It’s the peak of migration and it didn’t disappoint.
I ran three times a week (save one missed run due to a head cold) and I added a new species on nearly every run. I had a year-high of 37 species detected on one seven mile run around the Tidal Basin and the pond at Constitution Gardens including six new for the year: WILLOW and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BAY-BREASTED and PRAIRIE WARBLERS.
The pond at Constitution Gardens — near the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall — was a favorite destination for me during migration, especially the trees along the southern shore. I found CAPE MAY and PALM WARBLERS on 5/1; COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BLACKPOLL and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS on 5/7; WILLOW FLYCATCHER, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, BAY-BREASTED and PRAIRIE WARBLERS on 5/14; and GREAT EGRET, AMERICAN REDSTART and MAGNOLIA WARBLER on 5/16.
The biggest highlight was a run in the desert of Scottsdale, Arizona where I added 14 new species for the year. After two nights of a bachelor party where optimal sleep and nutrition were not achieved, I extracted myself out of bed after five hours of sleep and ran six miles in 85+ degree heat knowing that I couldn’t give up the opportunity to add some desert species to my yearly list. From HARRIS’S HAWK to LUCY’S WARBLER, it proved to be a great decision.
At the end of the month, I had tallied 80.6 miles and 37 new species.
Now begins the “summer lull” where bird activity wanes and the infamous heat and humidity of Washington D.C. continues to build.
2018 “RUNNING LIST” – By the Numbers
Number of runs: 56
Total Mileage: 375.17
Total Species: 135
Avg Mileage: 6.7
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Blue Heron
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler