GO STORM BIRDING ON THE DAY OF THE STORM!
With few exceptions, your
best bet for finding storm birds is going the day of the storm.
the winds shift from the east to the NW, there is very little
finding much for storm blown birds along the NH seacoast. The NW
push the birds away from the coast, and while there might be
residual storm birds early the next morning, it is far better to
there the day of the storm. Not only that, but the residual high
and strong sun from the cleared skies make it extremely
difficult to see
anything offshore the day after a big storm. Of course, birding
storms can be very difficult due to high winds and heavy
Because of the shape of the NH
seacoast and location of offshore ledges, NE winds and NNE winds are not as effective for blowing
birds toward our shoreline. Although these types of storms can
produce a few pelagics they are not nearly as good as E to SE
which force pelagic birds directly toward our coastline. Alan
used some data he collected from several days of storm-birding
an article illustrating this effect several years ago for New
Often it seems that pelagic birds are
the storms winds during the night and are close to shore when
hits. Soon after dawn, they seem to re-orient and move further
away from shore. Often the first 1/2 hour of daylight is most
Sad for me to say this, but New Hampshire has a difficult time when it comes to pelagic birds. Andrew's Point in Rockport is excellent on NE winds the day of the storm.