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