We’re finally seeing more WNW and NW winds in the trend this week, even if they’re light. No significant weather in the forecast for the greater Cleveland region through Sunday the 8th (strong precip or strong winds). Clear nights with NW winds will light up the radar with passerines, and WNW and NW winds will help push down much-wanted waterbirds– including key species like Parasitic and Long-tailed Jaeger, Sabine’s Gull, and terns. Shorebirding will continue to be good to great with the arrival of Buff-breasted Sandpiper, a species that starts to really show the first and second weeks of September. We’re entering the realm for Hudsonian Godwit, too – a species that moves mid-September through early October.
Parasitic Jaeger by Laura Keene, Local Patch pelagic 8 miles offshore Vermilion, OH 2012