[CT Birds] Stratford Point November birds/pics

Scott Kruitbosch skruitbosch at rtpi.org
Tue Nov 3 16:09:33 EST 2015

It's been predictably quieter at Stratford Point as we enter November, 
but here's a lovely Blue-headed Vireo from yesterday: 

And a close Field Sparrow today: http://rtpi.org/field-sparrow/

Waterfowl continues to be a little less diverse than usual by now and 
certainly minimal in abundance - not surprising considering 
regional/local conditions. Harriers pass in and out, but we have not 
found any Short-eared Owls on site yet. We've had a subtle little 
irruption of feeder species that continues now with some Downy 
Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch and the like 
passing through in low numbers. An occasional Pine Siskin or Purple 
Finch has come through Stratford, and small numbers of Snow Buntings and 
American Pipits persist. We have some lingering Yellow-rumped Warblers 
though the rest are about done. Laughing Gulls are slowly (probably, 
finally) moving out along with a few more shorebird species as 
Sanderling and Dunlin build.

It's mostly what we expect for the date with a variance in abundance 
here and there. November certainly is rarity time, and all this air 
moving up from the south will bring Connecticut something for this 
weekend. I was intrigued by the reports of massive Redpoll movements at 
the Tadoussac Bird Observatory near the end of the St. Lawrence River in 
Quebec. They had a total of 70,000 migrate through on October 26-28, 
with another 55,000 on Halloween. We shall see...

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator
Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
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Jamestown, NY 14701
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skruitbosch at rtpi.org
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