Jim Williams has been watching birds and writing about their antics since before "Gilligan's Island" went into reruns. Join him for his unique insights, his everyday adventures and an open conversation about the birds in your back yard and beyond.
Strong winds sometimes blow interesting birds into places they don't belong (which is why they're interesting, right?).
There's an on-line map showing wind direction and speed for the U.S. in real time. Just checking it, we could hope for birds from the south riding a strong northerly wind coming up from Texas if it wasn't for a strong wind sweeping down on Minnesota from Canada. Maybe that wind will bring more winter specialties to us. There are many reports of grosbeaks, redpolls, siskins, and owls showing up in Minnesota, particularly to the north of the Twin Cities. It's going to be a good winter for watching birds. Checking the map, the best place right now to watch for birds being blown south from Canada would be the western Dakotas and eastern Montana. Always windy there, but moreso right now.
See for yourself -- http://hint.fm/wind/.
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