White-rump, light migration tonight, etc.

Had my first White-rumped Sand at Milford Point this evening. It was great to see several hundred shorebirds roosting there...couldn't have come soon enough.

This crummy shot is all I could manage with today's White-rumped Sandpiper.

Birding in the region has been very good over the past few days, ever since Wednesday night's migrants were downed by the weather. The birds haven't left yet, although some are on their way out as we speak. The radar is showing a light migration out of the area, and probably very little replacing it.

I'm hoping that very little leaves tonight because I plan on walking the Maltby Lakes tomorrow morning. These are a few small lakes surrounded by pines and spruces. I've wanted to walk there in search of Cape Mays for a few years now, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Now that these migrants have been in the area for a few days, a local Cape May may have found those spruces. Or so I hope.

The upcoming weather pattern is an interesting one. Right now they're calling for strong E/NE winds from Sunday afternoon through Tuesday, with rain on Monday. Sounds like shorebirding and sound-watching will be the way to go. Maybe someone will turn up some Black Terns or a Red-necked Phalarope. After that, it looks to clear with lighter east winds for a few days. That wouldn't bode well for our passerine migration, as birds tend to move around us to the west. But we'll see what happens.



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