Monday, October 06, 2008

Birds Gone From Galveston, TX, Area After Hurricane

GILCHRIST, Texas (AP) — One of North America's renowned bird migration and bird watching areas is strangely silent.

Blame Hurricane Ike.

"We had red-winged blackbirds, sparrows, a bunch of migrating birds," recalled Ernest Stone, 75, leaning on his cane and surveying debris on the cratered moonscape that used to be the family beach house on Bolivar Peninsula.

Apparently prime habitat, defined as areas to feed, drink and shelter are gone for the birds, just they are gone for humans, as well. They'll be back, though.

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