Date: 9/12/18 3:57 pm From: Phil Davis <pdavis...> Subject: [MDBirding] Post Hurricane Florence birding
Apparently there is no historical storm that very closely matches the characteristics of Florence; however, there have been some earlier similar strong storms that moved inland into the Carolinas, particularly Hazel, Hugo, Fran, Floyd, and Isabel.
I did a quick and dirty search of the MD/DC Records Committee database to see what pelagic-type birds were reported in the wake of these storms. The results are tallied, below. I am making no distinction between records that were accepted and reports that were not accepted, or even reports for which no documentation was provided (many ... sigh) and, therefore, no review could be conducted. This information is provided primarily to pique your interest and prepare your thinking about where you may want to go (safely!) after the storm passes. For each hurricane, the entries basically follow a chronologic, not taxonomic, order:
Hazel - Oct 1954: Leach's Storm-Petrel - Royal Oak, Talbot Co. Sooty Tern - Baltimore City
Hugo - Sep 1989: Pterodroma, sp. - Bellevue, Talbot Co. Red Phalarope - Sandy Point State Park, Anne Arundel Co. Great Cormorant - Sycamore Landing, Montgomery Co. American White Pelican - Blackwater NWR, Dorchester [back when they were rare in MD]
Fran - Sep 1996: Parasitic Jaeger - Sparrows Pt., Baltimore Roseate Tern - Potomac River, DC Sooty Tern - Little Seneca Lake (Black Hills Regional Park), Montgomery Co. Sooty Tern - Woodrow Wilson Bridge, PG Co. Sooty Tern - Ocean City inlet, Worcester Co. Sooty Tern - North Beach, Calvert Co. Sooty Tern - Sandy Point State Park, Anne Arundel Co. Sooty Tern - Sparrows Point, Baltimore Pterodroma, sp. - Sandy Point State Park, Anne Arundel Co. Pterodroma, sp. - Woodrow Wilson Bridge, PG Co. Cory's Shearwater - Woodrow Wilson Bridge, PG Co. Procellariidae sp. - North Beach, Calvert Co. Brown Pelican - Royal Oak, Talbot [back when they were rare in the Bay] Long-tailed Jaeger - Lilypons, Frederick Co. Roseate Tern - Woodrow Wilson Bridge, PG Co. Roseate Tern - North Beach, Calvert Co. Bridled Tern - Woodrow Wilson Bridge, PG Co. Sooty Tern (5) - Sandy Point State Park, Anne Arundel Co. Sooty Tern - Sherwood, Talbot Co. Sooty Tern - Bellevue, Talbot Co. Sooty Tern - North Beach, Calvert Co. Anhinga - Town Hill, Allegany Co. Black-capped Petrel - St. Michael's, Talbot Co. [specimen]
Floyd - Sep 1999: Bridled Tern (2) - Point Lookout State Park, St. Mary's Co. Bridled Tern - Point Lookout State Park, St. Mary's Co. Black Skimmer - Georgetown Reservoir, DC Royal Tern - Gravelly Point, Potomac River, DC Oceanodroma sp. - North Beach, Calvert Co. Sooty/Bridled Tern sp. - Pax River NAS, St. Mary's Co. Sooty Tern - Ocean City inlet, Worcester Co. Sooty Tern - Pax River NAS, St. Mary's Co.
Isabel - Sep 2003: Wilson's Storm-Petrel (3) - Potomac River, DC Band-rumped Storm-Petrel - Potomac River, DC Oceanodroma sp. - Potomac River, Marshall Hall, Charles Co. Red Phalarope - Rock Gap State Park, Allegany Co. Long-tailed Jaeger - Tilghman Island, Talbot Co. Roseate Tern - North Beach, Calvert Co. Arctic Tern - North Beach, Calvert Co. Bridled Tern - North Beach, Calvert Co. Sooty Tern - Elm Beach, St. Mary's Co. Sooty Tern - Stevensville, Kent Co. Sooty Tern - Tolchester, Kent Co.
Please submit reviewable observations to the MD/DC Records Committee (or you written and/or photo eBird documentation will get to us, too).
Note: Sooty Terns are no longer reviewable, except from locations other than over the ocean, coastal Worcester County, in major Chesapeake Bay tributaries, or along the Potomac River south of Prince George's County. In other words, Sooty Terns are reviewable, inland.
There you go! Hope this helps.
Be prepared. Stay safe.
=================================================== Phil Davis, Secretary MD/DC Records Committee 2549 Vale Court Davidsonville, Maryland 21035 USA 301-261-0184 mailto:<PDavis...>
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