February 2019

Vol. 47, No. 1

Bird Sightings: September–October 2018

Neil Hayward and Robert H. Stymeist

Eastern Bluebird. Photograph by Philip Kyle.

September and October 2018 will be remembered for the rain. And although it seemed like it was always raining, that didn't dampen the spirits of birders eager to enjoy the excitement of fall migration.

September temperatures in Boston averaged 69 degrees, four degrees above normal, with a high of 97 degrees on September 6. A total of 5.12 inches of rain was recorded in Boston during the month, nearly two inches above average, and areas to the west received even more. The remnants of Hurricane Florence arrived on September 14, bringing two inches of rain to Boston. Winds of up to 70 mph were recorded on the North Shore and microbursts caused roads to flood in a number of communities. Heavy rain, especially in central and western Massachusetts, fell again on September 25; Pittsfield recorded 4.2 inches, Orange nearly 3 inches, and Worcester 1.8 inches.

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