[CT Birds] 3/16 - Hammonasset Black-headed Gull, Bonies, Snowy Owl, Lapland Longspur

Gina Nichol sunrisebirding at aol.com
Sun Mar 16 11:07:38 EDT 2014

 A birdy, albeit frigid morning at Hammonasset with large numbers of gulls and a few other goodies.  Highlights were a Snowy Owl (still a highlight for me, an irruption may not happen again for years!) on a picnic table near pavilion 2 at the west end and a Black-headed Gull in good light and close to shore with several Bonaparte's Gulls near the Meig's Point jetty.   Several got to see it in my scope and Jim Carr got a photo in flight showing the dark undersides of the primaries. Also an Osprey, a very cold looking Tree Swallow, and Lesser Yellowlegs.  Ebird report below. 

Hammonasset Beach SP, New Haven, US-CT
Mar 16, 2014 7:55 AM - 9:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Gull counts are conservative.  There were many offshore feeding as well as numbers on the jetty, beach and in the water at Meig's point and a large flock in the west beach parking lot.
36 species

Canada Goose  12
Mute Swan  2
American Wigeon  2
American Black Duck  35
Mallard  16
Green-winged Teal  4
Ring-necked Duck  3     In the swan pond
Greater Scaup  45
Long-tailed Duck  3     distant off shore
Hooded Merganser  14
Red-breasted Merganser  2
Red-throated Loon  4
Common Loon  1
Osprey  1
Northern Harrier  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  3
Lesser Yellowlegs  1     Meigs Point marsh pond
Bonaparte's Gull  55
Black-headed Gull  1     near shore at the Meig's Point jetty.  This bird had a partial dark hood, orangish bill and with a black tip.  In flight, it showed dark under the primaries.  Jim Carr has a photo
Ring-billed Gull  900
Herring Gull  1000
Mourning Dove  2
Snowy Owl  1     on a picnic table near Pavilion 2 at the west end.  Heavily barred with white face
Peregrine Falcon  1     Fly over at rotary, heading southwest
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  5
Horned Lark  18
Tree Swallow  1
American Robin  12
Lapland Longspur  1
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  25
Common Grackle  20
House Finch  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17458094

Gina Nichol
Branford, CT 
It's a beautiful day. Don't let it get away.

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