[CT Birds] Hammo/Lark Sparrow
gedney at cshore.com
Tue Sep 29 21:02:19 EDT 2009
>From Rick Gedney (with a little help from Dr. Noble Proctor):
9/29 TUE - Hammonasset State Park - 2:15 PM
Lark Sparrow continues in area behind nature center. There was both a stiff wind off the sound and mowing activity at the park. The Lark Sparrow held to the un-mowed fringe to the rear of the nature center in the area of the small amphitheater. It was in the company of Savannah Sparrows with a few Song Sparrows moving from the brush to the grass. Great looks.
Also notable was a Red-tailed Hawk ground feeding after the mower went through some higher grass to the east of Willard Island parking lot. Hawk was pouncing and hopping - perhaps to scare up some prey dislodged by the mowing. Also notable were many Tree Swallows, 3 Merlin, and 1 Northern Harrier (possible imm. male -), 8+ Eastern Phoebe. Overall birdy despite high wind.
Hammo - 9-26 SAT Willard's Island Trail - 28+ Eastern Phoebe flycatcher, 1 Osprey (getting scarcer).
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