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Birds Heading North into the Storm April 5, 2009

Filed under: Animals,Birds,Seasons,Spring — saltthesandbox @ 6:15 am
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A lot has happened during the two days since my last post. We took one trip south and found 15 kinds of sparrows, and then one trip north and found a Winter Wren, Barn Swallow, and our first warbler of spring. We’ve seen 115 kinds of birds so far during spring break, and we have one day left to boost Aaron’s year list to 150 species before the break ends. He needs two more kinds of birds. Will he make it? Here’s an encouraging radar image from last night:

The moving green and yellow are rain storms -- the stationary green wash in Illinois and Indiana is a radar image of birds migrating north.

The moving green and yellow are rain storms. The stationary green wash in Illinois and Indiana is a radar image of birds migrating north. The blue and purple up north are snow and sleet predicted to spread south to Chicago later today.

As we’ve posted before, we use the Chicago Tribune’s overnight weather radar to tell when birds are migrating to and through our area. Last night’s radar tells us to expect new arrivals in our Oak Park neighborhood this morning. Some birds that Aaron needs to reach his goal — like Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Hermit Thrush — might show up in our yard between the storms.

With snow and rain in the forecast, I’d rather not travel far today. The boys, of course, will want to chase rare birds no matter where they’re found. I’ll let you know what happens.

I will also try to post about our earlier trips, plus I need to catch up on our eBird lists for the past week. It will be a busy day for me, even if we don’t leave home.

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Note added at 7:40 a.m. the same morning: Other birders also use weather radar to track bird migration. Go here to see another radar image of birds moving north last night. (MinnesotaBirdNerd posts images from the National Weather Service’s radar website.)

 

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