[CT Birds] CTBirds Digest, Vol 2020, Issue 1

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Hi all. I believe Patrick Dugan, while at shippan point the other night, counted 3314 terns flying west. They were mostly commons, but there were roseate, Forster's, and 1 gull-billed, as well.

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>   1. Stilt Sandpiper........... (kmueller at ntplx.net)
>   2. new yard birds (Beverly Propen)
>   3. Avocet (John Marshall)
>   4. Rocky Hill (Comins, Patrick)
>   5. Bradley American Golden Plover (Roy Harvey)
>   6. Greenwich Point terns (wingsct at juno.com)
>   7. Re: Greenwich Point terns (B Inskeep)
>   8. Sora Sperry Pond (David Coutu)
>   9. Hummers (Jan Hollerbach)
>  10. Re: Greenwich Point terns (Frank Mantlik)
>  11. Wethersfield Cove (paul cianfaglione)
>  12. Not a Sprague's Pipit: Been there, done that. (David F Provencher)
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> Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012 21:08:27 +0000
> From: kmueller at ntplx.net
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> Subject: [CT Birds] Stilt Sandpiper...........
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> ........Hammo West end puddles. Also 5 Pectoral Sprs.
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> K Mueller, 
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> Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012 17:33:04 -0400
> From: Beverly Propen <bpropen at gmail.com>
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] new yard birds
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> Orange backyard-new yard birds.
> Last week on 9/1 I had a worm eating warbler in the flowering plum tree
> This afternoon, with lots of small insects flying through the backyard, I
> have 2 Black & white warblers in the yard, swooping for insects and
> flitting through the trees.
> Bev Propen
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> Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012 17:51:08 -0400
> From: John Marshall <johnrmarshall at aol.com>
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Avocet
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> From John Marshall:
> 9/5/12 - Stratford, Jetty between Birdseye Boat Launch and Greenway -- AMERICAN AVOCET, still present at 5:50. 
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> John Marshall
> Watertown
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> Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012 22:13:19 +0000
> From: "Comins, Patrick" <PCOMINS at audubon.org>
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> Subject: [CT Birds] Rocky Hill
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> There were 2 American Golden-Plovers at Rocky Hill Meadows this evening, but a Merlin made a few passes and scattered them.  The Horned Lark was still here, and called as it flew off when the Merlin passed.  Also a juvenile Northern Harrier. 
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> Patrick and Maxson Comins, Meriden.
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> Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012 15:26:37 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey at snet.net>
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> Subject: [CT Birds] Bradley American Golden Plover
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> Passing this along.
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> From Rollin Tebbetts:
> 9/5/12, Windsor Locks, Bradley International Airport -- American Golden Plover.
> Please note that this is not at all accessible to the public.
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> Roy Harvey
> Beacon Falls, CT
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> Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2012 00:22:33 GMT
> From: "wingsct at juno.com" <wingsct at juno.com>
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> Subject: [CT Birds] Greenwich Point terns
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>> From Meredith Sampson:9/05/12 - Old Greenwich, Greenwich Point -- 4 ROSEATE TERNS, BLACK TERN with              about 100 or so Common Terns along with Laughing and other gulls              hawking insects over entire beach area from 6:00-7:15 p.m.  Apparently              there was an insect hatch.  The lawn on the bluff was covered with mostly              Ring-billed Gulls snatching insects off the ground.  Quite a sight!              Also at Greenwich Point this morning:  BROWN THRASHER.
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> Date: Wed, 05 Sep 2012 20:38:41 -0400
> From: B Inskeep <binskeep at optonline.net>
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> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Greenwich Point terns
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> I also observed a magnificent show of gulls and terms over Stamford - the largest group consisted of surely a thousand birds at West Beach in Shippan; they were feeding on insects in every direction with terms flying much higher up than the gulls. The mass of birds was so extensive that they were feeding over my house as well. This was between 5:30-5:45 pm. When I went back out at 7:00, most had gone and those that remained were gradually moving west. Incredible!
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> Brenda Inskeep - Stamford
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> On Sep 5, 2012, at 8:22 PM, "wingsct at juno.com" <wingsct at juno.com> wrote:
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>> From Meredith Sampson:9/05/12 - Old Greenwich, Greenwich Point -- 4 ROSEATE TERNS, BLACK TERN with              about 100 or so Common Terns along with Laughing and other gulls              hawking insects over entire beach area from 6:00-7:15 p.m.  Apparently              there was an insect hatch.  The lawn on the bluff was covered with mostly              Ring-billed Gulls snatching insects off the ground.  Quite a sight!              Also at Greenwich Point this morning:  BROWN THRASHER.
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> From: David Coutu <djc225lbt at att.net>
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> Subject: [CT Birds] Sora Sperry Pond
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>> From David Coutu 09/05/2012
> Sperry pond Sora heard, and seen.?? Pond is lower than in past years.? I 
> observed just before dusk.?? I also observed characteristic flight.
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> Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012 21:29:27 -0400
> From: Jan Hollerbach <smilifase at gmail.com>
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> Subject: [CT Birds] Hummers
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> Like other posters to this site, I'm getting a number of female and immatures at the feeder and in the hummingbird garden. I didn't even have a hummingbird feeder until the other day. Saturday there was a hummingbird flying around my regular sunflower seed feeder. It was funny to see it "hanging" with my backyard birds. I know this sounds anthropomorphic, but it seemed like she was buzzing around thinking "How do you get the nectar out of this thing???".   She was really scoping it out from all angles!  I felt so guilty I ran out and bought a feeder and immediately boiled up some nectar!  So now I have visitors in both the front and backyards, some at feeder and some enjoying the salvia and Cuphea. 
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> Jan Hollerbach
> Fairfield 
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> Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012 18:54:07 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Frank Mantlik <mantlik at sbcglobal.net>
> To: B Inskeep <binskeep at optonline.net>,    CT Bird List
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> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Greenwich Point terns
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> And in Stratford at the Greenway / over Deluca ballfield, I too witnessed flocks 
> of gulls (Ring-billed and Laughing) and Common Terns flying around, hawking 
> insects.  This has pretty much been an annual event in lat summer along the 
> (western) CT coast.  In the past, I've been able to determine that the prey was 
> swarms of winged ants.
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> Frank Mantlik
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> From: B Inskeep <binskeep at optonline.net>
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> Sent: Wed, September 5, 2012 8:38:47 PM
> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Greenwich Point terns
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> I also observed a magnificent show of gulls and terms over Stamford - the 
> largest group consisted of surely a thousand birds at West Beach in Shippan; 
> they were feeding on insects in every direction with terms flying much higher up 
> than the gulls. The mass of birds was so extensive that they were feeding over 
> my house as well. This was between 5:30-5:45 pm. When I went back out at 7:00, 
> most had gone and those that remained were gradually moving west. Incredible!
> 
> Brenda Inskeep - Stamford
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> On Sep 5, 2012, at 8:22 PM, "wingsct at juno.com" <wingsct at juno.com> wrote:
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>> From Meredith Sampson:9/05/12 - Old Greenwich, Greenwich Point -- 4 ROSEATE 
>> TERNS, BLACK TERN with              about 100 or so Common Terns along with 
>> Laughing and other gulls              hawking insects over entire beach area 
>> from 6:00-7:15 p.m.  Apparently              there was an insect hatch.  The 
>> lawn on the bluff was covered with mostly              Ring-billed Gulls 
>> snatching insects off the ground.  Quite a sight!              Also at Greenwich 
>> Point this morning:  BROWN THRASHER.
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> Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2012 07:53:25 -0400
> From: paul cianfaglione <pgcianfaglione at gmail.com>
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> Subject: [CT Birds] Wethersfield Cove
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> 9/6 Wethersfield, Wethersfield Cove - 1 adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL in
> parking lot with 20 Ring-billed Gull.
> ( thankfully it wasn't a first-cycle hybrid !! )
> 
> Paul Cianfaglione
> Canton
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> Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2012 08:38:25 -0400
> From: David F Provencher <david.f.provencher at dom.com>
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> Subject: [CT Birds] Not a Sprague's Pipit: Been there, done that.
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> This is an excellent example of a phenomena we all are susceptible to, seeing what we expect to see.
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> I would like to start with giving cudos to whoever first called it a Sprague's Pipit (Paul was it you?). That shows "rarity awareness", a very good thing to possess. Secondly, I like to say I have mislead myself on identifications before as well, and been mislead by other's incorrect identifications too. This is just part of being human.
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> A number of years ago a birder friend found a bird at Hammonasset that she identified as a LeConte's Sparrow. She then found Greg Hanisek and I and got us on the bird. Greg and I trusted her id before we saw the bird (we knew she deserved our confidence due to her experience) and when we saw the bird we also turned it into a LeConte's Sparrow in our heads. It was in fact a fresh plumage Grasshopper Sparrow (at least we had the genus right!), a plumage we seldom observe in Connecticut. It was only later when Greg and I had gone our separate ways that we both started to second guess the identification and we both came up with the correct identification.
> 
> In birding, as in life, we learn much more from our mistakes than from our successes. I learned that the best way to identify a rarity is try very hard to turn it into a species that isn't rare. If you can not disprove the rarity despite your best efforts, than your much much closer to getting the call correct! But being human, we will all continue to make mistakes till we die. It's easy to see why this bird was thought to be a Sprague's Pipit, and they do occur in the east (I've seen one in Massachusetts). Credit should also be given to Paul for getting the word out quickly, rarities that show up in stormy weather often disappear very quickly indeed. The hope is we make fewer and fewer miscalls as we get wiser (and by wiser I mean "older"). I'm pretty sure I'm going to get everything in life figured out, about 90 seconds before I die. My last words will probably be something like "Ohhhhh, now I know what that was!" Either that or "Hey guys, watch this!"
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> Dave
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> David Provencher
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