[CT Birds] Snowstorm in March birds

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Thu Mar 8 12:15:32 EST 2018

Greetings all.Hopefully everyone is staying safe after this 2nd major storm in CT in five days. Hopefully electric power outages will be short-lived.
As far as birds to keep an eye out for, past March storms have resulted in some interesting sightings.
- There were many flocks of American Robins around Stratford the past few days. It would be wise to study each bird in hopes of finding a rare European thrush such as FIELDFARE or (European) REDWING. It was two years ago in March when a New Hampshire birder found a REDWING among a large flock of American Robins on a school ballfield.
- Many other ground-feeding birds will have a tough time with the deep snow cover. They often will concentrate along roadsides where the snowplow has scraped the earth. These can include American Robins, Fox Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, blackbirds, and American Woodcocks...sometimes in large numbers as they are migrating north through CT now.
- Coastal storm-blown rare birds such as Murres, Dovekie, Razorbill, loons and grebes, etc. might be found along the shore at marinas or protected coves. Large numbers of Scaup are starting to arrive now too.
Good birding!
Frank MantlikStratford

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