[CT Birds] : Lighthouse Point hawk Watch, Thursday, 9/5
Mntncougar at aol.com
Mntncougar at aol.com
Fri Sep 6 07:57:17 EDT 2013
I Should have added that there has been a very large flight of Bobolinks
over the park this year, and yesterday we estimated that there was well over
1000. In fact, they seemed to make up the majority of the migrating
Also, 8 Monk Parakeets circled the park. Quite a few RT Humingbirds moving
through as well.
From: Mntncougar at aol.com
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Sent: 9/6/2013 7:50:23 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Lighthouse Point hawk Watch, Thursday, 9/5
With a decent northwest breeze the activity picked up a little Thursday
for the first time. The definite highlight is the Osprey migration, and
things are very different this year. Normally at this time, very few of the
Osprey are migrating, although we see lots of them, flying lazy circles around
the park and most all carrying a fish (usually menhaden aka bunker) which
they eat on the fly. Yesterday almost every Osprey we saw was heading west
and no mistaking it. We counted 50 birds and only one was carrying a fish.
It was a flounder. Other years, even if we saw 50 only a very small number
would have been counted as migrating.
Several weeks ago there was a report on CTBirds that the supply of bait
fish in the Sound was very low, and apparently that is still true, and these
birds are leaving early in hopes of finding "greener pastures". It may not
bode well for this year's fledglings, as some may be left alone before they
are able to fully fend for themselves.
Perhaps because of the wind there seemed to be a pattern that many
followed yesterday. They spiraled steeply up over the marsh to the east, and when
high enough set their wings and headed due west with hardly another flap of
the wings. We had one group of 9 that showed up together and did exactly
that, streaming west in a line after getting several hundred feet high.
The other birds seen yesterday were in small numbers, a few Kestrels,
Sharp-shinned Hawks, etc. The most notable was and adult Bald Eagle, first of
the season I believe. Actually we spotted an immature eagle on Wednesday,
but it went off to the east and was not counted.
In addition to migrators we saw 2 Black Vultures and a Glossy Ibis, which
was heading west until intercepted by the current "park" Merlin, and then
quickly made tracks back to the east. There is also a pair of Broad-winged
Hawks which seem to be just hanging around the park.
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