[CT Birds] No cranes, but other stuff
mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Sun Dec 13 12:57:12 EST 2009
12/13/09 Thanks to Sara Zagorski for the call this morning reporting 4 westward Sandhill Cranes at Hammonassett. I put in a 2+-hour vigil (9-11:15 am) in Stratford at the end of Sniffens Lane, while other folks scanned from Short Beach & Stratford Point. No sign of the cranes. Could they have blown through at 30+ mph before I got there? I did however see these highlights: a lone SNOW GOOSE migrated over; numerous flocks of Canada Geese migrating over (as they did Saturday), including 1 CACKLING GOOSE; 1 GREAT EGRET flying west high over Milford Point marsh; 3 No. Harriers including one migrating adult male; 6 flocks of blackbirds (seemed to be mostly Red-wingeds); 1 PEREGRINE FALCON atop distant RR tower.
Along the Lordship coast were many loons of both Common & Red-throated, 1 horned grebe, and the usual gulls and ducks.
12/12 Stratford, Great Meadows - around sunset - 2 GREAT EGRETS flying east (4:40pm), 3 Black-crowned Night-Herons flying (4:50).
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