Today, I was doing some survey work out in Steuben County.  The weather was
not great.  Clouds, patchy fog, steady winds out of the east or northeast
all day.  Still, around mid-day, magic happened.  Visible migration
happened in a big way.  Literally thousands of American Robins swept in,
low and fast, and landed everywhere.  Many other birds, too.  Song Sparrows
by the hundreds, many Savannah Sparrows, double-digit Vesper Sparrows,
Chipping Sparrows, even many more Dark-eyed Juncos than I've seen there all
winter and spring.  Bunches of Towhees.  Flocks of Flickers.  A couple
dozen Golden-crowned Kinglets.  A single Barn Swallow.  In one bush, I saw
4 Song Sparrows, 3 female Brown-headed Cowbirds, 5 American Robins, 3
Northern Flickers, 2 Eastern Towhees, 4 Golden-crowned Kinglets, and 6
Juncos.  It was a small bush, and there were multiple birds on every
branch.  Oh, and I heard or saw more than 20 Yellow-breasted Sapsuckers
today whereas a week ago there were none.  Saw a bunch of Northern Harriers
today, too.  Not sure if it could be called a classic fall-out, but it was

Jody W. Enck, PhD
Conservation Social Scientist, and
Founder of the Sister Bird Club Network


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