[CT Birds] 3/28 - Snowy Owl, Snowy Egret, Gannets and more at Hammonasset

Gina Nichol sunrisebirding at aol.com
Fri Mar 28 11:45:15 EDT 2014

 I am on a quest to see a Piping Plover and a Snowy Owl at Hammonasset in the same day but no luck today.  A Snowy Owl and Snowy Egret was nice today though.  Also, nice comparative views of Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs at the Boulder Pond at Meig's Point.  Some gulls feeding offshore but couldn't see any Bonaparte's.  There were many gulls perched on the jetty off the mouth of the river on the Clinton but too far to see much detail.  Below is the eBird Report.

For Roy:
>From Gina Nichol (and Jim Carr part of the time):
3/28 -- Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN GANNET, Snowy Egret.  

Hammonasset Beach SP, New Haven, US-CT
Mar 28, 2014 8:10 AM - 10:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Mostly at the east end of the park - Meig's Point area
41 species

Brant  14
Canada Goose  8
American Black Duck  45
Mallard  10
Green-winged Teal  1
Greater Scaup  5
Common Goldeneye  4
Hooded Merganser  14
Red-breasted Merganser  8
Red-throated Loon  6
Common Loon  4
Horned Grebe  1
Northern Gannet  2     Flying west low over the water way out in the Sound.
Great Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Snowy Egret  1     At the edge of the Swan Pond at the west end
Osprey  1
Northern Harrier  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  1
Black-bellied Plover  4
Killdeer  7
Greater Yellowlegs  1     At Boulder Pond.
Lesser Yellowlegs  3     At Boulder Pond.  Good comparative views with Greater.
Ruddy Turnstone  1
Ring-billed Gull  35
Herring Gull  40
Mourning Dove  2
Great Horned Owl  1
Snowy Owl  1     Seen from Cedar Island Platform with Jim Carr
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  5
Horned Lark  1
Tree Swallow  1
American Robin  15
Song Sparrow  10
Northern Cardinal  4     2 pairs
Red-winged Blackbird  24
Common Grackle  20
Brown-headed Cowbird  8
House Finch  4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17628018

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