Do you ever wonder what migrant birds will be arriving soon in your local birding spots? Throughout the spring we’ll be featuring the BirdCast migration forecasts weekly to keep you up to date with what’s on deck for migration. The BirdCast forecasts highlight migrant species that you can expect to see in each of the regions covered: Upper Midwest and Northeast; Gulf Coast and Southeast; Great Plains; and West. All of these forecasts are generated with your eBird data, and wouldn’t be possible without eBirders like you! Although these forecasts are currently just for the continental US, as we get more sightings from the rest of the world we’ll be able to bring BirdCast to more parts of the world—here’s a recent analysis of some UK migration. Read more to see what’s happening across the US this week.
Widespread light to moderate movements that feature Forster’s Tern, Vaux’s Swift, Bank Swallow, Wilson’s Warbler, Hermit Warbler, and Lazuli Bunting come to the West to begin and end the period, while the East experiences a series of moderate to heavy flights of Broad-winged Hawk, Sora, Semipalmated Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Wilson’s Phalarope, Eastern Wood-Pewee, White-eyed Vireo, and Prothonotary Warbler in advance of a slow moving frontal boundary. Tuesday and Wednesday will have the best potential for fallouts and concentrations along the western Gulf Coast.