Tag Archives: wind

It’s a Shore Thing

Birders and other ecology enthusiasts track the seasonal cycle very closely. Through observation of the annual changes in conditions, we refine our expectations and our understanding of how the natural world works. Every year is different, though, and sometimes nature … Continue reading

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It’s Gonna be May

Every New York naturalist knows that the month of May is the big one. Migration kicks into high gear and there seem to be birds everywhere. When the conditions are right, however, we occasionally get treated to an early push … Continue reading

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The Bahamas-to-Biscayne Breeze

For the entirety of my vacation in Florida, the forecast was remarkably consistent. I awoke every morning to strong easterly winds blowing in from across the sea. This weather pattern certainly had an effect on the trip, impacting the movements … Continue reading

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A Provisional Goose Chase

“All 8 species are in the bag, so no more wild goose chases are needed this year. Unless, of course, something really exceptional shows up!” –Tim Healy, February 1, 2016 Sometimes, I say things. Sometimes, those things are not correct. … Continue reading

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The North Wind Doth Blow

Back-to-back long weekends in the midst of fall migration are a welcome gift for the non-retired birder. It had been a packed few days with New York Comic Con, grad school work, and socializing to keep me busy, so I was … Continue reading

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Rain, Rain, Go Away

Tradition tells us that “April showers bring May flowers,” but so far the rains have lingered for a bit longer. Instead of pleasant, springy weather, the first week of May featured clouded skies and frequent precipitation. At this time of … Continue reading

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Let the Games Begin

Migration is upon us. The past few days have featured several nights with southerly winds, which is a crucial component of this biannual event. Birds returning to North America from the Neotropics rely heavily on favorable weather during their transit to the … Continue reading

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