May 14, 2021 – An Unexpectedly Spectacular Day

The weather conditions didn’t look great for a large fallout of birds on May 14, but that’s exactly what happened. I ended up with 98 species in 3.5 hours of birding, and about 130 were reported to eBird by all observers. This is about as good as it gets for Montrose. I had so many personal first of season sightings I lost track. We suffer through January and February for days like this. My highlights include

American Woodcock (late)
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Clay-colored Sparrow
Yellow-breasted Chat
Orchard Oriole
22 species of warblers; best were Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue, Pine, Golden-winged

Throw in tons of White-crowned Sparrows, scads of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Gray Catbirds, and 3 or 4 male Scarlet Tanagers and you shouldn’t ever complain about anything again. Link to my eBird checklist for the morning below.

eBird Checklist
May 14, 2021