[CT Birds] Weather prognostications

David F Provencher david.f.provencher at dom.com
Thu Oct 15 10:09:10 EDT 2009

For those of you interested in such things, the current forecast calls for inclement weather from now until Monday night. If that holds true, and all this blocking weather occurs, there should be a very heavy migration occurring Monday night when the skies clear and the winds return to northwest. At this point in the year it will be very heavily Yellow-rumped Warblers and Sparrows. However many interesting things will moving as well and the potential for rarities is definitely there, such as the way over due CT Townsend's Warbler or long absent Say's Phoebe. The Northern Flicker flight should be pretty darn good as well. As for the predicted east winds of these systems, one species to watch for is Hudsonian Godwit, often driven back to shore by prolonged east winds from their amazing oceanic migration route. As always prolonged east winds give Long Island Sound a shot at pelagic birds (albeit a small chance, but CT birders can't be chosers so-to-speak) so Sound watching along the CT shore will likely produce something interesting during this period if it's nothing more than Common Eider or Northern Gannets. But many pelagic birds are moving southward now and hopefully someone will find something rare for CT.

Dave Provencher
Naturally New England<http://naturallynewengland.blogspot.com/>

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