The ideal conditions that were forecast for Saturday the 15th, for the most part were correct but historically only 11% of the Broadwings pass through by that date. Although 400 BWs were counted at LEMP, probably a couple of thousand were observed a the Pt. Mouillee Headquarters by a group of birders that included Jeff Schultz, Scott Jennex, Mary Trombley, John Lowry and author, icon Kenn Kaufman.
If you ever wonder if you're at the right location to observe a Broadwing migration, look around and if you see Jeff Schultz, you know you're there. Jeff is like a hawk-whisperer with a knack for getting to the best location for intercepting flight lines.
|a few Broadwings in a small kettle|
|BWs late in the afternoon at LEMP|
|One of several Bald Eagles that passed by the Pt. Moo HQ|
|Flock of Lesser Yellowlegs|
Birder: "there goes a Palm Warbler"
Kenn Kaufman: "They used to be known for landing on people's hands, that's why they call them Palm Warblers"
Several birders: "Really!?!"
Ken Kaufman(just sly laughter).