On October 29th 2012, “superstorm” Sandy devastated the east coast of the USA, affecting states from Florida to Maine, with severe damage in New Jersey and New York. That same evening, from his boarded-up garret, Corey posted a gallery of Yellow-rumped Warblers which he had photographed along the coast of New York, just before the storm hit.

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We know that Corey and his family came through the ordeal safely, but what of the warblers? There has been no update since the pre-storm post and I, for one, was getting worried.

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Damage to New York included floods caused by the storm surge, power cuts and disruption to transport, including the loss of the railway line that crosses Jamaica Bay. Two years on, the train line has been repaired at last and I paid a visit to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

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You will be pleased to know that the Yellow-rumped Warblers survived the storm and were passing through in good numbers, heading south.

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As Corey observed at the time, they do look grand with a bit of autumn bokeh, but there were plenty of Sharp-shinned Hawks around today too, many of which appeared to have bulging crops.

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Redgannet has been working for over 33 years as a crew member/flight attendant and enjoys the well-ventilated air of the outdoors. The nom de blog, Redgannet, was adopted to add an air of mystery and to make himself more attractive to women. His father first whetted Redguga's appetite for all things natural by buying him his first pair of 7x35s and a copy of Thorburn's Birds. Having no mentor beyond an indulgent parent, he spent the first season hoping for an Egyptian Vulture at the bird table in his English garden. His most memorable birding moment is seeing an Egyptian Vulture with those same binoculars 26 years later. Redgannet is married to Canon, but his heart and half of his house belongs to Helen and their son Joseph. He is looking forward to communicating with people who don't ask if he is searching for the "feathered variety" of bird.