[CT Birds] Lighthouse Saturday - At Least we had good looks at the hawks

Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net
Sat Oct 29 17:39:44 EDT 2016

Only 29 hawks today, most low, with several adult accipiters, including only mildly problematic adult male Coops.  The Merlins this morning were kinder, gentler, and perched about the Park, allowing other birds to go on with their lives. 

But in addition, there was a gray, basic plumage DOWITCHER, fly-over.  Shortly afterwards, a probable SHORT-EARED OWL flew over the Oaks.  Dark but tawny, perhaps a female.  I suppose LEOW could not be entirely ruled out.  (There had been a LEOW at Lighthouse on 10/24/2015).  Northerly, nightly winds in late October and early November have been historically good for subsequent Lighthouse owl sightings.   

Here's a very partial attempt to log some of the migrants streaming by, well into mid-morning:  Am Black Duck 4, Hooded Merg 1, Brant 7, DC Corm 44, Com Loon 4, Dowitcher, ssp, 1, RB Gull 20, Herring Gull 160, GBB Gull 3, MoDo 15, Monk Parakeet 17, Short-eared Owl 1, Belted Kingfisher 1, RB Woodpecker 4, No Flicker 1, Downy Woodpecker 3, Am Crow 8, Blue Jay 85, BC Chickadee 21, Tufted Titmouse 2, WB Nut 2, RB Nut 1, Car Wren 1, ventriloquil Ea Bluebird 38+, Am Robin 455, Euro Starling 20, Am Pipit 23, YR Warbler 2, Sav Sparrow 2, Junco 8, BH Cowbird 380, RW Blackbird 473, Com Grackle 2455, Pu Finch 68, Ho Finch 930, Am Goldfinch 12.
Thanks to the MANY visitors today.  

Steve MayoBethany

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