[CT Birds] the NEXT hurricane(s)!

Thomas Robben robben99 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 12 12:17:50 EDT 2011

Did you think we were done with hurricanes for the year???

Thanks to all storm-birders for submitting your Irene-bird-reports to BOTH
eBird AND your state ARC avian records committee. Thanks for the direct
email discussions with most of you CT storm-birders this week.
If you have not done that dual data entry, please do it within the next week
or so;  or contact me or Marshall Iliff for assistance doing it.

Our "one-week" hurricane blog (intended to do "real-time"
Florida-to-Newfoundland bird reporting DURING the peak of the hurricane, by
monitoring all those listservs) was, ironically, knocked down by the storm
for 102 hours during the the "best" days of August 28- Sept 1 ....and we
have decided NOT to do a detailed catch-up reconstruction of those 102 hours
(partly because most of those reports have already "rolled-off" their state
bird-listservs [such as CTBirds] into archives, or some into oblivion).

Instead we are....
1)  assembling SUMMARIES of the Hurricane Irene birds at the hurricane blog,

2)  highlighting some of the more interesting sightings, such as Fran
Zygmont's INLAND Leach's Storm-Petrel photo...

3)  learning what we can from this hurricane and this experimental blog,
including the best safe LOCATIONS for watching the next storms (thanks to
Nick Bonomo and many others),

4)  and looking toward the NEXT HURRICANE by studying this evolving hourly
weather map every few days....

Thank You and Good Birding,
Tom Robben

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Thomas Robben <robben99 at gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Sep 3, 2011 at 12:11 AM
Subject: Fwd: Hurricane Irene redux on eBird
To: JerseyBirds at princeton.edu
Cc: Marshall Iliff <miliff at aol.com>, Thomas Robben <robben99 at gmail.com>

We have just witnessed an incredible hurricane, with historic bird
consequences.  We need everybody's help to capture their observations into
eBird, as Marshall Iliff describes below....
There is a lot to be learned from a panoramic
Florida-to-Maine-&-the-Maritmes view of what this hurricane did, so please
enter your field observations into eBird as soon as possible, within a week
or so.
(And additionally do not forget to report to your state avian records
committee if your bird is that level of rarity.)
There is really quite an amazing story here, so lets try to document all of
it, please.
Tom Robben

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Marshall Iliff <miliff at aol.com>
 Date: Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 5:30 PM
Subject: Fwd: Hurricane Irene redux on eBird
To: nbonomo at gmail.com, birdfreak007 at yahoo.com, Steve Mirick <
smirick at comcast.net>, tbj4 at cornell.edu, pollypie at att.net, Thomas Robben <
robben99 at gmail.com>, Andy Farnsworth <af27 at cornell.edu>, Bill Hubick <
bill_hubick at yahoo.com>, Ned Brinkley <ensifera at aol.com>, Nathan Dias <
dias at crbo.net>, spencer hardy <curlewsandpiper17 at gmail.com>

Would welcome cross-posts on this...we really have an opportunity to have
all the storm watches in eBird if we act now...

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Marshall Iliff <miliff at aol.com>
Date: Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 5:27 PM
Subject: Hurricane Irene redux on eBird
To: Massbird <massbird at theworld.com>, bostonbirds at googlegroups.com


With news still coming in for reports from Hurricane Irene, I have posted a
tentative summary of some of the news with visualizations from eBird etc.
See the story here:


We already have a couple hundred Sooty Tern sightings in eBird but there are
many more that we still need to get in the system. Only about half of the
tropicbirds are in, so the Delaware, upstate New York, New Hampshire, and
one of the New York City sightings still need to be entered. Many Rhode
Island and eastern Massachusetts finds are yet to be entered as well, and it
would be great to be able to see a full picture for any species within the
next week or so. So again, please encourage your friends who got out storm
birding to help us compile all the sightings in one place.

We are very interested in using eBird to gain a better understanding of this
storm, so we invite all birders who got out seeking storm-blown seabirds to
please please PLEASE submit those sightings to eBird (whether or not you
connected with anyrarities--the negative data is helpful too). We hope to be
able to produce an animated summary of Sooty Tern sightings, showing the
progression of the storm and where and when sooty Terns appeared. If we can
get this together quick enough (it will depend on New England birders making
sure all Sooty Tern sightings have been entered with correct times), then
maybe the visualization will help us all make better storm birding plans for
Hurricane Katia

Thanks, and if anyone has questions about how to get their storm birding
list into eBird, please get in touch with me directly.


Marshall Iliff

Marshall J. Iliff
miliff AT aol.com
West Roxbury, MA
eBird/AKN Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Ithaca, NY

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