Birds of a Feather Move With Bad Weather

Every April, I head out for southwest Texas for one of my favorite activities. My destination is the Russell Ranch near Menard where I’ll spend a few days hunting Rio Grande turkeys.

I have never seen a Rio here in Louisiana. They don’t live here; our habitat only supports our Eastern sub-species. I wouldn’t have been too surprised last week, though, to see a Rio crossing a road. Why? Hurricanes tend to cause strange things to happen in the bird world.

My first encounter with a displaced bird came in October of 1985 as Hurricane Juan was moving inland off our coast. I identified the first Vermilion flycatcher I had ever seen as it sat on a branch just outside my office window in Ruston.


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