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Re: Ocracoke: Cedar Waxwings and window hits
- To: Peter Vankevich <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com
- Subject: Re: Ocracoke: Cedar Waxwings and window hits
- From: Shelley Theye <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2003 8:55:57 -0500
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Peter and all,
A few months ago I found a web site that produces window screens
for the outside of windows, specifically for the prevention of bird fatalities.
You'll have to take a look at the site to see exactly how they're designed.
The address is: http://www.birdscreen.com/ (of course!!)
> From: Peter Vankevich <email@example.com>
> Date: 2003/02/20 Thu PM 09:30:49 EST
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Ocracoke: Razorbills, Gannets & Cedar Waxwings
> I just spent a week on Ocracoke, though not a birding trip, I did
> manage to get out every day.
> Highlights: Tuesday, Feb 18, 2003: Five Razorbills were seen just off the
> from the beach at the Airport access road. These were seen after days of
> looking for
> Dovekies with no success.
> Two other species of note: Northern Gannets were in great numbers over
> the weekend. On Sunday, Feb 16, I estimated two groups a couple of miles
> apart to be a
> Total of 5000. On Monday afternoon when I arrived at the beach, there
> was a constant stream of Gannets all of which were flying directly south
> (no feeding activity). After being amazed at the numbers passing by, I
> tried counting them by the minute and came up with numbers of 102, 72, 63,
> 59, 84, 42, 63.
> Eventually, the numbers tapered off to 20_40 per minute. I am not sure
> how long the flight was going on, but it seemed to me that there were
> thousands heading south. Were these refugees from the "beast of the east"?
> Ocracoke has been invaded in the last few weeks by Cedar Waxwings. On
> Friday, Feb 14, I estimated that there were several thousand in the
> village. Several People I talked to said there were a lot more the previous
> and that they had never seen so many before. The Ocracoke Christmas Bird
> Count this year
> produced only 10 individuals and the record high is 465 in 1997.
> Unfortunately with the numbers came casualties. Four were dead around my
> house; three immatures and one adult. Other neighbors reported dead birds
> as well. I have to figure how to put screens on the outside that will
> discourage them from smashing into the window (Yellowrumps also
> suffer from windows).
> As the days passed, the numbers seemed to decrease. I'm curious to know
> where they may be
> moving. On the way home (Feb 19) just above Avon, I estimated 3000
> waxwings on telephone wires. Since I came down the Outer Banks last
> Thursday in the
> night, I don't know if they were present earlier or these were some of
> the Ocracoke birds moving around. Are other areas of the Carolinas
> a waxwing invasion?
> Peter Vankevich
> Washington, DC
N. Chatham County, NC