[CT Birds] E. Lyme Whips & night drive mammal grand slam

Steve Mayo rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net
Sun Apr 22 09:42:38 EDT 2012

That IS quite a mammal twitch!
Last night I had three early bats over the back yard.  It's perhaps more reassuring to see these, this time of year, (rather than hearing of those discouraging, clearly illness-related, winter bat reports on CTBirds).
Oh yeah, this is a birding site.  In my back yard Saturday morn, I had a 2 BWs harrassing an enormous female RT way overhead, and a FOY BYNW.    
Steve Mayo

--- On Sun, 4/22/12, Tim Antanaitis <timant123 at yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Tim Antanaitis <timant123 at yahoo.com>
Subject: [CT Birds] E. Lyme Whips & night drive mammal grand slam
To: "BIRDS" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sunday, April 22, 2012, 1:13 AM

4/21 - East Lyme, Nehantic State Forest, 7:15 pm - after dusk, all heard from the power lines 1.1 miles or so from Grassy Hill Rd except waterthrushes --
4 Whip-poor-will  (2 on each side of the road)
1 Barred Owl
2 Hermit Thrush
3 Louisiana Waterthrush
1 Eastern Towhee
1 Chipping Sparrow
Earlier in afternoon at Nehantic SF in Lyme:
2 Broad-winged Hawk (one on ground)
1 Pileated Woodpecker
4 Eastern Towhee
2 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 Wood Duck
5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
2 Eastern Bluebird
A mammal grand slam on the drive home: Between 8:30 pm and 8:45 pm (in only 15 minutes!) on the side of the road in the headlights -- I hadn't seen any of these in quite a while --
Red Fox - Lyme, Beaver Brook Rd
Opossum - Lyme, 156
Striped Skunk - Lyme, 156
Mink - Old Lyme, 156
 Tim Antanaitis
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