More than 20,000 birds are expected to fly through Montgomery County on both Wednesday and Thursday during this peak migratory season. Between 8,000 and 20,000 birds are expected to fly through here on Friday.
Wednesday and Thursday nights after sunset are considered high density for this area as the birds fly south for the winter, according to Colorado State University and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Some birds fly south this time of year for increased food supply and better places to build their nests.
The Maryland annual fall count of migrating birds takes place Sept. 17 and Sept. 18. Bird watchers throughout the area are expected to get out their binoculars and report what they see.
A good spot to check out hawks during fall migration is Turkey Point at Elk Neck State Park in North East, Maryland.
BirdCast tracks the migrating birds throughout the United States. Just type in a location to get the forecast of migrating birds for that day.
According to Safe Skies Maryland, one billion birds die annually when they collide with a window. That organization recommends everyone place a decoration on less than 10% of a window’s surface to alert the birds. “These efforts reduce collisions by up to 90%,” according to Safe Skies Maryland.
As leaves start to change color and drop🍂🌿🍁, many people across the U.S. and Canada are preparing for fall yard work. With this change in season, migratory birds are already starting their journeys south to Mexico and Central and South America for the winter. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/UvHHCuA8Aj
— Migratory Bird Ctr (@SMBC) September 12, 2022
It’s the season of fall migration! But not all birds fly south—some go up and down mountains or travel locally. Discover the many ways the birds we love migrate with this beautiful interactive illustration. https://t.co/mSLUb0Sc4H
— Audubon Society (@audubonsociety) September 14, 2022