[CT Birds] Storm birding

julian hough jrhough1 at snet.net
Thu Oct 1 12:12:18 EDT 2015

There's no set-in-stone forecast as yet what Joaquin will do, or where it will make landfall..if at all. But on the assumption this is a storm that tracks north, we should be prepared on where to go, what to look for and of course be safe.
Current predictions show it hitting the Delmarva peninsula or Cape May Sunday night/Monday then moving inland north into NY – but of course, this can change. However, as someone who was able to get out in both Irene and Sandy, expectations are always high that some tropical species will show up.
Even if the storm passes offshore or inland, previous storms have shown heralds like Sooty Terns show up in CT, so there will be birds around, especially species such as jaegers, Sandwich Tern and Hudsonian Godwit are all likely at this time of year.
Wherever the north-east quadrant of the storm is located, that is likely to yield the main concentration of birds. Inland lakes along this trajectory should be checked, preferably early, since birds leave incredibly quickly at the first opportunity.
Getting many birders to cover any inland lakes in CT along this quadrant would be ideal.
So, this may be much ado about nothing, but now is a time to plan your birding strategy and be prepared for the species that may be carried with this storm.
   Julian Hough  

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