|Cooper's Hawk dining on a dove I saw it catch|
So far I would call the 2016 migration as being pretty normal based on my past eight years of blog links and observations. Which translates into that I have seen the birds I expected to see, but I haven't been surprised by any unusual or once-in-a-lifetime sightings. Long-range weather forecasting shows a return to warmer and drier climactic conditions and this may account for this year's normal pattern of migration. But Spring still is the best time to bird watch, with a variety of colorful feathers to view and animated calls to hear, which have absent for the landscape for 6 months or more.
Some of the first sightings for migratory species in 2016 include:
March 1 - yellow-rumped warbler
March 4 - pine siskin
March 16 - brown-headed nuthatch
March 21 - Northern parula warbler, ruby-throated hummingbird
April 5 - summer tanager, swallow-tailed kite
April 11 - blue grosbeak
April 27 - Mississippi kite, yellow-billed cuckoo, yellow-throated warbler, blue-gray gnatcatcher and Indigo Bunting
April 29 - orchard oriole
Other birding observations from March / April 2016 include tufted titmouse, goldfinch, chipping sparrow, house finch, cardinal, Carolina chickadee, pine warbler, downy woodpecker, yellow-bellied sapsucker, red-bellied woodpecker, blue bird, white-breasted nuthatch, brown-headed cowbird, dove, brown thrasher, mockingbird, white-throated sparrow, cormorant, Carolina wren, red-tailed hawk, kestrel, barn swallow, wood duck, red-headed woodpecker, blue jay, pileated woodpecker, killdeer, Canada goose and grey catbird.
To view the most recent birding journal Observations click on January / February 2016
To view past Birding Journal Observations from March / April click 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009