[CT Birds] Bluff Point 9/9 massive flight
gswilliams9 at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 9 11:22:06 EDT 2017
from Chris Elphick, Dylan Pedro, Jason Reiger, Phil Rusch, Anthony Vicciarelli, Doug Warner, and Glenn Williams:
Hot corner from before 6am until 9am (plus walking in afterwards - others still there as of 11am) - the best morning flight at Bluff Point in years. Chris was doing the tallying and may post more detail later, but here are the highlights:
9500 warblers of 19 species, a few hundred more walking in later, and hundreds of other passerines. They began really pouring out at about 6:20am and kept a furious pace for about 90 minutes, though some birds were still doing morning flight after 9am. Most birds went unidentified, as they were flying fast and low. Many also went out behind us to the east. The majority were redstarts, with perhaps parula a distant second. Many missed and under counted species.
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 4
Hooded Warbler - 2
Bay-breasted Warbler - 3
Tennessee Warbler - 5
Swainson's Thrush - 9
Wilson's Warbler - 2
Also notable were many thrushes - most presumed Veery, three flocks of Bobolink, Worm-eating Warbler, Warbling Vireos, Canada Warbler, good movement of gnatcatchers, , Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, orioles, empids, etc.
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