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Warbler fallout -- 187+ individuals

Posted by: Jim Williams under Bird migration Updated: May 10, 2013 - 9:39 AM

 From one observation point on a short nine-hole golf course this morning (Friday) I counted 120 warblers. Moving twice to get views around and over nearby small hills, trying to avoid counting any bird twice, I add 74 more birds. They were foraging in the fairway grass. I am certain I didn’t count them all. The birds were spread over approximately four acres. Most were Yellow-rumped. There were about 40 Palm Warblers, and two Yellow Warblers. I could find no other species. Unfortunately, the golf course is private, access limited. I was there because I tend the nest boxes on the course. A fallout, should you not know, is a concentration of birds observed while taking a break from migration. They could be feeding and resting or be grounded by bad weather. The photos are lousy, but offer an idea of the concentration of some of these birds. There are 20 birds in the first photo.

 

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