Latest Issue

What the storms blew in

Siberian blue robins and red-winged blackbirds have been blown off course—and they're not the only ones feeling adrift

By Cal Flyn   May 2020

Illustration: Kate Hazell

The storms this year seemed to drag on for what felt like months. Here on the island, winds topped 100mph, and hail came so heavy that it lay in the roads like snow. We battened down the hatches, and during the spring tides, as waves lapped at their doorsteps, pulled planks across slipways and piled sandbags in doors. 

We were spared floods, thank god—though only just—and took the opportunity to disappear for a few days. But as much as it’s nice to get the stove on…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect