This year, as Hurricane Matthew makes its way across the eastern shoreline of the United States, meteorologists have been sharing radar of a group of birds in the middle of the storm. Birds often show up in the eye of hurricanes; It happened just last month with Hurricane Hermine. Audubon field editor and birding expert Kenn Kaufman, wrote about the phenomenon a few years ago.
“They’re out there in all this wild wind and when they chance into the calm of the eye they may make an effort to stay there and travel with it rather than fighting the winds again,” Kaufman wrote. “When the storm reaches land, some of them may start fighting the winds. Others may go with it and travel with the eye until the hurricane dissipates.”