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When migratory birds are caught in stormy weather, they often seek a place to stop and ride out the storm. That has been good news for St Croix birders, who have seen large number of several species the past week.

In a flooded field on the west end of St. Croix, 45 hudsonian godwits and about 40 American golden-plovers were spotted. Elsewhere, sightings of pectoral sandpipers, lesser yellowlegs, yellow-billed cuckoos, and ospreys have been reported.

A greater flamingo was spotted feeding in Mannings Bay on St. Croix’s south shore, the first time the big, pink bird has been seen on St. Croix since 1996.

Local birder Sheelagh Fromer said St. Croix always has been an important place for migratory birds along their routes.

“We’re even more important when there are storms; they need a place to land and recoup. Even though we are such a tiny little island, we play an important role in their cycle.”