[CT Birds] Nighthawks, Eagleville (Mansfield), 8-20-14
sgrace at audubon.org
Thu Aug 21 08:55:43 EDT 2014
FYI...the swifts are part of 20 we have rehabilitated this year and we are looking to release more next week. The chimney at the school is a roost for hundreds of chimney swifts at this time of year. Tentatively, weather depending, we are looking towards next Wednesday if anyone is interested. I will try to do another announcement the day of the release scheduled for around 7:15. Our releases will then join the flock and circle be for roosting right before dark.
The night Hawks were unexpected. Right as we arrived we were expecting swifts and well above the Chimney swifts were waves of migrating Common Night Hawks. I am making a note of the date and we will keep an eye peeled for next year's flight.
From: Grace, Sean
Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 9:34 PM
To: Mntncougar at aol.com
Cc: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Nighthawks, Eagleville (Mansfield), 8-20-14
We went to the Housatonic Valley Regional High School to release 6 Chimney Swifts tonight. When we arrived at 7:00 there was a flock of over 300 night Hawks passing over head down the Housatonic River. Then another 200, then another 100 then 75. It was epic and Zach Adams our educator and I both counted similar conservative numbers.
It was so exciting to see. Then we released 6 Chimney Swifts that circled with a gathering flock above the huge chimney for an hour before diving inside to roost for the night. It was a super sighting with many dedicated wildlife volunteers enjoying the spectacle.
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> On Aug 20, 2014, at 8:40 PM, "Don Morgan via CTBirds" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> There was a tremendous flight of Common Nighthawks this evening over
> the Willimantic River, just north of the Eagleville Lake dam. The
> birds stayed farther north than usual, so most of my sightings were
> bins and scope only, but I counted one flock of 390 (very low, I'm
> sure). I saw flocks of birds at least 10 times or so, but I have no
> way of knowing if they were the same birds or different flocks moving
> through. I counted well over 300 twice more, but also had many
> smaller groups, from about 170 down to as few as 8. If they were all
> different birds (unlikely) there would have been well over 1000.
> I saw the first birds at 6:45 (but I had just gotten there) and the
> last ones at 7:45 (I left then - almost dark). Normally the birds
> follow the river down to and past Eagleville, but tonight only a few
> ever made it that far south. Must have been a good hatch up north. In
> previous years I have seen as many as 250 in a single flock there.
> Couple of pics at the link below. Note that the bird appears to have
> a large hole or indent in its right side.
> Don Morgan, Coventry
> mntncougar at aol.com
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