- Oct 11, 2006
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That's kinda of freaky. Except for owls, I didn't think birds flew at night. And that of all years, they flew over NYC this year, with all the controversy over the mosque, to get caught in the light beams makes it all the more strange.Two beams emanating from Manhattan, known as the Tribute of Light, had to be turned off five times to allow the migrating birds to continue on their journey last week.
The birds were on their way from Canada to the warmer climate of the Caribbean and South America.
They do not always fly over New York and the last time their migratory path coincided with September 11 was in 2004.
The Tribute of Light is turned on by the Municipal Art Society every year on the anniversary of the attacks.
Monitors from New York City Audubon, a conservation organisation, observed this year's tribute and alerted organisers to the confused birds.
An Audubon spokesman told the Animal Planet website that the birds could use up valuable energy needed for their migration while flying around in the lights....
See video (the birds are the little white dots flying around in the beams)
10,000 birds trapped in Twin Towers memorial light - Telegraph