Re: stormy weather in May usually = great birding
Richard and Ann Rusnak
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This phenomenon was clearly evident at Malheur this past w/e. I picked up a dozen new species at H/Q from one day prior due to storms. Cannot ID this thrush?
Cheers, Rich Nampa
On Mon, May 18, 2020 at 10:32 AM Jay Carlisle via groups.io <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
This is old news for veteran birders but the unsettled weather over the last week has brought us a lot of migrants - and the forecast for the coming few days looks to be more of the same. The basic idea is that birds initiate migration after dusk (most of our songbirds are nocturnal migrants) and then are grounded (i.e., they stop migration for the night and make do where they are) if they run into rain or even a strong weather system with very little rain but keep migrating if the weather is good. In my experience in Idaho, this phenomenon is much more pronounced in spring migration than in fall - and May is the peak migration for many Neotropical migrants.