Inspired by Ken Tracey's report form yesterday, I checked the
weather and the Cornell radar overnight and conditions looked
pretty good for a repeat this morning. I went to Green Key (Robert
K. Rees park, Pasco County) at 6:45 AM in hopes that lightning may
strike twice. It did- and how.
Even before the sun rose over the mangroves, I could see a steady
stream of warblers heading east up Green Key Road. When I parked
and got out I was treated to a non-stop flow of warblers that
lasted about 90 minutes. They were still coming in when I left,
although it was down to a trickle. It's been a very long time
since I've seen a flow of warblers like this, and it sure was
quite a treat. Two other birders present and I enjoyed several
hundred warblers alone during the flurry. Once the sun got high
enough in the sky we were able to begin ID'ing them more easily as
they passed by just overhead, or stopped briefly in the mangroves
all around us. A great morning of birding in anyone's book- but
especially for Pasco County.
A link to my eBird report here:
Bayonet Point, FL
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From 6:45am till 7:45am this morning a good flow of warblers flew past the Green key causeway (Funnel) due to the east winds.
A Total 580 were counted with 125 identified, of 13 species;
24 Blackpoll24 American redstart20 Ovenbird14 Black-and-white12 Black-throated Blue11 Northern Parula8 Common Yellowthroat4 Northern Waterthrush3 Palm2 Cape May1 Prairie1 Prothonotary1 Yellow
Also found numerous warblers feeding in the mangroves throughout the peninsula.
Other migrants included 6 + flights of Boboloinks, 13 Gray catbirds, and 12 Barn swallows.
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey