[CT Birds] Bluff Point SP - sparrows, rumps and thrushes

Chris Elphick elphick at sbcglobal.net
Tue Oct 20 21:08:00 EDT 2009

Given the speed with which the wet weather moved out, I suspect that Monday was the good day at Bluff Point that Dave Provencher predicted a few days ago.  I was not able to go myself that morning, and have seen no reports (was anyone else there?), but Alejandro Rico Guevara, Diego Sustaita and I went down this morning.  We had a few 100 birds, mostly sparrows, yellow-rumpeds and robins. We almost certainly had more Catharus thrushes than the numbers below suggest, as it was hard to keep track of individuals while in the woods - at one point the three of us realized that the reason we were seeing different things was that we were each looking at different birds.  Highlights were a vesper sparrow and a gray-cheeked thrush, both near the big brush piles.  Migrant numbers below.  


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker     1

Yellow-shafted Flicker      8
Eastern Phoebe     2
Blue-headed Vireo     1
Winter Wren     1
Golden-crowned Kinglet     17
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     10
Gray-cheeked Thrush     1
Swainson's Thrush     2
Hermit Thrush     3
Catharus sp.     3

American Robin     245
Yellow-rumped Warbler      120
Chipping Sparrow     40
Vesper Sparrow     1
Song Sparrow     15
Swamp Sparrow     1
White-throated Sparrow     25
Dark-eyed Junco      220
sparrow sp.     50
Eastern Meadowlark     1
Purple Finch     2

Chris Elphick

Storrs, CT

elphick at sbcglobal.net

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