[CT Birds] 10/5 - a 10 sparrow day

Nick Bonomo nbonomo at gmail.com
Sat Oct 6 10:46:08 EDT 2007


>From Nick Bonomo:
10/5 - Madison, Bauer Park @ 7-845am -- imm. LITLLE BLUE HERON,
WILSON'S SNIPE, PEREGRINE FALCON,  2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, 3
LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, 6 PURPLE FINCHES.
Madison, Hammonasset Beach SP @ 9-1130am-- AMERICAN PIPIT,
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW, 8 WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROWS, 2 PURPLE FINCHES.
Old Lyme, Griswold Pt @ 2pm-- juv. AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER.
Orange yard @ 6am- GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH and several SWAINSON'S THRUSHES
calling low overhead in foggy conditions.

Sorry for the belated report...internet issues.

Had 10 sparrow species between the two locations. Lots of Yellow-rumps
moving through. Single RB Nuts at each location. The Clay-colored at
Hammo was along the dirt/grass parking lot that is adjacent to the
main East Beach parking lot. As with most of the Clay-coloreds I have
seen in the region, it was not associating with any other spizella
sparrows. The Nelson's Sharp-tailed (with 4 Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed),
of the subvirgatus subspecies, was in the marsh near the base of
Willard's Island.

The pitch pines at Hammo have cones, which is a good sign if
crossbills reach coastal CT this winter. Not a bumper crop by any
means, but hopefully enough to keep birds around.

Nick Bonomo
Orange, CT




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