[CT Birds] 'Tis the season - Be Prepared - if you see something, say something!

julian hough jrhough1 at snet.net
Thu Nov 12 13:36:15 EST 2015

With this bleak and wet blocking weather, Saturday's NW winds look set to bring the last strong push of buteos, with Golden Eagle and Northern Goshawk likely at this time.
The south-westerly winds have pushed numbers of Cave Swallows to Cape May (236 past the hawkwatch yesterday) and assuming there are more to the north and east of the Great Lakes, methinks an avalanche of Cave Swallows is likely on Saturday. Although they are earlier migrants than Cave Swallows, it is worth checking for Violent Green Swallows in this movement - another long-awaited addition to the state list.

The poster child for sw vagrants, Ash-throated Flycatcher, is also likely, as well as potential goodies like Vermillion Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Black-chinned and Calliope Hummingbirds and Franklin's Gull. There has already been records of the last two species in the last month.
So, let's be diligent about any late "Great Crested Flycatchers", "Ruby-throated Hummingbirds", "Western Kingbirds", "Laughing Gulls with really black hoods" and "Tree Swallows with lots of white wrapping around the rump". 

They may not be what they appear to be.

 Julian Hough New Haven, CT 06519 www.naturescapeimages.wordpress.com 


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