[CT Birds] LHP 9-23-13 BIG DAY

greg hanisek ctgregh at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 23 19:27:37 EDT 2013

>From Greg Hanisek

9/23 New Haven, Lighthouse Point hawk watch, 7 am to 5 pm - 2140 hawks headed by 1640 Broad-
From Greg Hanisek

9/23 New Haven, Lighthouse Point hawk watch 7 am to 5 pm - 2140 raptors headed by 1640 Broad -
winged Hawks. Other numbers include 261 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 123 American Kestrels, 43 Ospreys, 19 Cooper's Hawks, 13 Merlins,  11 Northern Harriers, 6 Bald Eagles and 5 Peregrine Falcons. Add non-migrating Turkeys Vultures, Red-shouldered Hawks and Red-tailed Hawks for a total of 10 raptor species.

Also on the move: 2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS (flybys); 1 COMMON NIGHTHAWK; 65 Chimney Swifts; 5 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds; c 1000 Tree Swallows; c 100 Barn Swallows; c 10 Bank Swallows; 2 Cliff Swallows; 450 Cedar Waxwings; 50 BOBOLINKS; 1 RUSTY BLACKBIRD; 2 PURPLE FINCHES. Up to 3 or 4 Common Ravens made a couple visits and of special interest was a flock of 8 geese. Three were clearly Canada Geese but 3 or 4 were quite small and may have been Cackling Geese, although the ratio, distance and the fact that this was the only goose flock noted all day certainly gives pause.

Lots of great help from (that I can remember amid all the excitement): Bill Banks, Paul Desjardins, Sara Zagorski, Lynn James, Don Morgan, Steve Walter, Steve Mayo, Nick Bonomo, Frank Gallo, Denise Jernigan, Patrice Favreau, Jan Colliins, Dan Mercurio, Marty Moore, Tony Tortora (emeritus), Dana Campbell, Judy Moore, Louisa Cunningham, Howie Sternberg (an especially diligent searcher of brutal skies for BW kettles), Bill Batsford et al. Needed everyone of them with zero to very little cloud cover.

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