[CT Birds] Bluff Point: 17+ warbler spp, frustrating hummer, Philly vireos, etc.

David Provencher hikerbirder1 at gmail.com
Sun Sep 23 15:04:41 EDT 2018

Just reviewed my pics from Bluff Point this morning. I also photographed in
flight at least 5 Cape Mays. Additional to the list I photographed 1
Northern Waterthrush in flight. Interestingly I also photographed in flight
a Blackpoll still in breeding plumage, unexpected this time of year. Going
through the photos I was struck by just how many Northern Parulas went
through today and how the mix seems to be still an early migration one.
Normally by this time of year Blackpolls are a significant portion of the
overall flight. Not so today, as I only identified 2 with an additional 2
"Baypoll"s. Hopefully this means opportunities for more good days to come.

On another Note, both Nick and I (with our cameras) were away from the
group when the Selasphorus hummer was seen. Dang.

Dave Provencher

On Sun, Sep 23, 2018 at 1:45 PM Chris Elphick via CTBirds <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> The windy, overcast conditions made identifications hard but 9 of us did
> our best during morning flight this morning.
> The best bird was also the most frustrating (which says a lot at Bluff) -
> a hummer, seen briefly, that had rufous flanks but not any other obvious
> rufous. Possible broad- tailed was suggested but the views were too brief
> to say anything for sure. It’s unlikely it stuck around.
> In all we had about 850 warblers of at least 17 species. Nick Bonomo and
> Dave Provencher were both photographing birds in flight and may add more
> after reviewing pictures. Warblers were dominated by early-fall species
> (lots of redstarts and parulas) with only a couple of blackpolls and
> yellow-rumpeds. Nick was able to identify several Cape Mays from his
> photos.
> Another highlight was at least 3 Philadelphia vireos, which stuck around
> at the hot corner and gave great views. We also had a late warbling vireo.
> Other species of note included 2 pectoral sands, 1 nighthawk, 7 kestrels,
> several purple finches, and 35+ red-breasted nuthatches. Full details on
> eBird later. Others should feel free to add anything I missed (or forgot).
> Chris Elphick
> Storrs, CT
> @ssts
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