[CT Birds] Lighthouse Point Park Sunday - passerine Migration with 242 Hawks

Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net
Sun Oct 21 19:02:41 EDT 2012


The Orionid meteror shower was a total cosmic whimp-out, at least from what I saw last night.  But the morning migration at LPP was remarkable.  Well over 20,000 passerines during the 630-730 (EST) timeframe.  Siskins and Goldfinch 
went all day.  You can't scan for hawks and count at the same time, so 
here are the totals of what I logged (ie, you can't count what you don't count):  Can Goose 230; Loon sp. 3; Monk Parakeet 2; Am Crow 31; Blue 
Jay 80; Tree Swallow 165; Am Robin 10600; E Bluebird 48; Am Pipit 14; YR Warbler 33; Palm Warbler 1; Starling 50; Cedar Waxwing 850; GC Kinglet 
2; No. Cardinal 2 (actually,uncommon from the hawk watch); Sav. Sparrow 
12; E Meadowlark 2; BH Cowbird 7400; RW Blackbird 12700; Com Grackle 
2250; unid. Blackbird 3300; EVENING GROSBEAK 16 (One flock mid-morning - Steve Oresman got us on it); Purple Finch 240; House finch 150; Pine 
Siskin 1650; Am Goldfinch 690; unid finch 700.

242 hawks included 7 Osprey, 1 Bald Eagle, 92 Sharpies, 53 Coops, 2 Red-shoulders, 3 Red-tails, 44 Kestrels, 12 Merlin, 2 Peregrines - a nice late afternoon falcon show.    

Steve Mayo
Bethany


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