[CT Birds] Hamden - Upper Lake Whitney Cycle, Sep 5, 2014
ashippee at snet.net
Fri Sep 5 18:13:23 EDT 2014
Water still very low, but refilling.
1) I'm pretty sure I had a Peregrin today, & not a Merlin. It looked more crow-size, I thought I saw "mustache" the one time it circled appropriately, and its hunting was all done by circling around the mudflats, with one good stoop, & then circling higher & higher. Is the size & hunting diagnostic for Peregrin over Merlin? Thanks for your help.
2) Many smaller shorebirds, beyond my technology & skill.
3) Lesser & Greater Yellowlegs. (& nb: previous reports: I might have seen Lesser YL & misid'ed them as Solitary -- with all the mud on their legs, it can be hard to tell!)
And I had conversations with various people wondering about the lake level -- one guy paused and said, "End times! End times!" Um, no, bridge mechanics, bridge mechanics.
Begin forwarded message:
> From: ebird-checklist at cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - Upper Lake Whitney Cycle, Sep 5, 2014
> Date: September 5, 2014 at 5:57:23 PM EDT
> To: ashippee at snet.net
> Upper Lake Whitney Cycle, New Haven, US-CT
> Sep 5, 2014 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.25 mile(s)
> Comments: Lake Whitney still very low, but dam is closed & it should be refilling. I was mostly trying to catch the shore birds, so not paying great attention to other, more common birds. So, may have missed Chickadee, Cardinal, &c.
> 16 species (+1 other taxa)
> Mute Swan X
> Wood Duck X
> Mallard X
> Double-crested Cormorant X
> Great Blue Heron 5 Maybe more
> Great Egret 1
> Green Heron 2
> Osprey 1
> Killdeer X
> Greater Yellowlegs 2
> Lesser Yellowlegs 6
> peep sp. X Dozen plus flocks of small shorebirds, with short legs. Hard to see exactly, & I'm not expert in them. They were something, & I think peeps of some sort.
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) X
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Blue Jay X
> American Crow X
> Gray Catbird X
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19739893
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