[CT Birds] BLACK VULTURE, 175 Cedar Waxwings and more at Stony Creek Trolley Trail, Branford, CT, May 31, 2012

Sunrise Birding sunrisebirding at aol.com
Thu May 31 14:14:55 EDT 2012

It was a lovely morning at the Stony Creek Trolley Trail in Branford.  
Highlights were one Black Vulture, an unusually high number of Cedar 
Waxwings in several flocks of varying size, and at least 9 Purple 
Martins.  The eBird report is below.  There was an interesting raptor 
as discussed in the report.  Photos were taken so we'll be able to 
study it further.

>From Gina Nichol & Steve Bird and Sunrise Birding walk:
5/31/2012 -- Branford, Stony Creek Trolley Trail -- BLACK VULTURE, 9 

Gina Nichol & Steve Bird
Sunrise Birding, LLC
Worldwide Bird Watching Tours & Wildlife Safaris
P.O. Box 274
Cos Cob, CT 06807-0274   USA
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Subject: eBird Report - Stony Creek Trolley Trail, Branford, CT, May 
31, 2012

Stony Creek Trolley Trail, Branford, CT, New Haven, US-CT
May 31, 2012 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Sunny & clear, 70s with a NW breeze
36 species (+2 other taxa)

Mallard  5
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  2
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  5
Osprey  10
Buteo sp.  1     This is an interesting bird that one of the 
participants photographed.  It seemed to have longer, more pointed 
wings than a Red-tailed or Red-shouldered and showed bright white 
patches (not the translucent crescent at the base of the primaries of a 
Red-shouldered) between the primaries and secondaries on the underwing 
which could have been sunlight coming through an area of molted 
feathers.  Also it had a small patch of heavy streaks on the upper 
breast.  The tail was folded so difficult to see.  It was very 
interesting and we are awaiting the chance to review Lesley Roy's 
photos of the bird.
Clapper Rail  2
Killdeer  1
Willet  2
Herring Gull  25
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Common Tern  1
Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  4
Northern Flicker  1
Willow Flycatcher  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
crow sp.  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Purple Martin  9
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  5
Marsh Wren  1
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  4
Cedar Waxwing  175     There were several flocks moving around in every
Common Yellowthroat  2
Yellow Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  9
Common Grackle  6
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  5

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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