[CT Birds] White-tailed Kite and vagrants

julian hough jrhough1 at snet.net
Fri May 8 10:34:30 EDT 2015

With strong south-west winds and the time of year, it is plausible that southern species might show up in our region. White-tailed Kites are incredibly distinctive and easy to identify with a decent look - Cooper's and Sharp-shinned Hawks are harder! 
Areas along the coast such as Sherwood Island or other areas of open scrub and fields might hold a bird for a while, or maybe it is still not far from the vicinity where Jim saw his possible bird.
Always good to prepare yourself at this time of year to possible overshoots and vagrants: Smith's (oops, check!) and Chestnut-collared Longspur records in the northeast have been in May; a chaseable Wilson's Plover, Snowy Plover or Long-billed Curlew is overdue in the state and Ruff, Curlew Sandpipers and Black-tailed Godwits have also been found in the State at this time of year. These should be borne in mind when birding coastal areas at this time of year and as Louis Pasteur said, "Chance favors the prepared mind". Julian Hough
New Haven, CT 06519

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