The superstorm blew the Northern Lapwings, common birds in Europe, across the Atlantic Ocean.
“It’s a rarity,” said Kathleen Anderson, an expert on birds. “They were caught by Sandy and whirled about.”
It was an amazing scene on the Fuller street in Middleboro with the bird lovers and expert birders got assembled with cameras and binoculars to record the Lapwings’ visit.
“It’s major for the birding world,” said Anderson, who has served on the boards of the Mass. Audubon Society, American Birding Association and similar groups.
Lapwings are seldom seen in North America. They typically nest from Norway to Spain and then winter in Asia and Africa.They are a type of plover, with rounded wings and a crest of feathers atop their heads.
The Cumberland Farms fields provide an excellent habitat for the birds to recoup their strength, and they might spend the winter here.
Lapwings rounded wings are not designed for long-distance travel, and a return flight across the North Atlantic is unlikely because they would be physically unable to endure the long journey.