Birding in the Rain

Brown thrasher in a puddle (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

1 October 2021

Pittsburgh has been warm and sunny for a week now and will continue to be pleasant through tomorrow. Then we’ll have to go birding in the rain.

@GetToKnowNature found unexpected beauty in the rain at Sandy Hook, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area in New Jersey that includes the historic Fort Hancock.

Map of Gateway National Recreation Area highlighting Sandy Hook (map from Wikimedia Commons)

The narrow peninsula is a natural stopoff for migrating land birds in inclement weather.

Can you identify the bird songs in the video? The photos provide a hint.

Brown thrasher in the shadows (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

(photos and map from Wikimedia Commons; click on the captions to see the originals)

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