I took a screenshot from the Weather Underground app last night (below),
which is a great tool for visualizing bird migration on weather radar. It
shows lots of migratory movement, and looks like all the birds were held up
by two major storm systems. Not surprised to hear there was a big fallout
[image: Inline image 1]
On Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 4:52 PM, Lesley P Bulluck <lpbulluck@xxxxxxx> wrote:
Agreed! 3 hour paddle at Deep Bottom made for some great birding. While
I was focusing mainly on Prothonotary nest boxes, I did record all other
birds seen and heard and noted the following migrants/FOS birds:
4 black and white warblers
2 summer tanagers
1 scarlet tanager
4 black-throated blue warblers
1 indigo bunting
4 gray catbirds
3 great crested flycatchers
1 yellow-billed cuckoo
1 acadian flycatcher
2 red-eyed vireo
4 female prothonotary warblers were incubating and many more had recently
Full list to go up on eBird later today.
Love this time of year!
Lesley Bulluck, PhD
Department of Biology and Center for Environmental Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University
Trani Life Sciences Building, 028
Richmond, VA 23284
On Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 4:36 PM, Bedell, Paul <pbedell@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
There must have been quite a nice bird migration last night. James R.
Park was memorable this morning, e.g. four Scarlet Tanagers in the same
tree at the 42nd st. parking lot. There were also several Rose-breasted
Grosbeaks, a tree stump with at least eight Catbirds around it accompanied
by an Ovenbird, 2 Black-throated Blues, and a Hermit Thrush (this all in
one spot). Walking west from the 42nd St lot (which I seldom do) revealed
many thrushes (only missed Gray-cheeked/Bicknells). Also had both orioles,
Magnolia, Blackpoll, and multiple Parula, Yellow, Black-and-White, E.
Kingbird, Indigo Bunting. So hopefully the weather will not cooperate for
these birds and keep them around tonight. You should get out tomorrow a.m.!
*From:* va-richmond-general-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <
va-richmond-general-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> on behalf of Ellison Orcutt <
*Sent:* Wednesday, April 27, 2016 3:33 PM
*To:* va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx; Richmond Audubon Society mailing list
*Subject:* [va-richmond-general] Capitol Square; Richmond City
After getting a report of a Black-throated Blue Warbler clinging to the
outside wall on the 16th floor of our office building my suspicions arose
that downtown Richmond may have acted as migrant "trap" last night.
So I spent my lunch break at the State Capitol grounds and enjoyed a
surprising number of migrants. The grounds of the Capitol are kept very
clean but they do have a patch of large oaks and some mulched azalea
patches. Otherwise this location is small, surrounded by high-rises, busy
with foot and vehicle traffic, and not very attractive to resident birds.
Highlights in the mulched areas included WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, WOOD
THRUSH, and multiple OVENBIRDs. ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and a small
collection of singing warblers included multiple BLACK-THROATED BLUE
WARBLERs. CATBIRDs were abundant but the lack of habitat sent many of them
to the treetops to search for caterpillars.
Nothing amazing by regional standards but, given the location, a
Virginia State Capitol Grounds, Richmond City, Virginia, US
Apr 27, 2016 1:10 PM - 1:55 PM
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 4
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 5
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 16
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 17 Abundant.. likely more.
Many active in tree tops. One pair working hard to arrange a very long
twig as if selecting a nesting spot.
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 8
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 2
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) 3
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 3
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 28
White-crowned Sparrow (Dark-lored) (Zonotrichia leucophrys
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 9
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) 1
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 20
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 5
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