[CT Birds] New Haven - Light Point Park - 347 Hawks

Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net
Sun Sep 30 19:32:45 EDT 2012

We had 347 diurnal raptors (12 species) before winds went onshore around 2 pm.  Check out HawkCount (monthly summary Lighthouse) for details.  Great portrait looks at Broad-wings, Osprey and Coops; good looks at Sharpies, Kestrels, Merlins, Peregrines and Eagles.  And the stationary front clouds were greatly appreciated.  

There was a tremendour finch flight all morning.  'Probably 2-3,000 very high flying unid. passerines (probably all finches) over the course of the first 3 1/2 hours, in groups of 5-50. Of these lower-flying ones, we identified 105 Purple Finch (!), 90 House Finch, 119 Am Goldfinch. Also, one 1 DICKCISSEL, 1 YB Sapsucker, 250 Cedar Waxwing, 2 Bobolink, 100+ early migrating Am Robins, 400+ Blue Jays milling over the Park, 2 very high soaring COM RAVEN, 1 shorebird, sp., 23 Chimney Swift, 5 YR Warbler, 1 Palm Warbler, 2 cowbirds, zero other icterids, 1 GB Heron, 2 Gr Egret, etc. Many WB and RB Nuthatch in the Park but at least 15 WB Nuthatch seen from the hawk watch site, flying high, W and NW.  A strong Sittid migration!

In the woods near the feeders: 1 WHITE-EYED VIREO. 

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