Eclipse Birding 2017-08-21

Here's what the solar eclipse was like in Austin today (courtesy of timeanddate.com):

Local Type: Partial Solar Eclipse, in Austin
Begins: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 11:41 am
Maximum: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 1:10 pm 0.72 Magnitude
Ends: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 2:39 pm
Duration: 2 hours, 58 minutes

As suggested by eBird, I recorded a few stationary bird checklists during this time as I watched the progress of the eclipse:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38749278
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38749948
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38750314
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38750544
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38750709

Since we didn't get total eclipse coverage in Austin, I did not observe any obvious reactions by the birds to the event. I think they only thing that might have been relevant was that it was a little cooler as more of the sun was covered.

But a few fun bird observations included south-bound swallows (a few I was able to recognize as Cliff Swallows but others were too high and fast for me to identify), a single Mississippi Kite soaring and drifting north, and two Yellow Warblers in my neighbor's live oak tree.

Eclipse 2017 - 2

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, August 21, 2017 21:29

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Cool.. Wish we had a 'Like' button in inatuarlist.

Posted by butterflies4fun about 2 years ago (Flag)

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