This is a happy season for the birder who welco~es back old friends who are easy to find, in bright colors and singing loudly. But this year some of this pleasure was dulled by some blank spaces on our lists, for some days afield and some counts revealed that some species were in real short supply, some abundant birds even were reduced to common or uncommon. The weather apparently was responsible for most of this – certainly it was severe enough! (See winter account above.) About March 7 the weather changed and we began to receive a lot of strong southerly winds so that March averaged over 4 degrees above the daily mean and April and May about 2 degrees. March and April had more than 2 inches above normal precipitation, but May was about normal. On the coast, there has been little measurable precipitation since late March, and at present (late June) it is close to drought conditions. Very few significant cold fronts have crossed the coast since early March.
Author: Thomas A. Imhof
Volume Number: 25 Year Published: 1977
Issue Number: 1-2
Page Number: 15
Link to article: http://birdlife.aosbirds.org/1977/Vol 25 No. 1, 2_1977_p15-18.pdf
Link to the full issue of BirdLife: http://birdlife.aosbirds.org/1977/Vol 25 No. 1, 2_1977.pdf