More than 700,000 migratory warblers over nine hours

7 Jun

There are good days birding, and then there are those spectacular days when you see hundeds of thousands of migrating warblers. Wait, you haven’t had one of those?

Well, earlier this week, six birders experienced exactly that, and their account, detailed in an absolutely bonkers eBird checklist, has the whole bird world abuzz. According to the report, early Monday morning the six birders arrived at the Tadoussac dunes, a popular birding destination in Quebec, Canada, hoping to see migrating warblers during their morning flight—a phenomenon that occurs when birds pushed off their typical migration pattern during the night reorient themselves at first light. With strong southwesterly winds the night before, the team was hopeful to see birds heading southward to correct their routes. Nine hours later, they ended up having a historic day.

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