Golden Triangle Audubon Bird Alert -- April 2, 2009
Following on Tuesday's flight, arrivals at Sabine Woods on Wednesday (April 1) included large numbers of Hooded Warblers, with Worm-eating and Blue-winged also reported to be in good numbers.
On Thursday (April 2) the cold front passed through around noon, and swept rapidly into the Gulf, with no residual showers visible on radar south of the coast, but strong westerly winds as the front moved SE or ESE. Again, in mid afternoon, fairly good numbers of migrants began arriving. The flight was noteworthy as much for its variety of species as for the numbers. Seventeen species of warbler were recorded at Sabine Woods during the day. They were
Nashville (apparently three different birds – unusual species at Sabine Woods in the spring --must be the westerly winds),
Northern Parula (quite numerous),
Yellow-throated Warbler (only one),
Black-and-white warbler (quite a few),
Prothonotary (a male and a female in the green underbrush near the highway on the west side), Worm-eating (at least three),
Swainson's (one bird that popped up in the southwestern corner),
Louisiana Waterthrush (only one?)
Hooded (many, including a lot of females).
Vireos included a Blue-headed, numerous White-eyed, and at least two Warbling. One male Summer Tanager was seen, an a few Indigo Buntings. Only a very few Orchard Orioles were noted. The Ash-throated Flycatcher that has been present for about two weeks now was more cooperative than usual (meaning the undersigned finally saw it!) and there were two or three Great Crested Flycatchers.
The next front is due Sunday. The long range models all point to it crossing the Upper Texas Coast during the morning Sunday (7 a.m. to 10 a.m.) with little precipitation, but temperature wise it is a strong front. The bulk of the energy is forecast to pass well north of us, and the winds here to be moderate. (Disclaimer: weather forecasting, particularly three days out, is not an exact science).
John A. Whittle