[CT Birds] Hammo Highlights 10/12

Daniel Rottino rottino at hotmail.com
Sat Oct 13 10:23:24 EDT 2012

>From Dan Rottino:
10/12/12 - Madison, Hammonasset -- 3 MARSH WRENS (1ad, 2juv) just after the entrance to Willard's Island on the left in the bushes between cedar trees, 20 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 4 MERLINS, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 6 BROWN CREEPERS (heard more) at the end of the Willard's Island trail, 1 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 30 PINE SISKINS, many YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 3 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, 4 PIED-BILLED GREBES at West end pond, 1 possible female GADWALL associated with a male AMERICAN BLACK DUCK at the West end pond- the possible Gadwall was much smaller and bill was orange with dark areas and steep forehead, but speculum was not seen and the ducks moved around alot to adjacent areas so a positive ID is needed to rule out a small female mallard.  Shore birds were scarce, with only a flock of 11 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS on shore east of the jetty at Meigs Point, then flying east.  The wind, kestrels and melins, kept sparrows in the hedges.  One merlin went into the reeded pond edges after them!  Approximately 2,000 NORTHERN TREE SWALLOWS at Meigs Point.
P.S.  also went to Bauer Park to look for Clay-colored sparrows.  Literally hundreds of sparrows in the gardens with many flying to an from the adjacent fields and wood margins.  Many field sparrows, molting brown-headed cowbirds, bluebirds, pine siskins, goldfinches, house finches, house sparrows, chipping sparrows, savannah sparrows.  Worth it if you have the time.  

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