Saturday, March 28, 2015

Migration is heating up

I had the opportunity to visit the Lighthouse to observe migrating birds coming through the area. The front brought some rain and favorable winds - which in turn helped to bring several species on the tip of the island. My good fortune was to be able to witness these species busily feeding their hearts out while enjoying the company of birding friends who love to share their passion and knowledge - a special thank you to the Stokes for giving so much of their time.
So, without much further ado - I would like to present to you our visiting migrants.....
A Barn Swallow taking a rest.....

and a Northern Rough-winged Swallow too.

It is not often that we get to see Swallows sitting still - they usually buzz by as they eat on the fly.

A Yellow-throated Warbler

A Prothonotary Warbler - several were seen today.

Northern Parula

Black-and-White Warbler....this one is not a rare sighting but always strikingly beautiful.

An Ovenbird - a favorite for many, myself included.

It was really nice to see the Red-eyed Vireo today and to hear it sing too.

A Prairie Warbler - it's like a burst of sunshine.

A Hooded Warbler - how cute is that!

A handful of Orchard Orioles was seen today.

And plenty of Indigo Buntings were hanging by the foot of the Lighthouse area.

And let's not forget about the White-eyed was like an entire colony moved in - they were quite plentiful and so much fun to watch.
 So, folks, get out there - migration has begun and you only have a small window to enjoy it all. My E-Bird List for today.


  1. What a great collection. You're lucky to have such an obvious migration involving so many species!

    1. Thank you. You are right - I am so blessed to be able to see those birds as they refuel after such a long journey - it is a "filled" moment, every step of the way.