[CT Birds] LHP White Pelican, 149 raptors

greg hanisek ctgregh at yahoo.com
Mon Nov 21 16:09:33 EST 2011

>From Greg Hanisek
11/21 New Haven, Lighthouse Point hawk watch - AMERICAN WHTE PELICAN at about 12:30 p.m. the pelican (first spotted by Sol Satin) appeared among a circling group of 5 Red-tailed Hawks east of the hawk watch, it then proceeded to gain altitude and fly directly SW across the point and out of sight.
Watch produced 149 diurnal raptors of 10 species that included 1 BLACK VULTURE, 2 immatue Bald Eagles, 23 Red-shouldered Hawks, 65 Red-tailed Hawks and 1 Peregrine Falcon
Also migrating were 310 Canada Geese in 12 flocks, 4 Common Mergansers, 7 HORNED LARKS, 4 AMERICAN PIPITS, 10 Eastern Bluebirds, 650 American Robins, 270 Cedar Waxwings, 4200 Red-winged Blackbirds, 3700 Common Grackles, 270 American Goldfinches and 8 PURPLE FINCHES
In the early afternoon a RED BAT was seen feeding briefly over the Morris Creek marsh
Thanks for lots of help on a great late November day to Bill Banks, Bill Asteriades, Sara Zagorski, Paul Desjardins and Sol Satin

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