Fair weather Fall

Weather continues to be extraordinarily fair (downright hot – into the upper 70s and low 80s) across all of northern Ohio, with S-based winds and zero precip and fronts. Migrants are few and far between and scattered in small flocks. The weather bodes well for birds making the flight over Lake Erie, and because of this, we may have seen the last of the great stagings of warblers, vireos, flycatchers and thrushes as they’ll simply pass over us and continue south. For birds, this is simply fantastic. For birders looking to find large, diverse flocks of mixed migrants, this means “slow” days. Chimney Swifts are still appearing in considerably large numbers, no doubt from the fair weather and warm air mass that is spiking insect numbers. Waterbird movements are nill, with gulls milling about and very scattered small flocks of ducks and geese moving in all directions. Because of the incredible weather, raptors are benefitting, with ones and twos of kestrels, Merlins, Peregrines, accipiters, and Rough-legs appearing along the lakefront. NO major weather patterns are in the forecast for the next week, other than a small SW-based front bringing colder temps and rain. The Whiskey Island Hudsonian Godwit left the iron ore plant mudflat today after a 3-day stay. In its wake, a single Long-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs and a few Killdeer are holding down the fort. Warblers were scattered in single-digits from Huntington Reservation east to Sim’s Park in Euclid: a few Blackpolls, Yellow-rumps, Nashvilles, and redstarts. Nancy Anderson had decent light diversity today at Wildwood with Blue-winged and Orange-crowned leading the highlights.

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