[CT Birds] Coastal Center sightings- Common Redpolls, Pintail

Ken Elkins kelkins at ctaudubon.org
Tue Apr 1 17:06:59 EDT 2008

>From Ken Elkins and Frank Gallo-
4/1 - Milford, CT Audubon Coastal Center - 11 COMMON REDPOLLS, 2 NORTHERN PINTAIL, 1 imm WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW

There are still a few Redpolls visiting the feeder, I managed a high count of 11 birds early in the morning, and groups of 2-5 visited the feeders throughout the day.  They're also eating the seeds of the sycamore tree near the gazebo, and the buds of the hackberry (large trees over the path to the beach).  It was interesting how the filters on eBird changed, it asked me to confirm the redpolls and 14 American Tree Sparrows.  Many of the Tree sparrows are singing, with one who has an odd set of introductory notes that are eerily similar to a yellow warbler.

Hopefully the redpolls stick around for a few more days, I'm surprised they didn't fuel up this morning and take off with the favorable winds.

Here's our full list of sightings from the windows of the Coastal Center:

Location:     Milford Point
Observation date:     4/1/08
Number of species:     36

Canada Goose     18
Mute Swan     6
Gadwall     46
American Wigeon     20
American Black Duck     46
Northern Pintail     2
Green-winged Teal     95
Canvasback     14
Bufflehead     18
Red-breasted Merganser     5
Turkey Vulture     1
Osprey     4
Northern Harrier     1
Killdeer     1
American Oystercatcher     2
Greater Yellowlegs     4
Ring-billed Gull     X
Herring Gull     X
Mourning Dove     16
Fish Crow     4
Black-capped Chickadee     3
Carolina Wren     1
American Robin     6
Northern Mockingbird     2
European Starling     6
American Tree Sparrow     14
Song Sparrow     8
White-throated Sparrow     4
White-crowned Sparrow     1
Northern Cardinal     2
Red-winged Blackbird     12
Common Grackle     9
House Finch     6
Common Redpoll     11
American Goldfinch     8
House Sparrow     18

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)

Ken Elkins
Director of Education
Connecticut Audubon Society
1 Milford Point Road
Milford, CT  06460
203-878-7440 x503 (office)
860-559-0244 (cell)
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