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Faaaaaaaay!!!!

August 28, 2008
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Earlier this week a Baird’s Sandpiper was reported at a local lake. A crucial bird for my Big Year. I had planned yesterday to get out to check it out before the mudflats disappeared, and the resulting post would have been put up this morning. But then the remnants of Hurricane Fay finally arrived. It’s been raining non-stop.

Ah, weather can be frustrating when it results in a non-birding day. And the Baird’s are likely long-gone. But fortunately for the western part of the state, still reeling from a year-long drought, Fay hit them head-on. The soaking was well-needed.

Has anyone out there had any birding exploits ruined, or even enhanced, by weather?

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2 Comments
  1. Patrick Belardo permalink
    August 28, 2008 9:29 am

    Last fall during tropical storm/depression Ernesto, some friends birded the coast of NJ and got some stunners. They had a Bridled Tern sitting on a picnic table at a local park! There was an incident in Cape May I believe in the 90’s where a storm brought in something like 9 Black-capped Petrels.

  2. August 28, 2008 11:51 am

    That’s funny you mention Ernesto. Following that storm’s push into NC, I found 4 (eventually there would be 11), Wilson’s Storm Petrels on a local lake. Very similar sorts of stuff.

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