[CT Birds] Dickcissel - UConn Lot W

Steve Morytko smorytko at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 1 13:34:38 EDT 2009

In Storrs at UConn Lot W there was a (molting male) Dickcissel that popped up into a willow from the weeds on the east edge of the pond. I managed to get a few record shots before the bird flew off to the north over the cornfield toward the community gardens. The community gardens are a fun place to bird this time of year with a wonderful assortment of flowers, vegetables, fruit, and unique structures. You can reach it from a dirt road 100' north of Mansfield Supply (hardware store) which is before UConn when approaching from the north. Song, Swamp, and Savannah sparrows were there today along with a patrolling Cooper's Hawk. Recently Palm Warbler and Bobolink have been seen and a late hummer might find this location attractive.

Photos at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/smorytko/Birds#5387672167783969090

Later over Horsebarn Hill a Common Raven was being harassed by a half-dozen American Crows.

 From Steve Morytko:
10/01/09 - Mansfield, UConn Lot W -- 1 DICKCISSEL flushed from the brush around the pond but also check the community gardens 500 yds 
to the north on the other side of the cornfield.


 Steve Morytko
288 Varga Rd.
Ashford, CT 06278 USA
smorytko at yahoo.com

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