[CT Birds] Late nighthawks and early bunting(s)
ctredbird2 at comcast.net
Thu Sep 22 17:59:24 EDT 2011
>From Jamie Meyers:
Canton -- Meadow Road: 2 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS
Canton -- Barbourtown Road, female NORTHERN PINTAIL continues
This is the latest I can recall seeing a nighthawk in CT. And yes, they were Commons.
Regarding the white Southington bird, leucism in House Sparrows is quite uncommon but far from unheard of. I have run into a couple of them in my time. First one was in a bush in downtown Northampton MA and I was stunned to see a "Snow Bunting" there. I almost ran into a parking meter looking at it. The thought that I might have been looking at a leucistic House Sparrow never even crossed my mind at the time, even though this bird was in a flock of House Sparrows. Next time I think I was on the coast somewhere and better prepared for it. This time I was struck by how similar the bird looked to an actual Snow Bunting. It would be interesting to see a photo of the Southington bird. If it really is a Snow Bunting, I'm sure I need it for my town list there ....
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