Posted by: atowhee | September 8, 2017

HURRICANES AND BIRDS

Here is interesting look at what can or may happen to birds, especially migrants, when faced with a hurricane.

Here in the arid west we can ponder what birds do about forest fires and smoke. They out-fly them when possible. A huge fire two decades ago at Pt. Reyes drove the local Ravens out to the Farralones, more than 20 miles out at sea. However, we must imagine that many Wrentits, White-crowned Sparrows and Bushtits were simply consumed in the flames.
I know that particularly heavy storm winds along the Pacific can kill ocean birds or damage their wings so that they are doomed. You can find their broken bodies on the beach after the storm has passed. Migratory birds would be especially prone to disaster in a disaster such as fire, wind or storm.


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