[CT Birds] Hamden: Lake Whitney: Peregrin Falcon
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Sun Jan 17 16:39:01 EST 2016
3:40 PM: Hamden: What I can only make out to be a Peregrin Falcon was hunting the upper regions of Lake Whitney, back & forth over Waite St. causeway, Hamden.
Ring-billed-sized Falcon, & powerful flier. I couldn't see the face well enough against the pearl-grey sky, but the falcon shape was clear, and the size was clear enough: bigger than a Merlin; smaller than the unlikely Gyrfalcon.
First saw when it buzzed some gulls & then began stooping & diving on one gull, but didn't strike. Gull swore a blue streak. This was in the area between Waite & the peninsula. Then the falcon cased out the area for a while, several minutes, once chasing a couple of other gulls, flying from well above North Lake Condos all the way up near the Mill River mouth then back S.W. & off.
There was a second bird for a little while, but it seemed noticeably smaller -- perhaps a Merlin hanging around, too? Too short a view for me to be sure of, but clearly a second falcon-type bird.
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