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