wisconsin, some parts of that state are receiving heavy to extremely heavy amounts of migration tonight. GO BIRDING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) MORNING IF YOU ARE IN NORTHERN ILLINOIS.

Liz Day Shorebird Forecast: As September wears on, shorebirds should be dwindling; however, one should still be on the lookout on mudflats at notorious "shorebird traps" such as Hennepin-Hopper for both Yellowlegs, Sanderling, Least, Pectoral, and Semipalmated Sandpipers, and if one is lucky, Red Knot or Stilt Sandpiper. In more overgrown wetland areas, one should also be on the lookout for Wilson's Snipes which are moving southward in more noticeable numbers now. To predict exactly which species you are likely to find and exactly when, consult Birdcast's new regional migration forecast for the week
eBird's Illinois species occurrence map

So in summary, birders in the northern quarter of Illinois should DEFINITELY GO BIRDING tomorrow morning as evidenced by moderate to heavy amounts of arrivals and influxes showing up as radar noise coming into the northern part of the state tonight. Wednesday morning is also looking to possibly have huge numbers of migrant birds because of northwesterly tailwinds forecast for tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

Again, my sincerest condolences go to Liz Day's family; what a loss to the birding community.

Henry (Oak Park, Cook Country)

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