Huricane Sandy’s 40- to 50-mph gusts brought more than just heavy rain to the Finger Lakes.
Bird watchers have spotted rare birds from a remote North Atlantic island and one from the high arctic flying over Cayuga Lake.
Brian Sullivan- the eBird project leader at Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology - says while many migrating birds tend to stay put during rough weather, those normally found over deep-ocean waters are often displaced during the storm.
Bird watchers have spotted Leach’s Storm Petrels- a small seabird from the remote islands in the cold, northern areas of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and not usual found on land.
Leach's Storm Petrel
A rarer sighting was reported on Cayuga Lake. A Ross’s Gull, a pinkish, dove-like bird rarely seen outside the arctic.
Ross's Gull - Photos Cornell University.