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Friday, April 17, 2015

Flyover Land in FL, Migrants heading to TX

 Cape May Warbler

 Tennessee Warbler

 Worm-eating Warbler

 Indigo Bunting males

 Blackburnian Warbler

Black-billed Cuckoo, not usually seen here

Down here in SW FL we are in flyover land, since good weather and southerly winds give neotropical migrant birds no reason to land and linger here. Many birds are flooding into the upper Gulf Coast and TX and, due to some of the storms and rain there, some of the birds are landing, giving birders in places like High Island, TX some nice views. Above are some of the photos taken at the Sanibel Lighthouse Park, Sanibel, FL, last April when weather conditions favored more birds landing here. Good weather is good for the birds, not so much for birders. Next week, if there are some storms and northerly winds some migrants may stop at Sanibel Lighthouse and other SW FL migrant traps, to rest and refuel. Maybe then we will see more birds. Meanwhile, we are glad for the bird that have the good weather that speed them to their northern breeding grounds.

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