[CT Birds] Bluff Point , 9/11/10

Glenn Williams gswilliams9 at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 11 10:35:11 EDT 2010

from John Oshlick and Glenn Williams, briefly with Bob and Kathy Maleski:
9/11 - Groton, Bluff Point State Park -- CONNECTICUT WARBLER, OPORORNIS SP., SWAINSON'S THRUSH, 20 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, PURPLE FINCH, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT (seen after morning flight in the shrubby area near the hot corner with the old foundation.  1000+ warblers of 14 species ~85% American Redstarts

John and I saw both Oporornis in flight and think the second was a Connecticut also.  Third day in a row of good movement there, but few birds landed and gave good looks - when looks were to be had they were almost always redstarts.  Many non-redstarts unIDed in flight.  Unusually, four Ovenbirds were definitely doing morning flight.  Fun to see a flyover flock of five gnatcatchers.  Saw my first Ruby-crowned Kinglet of the season.  As is often the case when things get fast and furious there, many birds missed and many species totals undercounted.

Complete list below.

Glenn Williams

Subject: eBird Report - Groton, Bluff Point , 9/11/10
To: gswilliams9 at yahoo.com
Date: Saturday, September 11, 2010, 10:17 AM

Location:     Groton, Bluff Point
Observation date:     9/11/10
Notes:     with John Oshlick, briefly with Bob and Kathy Maleski
Number of species:     64

Canada Goose     58
Mute Swan     12
American Black Duck     1
Double-crested Cormorant     3
Osprey     3
Sharp-shinned Hawk     3
Red-tailed Hawk     1
Buteo sp.     2
Killdeer     1
Greater Yellowlegs     1
Ring-billed Gull     1
Herring Gull     50
Rock Pigeon     8
Mourning Dove     14
Chimney Swift     2
Downy Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker     16
Eastern Wood-Pewee     15
Empidonax sp.     7
Eastern Phoebe     3
Great Crested Flycatcher     12
White-eyed Vireo     3
Red-eyed Vireo     3
Blue Jay     2
American Crow     6
Fish Crow     2
Tree Swallow     25
Black-capped Chickadee     4
Tufted Titmouse     4
Red-breasted Nuthatch     20
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
Carolina Wren     2
House Wren     2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     18     Interestingly a flock of 5 flyovers
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     1     first of the season here
Swainson's Thrush     1     Heard calling at dawn
American Robin     10
Gray Catbird     5
Northern Mockingbird     1
European Starling     40
Cedar Waxwing     15
Northern Parula     15
Yellow Warbler     3
Magnolia Warbler     3
Black-throated Blue Warbler     25
Black-throated Green Warbler     15
Prairie Warbler     2
Palm Warbler     7
Blackpoll Warbler     12     probably well under-counted
Black-and-white Warbler     25
American Redstart     700     Of the 1000+ warblers it seemed that 85% or more were redstarts
Ovenbird     7     Interestingly, four were definitely doing morning flight
Connecticut Warbler     1     Seen well in flight
Oporornis sp.     1     probable Connecticut seen in flight
Common Yellowthroat     4
Yellow-breasted Chat     1     In the park after morning flight
warbler sp.     250     Probably way more than this - redstart numbers based on percentage, so in reality more birds were unIDed.  
Eastern Towhee     2
Scarlet Tanager     25
Northern Cardinal     1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     2
Bobolink     10     probably many more
Red-winged Blackbird     20
Brown-headed Cowbird     12
Baltimore Oriole     1
blackbird sp.     20
Purple Finch     1
House Finch     1
American Goldfinch     2

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