Persistent winds from unfavorable directions precluded a big push of migrants this week, but the season is slowly progressing. There were a couple of decent nights of migration this week, on Sunday and Monday nights. My observations of note over the past seven days included:
- 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (FOY), our yard in Pownal, 4/23.
- 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Cape Elizabeth Greenbelt Trail, 4/25 (with Jeannette).
- 40 Purple Sandpipers, Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth, 4/25 (with Jeannette).
- 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, private property in Durham, 4/27.
- 2 pairs of Gadwall, Pelreco Marsh, Scarborough Marsh, 4/29.
And my list of personal “first of years” this week also included the following:
- 1 Laughing Gull, Winslow Park, Freeport, 4/23 (with Saturday Morning Birdwalk group).
- 1 House Wren, here at the store, 4/23.
- 1 early CLIFF SWALLOW, Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch, 4/23.
- 1 Blue-headed Vireo, Florida Lake Park, Freeport, 4/24.
- 1 RUSTY BLACKBIRD, Florida Lake Park, Freeport, 4/29.
- 1 Willet, Dunstan Landing, Scarborough Marsh, 4/29.
- 1 LITTLE BLUE HERON, Eastern Road Trail, Scarborough Marsh, 4/29.
And don’t forget, this weekend is Feathers Over Freeport! With the weather of the past three days in particular, it should be a great weekend for migrants!