Superstorm brought rare, uncommon birds across lake Erie

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Last week's superstorm brought wind, rain, and waves to our area, but it also brought something else...Birds!

Ohio birders were out in force this week, braving the elements to catch a glimpse of uncommon and rare birds that rode the winds to our backyards.

In this edition of "Outdoors with Big Daddy", WKYC Photojournalist Carl Bachtel caught up with some of these die-hards out looking for something special.

Here's what he found.

When Mother Nature gets angry, some may head for cover but not these guys.

For Alex Hughes, Ben Warner and Dave Slager, this is a chance of a lifetime.

On the backside of the storm, there was a lot of strong northwest winds that have brought a lot of stuff down from Hudson Bay and upper Great Lakes, like uncommon birds for Ohio, like black and white winged scoters and brant geese.

Many came down at Headlands State Park.

The three men share data on social media sites like Facebook's "Birding Ohio" page with pictures and descriptions. Some sites use the data to track bird movement, like eBird.

eBird helps birders all over the country and world.

The excitement of seeing the out-of-the-ordinary and tracking it, especially on the heels of such a huge storm, keeps them coming back.

It's windy, it's rainy, but there are a lot of good birds coming through, so keep your eyes to the sky. You never know what may fall out of it in your back yard.

In Lake County, WKYC Photojournalist Carl 'Big Daddy' Bachtel brings you the story.


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