[CT Birds] Stormy weather

Nick Bonomo nbonomo at gmail.com
Fri Sep 11 09:14:44 EDT 2009

Time for the obligatory "east winds" post!

Steady ENE or NE winds have been blowing across LI Sound for the past
day and should continue into tonight or tomorrow morning before
slackening off a bit and turning more northerly. This is a result of a
strong pressure gradient between the High to our north and the Low to
our south. Since it's not a tropical system, the bird possibilities
are less exciting, but this is mid-Sept so many sea/shorebird species
are migrating right now.

This is a nice site to monitor the winds out on the sound:

Right now it's blowing at about 25mph and gusting to 35, according to
those buoys.

If looking for something to do today or tomorrow morning, a
"sound-watch" might be as good an idea as any. Who knows, a jaeger or
two (likely Parasitic) may be pushed into the sound. The further east,
the better (one would assume).

The other possibility would be those species that migrate overland in
small numbers and may be grounded by prolonged stormy weather
(phalaropes, jaegers, Sabine's Gull). Checking inland bodies or water
or flooded farm fields for these species and shorebirds (Hudsonian
Godwit comes to mind) could yield a surprise or two.

Nick Bonomo
Orange, CT

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