[CT Birds] Weekend weather

Nick Bonomo nbonomo at gmail.com
Fri Oct 28 19:59:22 EDT 2011

Hi all,

We have an unusually cold and intense nor'easter on tap for the
weekend. Autumn nor'easters are not rare, but those delivering
measurable snowfall in October sure are, as Scott Kruitbosch mentioned
earlier! Here are some quick thoughts on how it may affect the local
birding world.

 - The strong NE winds may result in a few birds being blown into Long
Island Sound. Expect a pulse of Northern Gannets, probably a
scoter/loon movement, plus a shot at something rare (an alcid or
jaeger perhaps? Parasitic is the default jaeger in CT waters, but
we're entering into the time of year when Pomarine Jaeger could be
hoped for.)
 - Check inland bodies of water, especially during tomorrow's
inclement weather. Waterfowl should be migrating on the northerly
winds and will be knocked down when they run into the precip
approaching from the SW. Could be a fallout at the reservoirs on
Saturday or first-thing Sunday.
 - Sunday should produce a nice diurnal migration as birds move south
to vacate the cold and snowy inland areas. Hawks will be on the move
(if it's quite windy, coastal spots like Lighthouse should be
best...if lighter winds, Boothe Park and Quaker Ridge might rule).
Geese could/should be flying if there's enough snow to cover their
favorite feeding fields to the north. Check those flocks for rarer
species like Cackling, Barnacle, Pink-footed, Snow, Ross's, Greater
White-fronted and Graylag.
 - Lingering passerines will be cold. Check sheltered and sunny
locations. Insectivores normally found in the canopy may be found
on/near the ground searching for insects. Check sewage treatment
plants for birds drawn to the abundant insects. Scour swallow flocks
for Cave Swallow or better.
 - Fill your hummingbird feeders, even if you've taken them in for the
season. There are certainly a few lingering hummers still around, and
they will be drawn to any food source. Consider rare species as well.

Enjoy the weather,


Nick Bonomo
Orange, CT

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