[CT Birds] Sherwood Island Highlights

Tina and Peter Green petermgreen at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 23 20:32:17 EDT 2015


I forgot to mention that I also spotted a drone with my scope that appeared to be hovering over the RR tracks or I-95 towards the east but not in the park.

Tina Green
Westport
Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 23, 2015, at 8:22 PM, Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> 
> I planned to spend a few hours at Sherwood Island SP today and ended up birding for almost 10 hours and tallying 78 species.I covered almost the entire park including scoping Long Island Sound,walking the edge of the marsh at high tide,birding the west woods and also the very east end.I ended the day by hawk watching from the model airplane field which was fantastic. I had no idea Sherwood could produce so many hawks at this time of year with strong NW winds. I think I'll have to do this every year from now on.
> Here is my eBird checklist for the day!
> 
> Sherwood Island State Park
> Oct 23, 2015
> 7:59 AM
> Traveling
> 3.00 miles
> 589 Minutes
> All birds reported? Yes
> Comments: Sunny,NW winds 10-20 all day,50 degrees. In part with AJ Hand,Jory Teltser,& Alex Burdo later in the afternoon for a short time.
> Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.0.1 Build 5
> 
> 58 Canada Goose
> 4 Wood Duck
> 37 American Black Duck
> 3 Mallard
> 3 Bufflehead
> 1 Common Loon
> 17 Double-crested Cormorant
> 3 Great Blue Heron
> 6 Great Egret
> 1 Snowy Egret
> 3 Black-crowned Night-Heron -- In cedars across the Mill pond
> 8 Black Vulture
> 54 Turkey Vulture
> 11 Northern Harrier -- 1 gray ghost
> 12 Sharp-shinned Hawk
> 9 Cooper's Hawk -- Two individuals in the park hunting,one almost flew into me. Others were migrants
> 2 Accipiter sp.
> 1 Bald Eagle -- 2:15 it appeared from the east and put hundreds of gull up before moving out over the sound and south.First year bird.
> 8 Red-tailed Hawk
> 7 Killdeer
> 1 Spotted Sandpiper -- In marsh behind nature center at 9:33am on a falling tide
> 2 Greater Yellowlegs
> 38 Laughing Gull
> 16 Ring-billed Gull
> 70 Herring Gull
> 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull -- At very east end of park near Burying Hill Beach.
> 13 Great Black-backed Gull
> 27 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
> 8 Mourning Dove
> 1 Great Horned Owl -- Male in deciduous tree
> 3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
> 3 Downy Woodpecker
> 2 Northern Flicker
> 2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
> 11 American Kestrel -- Model airplane field
> 7 Merlin
> 2 Peregrine Falcon
> 8 Eastern Phoebe
> 1 Blue-headed Vireo -- 11:32 on west end platform trail
> 10 Blue Jay
> 17 American Crow
> 3 Fish Crow
> 2 Common Raven -- East end at 4:16
> 9 Horned Lark
> 100 Tree Swallow -- Push of migrants around 3:15
> 2 Cave Swallow -- Spotted while hawk watching and watching for swallows from 2:40-5:40pm at the model airplane field. Swallow with a squarish tail,rufous throat and rump similar in color unlike a Cliff Swallow.Picked up in scope at 4:50pm while checking through Tree Swallows that were moving through from 2:40pm and into the late afternoon with my bins.
> 19 Black-capped Chickadee
> 12 Tufted Titmouse
> 4 White-breasted Nuthatch
> 1 Brown Creeper
> 3 Marsh Wren
> 7 Golden-crowned Kinglet
> 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
> 9 Hermit Thrush
> 31 American Robin
> 3 Gray Catbird -- Near bridge near nature center
> 3 Northern Mockingbird
> 100 European Starling
> 20 American Pipit
> 1 Common Yellowthroat -- East end of park
> 2 Palm Warbler (Yellow)
> 50 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
> 7 Nelson's Sparrow
> 12 Chipping Sparrow
> 36 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
> 27 White-throated Sparrow
> 2 Vesper Sparrow
> 20 Savannah Sparrow
> 42 Song Sparrow
> 21 Swamp Sparrow
> 2 Eastern Towhee -- Just when I thought the towhees had moved on,I heard one at 11:30 near the west side viewing platform 
> 8 Northern Cardinal
> 750 Red-winged Blackbird -- Flyovers
> 3 Eastern Meadowlark -- Flushed from marsh behind model airplane field
> 40 Common Grackle
> 150 Brown-headed Cowbird
> 1 blackbird sp. -- Probable yellow-headed blackbird
> 6 American Goldfinch
> 
> Number of Taxa: 78
> 
> 
> Tina Green
> Sent from my iPhone
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