More trans-Gulf arrivals - 30 Apr 2010

Good numbers of trans-Gulf migrants have made their way up the Atlantic seaboard in the past two days. The predicted SW winds and warm temps this weekend could be excellent for nudging the stream of migrants in our direction. I would anticipate most of the expected summer landbird species to be recorded within the next few days, including several species of warblers (such that we get on the South Fork), Chimney Swift, Veery, Wood Thrush, Hermit Thrush, Spotted Sandpiper, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, Lincoln Sparrow and so on. So it should be well worth checking your yard, local woods, and wet areas for newly arrived breeders and transients. Terns and shorebirds will also be moving along the ocean beaches and inlets.

** 27 Apr 2010 **
House Wren, North Hollow Drive, East Hampton EH (Sandy Hunter)

** 29 Apr 2010 **
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (male), Hedges Banks Drive, East Hampton EH (Sandy Hunter)
Laughing Gull, Mecox Inlet, Watermill SH (John Shemilt)

** 30 Apr 2010 **
Louisiana Waterthrush, Long Pond, Sag Harbor SH (Hugh McGuinness)
Eastern Kingbird, Long Pond, Sag Harbor SH (Hugh McGuinness)
Least Sandpiper, 50+, Georgica Cove, Georgica EH (Jane Ross)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, East Hampton EH (Paul & Lisa D'Andrea)

-- Book keeping --

Prior to Hugh's report from this morning, I was resigned to the fact that we'd probably missed Louisiana Waterthrush on the South Fork in 2010. As migrants Louisiana Waterthrushes are fairly scarce on Long Island, and pass through in mid/late-April ahead of most other warbler species, including the far more numerous Northern Waterthrush. Fall migrants are possible but rarely encountered. Most birds leaving their nesting territories in mid-August and quickly vanish from our region. So, nice save Hugh! If there is one, there might be more. Keep an eye and ear out in wet wooded areas especially where there are small streams.

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