[CT Birds] East Hartford - Rentschler Field by Cabela's and the Hockanum River Linear Park Trail

Comins, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Thu Jul 5 15:49:15 EDT 2012

Any additional reports of Vesper there would be much appreciated, as they are considered extirpated as nesters in CT.


Patrick M. Comins
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-----Original Message-----
From: ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org [mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of Bill Asteriades
Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2012 7:38 PM
To: CTBirds
Cc: Jamie Meyer
Subject: [CT Birds] East Hartford - Rentschler Field by Cabela's and the Hockanum River Linear Park Trail

7/4/12 - East Hartford, Rentschler Field by Cabela's - 1 UPLAND SANDPIPER, 1 female AMERICAN KESTREL, 1 VESPER SPARROW, 3 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS and at least 5 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS.  The Vesper Sparrow was seen with several Savannah Sparrows and was located just beyond the fence, looking into the field where the Upland Sandpipers breed.  I was surprised to see it this time of year.

East Hartford, Hockanum River Linear Park Trail - 9 Least Sandpipers and 3 Semipalmated Sandpipers feeding on mudflats by the river.  This area is worth watching as shorebird migration picks up in the next several weeks.  Also saw a Great Crested Flycatcher nab a large dragonfly, which offered some strong resistance.  It finally succumbed after the flycatcher whacked it several times against a couple of branches.  Quite a large meal for the Flycatcher!

Bill Asteriades
South Glastonbury
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