[CT Birds] Lighthouse Point Park Sunday
Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz
rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net
Sun Oct 28 16:21:49 EDT 2012
How many goodly creatures are there here!"
-- Billy Shakespeare, The Tempest
It was a wild, beautiful, pre-storm day at Lighthouse. 136 diurnal raptors total. The big hawks lingered overhead for quite a while, the passerines were stuffing their faces, and the Coops were trying to stuff their faces as well. I guess I'll just transcribe the HMANA (hawk) report:
NE winds 2-4, gusts to 5, 100% dark, murky low, thick, stormy cumulus in anticipation of frankenstorm Sandy.
Breakfast at Coopersville this am. At least 5 "events". CHs screaming a
foot off the deck past my legs. An adult male Coop in the very small
Maple behind the site, awaiting an unwary small passerine, and then
thrashing through the leaves/branches after it.
Great looks at the swirling, lingering big birds.
I left at least a ML, 2 RT, a CH and an OS in the Park (not counted).
Slow migration start with Herring Gulls loafing all over the Park, then
steady all morning. Brant 29, Canada Goose 143, including 24 heading
NE(!) in the pm, Black Duck 7, RB Merganser 4, Common Loon 11, LAUGHING
GULL 1, Blue Jay 11, COMMON RAVEN 1 (interacting with a RT and 2 Crows),
Tree Swallow 1, Ea Bluebird 312, Am Robin 2020, Hermit Thrush 2 (NW
corner), Cedar Waxwing 255, YR Warbler 40 (includes 15 at base of beach
pines, feeding), Palm Warbler 2, LINCOLN's SPARROW 1 (brush near Morris
Creek), BH Cowbird 240, RW Blackbird 1170, Com Grackle 220, Purple Finch
32, House Finch 15Pine Siskin 257.
The Wicked Good 5K Road Race was enormous this year. Hundreds of
runners. The only visitors were Al and 3 other nice folks from the race
charity, Connection. (Stay clean and sober!)
The enormous grass lot Jersey Barriers are being hoisted into place in
front of the Carousel Building. Sandbags are being filled. The Horses
are being removed from the building to be stored in a safer, inland site. I'm sure the LPP Hawkwatch is closed down for the next 2 days. No Sooty Terns for us.
PS - I saw a Coast Guard Jayhawk, presumably the same rescue helicopter seen by Frank Mantlik.
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