[CT Birds] Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Approaching weather & overshoots

Tina and Peter Green petermgreen at hotmail.com
Mon Apr 23 07:18:38 EDT 2012


This will be of interest to CT borders.

Tina Green
Westport 

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Begin forwarded message:

> From: Blair Nikula <odenews at odenews.org>
> Date: April 22, 2012 9:24:01 PM EDT
> To: Massbird <Massbird at world.std.com>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Approaching weather & overshoots
> Reply-To: Blair Nikula <odenews at odenews.org>
> 
> First, I'll admit my prognostications about bird movements have proven about as reliable as the Red Sox bullpen.  But with that caveat in mind, I wanted to alert Massbirders to the potential of the approaching weather system to produce southern "overshoots."
> 
> Historically, one of the features of spring migration in this area has been occasional fall-outs generated by storms originating over the southeastern U.S.  Such systems can intercept migrants heading north over the Gulf and carry them offshore over the Atlantic as the weather moves up the Eastern seaboard.  The birds (those that survive anyway) eventually "fall out" over southern New England and/or the Canadian Maritimes, mostly in coastal locations.  April has been the prime time for these events over the years, though they've been few and far between in recent springs.  The last of any significance was in early April, 2009, though the bulk of the birds in that system were deposited in the Maritimes.
> 
> The species involved typically include a mix of southern species who are carried north of their "intended" destinations south of New England as well as species who breed in this area but don't generally arrive (at least in a more normal year!) until early May.  Indigo Bunting is the poster child of this phenomenon, but other species commonly appearing are Blue and Rose-breasted grosbeaks, Summer and Scarlet tanagers, Baltimore Oriole, and occasionally some of the southern warblers (e.g., Prothonotary, Hooded).  Rarer southern vagrants are also possible (e.g., Painted Bunting).
> 
> The current weather system, or at least a significant portions of it, originated over the Gulf of Mexico and Florida where it generated strong winds and heavy rain.  It may not produce a thing here bird-wise (the course is a bit farther east than a classic set-up, which might favor the Maritimes), but the timing is good and the potential is there.
> 
> So, keep a close eye on your feeders for the next 2-3 days and check your local migrant hotspots, especially along the coast.  You may be rewarded.  Or not.....!
> 
> Blair Nikula
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