[CT Birds] Storm-birding plans

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Fri Oct 2 10:03:36 EDT 2015

With the current strong NE winds and rain, and with Hurricane Joaquin forecasted to travel north up the east coast, it's not too early to start planning birding strategy to look for rare birds deposited in CT by these storms.  Coastal areas, particularly those providing shelter from wind and rain, come to mind.  Note that many state and town parks may be closed and inaccessible, due to high surf and coastal flood warnings.  Also, consider that Long Island Sound is about the narrowest at Stamford (Shippan Point) and at Old Saybrook (Cornfield Point); shearwaters and other seabirds might be more visible at these "bottlenecks".  Also, as proven out during Storms Irene and Sandy, large inland bodies of water should also be checked for storm-blown birds such as storm-petrels, or even tropicbirds.
Of note, this morning a storm-petrel (Wilson's?) has been reported from a pond at inland Sterling, Massachusetts.
The main directive to birding in storms is to be SAFE.  No bird is worth putting your life and limb in jeopardy.
Here is a new post on Cornell's birdcast site providing info on Birding and Hurricane Joaquin:

Frank Mantlik

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