[CT Birds] Old Lyme and Hammo 1/8/08
Mntncougar at aol.com
Mntncougar at aol.com
Tue Jan 8 18:38:16 EST 2008
Following CTBirds posts, I stopped at the Lieutenant River this morning.
South on Rt 156 from I-95 about 1/4 mile to Ferry Lane on the left. 1st left
off Ferry onto Lieutenant River Lane. Go past the stop sign and park in the
lot on the left. Arrived about 9 and found the YELLOW BREASTED CHAT in about
half an hour (didn't know just where to look). Only quick looks at first -
he was in the brush down over the bank, to the right of the lot as you face
the marsh. Seemed mostly centered around the big pile of leaves that has
been pushed over the bank about 50 feet from the parking lot. He disappeared
for a while - didn't see him for a half hour or so, but I decided to go back
and give it one more try. Sure enough he popped right up, this time up higher
in the brushy trees and gave me great unobscured looks for about 10 minutes.
Seems to be feeding on bittersweet.
Other birds: Red-tail Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, 15 Hooded Mergansers on the
river, Lots of assorted sparrows, etc. YBC was a lifer for me.
Hammonasett, 12:15 - 2:30 PM. Red Crossbills still in the Pines at the
extreme west end of the beach, flock flushed and I counted 28-29. 43 Horned
larks in the Nature Center parking lot but no Longspurs there. 1 Great Blue
Hero in the grass west of the Nature Center. 1 AMERICAN BITTERN in the marsh
grass by the East End parking lot. I got a great look at him after I spotted
him from the car top boat lot and drove around to the traffic circle.
Pulled the car up on the bike trail and I was within 30 feet of him for at least
10 minutes. Had to show him to about 20 walkers with the beautiful weather
today. A few bad pics of him:
East end of the Moraine Trail: 2 Common goldeneye, 18+ Surf Scoters, @50
Common Mergansers, 2 Common Loons, @8 black-bellied Plovers, and about 200
assorted Ruddy turnstones, Dunlin and Sanderlings. Someone told me there were
3 Lapland Longspurs mixed in with a flock of Horned Larks back at the west
end so I stopped there. I found the Larks, but no Longspurs for me today.
Great weather and some cooperative birds so a nice day.
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