Spring Sightings (March – May 2001)

Published in 2001

After wonderful fall and winter seasons marked by outstanding vagrants, the spring migration can only be described as one of the dullest in recent memory. Along the Alabama coast and in the WP, the drought of the past two years continued. March was beset by colder than usual weather, undoubtedly causing a delay in migration, then high pressure settled off the Atlantic Coast and gave us east or southeast winds all season. There were essentially no fallouts this season. The east winds treated us to species that normally migrate to the east of the area, such as Cape May, Blackpoll, and Black-throated Blue warblers, but this hardly made up for the near absence of all thrushes except Wood, Baltimore Orioles, and Chestnut-sided Warblers. Even the usually ubiquitous Indigo Bunting was an uncommon sight.

Author: Paul D. Kittle, Greg D. Jackson, and Robert A. Duncan
Volume Number: 47 Year Published: 2001
Issue Number: 2
Page Number: 57

Link to article: http://birdlife.aosbirds.org/2001/Vol 47 No 2 2001_57-68.pdf
Link to the full issue of BirdLife: http://birdlife.aosbirds.org/2001/Vol 47 No 2 2001.pdf