[CT Birds] Simsbury Grosbeaks - NO - but...

Jamie Meyers ctredbird2 at comcast.net
Fri Jan 4 22:25:01 EST 2013

FWIW, I missed the grosbeaks early this morning.  Sara saw them fly in around 9:30 or so.  Going there early in the morning was not a good strategy this morning and from the context of Louise's note, late in the afternoon appears not great either, at least for seeing the grosbeaks.  I returned around 11:15 or so and they were there, allowing for great views and nice photos, though not as nice as the ridiculously good ones posted by Joe Gaynor.

There is still a fair supply of fruit on the trees but it might not remain long.  Squirrels were chowing down on the berries both times I was there and they can go through that stuff as quickly as a flock of frugivores can.

Jamie Meyers
Canton, CT

----- Original Message -----
From: louise tucker <louise40pt at yahoo.com>
To: CTlist <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Sat, 05 Jan 2013 00:39:35 -0000 (UTC)
Subject: [CT Birds] Simsbury Grosbeaks - NO - but...

This afternoon I drove to  Simsbury following Sara's excellent directions to locate the Pine Grosbeaks.I found the location easily, but no Grosbeaks.  However, as I sat focusing on the ditch, I noticed a hawk coming into view, an adult Bald Eagle, spectacular wings straight out, glided south about 50 feet above the ditch, effortlessly surfing the air currents. Awesome! I had a perfect view with the l ight just right to see the bird clearly.  So, Thank You Sara. Without your Grosbeak report I wouldn't have driven to Simsbury and would have missed  a great Eagle sighting, a lovely ride on Simsbury's  back roads and a colorful sunset to my right as I drove east to Enfield. It was a wonderful end to a rather prosaic day. Sometimes you don't find what you're looking for, but something just as good or better.
Louise P. Tucker
Enfield, CT
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