[CT Birds] Stratford passerines 10/5

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Sun Oct 5 20:22:02 EDT 2008


Hi Frank

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.

In humor

Dennis Varza
Fairfield


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
> Stratford
>
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