Tuesday, April 7, 2009

More snow

This Sandhill Crane decided that snow or no snow - today was the time to migrate across Whitefish Point. Most other migrants were wiser than that, and stayed put. A Merlin was seen hunting Snow Buntings on the beach, and a Bald Eagle cruised low over the harbor. No other raptors were seen, and I'm guessing a good many of them didn't even leave their perch today.

Looking at the rest of the week, the weather forecast offers little to cling to. After Wednesday, a ridge of high pressure will develop, with drier air and sunnier conditions for the UP, but still no south winds, and no substantial warming trend. Consequently, strong hawk migration is not to be expected, although we are now entering that part of the season in which most days should see at least some hawk movement.

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