Friday, October 4, 2013

Another search for the Lazuli Bunting and some tropical activity

Dawn at the honeypot, Oct 4, 2013
With only a little time this morning I made a quick run through the Honeypot in an unsuccessful attempt to catch up with the Lazuli Bunting again and try to get some photos.   There were still a few Indigo Buntings around so perhaps the Lazuli is also still around. It was very early and I only covered a small area so I’m really not surprised I didn’t find it.  Lots of sparrows around including four Lincoln’s Sparrows and half a dozen White crowned Sparrows plus other more typical species.  Also had a flyby American Woodcock at first light and three Black Ducks heading toward the river.

The tropics have picked up slightly in activity with the formation last week of TS Jerry way out in the Atlantic and the recent formation of TS Karen in the Gulf of Mexico.  The storm is forecast to remain a strong tropical storm as it moves north and landfalls near Alabama/Mississippi.  It will approach hurricane strength but is not suppose to exceed it at this point.  The storm will continue to move northeast after landfall and get absorbed by another system and likely bring some rain to the northeast by early next week.  No real chance for any major impact here but the heavy rain could force some birds down depending on timing and other factors. 

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