[CT Birds] GBBC update Sunday, Update on Thayer's Gull (perhaps not), another gulling party tomorrow and trumpeters
PCOMINS at audubon.org
Sun Feb 19 08:38:09 EST 2012
We're up to 128 species for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Thank you all for submitting your records this weekend.
Species added yesterday include:
Ring-necked Pheasant (I wonder if they are going to become uncountable at some point),
Barred and Great Horned Owls
Gray Catbird (lots of them, I may have to see if there are duplicate reports)
Swamp Sparrow and
I had to remove Northern Shrike, as it turned out to be a Northern Mockingbird (isn't there a shrike somewhere in the state?!), I removed Thayer's Gull (discussion below) and I'm still awaiting details on the Redhead reported in Fairfield.
There have been many questions as to why you can't submit Trumpeter Swan and I am checking as to whether they can be entered. It probably has to do with whether or not the ARRC has yet accepted them as countable.
Some species still not found this year:
Black Scoter, Common Eider, Ruddy Duck, Barrow's Goldeneye, Red-necked Grebe, American Bittern, Northern Goshawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Greater Yellowlegs, Slaty-backed, Ross', California, Mew or Yellow-legged Gull (Ok just wishing here), Long-eared Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Snowy Owl, Horned Lark, any warblers!, Snow Bunting, White-crowned Sparrow, crossbills or Evening Grosbeak.
I had to remove the Thayer's Gull from the count. Too much uncertainty with this bird. It is perhaps a bit too dark and has first winter feathers coming in on the scapulars and mantle, whereas a Thayer's should still have uniform juvenile feathers. Seeing the bird in the field I have doubts that it is just an aberrant Herring Gull, but also not quite right for Thayer's. It must be a Thayerring's Gull!
Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488
Phone: (203)264-5098 x305
or 203-267-6732 x308
pcomins at audubon.org
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