[CT Birds] RL Hawk, 45 mph Merganser

John Johnson john.adele at charter.net
Thu Dec 31 08:17:27 EST 2009

12/30/09 ­ South Canaan, Rt. 7 ‹ ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK; light morph, heavy dark
belly, light breast. Appeared to be a 1st year juvenile. Close to road in
trees in swamp between Rt. 63 and Under Mountain Rd.

Also, I had the experience of tracking a Common Merganser, as I was driving
along the Housatonic River in Sharon, at a steady 45 mph for almost a half a
mile. No doubt higher flying speeds have been well documented, but it was a
chance encounter that impressed me.

John Johnson

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