Here is the precipitation radar from this morning, Saturday, at 5:30 AM. As you can see, the northeast is bone-dry:
And here is the reflectivity radar (i.e. birds) from 5:15 this morning:
This represents an explosion of migrants in the east. Of course, results will vary depending on the location.
The consensus from around the state seems to offer ground truth for the radar image. In other words, migrant birds were everywhere this morning.
A trip to the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits in search of shorebirds turned up Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and a pair of Killdeer. No other shorebirds. The continuing Glossy Ibis, Little Blue Herons, 9 Great Egrets, 13 Great Blue Herons and 5 Blue-winged Teal seemed to be the highlights of the morning until a return to the woods showed the earlier radar was on target.
Everywhere one looked, warblers were in the trees. 14 species were tallied in a small section of the woods on the north side of the lake. Multiples of Tennessee, Bay-breasted and Cape May Warblers were easily the highlights. Singletons of many species were present. Other species were missed for sure. Similar scenarios played out at Troy Meadows and Glenhurst Meadows as well.
The forecast for Saturday night into Sunday morning is for continued northerly winds. In fact, as this is being written on a Saturday night, the current reflectivity radar looks like this:
See you in the field tomorrow morning.
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