[CT Birds] Wither NY Cave Swallows?

David Provencher davidprovencher at sbcglobal.net
Fri Nov 13 18:17:52 EST 2009

Well as far as I can tell there has been no further sightings in the
northeast of the NY Cave Swallows seen on the ninth. The weather will
provide us another hope for them on Sunday and Monday when the winds back to
north or northwest. Did you ever wonder what "backing" and "veering" mean
with regards to wind? A "backing" wind is one whose source direction swings
counter-clockwise and a "veering" wing is one whose source direction swings
in a clock-wise direction. These definitions are sometimes reversed in the
southern hemisphere. There's your trivia for the day. Anyway, as Nick
reminded us, and Greg demonstrated, November is a great rarities month.
While not in the nearby category, a Phainopepla has shown up in Ontario
(possible escape but very possibly natural occurrence) and that is as good
an example as one can give. 


Dave Provencher

Naturally New England



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