[CT Birds] Hamden: Upper Lake Whitney Cycle, Jan 13, 2018: near-record un-birdy

Arthur Shippee ashippee at snet.net
Sat Jan 13 22:50:01 EST 2018

1)  A near-record lack of birds around upper Lake Whitney this afternoon.  GBHE notable, showing how quickly a bit of shore water can open up given rain & warmth.  Today's sparse report below.

2)  Thursday we had here at North Lake, on the old big antenna, a Peregrine Falcon.  After entering on ebird, I checked my records:  3rd sighting, the other two 17 Jan 2016, & 16 Feb 2017.  Hmmmm.
	This link should take anyone to some photos & video:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10156030417244042.1073741910.525184041&type=1&l=bb56c6cb67  

	(Friday's COHA:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10156032357089042.1073741911.525184041&type=1&l=a5208cabef)

> Begin forwarded message:
> From: ebird-checklist at cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - Upper Lake Whitney Cycle, Jan 13, 2018
> Date: January 13, 2018 at 6:47:44 PM EST
> To: ashippee at snet.net
> Upper Lake Whitney Cycle, New Haven, Connecticut, US
> Jan 13, 2018 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.25 mile(s)
> Comments:     After warm and very rainy day yesterday, lots of snow lost, & edges of Lake Whitney thawed & open, but temperature dropping all today, and open areas starting to re-freeze.  Very unbirdy.  I record every bird seen or heard, even if unidentified.
> 5 species (+2 other taxa)
> Mallard  4     Web Brook marsh.  The marshy area & the bay were open (if not for long).
> Great Blue Heron  1     Along  E. shore of peninsula, about 1/3 way out from Waite.  Then flew off SW, over Mather towards Treadwell.
> Mourning Dove  5     As last time, in maple near 20 North Lake
> Downy Woodpecker  1     Hamden Land Trust parcel, Servos & Mather
> crow sp.  1     Perhaps Raven;  at first I thought it was a hawk, by apparent size & flight (but color & wings & bill:  corvid).  I don't think I would mistake this for a crow.  (I see this isn't quite the slot for "corvid";  advice?)  Tail was broad, but couldn't quite see it as diamond-shaped.
> House Sparrow  14     Or more, one group flying into bushes on shore by Waite at Coram St.
> passerine sp.  1     The only other bird seen or heard, flew across Whitney Ave. to North Lake Dr.  Flight looked like that of Blue Jay.
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41880673
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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