[CT Birds] Heavyweights at Lighthouse Point

Mntncougar at aol.com Mntncougar at aol.com
Thu Oct 29 19:12:07 EDT 2009

The big boys were flying at the Lighthouse Hawk Watch today,  and what we 
lacked in quantity  (not bad at 150 raptors) we made up for  with sheer mass. 
 We had 3 Golden Eagles. 2 flying together at 10:45 made a  nice slow pass 
for us circling directly over the field, and another passed to  the north at 
12:25.  2 sub-adults and 1 juvenile with nice big windows.  Also, 5 Bald 
Eagles and a Northern Goshawk.  At one point we had a "flock"  (not really a 
kettle) of 12 Red-tails and Red-shoulders directly over us. Only a  total of 
40 Sharp-shinned Hawks and Coopers Hawks, which are normally the  majority 
of the hawks counted. 37 Red-tails and 19 Red-shoulders total.  We  also had 
our first Black Vulture of the year today, 2 were counted last year,  and 
none for several years before.  
We now have 7 Golden Eagles for the year, our best is 10, set 3  times, but 
we have a month to go and November is a good month for them.   139 Bald 
Eagles now, and our best, 2007, was 155.
Don Morgan

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