Migration is Slow [Skywatch Friday]

This week’s Skywatch was supposed to have a bird in flight. It was supposed to have a neotropical migrant in flight. Unfortunately, migration has been a bit stagnant. Other than the hordes of Swainson’s Thrushes and sprinkling of American Redstarts in our backyard, things have been slow.

Instead, enjoy this scene from the countryside of Illinois. Yes, Illinois can be flat and full of corn (and soybean) fields, but often the sky stretches for what seems like an eternity.

Illinois Sky

15 thoughts on “Migration is Slow [Skywatch Friday]

  1. Looks good to me! I guess Ike had something to do with everything being a little out of whack. Was even felt in Canada, so I heard…
    Cheers, Klaus

  2. Lovely landscape pic with wild flower at the foreground, leafless trees in the middle and cloudy backgroud. Friday mood.

  3. A beautiful view…
    I notice this week that we still had both House Martins and Sand Martins flying around feeding…. the swallows and swifts seem to have move on from around here…. I have heard and seen geese flying over, another thing which I noticed last week was that the ‘tits’ are grouping for winter now…. we normally see this later in the year but last week I saw ‘Great, Blue, Coal and Long Tailed Tits flirting in the tree tops and moving fron tree to tree in groups of around 20-30 birds. Starlings are more in number as well now.

  4. Ooh, this is gorgeous. We can wait for the birds in flight in exchange for this. Although the birds will be stunning too, I’m sure. I love the detail and clarity of this photo. Great SWF post!

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