[CT Birds] Coastal migration-Greenwich

greg hanisek ctgregh at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 25 08:22:05 EDT 2014

Hi Stefan,

Glad you posted this. I really like keeping track of that kind of thing. Bobolinks definitely move early, although they can be hard to detect. I've gone to Lighthouse Point on July cold fronts a few times to get a feel for how early things move. Your post got me scurrying to my notebooks.

On July 10, 1995, I had 6 Bobolinks moving through.

On July 20, 1999 I had 50 in 2 hours. I recall that on those dates there were males in motley molting plumage, but by the time the main movements occur in Aug-early Sept. they'll all be identical, golden in the early morning light at Lighthouse.

Greg Hanisek

On Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:01 PM, Stefan Martin via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

I just got finished enjoying a nice coastal flight of Swallows and Blackbirds here in Greenwich. The  surprise of the evening however were 3 separate groups of about 10 Bobolink working their way down as well. I'm not sure I've seen Bobolink working the coast this early..

About 20 minutes of observing.

Tree Swallows- ~400. 1 large group of about 300 and then a few smaller groups following. 
Bank Swallow- 10 (that I could pick out, probably more) mixed in with Tree Swallows.
Red-winged BB- ~200
Purple Martin- ~20 birds feeding over the water and very vocal (not migrant)
Bobolink- ~30-35 total in 3 groups. 

Stefan Martin

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