Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Couturie this afternoon

Prompted by various reports of migrants accumulating in City Park along the Couturie nature trails during the day, I stopped by for 20-30 minutes in the early afternoon.

I only scratched the surface of the area, but ran into a fine selection of birds and other birders- I can remember the day when running into birders in such numbers in New Orleans was much rarer.  A fine trend!

I spent most of my time with a single flock that was focused on some mature Live Oaks a few hundred yards in:

1 Eastern Wood-Pewee

2 Yellow-throated Vireo
2 Red-eyed Vireo

3 Tennessee Warbler (one male, two female)
2 Bay-breasted Warbler (male and female)
2 Baltimore Oriole (both male)
1 Blackburnian Warbler (male)
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler (male)
1 Magnolia Warbler (male)
1 Yellow Warbler (male)
1 Black-throated Green Warbler (male)
1 Prothonotary Warbler (female)

2 Baltimore Oriole

I also had a scattering of other migrants elsewhere on the walk in and out, and other observers during the day reported Blackpoll and Cape May Warblers, among others.

The birds will probably depart tonight, unless more rain moves in by nightfall, or north winds arrive by then (the front approaches, but looks like it will arrive too late to deter departure)


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