[CT Birds] No Harriers

Hank Golet htg1523 at att.net
Mon Nov 30 08:42:05 EST 2009


I have been wondering about the lack of Harrier's at Great Island and 
Griswold Pt in Old Lyme also. It's been a while since I have seen any at 
either place..
Hank Golet
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Nick Bonomo" <nbonomo at gmail.com>
To: "Frank Mantlik" <mantlik at sbcglobal.net>
Cc: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Monday, November 30, 2009 8:25 AM
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Evening unusuals 11/29 (+ Hammo orioles)


Frank, Interesting note about the harriers. Mark Szantyr and I were at
Hammonasset yesterday morning and noted the lack of harriers there as
well. That made two consecutive Hammo trips for me without a single
harrier.

Of note, we had a flock of 6 (yes, six) Baltimore Orioles in the
campground at Hammo. Various ages and sexes were represented. Hard to
believe for the last days of November.

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT

On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 8:18 AM, Frank Mantlik <mantlik at sbcglobal.net> 
wrote:
> After a day of house & yard chores 11/29, I decided to drive and bird the 
> Lordship area on this mild and calm night, in hopes of finding an owl or 
> two. I viewed from the Sikorsky Airport entrance down Lordship Blvd., 
> ending behind the warehouses on Long Beach Blvd. No owls, but from 4:15 - 
> 5:45pm I found:
> 37 BOAT-TAILED GRACKLES (going to roost 4:40), 1 Great Egret, 8 Great Blue 
> Herons (including a flock of 5), 3 Black-crowned Night-herons, 1 AMERICAN 
> WOODCOCK, 1 CLAPPER RAIL (heard), 1 Killdeer. Surprisingly, no No. 
> Harriers; they have been very scarce over the Stratford & Milford 
> saltmarshes for the past 2-3 weeks. This might suggest a poor rodent prey 
> population.
>
> Frank Mantlik
> Stratford
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