[CT Birds] Hammonasset Birds

Stephen Broker ls.broker at cox.net
Mon Nov 12 17:29:23 EST 2012

11/12/12 (10:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.) -- Hammonasset State Park.  West Beach - After an extended period of movements among pines, deciduous trees, and the ground, a single flock of 45 White-winged Crossbills flew from the west end pine grove northwest toward the campground.  East Beach parking lot -  a Grasshopper Sparrow was observed by changing groups of birders through the morning.  Some good views were obtained (with patience) by our group as it moved mostly at ground level on the grassy/weedy mound behind parking lot builders and left of the path to the shore and observation tower.  Then, flushed by a cell phone enthusiast whose mind was in hyperspace, the Grasshopper flew to the edge of the parking lot next to the East End pond and offered perfect, unobstructed views on the ground for a few minutes.  Gorgeous!  Earlier, the Black-headed Gull departed the East Beach shoreline and circled over the East End pond, hawking insects in the air.  It was seen later near the Nature Center, first settled on the pool of water just east of the Nature Center parking lot, then circling over the parking lot in the direction of Willards Island.

Steve Broker (Cheshire)     

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