Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wed. 5/21: Kites, Olive-sided Flycatcher, migrants

Here's a run-down of some of the day's highlights:

* There were 2 Mississippi Kites and 1 Swallow-tailed Kite over Higbee Beach WMA this morning between roughly 10am and 11am. There have been no additional sightings of any of these birds.

* An Olive-sided Flycatcher was found at the north end of Nummy Island this evening, and continued through at least 6:30pm. The bird was sitting atop bare trees at the north end of the cedar grove, just south of the free bridge into Stone Harbor. Also at Nummy this evening were 1200+ Red Knots, 40+ Royal Terns, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, a White-winged Scoter and a very late Horned Grebe.

* Before kite-mayhem struck, there were several "quality" migrants at Higbee Beach WMA this morning, including 2 Least Flycatchers, 2 Willow Flycatchers, a Wilson's Warbler and a Warbling Vireo. Also in evidence were multiple Magnolia Warblers, American Redstarts, Bobolinks and a Veery.

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