Morning Migrant Movement

Brad Schram

The morning flight of migrants over Deer Canyon, Arroyo Grande this morning could best be characterized as "modest".  Passerine numbers, other than swallows, were low as were raptors generally, VAUX'S SWIFTS showed a modest push with 35 by 9AM.  Six WESTERN KINGBIRDS were seen moving as were TREE SWALLOWS rather consistently.  Small flocks of BAND-TAILED PIGEONS & CEDAR WAXWINGS were infrequent, but I only had two warblers all morning; no tanagers or grosbeaks made an appearance.

Notable migrants included a MERLIN & two PURPLE MARTINS.  The species total from the terrace this morning tallied 46.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande

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