[birding] Nocturnal migrants and the full moon

Lisa Millbank millbank.lisa at gmail.com
Mon Sep 24 20:52:37 PDT 2018

During spring & fall migration, it's interesting to think of all of the
birds flying overhead during the night.  A lot of people like to listen for
Swainson's Thrushes and maybe other species, but it's kind of a thrill to
actually see them.  You can spot their silhouettes against the moon if you
have a scope and you don't mind staring at the moon for 5-15 minutes.  Just
put your scope on the moon and wait, and eventually, you'll get a fleeting
glimpse of a bird.  Moths and other bugs are a possibility, but the direct
flight and shape of the birds are usually pretty obvious.

We've seen a few southbound birds so far tonight.  Here's a video from a
few years ago: https://youtu.be/Ic2xQYs-kJI

Lisa Millbank

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