[CT Birds] Watch Out For Cave Swallows

Alexander Burdo alexanderburdo at mac.com
Sun Oct 25 07:39:50 EDT 2009


CTBirders,

It's getting to be that time of year again. Time for Cave Swallows to  
ride the winds and make another appearance in CT! Here is a report I  
got off NJ Birds-Sandy Hook is pretty close to CT! Check those flocks  
of Tree Swallows! And not just for Cave but also for Violet-Green  
(recent CT report), or the much, much rarer Brown-chested Martin.  
Also, closely examine any Cliffs that still may be around. Remember  
that Cliffs have the bright white forehead and darker throat whereas  
the Caves have a darker forehead and a paler throat and cheeks.  
However the Mexican subspecies of Cliff (not sure if it has occurred  
in CT????) has a dark forehead but also has dark cheeks. Sibley gives  
a great comparison in his field guide. Consult it if you are unsure.  
Good Luck!

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Jerseybirders,
�
This afternoon (24 Oct)�I found a Cave Swallow at Sandy Hook.� The  
bird was
with a flock of 20-30 Tree Swallows and a single Barn Swallow at the  
north
end.� The flock took turns feeding over the dunes and the salt pond  
at the end
of the fisherman's trail.

�
A quick perusal of the Voice of New Jersey Audubon archives turned up an
arrival date of 26 Oct�for Cave Swallow in New Jersey, so today's  
record may be
a new early arrival by the species.� You can access the VONJA  
archives at:

http://www.njaudubon.org/Tools.Net/Sightings/BrowseTaxa.aspx?tt=1
�
Other birds at the hook today included a subadult male Common Eider  
off the
point, hundreds of gannets feeding and migrating offshore, my first  
Bonaparte's
Gulls (2) of the fall, and a dozen Royal Terns.

�
A juvenile Northern Goshawk was found yesterday (23 Oct) by SHBO  
Associate
Naturalist Tom Boyle near north pond.

�
Good Birding,

Scott Barnes
Senior Naturalist
Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
New Jersey Audubon
www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO
�
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Alex Burdo
Fairfield





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