The weather is shaping up for the last pulse of the third wave occurring by mid-week. This will bring in the last peak of the flycatchers, Red-eyed Vireos (REVI), Mourning Warbler (MOWA), Blackpoll Warbler (BLPW), Wilson Warbler (WIWA) and the elusive Connecticut Warbler (CONW).
|PROW male back-note white tail spots|
Highlights for the week:
|Yellow-billed Cuckoo (YBCU)-note rufous wings|
|YBCU-note tail spots|
Here's a reminder that bird plumage does not always follow examples of field marks you will find in the field guide:
|Wilson Warbler male with many yellow feathers in his cap|
|Male Yellow-breasted Chat (YBCH). How do we know it's a male? |
Males have black mouth lining while females have pink.
|Scarlet Tanager (SCTA) female. Note greenish yellow body color versus golden yellow body feathers of a female Summer Tanager.|
|Olive-sided Flycatcher (OSFL) back. |
Not showing the white tufts emphasized in field guides.
|OSFL front view. Note the dark gray vest it is wearing. This may be a better field mark than the white on its back. The song/call is more telling as well.|
|Philadelphia Vireo (PHVI) back- note the white superciliary line.|
|PHVI: note its lemon yellow throat and belly.|
and Kenn Kaufman's Migration forecast at http://cranecreekbirding.blogspot.com/
Get outside and enjoy the last migrants of spring!