|Hurricane Irene Reaches New York City / Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project|
Here are a few of the sightings that have been reported so far:
- Cape May was under a mandatory evacuation order, but that did not stop some birders from staying behind and birding Cape May Point the next day, with impressive results. Normally, a sighting of two White-tailed Tropicbirds from land at this latitude would be the highlight of a day's birding, but the birders at the Point also saw a probable White-collared Swift, which would be a state record and a first for the Northeast.
- Birders at Finderne Wetlands in Somerset County found a nice collection of terns for an inland site.
- In New Jersey, there were also some good birds seen along the Delaware River, Hudson River, and New York Bay.
- Corey and other NYC birders watched from several vantage points on Long Island's southern coast and found three storm-petrel species and a Bridled Tern.
- Nick Bonomo has posted several updates on Irene; his sightings on Sunday in coastal Connecticut included several storm-petrel species.
- Lake Nockamixon featured four species of terns, including Sooty Tern.
- The Nemesis Bird reports Sanderlings in Centre County, Pennsylvania.
- Nate chased some reports of coastal species at inland sites, finding some but not others.