[CT Birds] lighthouse point robins

greg hanisek ctgregh at yahoo.com
Mon Nov 2 16:22:38 EST 2009

I don't think there's any doubt that these robins are migrating. LHP at this time of year concentrates diurnal migrants of all kinds, from hawks and waterfowl to robins, waxwings, blackbirds and species such as pipts, finches etc. This is a directional flight, basically east to west following the coast, although many birds change direction to divert around New Haven harbor. This is occuring throughout the fall, starting with swallows, kingbirds and bobolinks early then moving on to the species migrating now. During years of boreal irruptions, species such as siskins etc also move through Lighthouse. Last fall produced  a huge siskin flight.
Greg Hanisek

--- On Mon, 11/2/09, Corrie Folsom <corrine.folsom at yale.edu> wrote:

From: Corrie Folsom <corrine.folsom at yale.edu>
Subject: [CT Birds] lighthouse point robins
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Date: Monday, November 2, 2009, 9:44 AM

I'm very curious about the robins that fly by Lighthouse Point during the hawk
watches.  I wonder if these birds are migrating or if they are just spreading
out from a nearby roost.  Is it early in the morning that they are seen, are
they moving past the point throughout the day, or later in the afternoon.  Are
all the birds going in the same direction or different directions? What
direction are they going? Any thoughts?

Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe
Research Assistant
Diuk-Wasser Lab
Yale School of Public Health
corrine.folsom at yale.edu

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