[CT Birds] On This Date (3/24)
dennisvz at optonline.net
Wed Mar 24 06:57:43 EDT 2010
1883 Ipswich Sparrow Madison
1888 Yellow Rail New Milford, Gaylordsville
1946 Tufted Titmouse Hartford
1948 125 American Pipit Farmington
1949 15 Double-crested Cormorant New London
1951 Green Heron East Windsor Hill
1953 American Bittern Somers
1956 37 Canvasback Saybrook
1956 Red-necked Grebe Glastonbury
1968 Smith's Longspur Stratford, Town Dump
1981 Snowy Owl Willimantic
1984 White-eyed Vireo Fairfield, Birdcraft Sanctuary
1987 Snow Bunting, Milford, Milford Pt.
1987 Whooping Crane Chester
1989 Yellow-headed Blackbird Suffield
1991 300 Green-winged Teal Old Lyme, Black Hall River.
1991 1 Eurasian Teal Old Lyme, Black Hall River.
1994 200 Ring-necked Duck Woodbridge, Knold's Pond
1996 Eurasian Wigeon Stamford, Holly Pond
1998 800 Ring-billed Gull Litchfield, Bantam Lake
2001 Laughing Gull Milford, Oyster River
I try not to comment and let the records speak for them selves. Any
record not verified by physical evidence is a matter of trust.
There are records not accepted by the Rare Records Committee that are
entirely plausible but, then there are others. Some can be ascribed
to a misidentification of a more common species and there are other
that makes one wonder. This Whooping Crane is one of them. A long
flier like this makes a one day bird plausible. Could it be a
misidentified Sandhill Crane, one of the translocated Whoopers from
Florida, or something else all together? Mystery upon Mystery.
The Yellow Rail report and these rainy days has got me thinking. It
might be worth while for people to try trudging through wet
grasslands looking for one of these birds. The place I always think
about when there, is the area on the east side of the entrance road
of Silver Sands St. Pk.
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