Sandy Brought Rare Birds To The Finger Lakes

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.






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