[CT Birds] Lighthouse Park - 153 Raptors and 74 Hummingbirds
Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz
rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net
Sun Sep 8 20:24:54 EDT 2013
153 hawks (10 species, but non-migrant TVs were also seen) on afternoon 8 mph NW winds that gusted to 25 mph. Please see HawkCount for details. Osprey are moving (35 today) and we are seeing a few typically later migrants moving high above, East to West.
There were many in-the-Park hawks with the usual squabbles. The locals really started acting up late afternoon. A Merlin shot towards the treetops and a Peregrine pounced out from among the Oaks and almost got it. 'Nice to see the big guy as the bully for once. A few minutes later, male and female juv. Merlin got in an aerial tiff. Several timid juv. Red-tails in the Park as well.
Other sightings included Laughing Gull 6, Tree Swallow 361, Barn Swallow 130, Bank Swallow 1, RT
Hummingbird 74 (!), Chimney Swift - 348, BG Gnatcatcher 2, Bobolink 7
(mostly HO), Cedar Waxwing, 8.
'An all day Odonata-palooza. In spite of the strong NW winds many
hundreds of dragonflies (80% Bk Saddlebags; some 12-spotted, Green
Darners and many unidentified jewels) were in the Park all day. A quick
count yielded over 150 in each Park quadrant - 600 dragonflies, but
this didn't even consider the dozens up against the oaks, down in the
Park lowlands towards the Carousel, or all that were only a moderate
distance from the watch site and otherwise "blended in". There were 60 weary saddlebags faced
into the wind, hugging a single small rose bush and allowing close observation - amazing.
At the end of the day, a low, loud, lumbering old war bird (B24 Liberator) turned just above the watch site and headed back towards the setting sun.
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