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Members: For greater insight into hurricane impacts on migrant birds, visit
this web link. Several tracking maps are provided and the zoom map offers
the best view of this bird's direction of flight and final hours within
Irene. Also note the bird's southbound oceanic route last summer and its
broad detour around yet another hurricane. For inexplicable reasons, this
Whimbrel chose to fly into Irene vs. detour around the violent weather this
season. We might wonder how many other migrants detoured around or fell
victim to this hurricane? What might be the fate of 100's of Piping plovers
migrating to and wintering in the, hard hit, Bahamas? Some researchers
speculate that last winters significant drop in Red knot numbers might be
attributable to adverse encounters with hurricanes during last fall's,
southbound, Atlantic crossing.

Patrick Leary, Fernandina Beach, FL   

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