May Passerines

While the daytime winds have been northerly, the nocturnal southerly winds have brought spring migration to the Keweenaw with new passerines present every morning (since the 13th that is, before that it was extremely slow and cold).

Notables include 15 species of warbler, Cliff Swallow, Loggerhead Shrike (5/16-17, eating a snake in the photos below! First local record since 2016), Northern Mockingbird (5/13), 65 Chipping Sparrows (5/13), Clay-colored Sparrows, Lark Sparrow (5/15), Le Conte’s Sparrows, Harris’s Sparrow, Smith’s Longspur (5/15, flyover), Rusty Blackbird, and Western Meadowlark. Additionally Common Redpolls, Evening Grosbeaks, and Bohemian Waxwings continue to be present locally along with many Pine Siskins and Purple Finches.