[CT Birds] Stratford passerines 10/5
dennisvz at optonline.net
Sun Oct 5 20:22:02 EDT 2008
I hope you are exaggerating about the birds.
If 15 phoebes make up a ton, and a ton is 2000 lbs. that means each
phoebe weighs on average 133 lbs.
Either they are very big or very fat. Either way it must have been
quite a sight.
On Oct 5, 2008, at 7:21 PM, Frank Mantlik wrote:
> As a result of today's postings by Greg, Meredith, Glenn, and
> others, I snuck out locally to Stratford locations late afternoon
> (4:30-6:00) 10/5: McKinney Refuge, Long Beach, Short Beach. I
> found much of the same, tons of E. Phoebes (15), Palm Warblers
> (20), Yellow-rumped Warblers (15), as well as a few RC Kinglets, 1
> BT Blue, 1 Am. Redstart, 1 juv. Sapsucker (first of fall), 2 unid.
> Sharp-tailed sparrows, 1 imm. White-crowned Sparrow (first of
> fall), tons of Song, Savannah, and Swamp Sparrows, 1 Osprey, 4
> Yellow-crowned Night Herons, flocks of Sanderlings.
> And a note of caution. I've seen a number of postings of yellow-
> bellied flycatchers. This species comes through CT mostly the 1st
> week in August through the last week in Sept. I would just caution
> birders to make sure they are not misidentifying juvenile Eastern
> Phoebes, which exhibit a nice yellow belly.
> Frank Mantlik
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