No Binoculars Needed, Just Radar for Birds in Hurricane Matthew

It’s not really a new thing. We have known for a long time that birds can get caught in the calm, peaceful eye of a hurricane – even one as powerful as Hurricane Matthew.

What we don’t often get to see though is a picture of those birds on radar.

That is apparently what is shown in the video above.

How the weatherman knows this for certain is beyond me. I suppose it’s the only thing that it could be, but it seems to be a larger green blob than I would have expected. Maybe a very large flock of some kind of bird – seagulls or whatever – did get caught up in the storm.

It’s possible too that other cameras or sensors detected the birds and identified them positively.

Extreme bird watchers, known as twitchers, will travel long distances to see rare birds. This sometimes happens in connection with a hurricane because the storm can pull in birds from far away – birds that otherwise would not visit a certain area.

I don’t know if any twitchers or other birders found anything special to add to their life lists as a result of Hurricane Matthew. If anyone did, good on them.


Gary is a bird watcher and amateur astronomer. This means he's set up several bird feeders in his backyard and likes looking at the night sky when the weather is warm. To those ends, he uses optics appropriate for those avocations.

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