Yet when I see them flying overhead, it makes me think anything is possible. First, we have birds that are storm-tossed. Every time I see a bird that has spent the summer in the far reaches of the north or stayed the winter in South America, I feel as if I’m witnessing a small miracle. Fall migration was over too soon this year. To some birders, September and October are the best months for birding at Cape May, when migrating and resident songbirds, shorebirds, raptors, waders and seabirds add to the excitement of birding in this relatively small area. Members of this diverse group make up more than half of the bird species worldwide. The number of fall records is far greater than in other autumns in my memory. They must migrate to survive. Search. Journalist. Many of our migratory warblers seem to lead double lives, and the Cape May is a good example. Male Cape May Warbler – in May Male Cape May Warbler – in September In summer it eats insects, but during migration and winter it varies its diet with nectar from flowers and with juice that it obtains by piercing fruit. Eventually these birds do head south for the winter. Two common passage migrants in the fall are the Cape May Warbler and Fox Sparrow. Amateur photographer. Reverse migration may explain the appearance of southern or western birds in the northeast, far from their typical geographic range. Post-breeding dispersal seems the likeliest explanation but we can’t know for sure. The fall migration is a time of loss for us. Cape May Warbler (Dendroica tigrina). 1998. At times, memories of the farm fields of northern Ohio and the mountains of western Pennsylvania tug at my heart and would no doubt draw me there if I could open my arms and take flight. Oregon has 10 records, about evenly divided between spring and fall; three are from along the coast and the others from east of the Cascades. The fall trip offers the highlight of hawk migration - hundreds of raptors can be seen when conditions are right - while more warblers are expected during the spring trip. Since land birds are not typically storm-tossed, post-breeding dispersal in a big way or reverse migration are possible explanations. Voice: The song is a simple repetition of 4 to 7 very high thin seet seet seet seet notes. On September 15, a Swallow-tailed Kite was seen in Dennysville in eastern Washington County. Due to the remote areas where this bird breeds and the difficulty in finding nests, many aspects of its breeding behavior are still unknown. Status in Tennessee: Fairly common migrant in East Tennessee and a very rare winter visitor. For some people, it is the songs they sing or the color of their feathers, or their behavior. According to Richard Crossley, an internationally acclaimed birder and photographer residing in Cape May, September is the peak of bird migration. Storyteller. Other plumages are duller; consult a field guide for the fine points of separating these from similar plumages of some of the other Dendroica warblers.The Cape May Warbler breeds in the boreal forests of Canada as well as in northernmost New England and the upper Midwest, and winters in the West Indies and along the Caribbean coast south to Honduras. By Herb Wilson This is the time of year to enjoy the spectacle of raptor migration. Breeds in boreal forest of far northern U.S. and Canada. – Dylan The explanation for these movements in the “wrong” direction are unclear. October 31, 2019 We bid farewell to our Eastern Phoebes as they head to Florida, our Ruby-throated Hummingbirds as they depart for Costa Rica and even Monarch butterflies as they begin to wing their way to the highlands of Mexico. Among the dazzling cohort of spring warblers, the first Cape May Warbler to arrive is a balm: its mossy green back, tiger-striped breast, and chestnut cheek patch make it unlike any other warbler. Habitat: During migration, found in woodland and woodland edges. It summers in northern spruce woods, but winters in the Caribbean, where it is often seen in palm trees. This species belongs to the thrush family and they breed in western North America. The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA. Robinson J. C. 1990. It always seems that way, but especially in 2020 with its nerve-wracking political landscape and the alarming spread of COVID-19. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. During this season, changes in the weather can bring fallouts, which mean a great number of birds can be found throughout the area, building fat reserves to help them with their continued southward migration. Some quite radical differences, you can see a bit of what Peterson was getting at. Sometimes I find myself whispering “Godspeed” as they fly overhead. The adult male in breeding plumage is brightly and distinctively patterned, with olive back, yellow rump, strongly streaked yellow breast, bold white wing patch, and yellow neck and face with chestnut around and behind the eye. Some ornithologists have suggested that these birds are prospecting for new and better nesting areas for use in future years. Fall Migration and Other Movements of Maine Birds, Variation in Clutch Size Within and Between Species, The Pace of Climate Change and other Natural Phenomena. You gotta love it! Migration is what keeps me interested in birds. The Palm Warbler is a fairly common migrant in East Tennessee; in Middle and West Tennessee it is uncommon in spring and rare in fall. The Cape May Warbler is usually present in the state from late April to mid-May and then again from mid-September to mid-October. Of course, fall does offer us the chance to see birds that neither breed nor winter in Maine. Thousands of birds die every year as they travel back and forth. It’s the same urge that pushed me on to New York and Pennsylvania and West Virginia and finally to North Carolina. I saw one of the first fall migrants — a solitary sandpiper — in August. There are only six accepted state records of this species, mostly from southern Maine. A Townsend’s Solitaire appeared on Monhegan Island on October 5.. During the breeding season, the species lives remote from most human observers, in northern spruce-fir forests, where its nesting success is tied to its chief food, the spruce budworm caterpillar. Pricing:  $1,990 USD, or £1,450 for 6 Days and 5 Nights, Group Size: Price is based on a group size of 6 to 8 participants. 2000. Sibley, D. A. This unmistakable bird, mostly white with black on the back, wings and the forked tail, was gone the following day but local non-birders had apparently seen it as early as September 7. Brant, Mute Swan, Black Scoter, Clapper Rail, American Oystercatcher, Black-bellied Plover, Piping Plover, Parasitic Jaeger, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, Forster's Tern, Royal Tern, Least Bittern, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Glossy Ibis, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Bald Eagle, Broad-winged Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Fish Crow, Seaside Sparrow, Saltmarsh Sparrow, Bobolink, Boat-tailed Grackle, Northern Waterthrush, American Redstart, Cape May Warbler, Northern Parula, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler and Scarlet Tanager. Two common passage migrants in the fall are the Cape May Warbler and Fox Sparrow. Weight: 0.36 oz. Interestingly, it was not recorded again in Cape May for more than 100 years. Let’s review some of them and try to understand why these vagrants appeared in Maine. (Females and juveniles … On the other hand, the next two, below, are also Cape May Warblers, both adult males, one in spring, the other in fall. Come fall, I long for the snow-covered landscape of my childhood. It is curled and semitubular, and is used to collect nectar during winter. Cape May warbler, Greensboro, N.C. Fall migration was over too soon this year. Dynamic map of Cape May Warbler eBird observations in Tennessee. It has a larger that average clutch size for a wood-warbler enabling it to take advantage of years when there is a surplus of food. The hawk watch site at Cape May Point State Park offers an excellent location to scan the skies to witness this mass movement of birds. And now for something completely different. The tongue of the Cape May Warbler is unique among warblers. I know that feeling. With so many great individual birding destinations scattered around southeastern New Jersey, you have plenty of choice locations to visit, with short driving distances between them. So, it is easier to find a Cape May Warbler or Fox Sparrow during the fall than it is during the nesting season. This bird breeds in the boreal forest of Canada and the northern United States, where its abundance is largely tied to its favorite food, the spruce budworms (Choristoneura fumiferana). in Migration, Weather. But be prepared to catch a few stragglers in early- and mid-October, too. Migration is a gamble. Warblers that live high in the treetops generally have higher-pitched songs than those that live in the understory. The common name for this bird, Cape May Warbler,  refers to the locality where Alexander Wilson first described the species, Cape May , New Jersey. Cape May warbler, Greensboro, N.C. Fall migration was over too soon this year. Its Latin name, tigrina, is a far more accurate way to describe it, especially the vividly tiger-striped male.