2. Migrating Songbirds
We may not associate songbirds with the gulf shore, but migratory songbirds–warblers, orioles, buntings, flycatchers, swallows, hummingbirds and others–fly across the Gulf from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and rest and feed in the spill area. The non-stop journey across 500 miles of open water tests their endurance to its limits, and they rely on clear skies and healthy habitats on both sides of the Gulf in order to survive their journey.
The next two weeks mark the height of their migration as they travel north from Central and South America to breed in North America. Aside from needing healthy habitats for rest and food, the smoke from controlled burns to mitigate the oil spill could affect the migration.