[CT Birds] GBBC observation for FEB 20, 2012 in 06517, Hamden, New Haven County, CT

Arthur Shippee 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
> Checklist: 
> 	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
> Comments----------------------------------------
> 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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