Hope everyone is enjoying Spring migration! Last Thursday's fall out of birds was amazing. Well now that the Festival of the birds is over and Jerry is back I hope to return to normal and get the reports to you on time. Many thanks to all who sent bird reports to me while Jerry was away, but he is back and you can resume your normal reporting to Jerry. firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy the rest of migration.
Toni Kelly, PIAS webeditor
The following birds of note were reported this week from Presque Isle State Park unless noted otherwise:
Other less than common birds reported this week include several species of lingering ducks, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Canvasback, Redhead, Greater and Lesser scaup, Bufflehead, and Ruddy Duck. Other birds include American Bittern, Ruddy Turnstone, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Cape May and Cerulean warbler, Northern Parula, Priairie Warbler, and Orchard Oriole.
Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 3 hours
Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams
Observers: Jerry McWilliams, Roger Donn, Sam Stull
Visitors: Pat Howell, Janet Price, and Brian Berchtold
Weather: Cloudy becoming variably cloudy with light SW wind early then calm winds, then light out of the NNW. Temps. reached 78 F
Raptor Observations: Absolutely nothing the first two hours of the watch then a little burst of activity between 1100 and 1130 AM EST south of the watch. The first birds sighted were a kettle of 5 immature Bald Eagles of first and second year birds at 1105 EST. Another first year bird past the watch at 1130 EST.
Roger Donn and Sam Stull assisted the first couple of hours.
Non-raptor Observations: Just a couple of Eastern Kingbirds and a few American Goldfinches.
Predictions: Very warm, but a better chance of thunderstorms with the potential for heavy downpours. A steady south wind would be good, but it won't matter if it is raining hard. Several cold days to follow, so no birds likely for some time.
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