Bird Alert -- August 9. 2008
Migrants were surprisingly numerous and varied in Sabine Woods Friday (August 8) and Saturday (August 9). John Haynes had eight warbler species on Friday and there were eleven on Saturday, with a total of twelve different species. The species list was Yellow , Black-throated Green (Sat), Yellow-throated (Sat); Prairie (Fri), Black-and-white, Redstart, Prothonotary, Louisiana Waterthrush, Kentucky, Common Yellowthroat, Hooded and Canada (Sat). There were also lots of Empidonax Flycatchers, two or three probably Yellow-bellied, two or three Traill's (Willow or Alder), one perhaps a Least, and many left as Empidonax species. There were Great-crested Flycatchers as well. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were difficult to miss. White-eyed and Red-eyed Vireos were seen., as were a Yellow-billed Cuckoo or two. Orchard Orioles were somewhat scarce for a species that breed in Sabine Woods.After the quite heavy rain before 8:30 Saturday morning, there was a little water in the main slough. The mosquitoes were tolerable, but the humidity was high. The winds were from the south, and the forecast is for another front to stall near the coast with southerly winds continuing. This may dissuade any birds from setting out south across the Gulf for several days.
Elsewhere along the coast, there were several Common Nighthawks along Highway 87 and along Clam Lake Road in McFaddin NWR. There were also Eastern Kingfishers in good numbers, well in excess of any that may have nested in the areas.
John A. Whittle