[CT Birds] difficult life birds
gswilliams9 at yahoo.com
Sat Jul 13 14:23:28 EDT 2013
My most vexing life Connecticut bird was the not-uncommon and increasing Clay-colored Sparrow. I have only seen four; one in Connecticut, two in RI, and one in Massachusetts (I finally had to drive to Newburyport to get my life one). I have never found one myself. Three were previously reported and fairly reliable birds. The fourth was found by Tom Auer as I was standing next to him. After 20 years, I have pretty good CT and RI lists as well as over 300 birds in Mass; yet in New England I have seen as many or more South Polar Skuas, Sabine's Gulls, Fork-tailed Flycatchers, and Northern Lapwings as I have seen Clay-colored Sparrows.
They are always on my radar and I have spent a fair amount of time in suitable migratory habitats such Harkness and Hammonassett at prime time. I know that some of you have seen more than one in a single day around here. I can't explain it.
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