[CT Birds] Lighthouse Point Park Sunday ng August 24
Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz
rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net
Sun Aug 24 11:29:04 EDT 2014
I took Dana Campbell's earlier advice, donned my brightest red T-shirt and headed over to the Lighthouse hawk watch (0830 to 1030). The shirt worked - once. I had a single RT Hummingbird whiz past within 4 feet. Otherwise things were slow: one Baltimore Oriole, a local Coop and Red-tail, up to 5 Osprey milling/feeding. Winds remained steady, light NW.
The entire center of the Park is dominated by a very well drained, hard granite surface with short grass. This expansive lawn is a critical habitat for migratory and wintering birds. It has supported many CT rarities during decades of observation. It is also a perfect natural surface for parking cars. This occurs extremely rarely, perhaps for a few hours, a half a dozen times a year.
About a quarter acre of the park has recently been sloppily paved with compressed, ground asphalt. The entire Park is scribed in chalk lines. I will try to find out more about the destruction of this IBA, but does anyone else have any information that they could share?
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