Thursday, May 14, 2009

Moscow, 5/14/09, big migrant movement, esp. Chipping Sparrows

Hi All -

Lots of migrants moving through Moscow this morning stalled out presumably by this strong front after favorable migration conditions overnight (and birds bottled up to our south). I had 34 species in an hour this morning in a couple blocks around my house (complete list below) w/ several new arrivals such Wilson's and MacGillivray's Warbler.

Especially evident this morning was a large number of Chipping Sparrows including a *huge* flock in the Heritage Grove in front of the UI Administration conservatively estimated at 250. I also had 60+ near my house and another ~80 in the Shattuck Arboretum. Also in the Shattuck were 3 more Hermit Thrushes, a Lincoln's Sparrow, and a smattering of other migrants.

I expect this wind may drop some shorebird as well. I'd be getting out to sheltered locations and shorebird spots to see what's around (just wish I could be out all morning!).


Location:     Moscow - East Side (My Home)
Observation date:     5/14/09
Notes:     Great movement of migrants this morning. House Wrens (2) were new yard birds (somewhat amazingly). Hermit Thrushes were singing and 1 gave interesting towhee-like (zwhee) call and chuk notes.
Number of species:     34

Rock Pigeon     3
Mourning Dove     2
Black-chinned Hummingbird     1
Rufous Hummingbird     2
Downy Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker     4
Hammond's Flycatcher     4
Dusky Flycatcher     2
Cassin's Vireo     1
Warbling Vireo     1
American Crow     4
Black-capped Chickadee     1
Red-breasted Nuthatch     2
House Wren     4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     7
Hermit Thrush     2
American Robin     8
European Starling     15
Orange-crowned Warbler     1
Yellow-rumped Warbler     1
Townsend's Warbler     4
MacGillivray's Warbler     2
Wilson's Warbler     3
Western Tanager     4
Chipping Sparrow     60
White-crowned Sparrow     2
Black-headed Grosbeak     2
Lazuli Bunting     1
Brown-headed Cowbird     2
Cassin's Finch     1
House Finch     8
Pine Siskin     3
American Goldfinch     1
House Sparrow     5

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Charles Swift
Moscow, ID

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