May 14, 2012

Spring bird migration tip #4


“Spring bird watching is only good on warm sunny days.” False! Birds travel at night, often utilizing southerly winds. When these tiny voyagers hit a soggy, fogged morning there is often “fall out” when birds come down to the safety and bug buffet of the woods and fields. This phenomenon is made more dramatic near large bodies of water like the Gulf of Mexico and the great lakes. There are stories of Texas beaches literally littered with tiny song birds at dawn, birds that collapse on the sandy shore after crossing the gulf in a single flight.

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