Re: Re: [cayugabirds-l] [nfc-l] Thursday: Night Flight in Northeast

2014-09-19 Thread Laura Gooch


Folks,

Last night was also very active in Cleveland Heights, Ohio (just east of 
Cleveland). I started my microphones a little late (22:15), and I've 
only looked at warbler/sparrow frequencies until about 02:30 so far, but I've 
got over 300 hits. Glancing through the remaining 1700 or so 
detections, I think I'm going to have a very high percentage of good 
detections. I'm sure many of these are same species hits within one minute, but 
there were 
obviously lots of birds up. 


Incidentally, I'm close enough to the Lake Erie Shore (about 10 km south) that 
I 
don't get much in the early parts of the night during fall migration. 
Aside from a few birds that originate between me and the lake, the birds that 
fly over my house have presumably had to make it across the lake 
before they get here.


I also gave an assist to two exhausted/window strike warblers this 
morning in a quick walk to a meeting in downtown Cleveland. The 
Nashville and Black-throated Green were struggling with a glass 
building. I watched the loudly chipping Black-throated Green flutter 
frantically against the building before it flutter-fell down to the 
sidewalk... The building may have won, but both birds were gone an hour 
later when I went back to the bushes where I'd left them to check on 
them. Sadly, I don't think either of these guys would have been helped 
by lights out, since they were trying to fly through daytime 
reflections.

Laura GoochCleveland Heights, Ohio 


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] [nfc-l] Thursday: Night Flight in Northeast

2014-09-19 Thread Andrew Horn
This is a brilliant idea. Last fall there was a big songbird night kill at gas 
plant flares in New Brunswick (reported widely in the media, e.g., 
here),
 on a night when anyone following this or related lists would’ve seen that it 
was a bad night to keep the lights on.

Just saying,
Andy Horn
Halifax (Canada)

On Sep 19, 2014, at 6:14 PM, Jim Tate 
mailto:j...@tate-tate.us>> wrote:

I have been trying to correlate flights as reported by NFC observations, and 
radar with our experience picking up window strikes in DC.  Last night's 
reported flight in the northeast resulted in only a couple of warblers this 
morning.  I wonder if any other Lights Out groups are getting different 
results?  We should be able to declare emergency nights when we expect big 
flights- if only we can correlate.  -TATE

Sent from my iPad

On Sep 19, 2014, at 2:13 PM, "Geoff Malosh" 
mailto:pomar...@earthlink.net>> wrote:

I can attest to the enormous flight in southwestern Pennsylvania this morning. 
Still analyzing recordings but as a preview I am up to just shy of 900 
Swainson’s Thrush calls in the last 30 minutes before civil twilight, along 
with 51 Gray-cheeked, 15 Wood Thrush, and <10 Rose-breasted Grosbeak and 
Scarlet Tanager. Warblers calls in total are at about 90. Still analyzing with 
a long way to go, which will greatly up the totals of Swainson’s and 
Gray-cheeked judging by what I heard in real time. Later in the morning I had 
15 sp. of warbler at a local migration hotspot.

Last night was one of the most impressive flights I’ve heard here in suburban 
and often noise-infested Pittsburgh.

Geoff Malosh

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From: 
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 [mailto:bounce-117989080-58130...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf OfRudolph Keller
Sent: Friday, September 19, 2014 3:33 PM
To: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes; Andrew Albright; CAYUGABIRDS-L; NFC-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] [nfc-l] Thursday: Night Flight in Northeast

Apparently there was a very large flight involving thousands of mostly thrush 
calls over western PA last night and around dawn. I think it was much lighter 
over eastern PA, as seems often to be the case. At Hawk Mt. in SE PA, a NE wind 
of 5-8 mph was enough to rustle leaves and mask calls (only 20 or so heard 
around 6 am), but I rarely hear many calls on windy nights even if there are no 
trees to rustle. The calm night of 9/17 was much better at Hawk Mt., with over 
500 calls in 20 minutes starting at 6 am, most Swainson's & Wood Thrushes (also 
lots of Wood Thrushes calling in the woods after daylight), with 13 Gray-cheek 
calls thrown in. I also rarely hear warblers in the dawn descent period, even 
when I find good numbers of them in the area after daylight.
Rudy Keller
- Original Message -
From: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes
To: Andrew Albright ; 
CAYUGABIRDS-L ; 
NFC-L
Sent: Friday, September 19, 2014 11:12 AM
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] [nfc-l] Thursday: Night Flight in Northeast

Andrew, et. al.,

I haven’t gone through all of my recording data from last night, but I have 
certainly observed what you are mentioning: significant thrush vocalizations in 
the minutes immediately leading up to the start of civil twilight. Often, after 
midnight, there are very few warbler calls and equally few during the thrush 
descent. Herons and bitterns seem to be vocal in the first three or four hours 
of the night, and then wane after that. I’m not sure what the cause or purpose 
is for this decrease in vocal activity in warblers after midnight.

Last night, there were hundreds of Swainson’s Thrushes and Rose-breasted 
Grosbeaks calling, tens of Gray-cheeked Thrushes with a single potential 
Bicknell’s Thrush candidate, a good handful of Wood Thrushes and Veeries in the 
mix. No Hermit Thrushes. A couple of Scarlet Tanager candidates. At least one 
American Bittern, two probable Least Bitterns (I’d like to discuss this later 
on NFC-L) and several Green Herons. Two American Woodcocks flew by shortly 
after the start of civil twilight, one stopping the wing twittering long enough 
to utter some very soft and gentle buzzy squeaks that I’ve never heard before, 
then continuing with the wing twittering.


Re: [cayugabirds-l] [nfc-l] Thursday: Night Flight in Northeast

2014-09-19 Thread Jim Tate
I have been trying to correlate flights as reported by NFC observations, and 
radar with our experience picking up window strikes in DC.  Last night's 
reported flight in the northeast resulted in only a couple of warblers this 
morning.  I wonder if any other Lights Out groups are getting different 
results?  We should be able to declare emergency nights when we expect big 
flights- if only we can correlate.  -TATE

Sent from my iPad

> On Sep 19, 2014, at 2:13 PM, "Geoff Malosh"  wrote:
> 
> I can attest to the enormous flight in southwestern Pennsylvania this 
> morning. Still analyzing recordings but as a preview I am up to just shy of 
> 900 Swainson’s Thrush calls in the last 30 minutes before civil twilight, 
> along with 51 Gray-cheeked, 15 Wood Thrush, and <10 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 
> and Scarlet Tanager. Warblers calls in total are at about 90. Still analyzing 
> with a long way to go, which will greatly up the totals of Swainson’s and 
> Gray-cheeked judging by what I heard in real time. Later in the morning I had 
> 15 sp. of warbler at a local migration hotspot.
>  
> Last night was one of the most impressive flights I’ve heard here in suburban 
> and often noise-infested Pittsburgh.
>  
> Geoff Malosh
>  
> Geoff Malosh | Editor, Pennsylvania Birds
> 450 Amherst Avenue | Moon Township, PA 15108-2654 | 412.735.3128 
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>  
>  
> From: bounce-117989080-58130...@list.cornell.edu 
> [mailto:bounce-117989080-58130...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Rudolph 
> Keller
> Sent: Friday, September 19, 2014 3:33 PM
> To: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes; Andrew Albright; CAYUGABIRDS-L; NFC-L
> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] [nfc-l] Thursday: Night Flight in Northeast
>  
> Apparently there was a very large flight involving thousands of mostly thrush 
> calls over western PA last night and around dawn. I think it was much lighter 
> over eastern PA, as seems often to be the case. At Hawk Mt. in SE PA, a NE 
> wind of 5-8 mph was enough to rustle leaves and mask calls (only 20 or so 
> heard around 6 am), but I rarely hear many calls on windy nights even if 
> there are no trees to rustle. The calm night of 9/17 was much better at Hawk 
> Mt., with over 500 calls in 20 minutes starting at 6 am, most Swainson's & 
> Wood Thrushes (also lots of Wood Thrushes calling in the woods after 
> daylight), with 13 Gray-cheek calls thrown in. I also rarely hear warblers in 
> the dawn descent period, even when I find good numbers of them in the area 
> after daylight.
> Rudy Keller
> - Original Message -
> From: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes
> To: Andrew Albright ; CAYUGABIRDS-L ; NFC-L
> Sent: Friday, September 19, 2014 11:12 AM
> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] [nfc-l] Thursday: Night Flight in Northeast
>  
> Andrew, et. al.,
>  
> I haven’t gone through all of my recording data from last night, but I have 
> certainly observed what you are mentioning: significant thrush vocalizations 
> in the minutes immediately leading up to the start of civil twilight. Often, 
> after midnight, there are very few warbler calls and equally few during the 
> thrush descent. Herons and bitterns seem to be vocal in the first three or 
> four hours of the night, and then wane after that. I’m not sure what the 
> cause or purpose is for this decrease in vocal activity in warblers after 
> midnight.
>  
> Last night, there were hundreds of Swainson’s Thrushes and Rose-breasted 
> Grosbeaks calling, tens of Gray-cheeked Thrushes with a single potential 
> Bicknell’s Thrush candidate, a good handful of Wood Thrushes and Veeries in 
> the mix. No Hermit Thrushes. A couple of Scarlet Tanager candidates. At least 
> one American Bittern, two probable Least Bitterns (I’d like to discuss this 
> later on NFC-L) and several Green Herons. Two American Woodcocks flew by 
> shortly after the start of civil twilight, one stopping the wing twittering 
> long enough to utter some very soft and gentle buzzy squeaks that I’ve never 
> heard before, then continuing with the wing twittering.
>  
> Also heard overnight were Ovenbirds, Black-throated Blue Warbler, 
> Chestnut-sided Warblers, Savannah Sparrows, and many many unidentified 
> interesting calls requiring much time I don’t have right now to compare and 
> evaluate. Great Horned Owl and a local rooster were calling early this 
> morning. A couple nights ago, I saw one of our Flying Squirrels feeding on 
> the squirrel seed cakes out front, after returning home late from work.
>  
> Last night was one of the more notable nights this migration season.
>  
> Good night listening and birding!
>  
> Sincerely,
> Chris T-H

RE: [cayugabirds-l] [nfc-l] Thursday: Night Flight in Northeast

2014-09-19 Thread Geoff Malosh
I can attest to the enormous flight in southwestern Pennsylvania this
morning. Still analyzing recordings but as a preview I am up to just shy of
900 Swainson's Thrush calls in the last 30 minutes before civil twilight,
along with 51 Gray-cheeked, 15 Wood Thrush, and <10 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
and Scarlet Tanager. Warblers calls in total are at about 90. Still
analyzing with a long way to go, which will greatly up the totals of
Swainson's and Gray-cheeked judging by what I heard in real time. Later in
the morning I had 15 sp. of warbler at a local migration hotspot.

 

Last night was one of the most impressive flights I've heard here in
suburban and often noise-infested Pittsburgh.

 

Geoff Malosh

 

Geoff Malosh | Editor, Pennsylvania Birds 

450 Amherst Avenue | Moon Township, PA 15108-2654 | 412.735.3128  

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From: bounce-117989080-58130...@list.cornell.edu
[mailto:bounce-117989080-58130...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Rudolph
Keller
Sent: Friday, September 19, 2014 3:33 PM
To: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes; Andrew Albright; CAYUGABIRDS-L; NFC-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] [nfc-l] Thursday: Night Flight in Northeast

 

Apparently there was a very large flight involving thousands of mostly
thrush calls over western PA last night and around dawn. I think it was much
lighter over eastern PA, as seems often to be the case. At Hawk Mt. in SE
PA, a NE wind of 5-8 mph was enough to rustle leaves and mask calls (only 20
or so heard around 6 am), but I rarely hear many calls on windy nights even
if there are no trees to rustle. The calm night of 9/17 was much better at
Hawk Mt., with over 500 calls in 20 minutes starting at 6 am, most
Swainson's & Wood Thrushes (also lots of Wood Thrushes calling in the woods
after daylight), with 13 Gray-cheek calls thrown in. I also rarely hear
warblers in the dawn descent period, even when I find good numbers of them
in the area after daylight.

Rudy Keller

- Original Message - 

From: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes   

To: Andrew Albright   ; CAYUGABIRDS-L
  ; NFC-L
  

Sent: Friday, September 19, 2014 11:12 AM

Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] [nfc-l] Thursday: Night Flight in Northeast

 

Andrew, et. al., 

 

I haven't gone through all of my recording data from last night, but I have
certainly observed what you are mentioning: significant thrush vocalizations
in the minutes immediately leading up to the start of civil twilight. Often,
after midnight, there are very few warbler calls and equally few during the
thrush descent. Herons and bitterns seem to be vocal in the first three or
four hours of the night, and then wane after that. I'm not sure what the
cause or purpose is for this decrease in vocal activity in warblers after
midnight. 

 

Last night, there were hundreds of Swainson's Thrushes and Rose-breasted
Grosbeaks calling, tens of Gray-cheeked Thrushes with a single potential
Bicknell's Thrush candidate, a good handful of Wood Thrushes and Veeries in
the mix. No Hermit Thrushes. A couple of Scarlet Tanager candidates. At
least one American Bittern, two probable Least Bitterns (I'd like to discuss
this later on NFC-L) and several Green Herons. Two American Woodcocks flew
by shortly after the start of civil twilight, one stopping the wing
twittering long enough to utter some very soft and gentle buzzy squeaks that
I've never heard before, then continuing with the wing twittering.

 

Also heard overnight were Ovenbirds, Black-throated Blue Warbler,
Chestnut-sided Warblers, Savannah Sparrows, and many many unidentified
interesting calls requiring much time I don't have right now to compare and
evaluate. Great Horned Owl and a local rooster were calling early this
morning. A couple nights ago, I saw one of our Flying Squirrels feeding on
the squirrel seed cakes out front, after returning home late from work.

 

Last night was one of the more notable nights this migration season.

 

Good night listening and birding!

 

Sincerely,

Chris T-H

 

 

 

 

On Sep 19, 2014, at 10:33 AM, Andrew Albright 
wrote:





Chris and Ken - thanks for the heads up.  In upstate NY do you get more
thrush calls in the 1-2 hrs before day break?We seem to down in the
Mid-Atlantic (and fewer warblers).

 

Here's my ebird report from listening this morning (29 minutes starting at
5:38). Is this the type of distribution you heard?

 

Anyone else have data from last night/this morning?

 



2


Veery


 



6


Gray-cheeked Thrush


 



46


Swainson's Thrush


 




Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [nfc-l] Thursday: Night Flight in Northeast

2014-09-19 Thread Spahr, Timothy
Hi All, I just did the hour or so before sunrise (from Marlborough, MA) and
had a really nice flight.  Strangely quiet on the warbler front, but I did
have:


1 Solitary Sandpiper
2 Gray-cheeked Thrush
1 Gray-cheeked/Bicknell's Thursh
~25 Swainson's Thrush
2 double-banded upsweeps (BTNW, TEWA, etc)
1 lightly buzzy warbler, perhaps NOWA or very late LOWA
1 Savannah Sparrow

Looks like we'll get another good night or two in the beginning of next
week.  Looking forward to it!

Tim



On Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM, Andrew Albright  wrote:

> Chris and Ken - thanks for the heads up.  In upstate NY do you get more
> thrush calls in the 1-2 hrs before day break?We seem to down in the
> Mid-Atlantic (and fewer warblers).
>
> Here's my ebird report from listening this morning (29 minutes starting at
> 5:38). Is this the type of distribution you heard?
>
> Anyone else have data from last night/this morning?
>
>2
>  Veery
>
>  6
>  Gray-cheeked Thrush
>
>  46
>  Swainson's Thrush
>
>  11
>  Wood Thrush
>
>  2
>  thrush sp.
>
>  6
>  warbler sp.
>
>  2
>  Chipping Sparrow
>
>  1
>  Swamp Sparrow
>
>
>
>
> On Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 12:23 AM, Kenneth V. Rosenberg 
> wrote:
>
>>  Just had about 200 thrushes (mostly Swainsons but also many
>> Gray-cheeked and Wood Thrush) over my house in Northeast Ithaca in a 45 min
>> count - also 12 Green Herons and an Am Bittern
>>
>> Ken
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On Sep 18, 2014, at 9:41 PM, "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <
>> c...@cornell.edu> wrote:
>>
>>  Just a heads-up about a potential push of birds into this area
>> overnight tonight...
>>
>> Begin forwarded message:
>>
>>  *From: *"Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" 
>> *Subject: **[nfc-l] Thursday: Night Flight in Northeast*
>> *Date: *September 18, 2014 at 9:38:18 PM EDT
>> *To: *NFC-L 
>> *Reply-To: *"Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" 
>>
>>  There is currently a fairly heavy liftoff going on in the Northeast and
>> surrounding regions. The high pressure system situated North of Lake
>> Ontario could make for a good push of birds down into the Northeast
>> overnight tonight.
>>
>> If you can, keep your ears skyward!
>>
>> Sincerely,
>> Chris T-H
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