[CT Birds] Bluff Point Groton passerine migration forecast

David Provencher davidprovencher at sbcglobal.net
Sat Sep 8 18:20:19 EDT 2012

Based on the currently predicted winds I expect the hot corner at Bluff
Point Coastal Preserve in Groton CT  to be productive Monday and Tuesday
mornings. The hot corner is found immediately on your left after you pass
under the railroad bridge at the Reserve's entrance. Morning flight begins
either at dawn or shortly afterwards and lasts about 2 to 3 hours, though
small groups or individual birds may continue to move through for some time
after the main flow subsides. At this time of the migration the warbler
flight should still be heavily Redstarts but will likely include at least 15
species and possibly up to or exceeding 20 warbler species. I would expect a
good showing of Red-breasted Nuthatches as well (no surprise there of
course). It should be noted that most birds leaving the hot corner are seen
very briefly or are heard only. Still this is quite a show on good days, and
Monday and Tuesday look to be good days. In general there should be a
significant movement of Passerines Sunday night and Monday night. Tuesday
should see a lesser movement but the winds may well have shifted by that
point to a direction that would make the hot corner at Bluff much less
productive (or completely dead!). The good raptor flights after this front
will probably start tomorrow if the front passes us by tonight (as
predicted) with Monday and Tuesday being good days as well.


Dave Provencher

Naturally New England


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