Posted by: Dan | March 14, 2007

Spring Migration Is Under Way

While blogging is slow this week, I would be seriously remiss not to remind everyone that animals are on the move – so keep your eyes open! Mike and Tom have more musings.

While I’ve been otherwise occupied with actual ‘work,’ there are some rumors that I’ve heard, of birds being seen around Ithaca…

At Sapsucker Woods, Red-winged Blackbirds, Grackles, Pipits, Ravens, Robins, and Geese (including a few flocks of 500-1000 Snow Geese) are clearly on the move. Raptors too – Golden and Bald Eagles, Red-shouldered Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks, an occaisional Goshawk or Peregrine, Sandhill Cranes… and still more!

Some of the nocturnal migrants can be seen on Doppler radar at NOAA.

The sounds of spring birds are loud and clear also, complete with Cardinals brightening up my mornings.

UPDATE: Plenty of new visitors this Friday (3/16) morning, too: White-throated Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, and the first two Song Sparrows of the year. Also, the Tree Sparrows are still around.



  1. Thanks for the link! Just love seeing the birds moving through right now! I have checked doppler a few times but use weather underground mapping system.

  2. Yup, I’ve migrated a couple hundred miles already.


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