[CT Birds] 11/17 Hammo - Great Bird List

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Sun Nov 18 06:21:07 EST 2012


Northern Gannets
Common Raven

Frank Mantlik

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On Nov 17, 2012, at 8:42 PM, Tim Antanaitis <timant123 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> I just keep going back to Hammonasset.  I love this place and it has not been letting birders down lately.
> If you add up what birders saw today at Hammonasset, it is quite an impressive list (of reportable birds):
> Can anyone else add to it?
>  
> Black-headed Gull
> Royal Tern
> Cave Swallow
> American Bittern
> Black Scoter
> Red Crossbill
> White-winged Crossbill
> Common Redpoll
> Pine Siskin
> Grasshopper Sparrow
> Fox Sparrow
> Snow Bunting
> Red-breasted Nuthatch
>  
> For Roy:
>  
> From Tim Antanaitis:
> 11/17/12 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- 2 ROYAL TERNS, 1 CAVE SWALLOW,
> 1 AMERICAN BITTERN, 7 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, 2 PINE SISKINS, 1 GRASSHOPPER
> SPARROW, 1 FOX SPARROW, 21 SNOW BUNTINGS, 3 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES
>  
> The Royal Terns (too far for photos) and American Bittern were all the way at the end of the Moraine Trail at
> 12:30.  The Cave Swallow (too quick for photos) was over the East Beach parking lot and headed out over the
> marsh at 2:00.  I've been trying to get photos of everything that's rare or interesting.  I like the challenge of juggling
> the camera, bins, and scope.  I know I'm not a professional photographer, but, man, I'm having a lot of fun with it
> - even though my focus doesn't work on my camera, my 19-year-old-scope's zoom mechanism is broken, and my
> bins are around my neck with a shoe string!  I think I'll try it again tomorrow.
>  
> Here's a few photos from today:
>  
> Grasshopper Sparrow:
> https://picasaweb.google.com/101508656659768574408/NovDec2012_CT#5811942030463645906
>  
> American Bittern:
> https://picasaweb.google.com/101508656659768574408/NovDec2012_CT#5811942038529723570
>  
> Snow Buntings:
> https://picasaweb.google.com/101508656659768574408/NovDec2012_CT#5811942056712593522
>  
> I also wanted to thank Richard Payne, Frank Mantlik, Paul Desjardins, David Lawton, and Dan Rottino
> for sharing their sightings with me.
>  
> Tim Antanaitis
> Middletown
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