[CT Birds] LHP few hawks but good stuff

Greg Hanisek ghanisek at rep-am.com
Mon Oct 31 15:22:02 EDT 2011

>From Greg Hanisek

10/31 (Happy dark and cold Halloween) - New Haven, Lighthouse Point hawk watch - just about 25 raptors by 1 p.m. but one light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.

Lots of other goodies - imm. BROWN PELICAN (c. 10:30 a.,., surprisingly flew in from direction of Tweed Airport then out into Sound);  AMERICAN WOODCOCK (freshly dead, possibly hit in-park powerline); imm Red-HEADED WOODPECKER (made brief stop in park trees); 14 AMERICAN PIPITS; 1 DICKCISSEL; 1 VESPER SPARROW (on ground around hawk watch early a.m.); 1 CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (found by Denise Jernigan in weedy patch across from garden); 4 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS; 2 PURPLE FINCHES.

We also had a group of swallows that were almost certainly Cave Swallows. Size, shape and flight style right but a bit distant and poorly lit; couldn't detect pattern/field marks because of conditions; they eventually flew back east and out of sight.

Thanks for help from Sara Zagorski, Sol Satin, Bill Banks, Denise Jernigan and Lynn James.

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