[CT Birds] Hurricane Irene

martin swanhall mswanhall at earthlink.net
Wed Aug 24 18:58:40 EDT 2011

>From Peter Trull of MASSBIRDS...

If Hurricane Irene hits the Cape Cod with the suggested high force winds, it 
could be devastating to migratory bird populations, especially roseate and 
common terns.  South Beach and Monomoy Is, Chatham and Sandy Neck Barnstable 
are major staging and roosting areas for both species.  Roseate Terns in 
eastern North America, including Falkners Is. and Gt. Gull Is., in CT and NY 
respectively, have also been major areas for these birds to stage during 
post breeding dispersal.  Both are in the path of Irene......
Hurricanes bring exciting observations for us birders, but they have their 
downside related to high avian mortality.
Peter Trull
Brewster, MA
petrull at comcast.net

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