[CT Birds] Meriden Landfill

Ricki Soucy rickisoucy at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 1 12:26:01 EDT 2014

Nice morning over to the Meriden Landfill.  Didn't get there till 10ish, but still had a nice list of migrants and year round birds.

2 Red tail hawks
2 Kestrels
1 Nighthawk
1 Turkey vulture
9 Warbling vireos, which were the bird of the day.  Haven't heard so many over there since the spring migration.
12 juvie Eastern phoebes
1 King bird
1 Eastern Belted Kingfisher
2 pairs of mangy looking Wood ducks (Boy are they sorry looking when they are molting)
1 Baltimore Oriole
1 Acadian Flycatcher
1 Song sparrow 
1 Savannah sparrow
1 Piper Cub
1 Cessna
1 Pontoon heliocopter, species unknown  (sorry about those last three, the landfill is across from Markham airport)

Great looking Great Spangled Fritillary in the upper meadow near the road leading towards the Quinnepiac River.  The other thing; the kestrels and nighthawk were going after the dozens of dragon flies zooming all over the place.  Watched one of the kestrels dive down and catch a dragon fly out of mid air.  Disappointed not a single warbler and almost no sparrows.

Ricki Soucy

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