Friday, September 26, 2008

Wind and Rain

Cape May Point has been subject to 30 mph winds over the past three days, and driving rain for much of yesterday and today. Much of the Point has seemed abnormally quiet in terms of bird activity. Even the common ones that I usually see or hear around the banding sites are staying low. Those birds that did venture out in the open quickly returned to cover or were tossed about by the winds.

In this weather, the only birds that seem unaffected are the peregrine falcons. Where other birds struggle, these birds slice through the wind as if it were nothing. Perhaps that is why these gray and blustery days are so good for finding peregrines here. In my limited time at a blind yesterday morning, we banded three birds, all of which were peregrines.