[CT Birds] Lighthouse Point hawkwatch, 10-9-14

Mntncougar at aol.com Mntncougar at aol.com
Thu Oct 9 19:11:54 EDT 2014

A decent day considering the strong west winds turning to  west-southwest 
in the afternoon. 208 Migrating raptors including 91  Sharp-shinned Hawks, 55 
Coopers Hawks and 38 American Kestrels. Also 8  Peregrine Falcons and 5 
Merlins. The Peregrines put on a show  this morning, chasing each other around 
and terrorizing the other birds in  the park. In particular a very large 
adult female sparred with 2 much  smaller males. At one point the female 
snatched a bird out of the air for  breakfast but the other two took off after 
her. Results unknown, but before long  they were back creating havoc again. 
The busy Merlins were making strafing runs across the field  with 
afterburners on all day long.  Not too much  passerine movement today, perhaps they 
felt pinned down by the falcons. 57  Canada Geese managed to make it through. 
A few Am. Pipits and Purple finches  were heard, and flocks of Cedar 
Waxwings are still moving . 
Perhaps due to the wind direction the birds were coming from  unusual 
directions this morning, but thanks to lots of good eyes we tracked them  down. 
Thanks to all for the help. 
Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct  
mntncougar at aol.com

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