[CT Birds] Fwd: eBird Report - Upper Lake Whitney Cycle, Aug 29, 2014

Arthur Shippee ashippee at snet.net
Fri Aug 29 20:45:30 EDT 2014

Upper Lake Whitney is about 3+' down today, mostly affecting the bay by Mather and Waite & especially the area N. of Waite towards Mill River mouth, where there's the most visible lake bed.  There were Killdeer and either Solitaries or Spotted, I think -- a bit too far for me to be sure, even with my scope.  

I also saw a House Wren, on Mather east of Waite, on the south side (looking towards Treadwell).  I've not seen many of them around here all the years I've been here.  Flo, as you can tell, RWA territory.  

Lots of Wood Ducks, and few others.  I guess a good year for the woodies here.  And, relative lots of Great Blue Heron -- 5 or 6 two days running.  (Yesterday, I did have B-c Night-Heron, so all 4 common ones, & my wife saw the BCNH today.)

So, trot over with a scope & see what's up!

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist at cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - Upper Lake Whitney Cycle, Aug 29, 2014
> Date: August 29, 2014 at 11:57:15 AM EDT
> To: ashippee at snet.net
> Upper Lake Whitney Cycle, New Haven, US-CT
> Aug 29, 2014 8:50 AM - 10:50 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> Comments:     Out with scope today.  Due to dam work, RWA is dropping the level of Lake Whitney.  It's about 3' down now, especially noticeable above Waite St. towards Mill River mouth and in bay adjacent to Waite & Mather.
> 27 species (+2 other taxa)
> Canada Goose  X
> Mute Swan  X     Cygnets from this spring still around.  Maybe two.
> Wood Duck  20     Likely considerably more.  In several locations, quite a few.
> Mallard  4     1st Mallards I've seen in a while.
> Double-crested Cormorant  X
> Great Blue Heron  5     Perhaps 6.  Clearly 5 N. of Waite
> Great Egret  1
> Green Heron  1
> Osprey  1
> Accipiter sp.  1
> Red-tailed Hawk  1
> Killdeer  2
> Scolopacidae sp.  2     Probably either Solitary or Spotted Sandpiper, but at the edge of my scope range.  I don't see how else to post these birds than here.
> Mourning Dove  X
> Belted Kingfisher  2     Noisy and dashing around.  Good sightings.
> Northern Flicker  1     Yellow-shafted.  Perhaps even 2 or 3.
> Eastern Phoebe  1
> Blue Jay  X
> American Crow  X
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
> Black-capped Chickadee  X     A flock moving around
> House Wren  1     I rarely see them here.
> American Robin  4     Or more, in a flock.
> Gray Catbird  X
> Song Sparrow  2
> Northern Cardinal  1
> Common Grackle  X
> American Goldfinch  X
> House Sparrow  X
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19604252
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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