[Tweeters] Watching the moon to watch birds

Joshua Glant josh.n.glant at gmail.com
Sat May 2 21:44:52 PDT 2015

Good evening Tweets,

The moon sure is pretty tonight, with no clouds to obscure its fully shining face. On nights like these, in spring or fall, it's great to do some moon-watching. Why? Well, every night in migration, thousands of migrating birds of all sizes and shapes, from warblers
to flycatchers to cuckoos (unfortunately not here in WA) pass over us the night sky, a feathered river in the darkness.

You probably already knew that. But have you ever watched the moon for the silhouette of a passing bird? Or heard the chirps and chips of warblers and thrushes among the stars?

I haven't had any luck yet, but I'm hoping that other Tweeters might! Nocturnal migration is thrilling to me.

Oh, and don't forget to check the base reflectivity radar for an incredible display of migration over Puget Sound:


If there's no rain on the radar, then everything you see is birds. So many birds! It's stunning.

One more thing: if you've ever had a personal experience with nocturnal migration, I'd love to hear about it!

Good birding (and good luck), Joshua Glant

Mercer Island, WA

Josh.n.glant at gmail.com

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