The forecast is …

… for early killdeers, a strong turkey-vulture front and a scattering of sparrows.
What, you thought I was talking about a snowstorm?
No, indeed. I’m looking at “birdcast,” a collaboration of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It’s actually related to the weather, because it uses weather patterns to give a hint of what might be expected in the way of spring bird migration.
It’s posted on the Internet sporadically, as conditions warrant.
Here’s an excerpt from the most recent post I found, from Friday:
“Many hawks are on the move already in late February and March, and with conditions like these, the Great Lakes hawkwatches (e.g., Hawk Ridge … Braddock Bay, Derby Hill and others) are apt to do quite well, depending on the daytime winds at each site. Many rough-legged hawks (and possibly a few snowy owls) will use this weather to move northward, along with golden and bald eagles and red-tailed hawks. Northern goshawks could be on the move through the Great Lakes region.”
Keep in mind, this was an overview published on Friday. It’s safe to say that if the expected snowstorm materializes over the next 24 hours in the Northland, all birds in this region will be staying put.
The link to birdcast? It’s here:

Your bird stories and pictures cheerfully received at: jlundy@duluthnews.com.

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