Fall 2016 Week 2 Update


Northern Parula

Our second week of fall monitoring was quite interesting compared to the first week.  Based on number of birds found (table 1.), number of species found (9), and how birds were spaced out throughout the week (table 2.), and the downtown area (table 3.).  Last week a total of 36 birds were found while this week less than half of that (14) were found in and around the downtown area.  Cornell Lab of Ornithology BirdCast had forecast that this past week would see an increase in movement of warbler, thrush, and vireo species moving through our area.  Interestingly we found our first Northern Parula, Red-eyed Vireo, and Swainson’s Thrush for the fall season.


Table 1.) Total species collected between September 12th and 19th

Swainson's_thrushSwainson’s Thrush


Table 2.) Number of birds found on each day of the past week.


Tennessee Warbler


Table 3.) Number of birds found in each of the routes covered over the past week.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology BirdCast has forecast that migration will continue to slow this week as unfavorable conditions from this weekend continue through the week..  Make sure to keep a watch for next weeks update to see how the birds fare as migration begins to pick up.

Keep an eye on our website and our Facebook page for continued updates throughout the fall season.  For information on how to get involved or volunteer, email birdsafepgh@gmail.com for more info.  Make sure to follow us on Instagram (@birdsafepgh) and Twitter (@birdsafePGH) as well!

Dead birds are taken to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and become specimens in the Section of Birds.

Live birds are transported to the Animal Rescue League’s Wildlife Center for rehabilitation and release.

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