[CT Birds] GBBC observation for FEB 20, 2012 in 06517, Hamden, New Haven County, CT
ashippee at snet.net
Mon Feb 20 12:21:20 EST 2012
A good morning's walk. Highlights: Ring Neck not that common here; Bald Eagle pair cruising together, & perhaps courting (see notes at bottom); and Peregrin Falcon, my first here @ Lake Whitney.
Flo: RND, BE, & PF all on RWA. PF on one of the dead trees across from Mather when standing just to the left/up from the peninsula, 2nd or 3rd in from end.
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> Subject: Your GBBC observation for FEB 20, 2012 in 06517, Hamden, New Haven County, CT
> Record ID: S9926717
> Email: ashippee at snet.net
> Email: 06517, Hamden, New Haven County, CT
> Observation Date : FEB 20, 2012 Start Time: 8:00 AM Total Birding Time: 2 hours
> Party Size: 1 Skill: good Weather: good Snow Depth: No snow was present
> Habitat(s): deciduous woods coniferous woods scrub suburban freshwater
> Number of Species: 27
> All Reported: yes
> Canada Goose - 90
> Mute Swan - 4
> Mallard - 8
> Ring-necked Duck - 1
> Hooded Merganser - 3
> Common Merganser - 12
> Bald Eagle - 2
> Peregrine Falcon - 1
> Ring-billed Gull - 120
> Herring Gull - 9
> Great Black-backed Gull - 1
> Mourning Dove - 1
> Downy Woodpecker - 2
> Blue Jay - 3
> American Crow - 30
> Black-capped Chickadee - 8
> White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
> Song Sparrow - 1
> White-throated Sparrow - 10
> Dark-eyed Junco - 2
> Northern Cardinal - 8
> Red-winged Blackbird - 2
> Common Grackle - 7
> Brown-headed Cowbird - 2
> House Finch - 7
> American Goldfinch - 40
> House Sparrow - 15
> Walk around Lake Whitney, Hamden: North Lake, Servoss, Mather, Waite, Whitney, North Lake. Plus our feeder by Water Co. property.
> Peregrin Falcon: although a ways off through a scope, a nice long look from two angles at back & head, & a bit of the front. Eye-ring, white patch below & behind eye, moustache, white around beak & under chin, dark primaries reach tail tip, no clear banding, streaky in front. Color hard to gauge, more grayish than brownish, but dark crown = adult. Size in accord best with PF. Comparing my notes to books, I'm quite confident.
> GFinch: most all in one tree, black cherry, feeding on buds. Only big group I've seen in a while, as they've been absent from feeders (oft noted in CT).
> Bald Eagles: in flight, always great. One looked noticeably smaller, and stooped close behind the larger: Q?: M & F courting?
> Most all the GEESE were in one group south of Whitney Ave., by golf course. Most all the CROWS were in one flock.
> Cardinals: 7 M + 1 F. ComMerg: 8 M + 4 F. Hood: 2 M + 1 F. RND: M. RWBB: 2 M.
> I missed one song I didn't quite know, & one raptor, maybe TV, maybe hawk. Not included above.
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