[CT Birds] Audubon Greenwich: 2,954 Hawks, 100+ Warblers

Ryan Maclean ryanmac335 at gmail.com
Sat Sep 14 21:24:23 EDT 2013


Big day in both the raptor and passerine departments here at A. Greenwich.
The Orchard and Teenage Forest boardwalk were literally dripping with
warblers in the early AM, with big numbers of PARULAS and BT GREENS along
with 2 TENNESEES, NASHVILLE, CANADA, BLACKBURNIAN, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BT BLUE,
MAGNOLIA & BLACKPOLL WARBLERS. For those of you unfamiliar with the Audubon
Center, the Teenage Forest boardwalk is a small boardwalk between the field
on your immediate left when you drive in next to the hawk watch and the
Orchard at the bottom of the driveway. To get there walk down the hawkwatch
lawn and take the second of the two trails on your left through the tall
goldenrod stands. The boardwalk starts about 50 yards down on your right
and will take you into the Orchard.

Broad-Winged Hawks have finally started showing up in big numbers too
thanks to this cold front. 2,812 Broad-Wings were counted today at Quaker
Ridge including several large groups of 100+ birds, the largest being over
400. Besides them we counted 100 SHARP-SHINS, 2 COOPER'S, 14 OSPREY, 5 BALD
EAGLES, 1 TURKEY VULTURE (in a high stream of BWs, seemingly migrating), 2
HARRIERS, 13 KESTRELS, 3 MERLINS AND 3 UNIDENTIFIED. Many thanks to Frank
Guida for doing the count today and to the 20+ people who also came out and
scanned all day. The next several days should bring even bigger numbers of
Broadies depending on the wind direction. Tomorrow winds will be shifting
due W but we could still get a decent flight. Any extra eyes are always
appreciated.

-Ryan MacLean



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