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Spring Migration 2013

Grand Isle had the most spectacular fallout on April 14, 2013 that I have seen in years. One small group of birders logged 75 species in the first hour of birding, including 27 warblers. There were so many birds that I couldn't decide where to focus.
Many more to come.
As a photographer my birding is much slower. Carrying my tripod and my equipment and stopping to concentrate on a single bird until I can capture a good pose in the open significantly impacts the number of birds I see.

April 24, 2013
Massive, epic, cosmic...words posters used to describe the fallout on the southern Louisiana coast yesterday. Breland and I spent 15 hours in the rain, retreating to the car only during the worst thunderstorms. I saw more birds in a single day than I have seen in some years. Over 200 green herons led the parade when the storms paused, followed by hundreds of grey catbirds. Then the real show began. Warblers, thrushes, buntings, tanagers all in glorious color and moving through the trees.

Eighteen varieties of warblers in a single day...Magnolia, chestnut-sided, yellow, prothonotary, American redstart, Northern waterthrush, hooded, black-throated green, yellow throated, black and white, blackburnian, ovenbird, worm-eating, blue-winged, Kentucky, Northern Parula, palm, and blackpoll.

While it was a bird-watchers' dream it was not a good day for photography. Even after the rain ended the woods were dark and water from the trees rained down with every breeze. I didn't get many photos and most were in low light but it was a wonderful day.

May 4, 2012 Numerous thrushes..Veery, swainsons. Warblers: redstart, magnolia, ovenbird, northern waterthrush, yellow, yellow-throated green, chestnut-sided, blackburnian, black and white, common yellowthroat.
Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
t9%2f43%2f397443%2f4%2f150539713.Kk8JQ6xV.jpg Female Redstart
Female Redstart
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Another Yellow Warbler
Another Yellow Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Common Yellowthroat
Common Redstart
Common Redstart
Ovenbird
Ovenbird
Yellow-billed Cuckoo with Breakfast
Yellow-billed Cuckoo with Breakfast
Black and White Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Summer Tanager
Summer Tanager
Cerulean Warbler 2
Cerulean Warbler 2
Grey Catbird
Grey Catbird
Wood Thrush 2
Wood Thrush 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler 4
Chestnut-sided Warbler 4
Northern Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Veery
Veery
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Eastern Wood Peewee
Eastern Wood Peewee
American Redstart
American Redstart
Western Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Hooded Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Orchard Oriole
Orchard Oriole
Blue-Winged Warbler
Blue-Winged Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Wood Thrush
Wood Thrush
Scarlet Tanagers
Scarlet Tanagers
Scarlet Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Upside Down Black and White
Upside Down Black and White
Cerulean Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Red-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Worm-eating Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
t2%2f43%2f397443%2f4%2f149753941.aB3qUqdI.jpg Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting
t2%2f43%2f397443%2f4%2f149754281.nSUhkBbg.jpg t2%2f43%2f397443%2f4%2f149754282.6XoWv3be.jpg Red Headed Woodpecker
Red Headed Woodpecker
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Scarlet Tanager in Mulberries
Scarlet Tanager in Mulberries
Scarlet Tanager Reaching with Tongue
Scarlet Tanager Reaching with Tongue
Yellow-throated Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blackburnian Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Hooded Warbler with Caterpillar
Hooded Warbler with Caterpillar
Orchard Oriole with Many Berries
Orchard Oriole with Many Berries
Veery
Veery
t2%2f43%2f397443%2f4%2f149825680.5FEW6PML.jpg Female Redstart
Female Redstart
Female Summer Tanager
Female Summer Tanager