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Great news, the Whimbrel (otherwise known as Chinquapin) made landfall on
Eluethera Island, Bahamas and survived Irene's fiercest winds. There is a
large protected inlet (Savannah Sound) very near the bird's landfall that
would offer some protection from easterly winds. Irene's eye passed directly
over portions of Eleuthera and Harbor Island on Eleuthera's north end. 

View the other, satellite-transmitted, Whimbrels and their tracking maps for
their current locations in Irene's path up the east coast. This past spring
a couple of the transmitted Whimbrel passed through NE Florida and one
stopped briefly in Nassau Sound on the Nassau/Duval County boundary. 

Despite Irene's passage more than 240 miles east of NE Florida, this region
has experienced several "enhanced" spring tides. The salt marsh became an
inland lake during the last several flood tides, yet just a single Clapper
rail was sighted in the inundated habitat. A few flocks of Eastern Kingbird
passed south along the marsh margin this morning.     

Patrick Leary, Fernandina Beach

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