Slow days on the straits

I can’t seem to catch a break with the weather lately. Persistent rain, fog, and northern winds have reduced migration to a slow trickle. Over the past few days I’ve observed many birds moving south as a sort of “exodus” from the UP. Despite the weather, I’m still seeing interesting things!

The first Spotted Sandpipers of the year have shown up on the shores of McGulpin, and the diversity of warblers, sparrows, and swallows slowly increases. Common Loon movement seems to be tapering off, but this varies day to day. A stray Dickcissel at Graham was a pleasant surprise a few days ago! Fortunately, the forecast for the remainder of the count seems more favorable for waterbird movement. Fingers crossed for a Red-throated Loon or two!

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