User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


63° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Weather Impacts Bird Migration

September 30, 2012, 5:33 PM by Ben Cathey

Weather Impacts Bird Migration

You hear them wherever you go, whether it's in the city or in the wide open spaces of KELOLAND, birds are heading south and they want a tailwind. 

They're currently getting that tailwind with a low pressure system north of the Great Lakes. That draws light winds heading south into KELOLAND. Migrating geese and ducks that called the Canadian prairie home also use this quiet and clear pattern as a chance to move south. 

But cold fronts early next week will create turbulence and southerly winds which will hit the birds in flight head on. As a result, we could see events called fallouts, where thousands of tired birds take a rest in grasslands and parks. Though we see high numbers of Canada Goose and sparrows for most of the year, sightings of birds like robins, wrens and warblers tend to decrease this time of year.

This migration also coincides with hunting seasons. Sage Grouse season ended Thursday and pheasant season opens on October 20 (Sharptail Grouse season also continues).  Birds favoring marshy areas could be flushed out to other spots. But for bird-watching, Fort Pierre National Grassland and river valleys are still promising.

The drought could push waterfowl away from KELOLAND.  These birds prefer wetlands and higher water for nesting.  Although earlier duck were very high, that was caused by flooding in previous years. 
 

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View weather

You may also like

Explaining El Nino

10/20/2014 5:33 PM

El Nino sometimes gets a lot of attention in the forecast, but do you know much about it?

Full Story | Watch
Examining El Niños Of The Past

10/21/2014 5:21 PM

The four El Niño's we'll look more closely are the two strong El Niño's from the 1980s, one from the late 1990s and one from...

Full Story | Watch
Storm Center Update- Wednesday AM

10/22/2014 6:04 AM

Areas of rain will continue to expand across KELOLAND today as a trough of low pressure tracks to the east.

Full Story
Storm Center Update- Thursday AM

10/23/2014 7:19 AM

Much of southeastern KELOLAND is dealing with fog this morning, but sunny skies are forecast for the afternoon. 

Full Story
Storm Center Update - Sunday PM

10/19/2014 3:54 PM

above average temps will continue

Full Story


Events