Thanks to Hurricane Idalia, You May See Rare Flamingos as Far North as Pennsylvania

A rare opportunity is presenting itself along the East Coast. Hurricane Idalia may have diverted dozens of flamingos from a path between Cuba and Mexico. They are turning up along Mid-Atlantic states like North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and even Ohio, with 150 sightings already logged in birding apps. The Audubon Society says this may be a once-in-a-century event. While the birds are native to Florida, a pair was found in a pond in Franklin County, Penn., last week. It is believed that the birds’ inner thermostats will begin to coax them back to their tropical homeland as summer nights gradually give way to autumn, meaning the chance for a sighting is limited.