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White-naped Woodpeckers,©BirdQuest

16 Sep Re: Lighthouse Point Park Observation (Stephen Broker) [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
16 Sep East cemetary Litchfield [Carrier Graphics via CTBirds ]
16 Sep CAS Birds and their Habitat Art Show [Kathy Van Der Aue via CTBirds ]
16 Sep Litchfield Pectoral Sandpiper [greg hanisek via CTBirds ]
16 Sep Upcoming Bird Festivals Slideshow ["Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" ]
16 Sep Nighthawks dive bombing [Daisy via CTBirds ]
16 Sep Fall migrants ["Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" ]
16 Sep Re: Spots?? [Daisy via CTBirds ]
16 Sep Long-billed Dowitcher, Stratford [charles barnard jr via CTBirds ]
16 Sep Lost and Found items ["Folsom-O'Keefe, Corrie via CTBirds" ]
16 Sep Re: Important Information for Birders [Mary Mushinsky via CTBirds ]
16 Sep hawks [Janis LaPointe via CTBirds ]
16 Sep LHPP - Tuesday 9-16 [William Banks via CTBirds ]
16 Sep Fwd: Whiskered Tern continues, Cape May County [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
16 Sep Westport Soras [ ]
16 Sep Southport BW Teal [ ]
16 Sep Lighthouse Point Park Observation [Stephen Broker via CTBirds ]
16 Sep Re: Answer to the great "gear down" mystery? [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
15 Sep Nighthawks - Fairfield [Mike Widmer via CTBirds ]
15 Sep Re: Spots?? [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
15 Sep Whimbrel, Boat-tailed Grackles [Larry Bausher via CTBirds ]
15 Sep Sandy Pt evening [Nick Bonomo via CTBirds ]
15 Sep Quaker Ridge 9/15: 1, 308 Raptors (incl 1, 127 Broad Wings) [Ryan Maclean via CTBirds ]
15 Sep Re: Spots?? [Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz via CTBirds ]
15 Sep Old Saybrook and Maine Birds [John Ogren via CTBirds ]
15 Sep Colebrook Reservoir birds [Carrier Graphics via CTBirds ]
15 Sep LHP 9-15-14 + Visitor tips [greg hanisek via CTBirds ]
15 Sep Broad-wing Hawks [Janis LaPointe via CTBirds ]
15 Sep Riverside Park, Hartford [Paul Cianfaglione via CTBirds ]
15 Sep Chestnut Hill hawk watch, Litchfield, CT - Monday (15 Sept 2014) [John D Babington via CTBirds ]
15 Sep Important Information for Birders [Kathy Van Der Aue via CTBirds ]
15 Sep Leetes island/ Shell Beach ["Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" ]
15 Sep Re: Quaker Ridge Hawk watch [Alan Scuterud via CTBirds ]
15 Sep Re: Spots?? [Glenn Williams via CTBirds ]
15 Sep Re: Spots?? [Nick Bonomo via CTBirds ]
15 Sep Spots?? [Daisy via CTBirds ]
15 Sep Shelton - Pileated [Cynthia Fazekas via CTBirds ]
15 Sep Broad Wings starting to move at Quaker Ridge [Ryan MacLean via CTBirds ]
15 Sep String of pearls [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
15 Sep Sunday at Milford Point [Jerilyn Duefrene via CTBirds ]
14 Sep Sandy Point bird pix [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
14 Sep Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch 9/14: 1, 132 Raptors (933 Broad-Wings) [Ryan Maclean via CTBirds ]
14 Sep Yard birds in Old Saybrook [James Sherwonit via CTBirds ]
14 Sep More Nighthawks... [Eileen Becker-Dunn via CTBirds ]
14 Sep Woodbury Broad-wings [Nick Bonomo via CTBirds ]
14 Sep Chestnut Hill hawk Watch, Litchfield - Broad-winged hawks, lots [John D Babington via CTBirds ]
14 Sep Lighthouse Sunday - 193 Hawks [Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz via CTBirds ]
14 Sep Long Beach, Stratford [Tom Murray via CTBirds ]
14 Sep Birds [Lisa Gagnon via CTBirds ]
14 Sep Broad Winged Hawk [stephanie stewart via CTBirds ]
14 Sep Whiskered tern & black tern [Bev via CTBirds ]
14 Sep Whiskered tern & black tern-yes [Bev via CTBirds ]
14 Sep Broad-wings, New Milford [James Dugan via CTBirds ]
14 Sep Red-breasted Nuthatches [Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds ]
14 Sep 9/14/2014 - Branford Supply Ponds - HOODED & CANADA WARBLERS [Gina Nichol via CTBirds ]
14 Sep Marbled godwit [Barbara via CTBirds ]
14 Sep migration [greg hanisek via CTBirds ]
14 Sep Westport hummingbird ["Meredith, Leslie via CTBirds" ]
14 Sep Cape May Whiskered Tern [dbobolink via CTBirds ]
14 Sep 9/14 Hammo [Paul Fusco via CTBirds ]
14 Sep Fwd: Whiskered Tern continues, Cape May County [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
13 Sep Re: Cape May [G M ARCHAMBAULT via CTBirds ]
13 Sep Answer to the great "gear down" mystery? [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
13 Sep Re: Ominous sign [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
13 Sep Lighthouse Pont Park - 105 Hawks [Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz via CTBirds ]
13 Sep Cape May [John Schwarz via CTBirds ]
13 Sep Good hawk count today at Booth Hill W Hartland [Carrier Graphics via CTBirds ]
13 Sep Wilton Birds [James Hunter via CTBirds ]
13 Sep Greenwich:Quaker Ridge Tallies [Mike Warner via CTBirds ]
13 Sep Branford Supply Ponds [MARIA STOCKMAL via CTBirds ]
13 Sep Ominous sign [Martin Moore via CTBirds ]
13 Sep Cemetery Pond Litchfield [Kevin Finnan via CTBirds ]
13 Sep Bits and pieces 9/13 [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
13 Sep Three Newington Peregrines [Roy Zartarian via CTBirds ]
13 Sep Bolton Backyard [Ernest Harris via CTBirds ]
13 Sep Stratford Whimbrel [Shaun Martin via CTBirds ]

Subject: Re: Lighthouse Point Park Observation (Stephen Broker)
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:02:27 -0400
Gee Steve, when you put it like that I'm beginning to think  I've 
discovered one of the Great Truths!
 
Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct  
mntncougar AT aol.com
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Subject: East cemetary Litchfield
From: Carrier Graphics via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:10:35 -0700
At East Cemetary in Litchfield i had 6 Flicker and 6 Scarlet Tanager. Guess my 
lucky number today is 6! Also had 3 Junco - (they don't nest here) and one 
Ruffed Grouse. 


Paul Carrier - Harwinton
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Subject: CAS Birds and their Habitat Art Show
From: Kathy Van Der Aue via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:04:23 -0400
Connecticut Audubon's Fairfield Region (Birdcraft and the Fairfield Center)
will be hosting their annual Birds and their Habitat Art Show and sale on
September 27th and 28th.  Among the talented artists and photographers
known to this list will be Sean Murtha, Dorie Petrochko, A.J. Hand and Alex
Burdo. This event is on our COA Calendar of Birding Events on the COA
website, plus the following link will take you to the list of events for
the weekend:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/1487f43d2690b9a0?projector=1


Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
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Subject: Litchfield Pectoral Sandpiper
From: greg hanisek via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:57:12 -0700
From Greg Hanisek

9-16 Litchfield, Cemetery Pond - PECTORAL SANDPIPER w/ 5 Least Sandpipers and 
single Semipalmated Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper and Lesser Yellowlegs. Also 3 
Blue-winged Teal and 14 Green-winged Teal. Also stopped by Chestnut Hill hawk 
watch in Litchfield, which recorded 117 Broad-winged Hawks, a couple Ospreys 
and one flyby Common Nighthawk while I was there from 1-2 p.m. 

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Subject: Upcoming Bird Festivals Slideshow
From: "Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:38:53 +0000
There are three bird-related festivals coming up and my latest slideshow 
features information on each of them. This Saturday is the "Bent Fest"at the 
Audubon Center at Bent of the River, Sunday is the Lighthouse Point Park 
Migration Festival and next weekend is the "Hawk Watch Festival & Green Bazaar" 
at Audubon Greenwich. I featured a photo of the Sabine's Gull from the recent 
Hartford Audubon pelagic as one of the marathon migrants in the slideshow: 

http://www.wxedge.com/articles/20140916great_migrations


Patrick

Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation
President, Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

Audubon Connecticut
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488

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Fax: (203)264-6332

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Subject: Nighthawks dive bombing
From: Daisy via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:47:17 -0400
Last night I was determined to finally see my first nighthawk. While taking a 
quick stroll at the end of my birding at Hammo yesterday- I saw about 10. Well 
TWO of them were not pleased by my presence and dive bombed me three times 
each! Is this normal behavior? 


~Daisy Echevarria
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Subject: Fall migrants
From: "Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:43:50 +0000
I had my first White-throated Sparrow of the season today at the Audubon Center 
at Bent of the River and two Purple Finches at the feeders. Also some great 
views of a Prairie Warbler in the cedars near the office. Not sure if the PRAW 
was a migrant or local nester though. The bird and butterfly gardens continue 
to be pretty active with good views of birds flitting about from the birding 
balcony. Early morning or afternoons after 3PM seem to be the best times. 


Patrick


Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation
President, Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

Audubon Connecticut
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488

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Subject: Re: Spots??
From: Daisy via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:18:53 -0400
Thank you all who responded!! I am beyond appreciative. It's nice to know that 
I live just 5 mins from one of the best birding spots. It's funny though bc I 
rarely visit since it's SO close!! I usually travel an hour to 1.5 whenever 
someone on here mentions something worth seeing. I guess I really should stop 
taking that for granted. Thank you, Roy, for your in-depth review. I am still 
looking for the best places to hawk watch, find the most variety of warblers 
and go to the other side of CT so any other suggestions would still be greatly 
appreciated!! 


~Daisy Echevarria
  Groton, CT

> On Sep 15, 2014, at 11:55 PM, Roy Harvey  wrote:
> 
> My apologies to all for the length of this. I was going to send it privately 
to Daisy but there were a few bits here and there I thought might be worth 
sharing with everyone. (Particularly about using The Connecticut Warbler 
archive.) 

> 
> Daisy.
> 
> I heartily endorse the suggestion of Bluff point but want to add a few 
things. I usually only get there once or maybe twice a year - for me it is a 
long drive from a painfully early start - but have been visiting the spot for 
over a decade. 

> 
> First, the all time champion of Bluff Point at this season is Dave 
Provencher. Dave wrote a site guide that appeared in The Connecticut Warbler 
back in 1993. You can download a pdf file with that year of the Warbler from 
here: http://ctbirding.org/pubs.htm. The article starts on page 94 (pdf 
numbering, not what it says at the bottom of the page, that is 84). Later I 
will say more about the map that opens the article. 

> 
> (As an aside, the archive of old issues of The Connecticut Warbler is a 
valuable resource EVERYONE should be aware of. For example Nick Bonomo 
mentioned a good book about good birding locations in CT. Many Site Guides were 
published in the Warbler, Go to the Master Index: 
http://ctbirding.org/CTWarblerMasterIndexVol1-32.htm and search on Site 
Guides.) 

> 
> The birds - the mix of species varies as the season progresses. Two visits a 
week 

> apart can have very different birds. The experts can tell how far along the 
migration is by the mix of birds. 

> 
> Time - it pays to get there EARLY.  First light is not quite necessary, but 
> within a couple of minutes of sunrise is recommended.
> 
> Blocking weather - bad weather at night when the small birds migrate.  
> Sometimes the best morning flight is the 2nd morning after it passes.
> 
> Wind the night before - to get a good morning flight requires the wind 
overnight to come at least partially from the west. Someone local such as 
yourself can afford to visit on the "maybe" days and still go elsewhere if it 
flops. 

> 
> Location - as soon as you pass under the railroad tracks, park. It is 
possible to park on either side, which is to say along the water on the right, 
or in a wide space to the left. Do not block the gate. As you walk toward the 
gate to your left will be a small raised area along a fence where a handful of 
birders can stand. That's where the experts all position themselves. (Note that 
the road continues, with water to the right and woods to the left, to a real 
parking lot (and toilets of a sort). Past that parking lot is the main part of 
the park but I don't bird that part and as far as I know neither does anyone 
else.) 

> 
> Watching them fly by - There are some very, very, very skilled birders who 
can just stand with backs to the fence and identify the birds as they fly by in 
a manner beyond the ken of mortals such as myself. One chip of a call note or a 
glimpse and they identify the bird. (At least that is how it seems to me.) The 
rest of us go nuts trying to see one long enough for an ID. Sometimes I stand 
with them for a while and try to watch the ones still in the trees. Mostly I 
move off to the left, into the small field along the fence, and watch that same 
bunch of trees from the side with the sun at my back. Far fewer birds, no 
question, but at least for some of them I have a chance to see them. 
Identification is something else, but at least I see them. The two trails I 
mention below start from that field. 

> 
> Then what? - After that busy stage is over there is still birding to be done. 
That is when you walk the trails from that point south through the woods until 
you reach the outhouses and the main parking area, and then return. There are 
two main paths that meet at either end, and parallel the entrance rd that runs 
along the river/inlet/whatever it is. I usually take the left (east) one on my 
first (southbound) leg; there is one open area with a brushy area adjacent, but 
the whole way can be productive. On the way back I take the other trail, which 
(since I am now headed north) is again on the left. When you get back to your 
car it is probably mid-morning so you can continue on to your next birding 
spot. 

> 
> The map - with the map from the article in hand, and the lousy description of 
the trails I gave, open Google Maps and find Bluff Point State Park. Change to 
the Satellite view. Zoom out and move to the top of the area so the railroad is 
visible. Find the almost white parking area at the end of the road; compare 
that to Dave's map and it matches with the P for parking. A line runs from 
around there east through the woods. Everything I talked about is between that 
line and the railroad, and none is that far in from the road to the parking 
lot. The trails are somewhat visible and probably preferred to the ones Dave 
drew. If you find a spot that looks like six or eight mounds of gray gravel, 
that is to the east of the first trail I mentioned. 

> 
> Hope that helps.
> 
> Good birding!
> 
> Roy Harvey
> Beacon Falls, CT
> 

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Subject: Long-billed Dowitcher, Stratford
From: charles barnard jr via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:17:28 -0400
 The bird was in Ferry Creek (behind the Stratford Marina) feeding in the
mud and water with 26 Short- billed Dowitchers.

It looked like a male, because the bill length was not extraordinarily
long. However, the bird stood a bit taller than any of the Short-billed
Dowitchers and the body had that "swallowed a grapefruit look," with a
broad back and wide chest and belly. The shoulder hump was also very
evident.

Charlie Barnard
Stratford
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Subject: Lost and Found items
From: "Folsom-O'Keefe, Corrie via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:17:05 +0000
Dear CTbirders,

 Yesterday Patrick Comins, myself, and few others were birding at Milford 
Point, Sandy Point, Lighthouse Point, and the Leetes Island Marsh. One member 
of our party lost a gold bracelet that was given to her by her husband at some 
point over the course of the day. If anyone comes across a gold bracelet at one 
of these locations, please let me know. 


Also, at Sandy Point, we noticed a coffee mug and two bird books by the bird 
and butterfly garden. Apparently they had already been there for a few hours. 
Georgianna Jette, who lives nearby, picked them up and would like to get them 
back to their owner. She can be reached at: georgiannajette AT yahoo.com 


Thank you,

Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe
Cfolsom-okeefe AT audubon.org
Audubon CT 
203-264-5098 ext. 310

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Subject: Re: Important Information for Birders
From: Mary Mushinsky via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:53:44 -0400
It's a wise move to meet regularly with the people who run the state 
parks, so they are clear what birders need.  Also, birders can help be 
an ally for the parks.  Mary Mushinsky, Wallingford

On 9/15/2014 3:25 PM, Kathy Van Der Aue via CTBirds wrote:
> On August 22, representatives from COA, CT Audubon and Audubon CT met with
> officials of the DEEP to discuss current plans for Hammonasset, Silver
> Sands and other birding areas in Connecticut. I prepared a detailed summary
> of the meeting for the COA Quarterly Bulletin, which was distributed last
> week and is now on the COA Home page.  Our discussions dealt with the
> recent kite string issue at Hammonasset and several other subjects that
> have been raised on this list recently.  The full Bulletin can be found at
> this link   http://ctbirding.org/2014docs/COABulletinFall2014.pdf.  and the
> report is under Conservation News on p.3.
>
> Kathy Van Der Aue
> Southport, Connecticut
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Subject: hawks
From: Janis LaPointe via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:45:58 -0400
https://www.flickr.com/photos/38030324 AT N05/sets/72157647591135976/

It's likely that my visitors were Red-shouldered Hawks (not Broad-wing 
Hawks).      As a friend suggested, the posture is more typical of Red's. 
Also, these were very big Hawks.    The sun was in  my eyes and the photos 
are poor.    Also, the bands on the tail were more even in size, not the 
large broader bad at the end of the tail.
Janis LaPointe
Enfield 


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Subject: LHPP - Tuesday 9-16
From: William Banks via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:06:48 -0400
What started out interesting with an Adult Bald Eagle sitting out on the 
Breakwater being harassed by a Merlin and many gulls ended with a total of 3 
osprey, the Merlin. the Eagle, 51 bobolinks and a steady rain from 9AM on. 

Everything has closed in and I am gone as of 10:05AM.
Bill Banks
Seymour

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Subject: Fwd: Whiskered Tern continues, Cape May County
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:17:55 -0400
The NJ WHISKERED TERN continues this morning in Cape May.

Frank Mantlik
Stratford

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Begin forwarded message:

> From: Sam Galick 
> Date: September 16, 2014 at 8:36:12 AM EDT
> To: NJBIRDS AT PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: Whiskered Tern continues, Cape May County
> Reply-To: Sam Galick 
> 
> The Whiskered Tern was seen again this morning on the Cape May Point State 
Park beach. Everyday it's been working between the beach and Bunker Pond in 
front of the Cape May Hawkwatch. 

> 
> Good birding,
> 
> Sam
> 
> --
> Sam Galick
> Cape May, NJ
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> 
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=NJBIRDS
> How to report NJ bird sightings: 
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Subject: Westport Soras
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:53:42 +0400
 9/16/14-Westport-Sherwood Island SP- 2 Soras on the west side in one of the 
small ponds out I the open feeding 


Tina Green 
With AJ Hand
Westport

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Subject: Southport BW Teal
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:33:41 +0400
 9/16/14- Fairfield-Southport Beach- 9 Blue-winged Teal

Tina Green
Westport

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Subject: Lighthouse Point Park Observation
From: Stephen Broker via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:13:53 -0400
Don and Roy,

One of the lists I (casually) add to is a list of those bird species I see 
defecating, but only during my observations through binoculars or spotting 
scope. (No arm chair psychologists, please.) A very memorable observation I 
made at the Lighthouse Hawk Watch several years ago was of a peregrine high in 
the sky jettisoning in the same fashion as you captured so nicely on film with 
the osprey. I've seen peregrines defecating (perched and in the air) 
innumerable times during 16 years of nesting peregrine studies, but the 
Lighthouse experience was unique - blue sky, strong sunlight, silver showers. 
We're talking life history strategies here, and this is a part of avian life. 


Steve Broker
Cheshire    
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Subject: Re: Answer to the great "gear down" mystery?
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:11:31 -0400
Don,

I've seen that same phenomena with a Great Blue Heron.  Flying along,
then the legs swing forward, then WHOOSH, a stream at least a hard
long projects rearward, a thick stream!

Have fun!

Roy


On Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:04:29 -0400, you wrote:

>At Lightouse Point we often see raptors flying with their legs  dangling 
>instead of tucked against their bodies, and we always wonder why.  Yesterday, 
>with a bit of serendipity I may have solved the puzzle. Please don't  open 
>this link if you consider yourself particularly "sensitive". This is not  
>meant to offend anyone, and I do believe it is, at least at times, the answer. 

> There are 4 consecutive images, all taken in less than a  second.
> 
>https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9g8j65t9ejdzygh/AAClcrQvhbD9hna8Uz9KlHk9a?dl=0
> 
>Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct  
>mntncougar AT aol.com

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Subject: Nighthawks - Fairfield
From: Mike Widmer via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:03:59 -0700
3 Nighthawks flying low over my backyard/pasture/woods near Samp Mortar Lake at 
dusk tonight - first time I have seen them in several years. 


Mike Widmer
Jelly Hill Farm
Fairfield, CT. 

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Subject: Re: Spots??
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:55:11 -0700
My apologies to all for the length of this. I was going to send it privately to 
Daisy but there were a few bits here and there I thought might be worth sharing 
with everyone. (Particularly about using The Connecticut Warbler archive.) 


Daisy.

I heartily endorse the suggestion of Bluff point but want to add a few things. 
I usually only get there once or maybe twice a year - for me it is a long drive 
from a painfully early start - but have been visiting the spot for over a 
decade. 


First, the all time champion of Bluff Point at this season is Dave Provencher. 
Dave wrote a site guide that appeared in The Connecticut Warbler back in 1993. 
You can download a pdf file with that year of the Warbler from here: 
http://ctbirding.org/pubs.htm. The article starts on page 94 (pdf numbering, 
not what it says at the bottom of the page, that is 84). Later I will say more 
about the map that opens the article. 


(As an aside, the archive of old issues of The Connecticut Warbler is a 
valuable resource EVERYONE should be aware of. For example Nick Bonomo 
mentioned a good book about good birding locations in CT. Many Site Guides were 
published in the Warbler, Go to the Master Index: 
http://ctbirding.org/CTWarblerMasterIndexVol1-32.htm and search on Site 
Guides.) 


The birds - the mix of species varies as the season progresses. Two visits a 
week 

apart can have very different birds. The experts can tell how far along the 
migration is by the mix of birds. 


Time - it pays to get there EARLY.  First light is not quite necessary, but 
within a couple of minutes of sunrise is recommended.

Blocking weather - bad weather at night when the small birds migrate.  
Sometimes the best morning flight is the 2nd morning after it passes.

Wind the night before - to get a good morning flight requires the wind 
overnight to come at least partially from the west. Someone local such as 
yourself can afford to visit on the "maybe" days and still go elsewhere if it 
flops. 


Location - as soon as you pass under the railroad tracks, park. It is possible 
to park on either side, which is to say along the water on the right, or in a 
wide space to the left. Do not block the gate. As you walk toward the gate to 
your left will be a small raised area along a fence where a handful of birders 
can stand. That's where the experts all position themselves. (Note that the 
road continues, with water to the right and woods to the left, to a real 
parking lot (and toilets of a sort). Past that parking lot is the main part of 
the park but I don't bird that part and as far as I know neither does anyone 
else.) 


Watching them fly by - There are some very, very, very skilled birders who can 
just stand with backs to the fence and identify the birds as they fly by in a 
manner beyond the ken of mortals such as myself. One chip of a call note or a 
glimpse and they identify the bird. (At least that is how it seems to me.) The 
rest of us go nuts trying to see one long enough for an ID. Sometimes I stand 
with them for a while and try to watch the ones still in the trees. Mostly I 
move off to the left, into the small field along the fence, and watch that same 
bunch of trees from the side with the sun at my back. Far fewer birds, no 
question, but at least for some of them I have a chance to see them. 
Identification is something else, but at least I see them. The two trails I 
mention below start from that field. 


Then what? - After that busy stage is over there is still birding to be done. 
That is when you walk the trails from that point south through the woods until 
you reach the outhouses and the main parking area, and then return. There are 
two main paths that meet at either end, and parallel the entrance rd that runs 
along the river/inlet/whatever it is. I usually take the left (east) one on my 
first (southbound) leg; there is one open area with a brushy area adjacent, but 
the whole way can be productive. On the way back I take the other trail, which 
(since I am now headed north) is again on the left. When you get back to your 
car it is probably mid-morning so you can continue on to your next birding 
spot. 


The map - with the map from the article in hand, and the lousy description of 
the trails I gave, open Google Maps and find Bluff Point State Park. Change to 
the Satellite view. Zoom out and move to the top of the area so the railroad is 
visible. Find the almost white parking area at the end of the road; compare 
that to Dave's map and it matches with the P for parking. A line runs from 
around there east through the woods. Everything I talked about is between that 
line and the railroad, and none is that far in from the road to the parking 
lot. The trails are somewhat visible and probably preferred to the ones Dave 
drew. If you find a spot that looks like six or eight mounds of gray gravel, 
that is to the east of the first trail I mentioned. 


Hope that helps.

Good birding!

Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT


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Subject: Whimbrel, Boat-tailed Grackles
From: Larry Bausher via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:32:22 -0400
 From Larry Bausher:
9/15/14 - Stratford, Great Meadows Marsh, 4:30 PM - - 7 female/ 
immature BOAT-TAILED GRACKLES, first seen in marsh behind first Long  
Beach parking lot, then followed to top of house at end of Oak Bluff  
Ave., and then on beach; 3 Whimbrel continue, seen from Oak Bluff  
Ave.; 8 immature Yellow-crowned Night-Heron; Great & Snowy Egrets.

Larry Bausher
West Haven

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Subject: Sandy Pt evening
From: Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:12:14 -0400
An hour at Sandy Pt (West Haven) just after high tide this evening had a
juv WESTERN SANDPIPER and an adult WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER. Terns were
feeding in the harbor, with about 175 Commons and 4 FORSTER'S TERNS.

Things have really slowed down at Sandy Pt over the past week, with
shorebird and tern numbers way down from earlier. This is typical of this
time of year, though it is nice to see some Common Terns hanging around
later than they have in recent years, undoubtedly the result of the
continued heavy surface fish activity in the harbor.

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT
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Subject: Quaker Ridge 9/15: 1, 308 Raptors (incl 1, 127 Broad Wings)
From: Ryan Maclean via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:54:23 -0400
Our first 1,000+ plus Broad-Wing day at Audubon Greenwich this season. Many
distant kettles to our north in the morning hours followed by high streams
in the afternoon. While tonight's winds are shifting to the South and
showers are expected in the AM, weather.com predicts that the winds will
shift back to NW by tomorrow afternoon and stay that way for atleast a
couple days so I don't think we're done just yet. The more eyes the better
out here.

*Quaker Ridge Greenwich, Connecticut, USA Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2014
------------------------------------------------------------------- Species
Day's Count Month Total Season Total ------------------ -----------
-------------- -------------- Black Vulture 0 3 3 Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 9 162 216 Bald Eagle 4 57 71 Northern Harrier 0 15 16 Sharp-shinned
Hawk 125 384 387 Cooper's Hawk 6 28 28 Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 5 6 Broad-winged Hawk 1127 2279 2326 Red-tailed Hawk
0 1 1 Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0 Golden Eagle 0 0 0 American Kestrel 24 92 102
Merlin 0 14 14 Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1 Unknown Accipiter 0 2 2 Unknown Buteo
0 0 0 Unknown Falcon 0 2 2 Unknown Eagle 0 0 0 Unknown Raptor 10 23 29
Total: 1308 3068 3204
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Subject: Re: Spots??
From: Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:17:39 -0700
This time of year? You absolutely have to experience the morning flight at 
nearby Bluff Point. Wait for some blocking weather, watch the CTBirds posts for 
forecasts, show up predawn and join the others standing near the railroad track 
fence, and watch the neotropical migrants spit out of the woods right at you, 
like so many sparks from a sparkler. 


You are so very fortunate to live in Mystic! 


Steve Mayo
Bethany



On Monday, September 15, 2014 1:09 PM, Glenn Williams via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

 







Daisy,

The COA website is a great resource for such information. Go to COA - 
Connecticut Ornithological Association 



  
            
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Subject: Old Saybrook and Maine Birds
From: John Ogren via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:32:11 -0700
 Spent Friday and Saturday at our camp outside Augusta Maine, (southern 1/3). 
Saw a Northern Waterthrush, One Common Loon, pair of wood Ducks, Kingfisher, 
Ravens, and surprisingly an Osprey. We have only about 2-3 Osprey in Old 
saybrook this weekend- down from 6-8 just last week. 

 9/15 Old Saybrook, Plum Bank Marsh 6 PM- 10 adult LITTLE BLUE HERON, 12 im. 
LITTLE BLUE HERON, 4 SEASIDE SPARROWS, no salt marsh sparrows, 12 Spotted 
Sandpipers (down from 20-30 a week ago), 4 G. Yellowlegs, no Willets, no small 
"peeps", 30-40 Snowy Egrets. 

John Ogren
 
manager
Northern Rail Services, Inc
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Subject: Colebrook Reservoir birds
From: Carrier Graphics via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:54:32 -0700
Today Jim Moore and I went to Colebrook reservoir. Saw only a Solitary and 
Spotted Sandpiper there. Thought more would have put down there after a frosty 
morning. We also saw about 1,000 plus Tree Swallows hawking the skies and 
moving to the west. All other birds were absent or few with only 5 Common 
Merganser to be seen on the water. 


Jim Moore, Paul Carrier - Harwinton
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Subject: LHP 9-15-14 + Visitor tips
From: greg hanisek via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:51:31 -0700
From Greg Hanisek

9/15 New Haven, Lighthouse Point hawk watch - 126 raptors - 8 expected species 
including 44 Ospreys, 37 Sharp-shinned Hawks and 10 Bald Eagles. Smaller 
numbers of Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, American Kestrel 
and Merlin were logged. It's worth noting that Lighthouse has a different 
species profile than the inland sites, which are now getting large numbers of 
Broad-winged Hawks in their fairly brief season. Lighthouse gets some BWs, 
occasionally good numbers, but they're less predictable here and sometimes 
later than at the inland sites. A few are usually seen here into the first week 
of Nov, a very late date in most places. Today we had one very distant bird 
that might have been a BW. 


Other migrants noted today: 15 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, 1 Chimney Swift, 1 
Common Nighthawk, 170 Cedar Waxwings, 200 Bobolinks and 2 Purple Finches. These 
diurnal migrants are seen mostly in the first 2 hours of the hawk watch 7-9 
a.m. These are birds visibly migrating over the point; on many days there are 
also varying numbers nocturnal migrants (warblers etc.) in the park that can be 
found by walking the trails. 


Also on many days favorable north winds shift locally to onshore winds from the 
south, which can cut off the hawk flight abruptly in late morning or early 
afternoon. Today the peak hour for hawks was 10-11 (49 birds) and by noon the 
flight had tailed off markedly because of a wind shift. (The stronger the N 
wind the less likely it will shift). We had just 8 from 12-1 and none from 1-2. 
The hawk watch is manned by New Haven Bird Club volunteers daily all fall 
(weather permitting) and visitors are welcome. Thanks for help today from Bill 
Banks, Frank Mantlik, Lynn James, Sol Satin and Tony Tortora. 

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Subject: Broad-wing Hawks
From: Janis LaPointe via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:30:15 -0400
A pair of B-W Hawks stopped by a pond in Enfield on 9/10.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/38030324 AT N05/sets/72157647591135976/
Janis LaPointe
Enfield 

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Subject: Riverside Park, Hartford
From: Paul Cianfaglione via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:50:49 -0400
9/15 Hartford, Riverside Park Pond - 1 SNOWY EGRET.

Paul Cianfaglione
Canton
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Subject: Chestnut Hill hawk watch, Litchfield, CT - Monday (15 Sept 2014)
From: John D Babington via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:58:25 -0700
Not nearly as many broad-winged hawks at the Chestnut Hill hawk watch in 
Litchfield, CT today but did have one good hour of 891. Tally for the day 
below. Did have 2 monarch butterflies too. 


Osprey - 1
Bald eagle - 1
Sharp-shinned hawk - 1
Copper's hawk - 1
Broad-winged hawks - 1,109

David W Babington
Washington, CT
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Subject: Important Information for Birders
From: Kathy Van Der Aue via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:25:02 -0400
On August 22, representatives from COA, CT Audubon and Audubon CT met with
officials of the DEEP to discuss current plans for Hammonasset, Silver
Sands and other birding areas in Connecticut. I prepared a detailed summary
of the meeting for the COA Quarterly Bulletin, which was distributed last
week and is now on the COA Home page.  Our discussions dealt with the
recent kite string issue at Hammonasset and several other subjects that
have been raised on this list recently.  The full Bulletin can be found at
this link   http://ctbirding.org/2014docs/COABulletinFall2014.pdf.  and the
report is under Conservation News on p.3.

Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
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Subject: Leetes island/ Shell Beach
From: "Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:08:54 +0000
A juvenile Baird's Sandpiper close to 146 and a flock of 9 Blue-winged Teal!  
Patrick Comins Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe, Stewart Hudson, Katie O'Brien, Carole 
Clarkson and Sandy Nissley. 




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Subject: Re: Quaker Ridge Hawk watch
From: Alan Scuterud via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:31:31 -0400
Our daughter lives near Montpelier, VT and reported a hard frost last night 
(Sunday). More impetus for the birds to move south. 


AL Scuterud
Old Greenwich
 
 

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Message: 4
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:51:22 -0400
From: Ryan Maclean 
To: "ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org" 
Subject: [CT Birds] Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch 9/14: 1,	132 Raptors (933
	Broad-Wings)
Message-ID:
	
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8

First substantial push of Broad-Wings today at Audubon Greenwich with
nearly a thousand tallied and kettles containing up to 106 birds. 600 BWs
were tallied between 4-6 PM alone. Tomorrow's forecast of light WNW winds
could bring with it another large push of hawks and many sites to our north
counted large numbers of BWs that will likely be heading our way. If I were
you I'd come out here tomorrow.

*Quaker Ridge Greenwich, Connecticut, USA Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2014
------------------------------------------------------------------- Species
Day's Count Month Total Season Total ------------------ -----------
-------------- -------------- Black Vulture 3 3 3 Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 27 144 198 Bald Eagle 15 41 55 Northern Harrier 6 11 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 115 182 185 Cooper's Hawk 9 15 15 Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 2 Broad-winged Hawk 933 1035 1082 Red-tailed Hawk 0
1 1 Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0 Golden Eagle 0 0 0 American Kestrel 16 53 63
Merlin 3 13 13 Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1 Unknown Accipiter 1 2 2 Unknown Buteo
0 0 0 Unknown Falcon 1 2 2 Unknown Eagle 0 0 0 Unknown Raptor 3 9 15 Total:
1132 1513 1649
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Subject: Re: Spots??
From: Glenn Williams via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:50:23 -0700




Daisy,

The COA website is a great resource for such information. Go to COA - 
Connecticut Ornithological Association 



  
             
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Subject: Re: Spots??
From: Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:27:04 -0400
Diasy,

There are many places to go, so you'll probably get quite a few helpful
offline responses from folks. I will reply publicly just in case there are
others on this listserv who are not aware of this book:

http://www.amazon.com/Connecticut-Birding-Guide-Arnold-Devine/dp/0965718506

It's a great way to learn the best birding spots in CT - where and when to
go - exacly what you're looking for. Since this book has been published a
few places probably no longer exist, but the "best" birding spots have gone
largely unchanged. I'd recommend it to anyone just learning about birding
in CT.

You may want to call The Audubon Shop in Madison or The Fat Robin in Hamden
to see if they are currently carrying any copies.

Best of luck,

Nick

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT
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> Hey all!! I need your help. I haven't been able to go birding much this
> summer (if only we didn't need money to survive, lol) and I am planning on
> going to different spots on CT for the next few weeks. My question is:
> where in CT do I go??? So, keeping in mind with migrations happening and
> special visitors in CT, what are some exceptional places that never seem to
> disappoint? I am from Groton but am willing to travel to ANY part of CT.
> Variety is the spice of life!! Thank you in advance ;-)
>  P.S- planning on going out to Bent of the River if anyone would like to
> join today
>
> ~Daisy Echevarria
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Subject: Spots??
From: Daisy via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:14:45 -0400
Hey all!! I need your help. I haven't been able to go birding much this summer 
(if only we didn't need money to survive, lol) and I am planning on going to 
different spots on CT for the next few weeks. My question is: where in CT do I 
go??? So, keeping in mind with migrations happening and special visitors in CT, 
what are some exceptional places that never seem to disappoint? I am from 
Groton but am willing to travel to ANY part of CT. Variety is the spice of 
life!! Thank you in advance ;-) 

 P.S- planning on going out to Bent of the River if anyone would like to join 
today 


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Subject: Shelton - Pileated
From: Cynthia Fazekas via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:55:35 -0400
Unmistakable drumming in our neighbors tree, then the also distinctive call 
drew my attention. Then spotted a Female Pileated WP who stayed around for 
roughly 30 minutes from 850am - 920. Great way to start the day. 


Cyndi Fazekas
Shelton, CT
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Subject: Broad Wings starting to move at Quaker Ridge
From: Ryan MacLean via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:03:13 -0400
127 Broad Winged Hawks counted in the last hour alone with kettles of 30-40 
already over Audubon Greenwich. More eyes would be appreciated. 


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Subject: String of pearls
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:03:21 -0400
Ever have a Kestrel fly over and someone say, "There's the  string of 
pearls," and wonder what they meant? Here's a pretty good look at what they're 

talking about. 
 
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/g1prm0juho646nm/AACul4sFg_txk7JbRXMT1LNwa?dl=0
 
Single click on the 1st thumbnail.
 
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Subject: Sunday at Milford Point
From: Jerilyn Duefrene via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:50:58 -0400
Good morning,

My computer at home is sick so I didn't get to send this last night...

I was at the Milford Coastal Audubon Center yesterday from 12:30 - 3:00 and
saw the following on the sandbar:
Several Palmated Sandpipers
Palmated Plovers (4)
Piping Polvers (just 2 or 3 of them)
Black Bellied Plover (2)
Western Willets (2 adults) with 2 what I think were juvenile Willets (still
trying to figure that out)

I also saw some White Winged Scoters but there was one in particular that
worried me. I will just call say it was a female (not 100% sure) but she
was sitting in one place and didn't move when I got closer (I stayed a safe
distance), she opened her mouth to make a noise and nothing came out but
she didn't move. I continued walking and was out on the point for a while
and upon my return to that area, she was still sitting there and actually
looked like she was sleeping. I took some pictures but cannot attach them
here from my work computer. I was just worried about her and am wondering
if anyone else saw her and if there is someone to call that would check her
out.

I am still fairly new to this birding thing  and am working on identifying
shore birds and I have to say, this is tough! I had no idea how many
different types of shorebirds!

I appreciate seeing this list.

Jeri Duefrene
Niantic, CT
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Subject: Sandy Point bird pix
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:01:46 -0700
For those interested, I have posted a selection of the great birds 
(Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope, etc.) that visited Sandy Point, 
West Haven earlier this month. Also a couple of heavily-cropped record shots of 
the Long-tailed Jaeger. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/avocetfm


Frank Mantlik
Stratford
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Subject: Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch 9/14: 1, 132 Raptors (933 Broad-Wings)
From: Ryan Maclean via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:51:22 -0400
First substantial push of Broad-Wings today at Audubon Greenwich with
nearly a thousand tallied and kettles containing up to 106 birds. 600 BWs
were tallied between 4-6 PM alone. Tomorrow's forecast of light WNW winds
could bring with it another large push of hawks and many sites to our north
counted large numbers of BWs that will likely be heading our way. If I were
you I'd come out here tomorrow.

*Quaker Ridge Greenwich, Connecticut, USA Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2014
------------------------------------------------------------------- Species
Day's Count Month Total Season Total ------------------ -----------
-------------- -------------- Black Vulture 3 3 3 Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 27 144 198 Bald Eagle 15 41 55 Northern Harrier 6 11 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 115 182 185 Cooper's Hawk 9 15 15 Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 2 Broad-winged Hawk 933 1035 1082 Red-tailed Hawk 0
1 1 Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0 Golden Eagle 0 0 0 American Kestrel 16 53 63
Merlin 3 13 13 Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1 Unknown Accipiter 1 2 2 Unknown Buteo
0 0 0 Unknown Falcon 1 2 2 Unknown Eagle 0 0 0 Unknown Raptor 3 9 15 Total:
1132 1513 1649
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Subject: Yard birds in Old Saybrook
From: James Sherwonit via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:29:50 -0700
This evening (5:00 to 7:00 PM) 
We had our usual two hummers feeding and chasing everything. Looked up in oak 
tree to see hummer pestering a northern parula. Many goldfinch including a very 
late group of three hungry young birds begging to be fed. A lone night hawk 
went over heading west. Not much of a tree swallow swarm tonight. Last two 
nights had been huge with hundreds of swallows flocking to the river. 


Jim and Jan Sherwonit
Old Saybrook
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Subject: More Nighthawks...
From: Eileen Becker-Dunn via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:18:59 -0400
Farm River border of East Haven & Short Beach/ Branford, 12 Nighthawks quite 
low over the river heading SW. 


Eileen Becker-Dunn
Branford

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Subject: Woodbury Broad-wings
From: Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:52:39 -0400
Hi all,

I spent from about 1:15pm to 3:00pm at Good Hill in Woodbury, CT. Russ
Naylor was there by himself counting hawks, and he already had over 700
Broad-wings before I arrived. When I left at 3, the count was up over 1,200
and birds were still coming. A few kettles held over 100 birds. Very cool
to see. Russ is not online so his totals won't be visible until they reach
HawkCount sometime next week.

As an aside, I posted a series of photos from the great run of shorebirding
that Sandy Point had over a week ago now:
http://www.shorebirder.com/2014/09/sandy-point-ct-shorebirds.html

And a few photos from yesterday of the Cape May WHISKERED TERN before the
rain began:
http://www.shorebirder.com/2014/09/whiskered-tern-cape-may.html

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT
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Subject: Chestnut Hill hawk Watch, Litchfield - Broad-winged hawks, lots
From: John D Babington via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:27:40 -0700
We had a great flight of broad-winged hawks today (14 Sept, Sunday) at the 
Chestnut Hill hawk watch in Litchfield, CT. The day's tally is below: 


Osprey - 4
Bald eagle - 4
Northern harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned hawk - 1
Broad-winged hawks - 3,265
American kestrel - 2
Unidentified raptor - 2

David W Babington
Washington, CT 
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Subject: Lighthouse Sunday - 193 Hawks
From: Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:08:23 -0700
A good day with steady NW winds through mid-day. Among the totals were 54 
Osprey, 17 Bald Eagles, 50 sharp-shinned, 17 Coops, 10 Harriers, including an 
adult male. Not a single buteo was logged as migrating-through. 


Cirrus clouds provided afternoon eyestrain relief but the hawks stayed very 
high up! Thanks to Sol Satin, Howie Sternberg, Don Morgan, Julian Hough, Lynn 
James, Jeff Martin, Jim Cortina, et multi al, for the much needed help. 



Not much of a morning flight at all (front apparently came through to late in 
the evening). The park seemed quiet in the early am. We had several hundred 
each of waxwings and Tree Swallows, 2 Nighthawks, 23 RT Hummingbirds and 7 
warblers. 


...and one Pigeon Horntail (Tremex Columba). 


Full details on HawkCount (eventually).  


Steve Mayo
Bethany
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Subject: Long Beach, Stratford
From: Tom Murray via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:05:53 -0400
3 Whimbrel again today feeding on mudflat just before entrance to beach.
Seen at 7 pm. 9/14 Tom Murray,Stratford
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Subject: Birds
From: Lisa Gagnon via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:44:05 -0700
Lisa G Stafford Springs, 9/14/14. On my way home from a errand one nice
looking red tailed hawk over a field, home one humming bird female and 4
hairy woodpeckers and 6 downys in woods ( border side yard). I always have
the downys that come to the feeders never see the hairys so that was
nice... Lisa. ( recovery from surgery is going quite well) still on
limitations but my boyfriend takes me on rides when I don't feel like
driving.
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Subject: Broad Winged Hawk
From: stephanie stewart via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:15:35 -0400
9/14/14 3pm Vernon: Group of 25 broad winged hawks just circled over the house, 
gained altitude, and headed south! 

             Steph Stewart
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Subject: Whiskered tern & black tern
From: Bev via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:57:07 -0400
1:40pm Whiskered tern & Black tern still feeding, skimming over Bunker Pond. 
Many nice birders sharing information & the sighting . 

Bev Propen, Orange
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Subject: Whiskered tern & black tern-yes
From: Bev via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:53:31 -0400
12:30-12:40pm
Whiskered tern & black tern over bunker pond , cape may state park,NJ

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>   3. Re: Cape May (G M ARCHAMBAULT)
>   4. Fwd: Whiskered Tern continues, Cape May County (Frank Mantlik)
>   5. 9/14 Hammo (Paul Fusco)
>   6. Cape May Whiskered Tern (dbobolink)
>   7. Westport hummingbird (Meredith, Leslie)
>   8. migration (greg hanisek)
>   9. Marbled godwit (Barbara)
>  10. 9/14/2014 - Branford Supply Ponds - HOODED & CANADA    WARBLERS
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> Message: 1
> Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:53:06 -0400
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> I'd evacuate the building immediately.
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> Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct  
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> Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:04:29 -0400
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> Subject: [CT Birds] Answer to the great "gear down" mystery?
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> At Lightouse Point we often see raptors flying with their legs  dangling 
> instead of tucked against their bodies, and we always wonder why. Yesterday, 

> with a bit of serendipity I may have solved the puzzle. Please don't  open 
> this link if you consider yourself particularly "sensitive". This is not  
> meant to offend anyone, and I do believe it is, at least at times, the 
answer. 

> There are 4 consecutive images, all taken in less than a  second.
> 
> https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9g8j65t9ejdzygh/AAClcrQvhbD9hna8Uz9KlHk9a?dl=0
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> Message: 3
> Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:08:16 -0700
> From: G M ARCHAMBAULT 
> To: John Schwarz , CT Birds
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> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Cape May
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> shhhh!
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> 
> On Saturday, September 13, 2014 7:09 PM, John Schwarz via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

> 
> 
> 
> Anybody interested in a run down to Cape May early Sunday to try for the 
whispered tern? 

> 
> John Schwarz
> Westbrook
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> Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:28:06 -0400
> From: Frank Mantlik 
> To: CT Birds 
> Subject: [CT Birds] Fwd: Whiskered Tern continues, Cape May County
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> And Roy Harvey reports his success in seeing the NJ WHISKERED TERN this 
morning. 

> Frank Mantlik
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> Begin forwarded message:
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>> From: Sam Galick 
>> Date: September 14, 2014 at 8:16:18 AM EDT
>> To: NJBIRDS AT PRINCETON.EDU
>> Subject: Whiskered Tern continues, Cape May County
>> Reply-To: Sam Galick 
>> 
>> The Whiskered Tern is back on Bunker Pond in Cape May Point State Park.
>> 
>> Good birding,
>> 
>> Sam
>> 
>> --
>> Sam Galick
>> Cape May, NJ
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> From: Paul Fusco 
> To: "ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org" 
> Subject: [CT Birds] 9/14 Hammo
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> 9/14 Hammonasset SP, Madison
> Thousands of tree swallows, hybrid heron continues, no shorebirds. 
> Paul
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> Message: 6
> Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:28:20 -0400
> From: dbobolink 
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> From Robert and Linda Dixon
> 8/14/14- Whiskered Tern continues at Cape May Point, New Jersey. 8:30am.
> 
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> Message: 7
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> From: "Meredith, Leslie" 
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> Subject: [CT Birds] Westport hummingbird
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> When I went out to retrieve feeder to clean it and change the water, a female 
hummer was feeding on a Buddleia Took out fresh feeder and first bird on it was 
... a male downy WP. 

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> Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:01:02 -0700
> From: greg hanisek 
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> A Blue-headed Vireo this morning (with a few warblers) on Sandbank Road in 
Watertown gave the feeling (along with the wind) that autumn is advancing. 

> 
> Greg Hanisek
> Waterbury
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> From: Barbara 
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> Rocky Neck SP, Niantic
> 
> From the marsh platform : marbled godwit. First seen 10:45 am in company of 3 
GRYL. Flew to west and out of site for 10 minutes. Then returned to view east 
of platform for 1-2 minutes then flew north to far end of marsh and not 
relocated. 

> 
> Barbara Pokorny
> East Haddam
> 
> Barbara
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> Message: 10
> Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:18:51 -0500 (EST)
> From: Gina Nichol 
> To: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] 9/14/2014 - Branford Supply Ponds - HOODED &
>    CANADA    WARBLERS
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> 9/14/2014 - Branford Supply Ponds held some very cooperative warblers this
> morning.  I could almost reach out and touch all but the HOODED WARBLER that
> popped up in the jewelweed near the pond where the small bridge is. It looked 

> at me for a second and as I realized what it was, it dropped down and 
vanished 

> into the undergrowth. I was watching the rest of the flock when a 
Sharp-shinned 

> Hawk out and through a thick tangle and all the birds fled.
> 
> EBird report below.
> 
> Gina Nichol
> Branford, CT
> www.sunrisebirding.com
> 
> Branford Supply Ponds, New Haven, US-CT
> Sep 14, 2014 7:30 AM - 9:39 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> 32 species (+1 other taxa)
> 
> Canada Goose  6
> Mute Swan  3
> American Black Duck  4
> Mallard  2
> American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  1
> Turkey Vulture  1
> Osprey  2
> Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
> Mourning Dove  6
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Hairy Woodpecker  2
> Least Flycatcher  1
> Eastern Phoebe  1
> Warbling Vireo  1
> Red-eyed Vireo  1
> Blue Jay  12
> Black-capped Chickadee  8
> Tufted Titmouse  12
> White-breasted Nuthatch  3
> House Wren  2
> Carolina Wren  2
> Gray Catbird  7
> Common Yellowthroat  5
> Hooded Warbler  1
> American Redstart  6
> Northern Parula  2
> Pine Warbler  3
> Black-throated Green Warbler  1
> Canada Warbler  1
> Song Sparrow  1
> Northern Cardinal  4
> American Goldfinch  3
> 
> View this checklist online at
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Subject: Broad-wings, New Milford
From: James Dugan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:20:31 -0400
We just had the largest single kettle of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, slightly in excess 
of 100 birds, that we have seen in over 10 years at our New Milford home. 


Jim & Jackie Dugan
New Milford
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Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatches
From: Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:14:26 -0400
9/14/14, in Orange, at the Maltby Lakes RWA property: at least 12
Red-breasted Nuthatches.  I found a pair here in June on the summer bird
count, but the widespread abundance of this species here today suggests that
these birds are early arriving migrants.  The early arrival of RB Nuthatches
usually portends a good winter finch irruption year.  It will be interesting
to review the annual report of the cone crop in the Canadian boreal forest
(I believe it will be posted next month) to see if this will be a good year
for winter finches.


Chris Loscalzo,

Woodbridge

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Subject: 9/14/2014 - Branford Supply Ponds - HOODED & CANADA WARBLERS
From: Gina Nichol via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:18:51 -0500 (EST)
9/14/2014 - Branford Supply Ponds held some very cooperative warblers this
morning.  I could almost reach out and touch all but the HOODED WARBLER that
popped up in the jewelweed near the pond where the small bridge is.  It looked
at me for a second and as I realized what it was, it dropped down and vanished
into the undergrowth. I was watching the rest of the flock when a Sharp-shinned 

Hawk out and through a thick tangle and all the birds fled.

EBird report below.

Gina Nichol
Branford, CT
www.sunrisebirding.com

Branford Supply Ponds, New Haven, US-CT
Sep 14, 2014 7:30 AM - 9:39 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
32 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  6
Mute Swan  3
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  2
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Least Flycatcher  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  12
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  12
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
House Wren  2
Carolina Wren  2
Gray Catbird  7
Common Yellowthroat  5
Hooded Warbler  1
American Redstart  6
Northern Parula  2
Pine Warbler  3
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Canada Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  4
American Goldfinch  3

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Subject: Marbled godwit
From: Barbara via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:14:48 -0400
Rocky Neck SP, Niantic

From the marsh platform : marbled godwit. First seen 10:45 am in company of 3 
GRYL. Flew to west and out of site for 10 minutes. Then returned to view east 
of platform for 1-2 minutes then flew north to far end of marsh and not 
relocated. 


Barbara Pokorny
East Haddam

Barbara
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Subject: migration
From: greg hanisek via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:01:02 -0700
A Blue-headed Vireo this morning (with a few warblers) on Sandbank Road in 
Watertown gave the feeling (along with the wind) that autumn is advancing. 


Greg Hanisek
Waterbury
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Subject: Westport hummingbird
From: "Meredith, Leslie via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:58:37 +0000
When I went out to retrieve feeder to clean it and change the water, a female 
hummer was feeding on a Buddleia Took out fresh feeder and first bird on it was 
... a male downy WP. 


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Subject: Cape May Whiskered Tern
From: dbobolink via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:28:20 -0400
From Robert and Linda Dixon
8/14/14- Whiskered Tern continues at Cape May Point, New Jersey. 8:30am.


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Subject: 9/14 Hammo
From: Paul Fusco via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:40:04 -0400
9/14 Hammonasset SP, Madison
Thousands of tree swallows, hybrid heron continues, no shorebirds. 
Paul

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Subject: Fwd: Whiskered Tern continues, Cape May County
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:28:06 -0400
And Roy Harvey reports his success in seeing the NJ WHISKERED TERN this 
morning. 

Frank Mantlik
Stratford

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Begin forwarded message:

> From: Sam Galick 
> Date: September 14, 2014 at 8:16:18 AM EDT
> To: NJBIRDS AT PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: Whiskered Tern continues, Cape May County
> Reply-To: Sam Galick 
> 
> The Whiskered Tern is back on Bunker Pond in Cape May Point State Park.
> 
> Good birding,
> 
> Sam
> 
> --
> Sam Galick
> Cape May, NJ
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/sgalick
> 
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=NJBIRDS
> How to report NJ bird sightings: 
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Subject: Re: Cape May
From: G M ARCHAMBAULT via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:08:16 -0700
shhhh!


On Saturday, September 13, 2014 7:09 PM, John Schwarz via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

 


Anybody interested in a run down to Cape May early Sunday to try for the 
whispered tern? 


John Schwarz
Westbrook


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Subject: Answer to the great "gear down" mystery?
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:04:29 -0400
At Lightouse Point we often see raptors flying with their legs  dangling 
instead of tucked against their bodies, and we always wonder why.  Yesterday, 
with a bit of serendipity I may have solved the puzzle. Please don't  open 
this link if you consider yourself particularly "sensitive". This is not  
meant to offend anyone, and I do believe it is, at least at times, the answer. 

 There are 4 consecutive images, all taken in less than a  second.
 
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9g8j65t9ejdzygh/AAClcrQvhbD9hna8Uz9KlHk9a?dl=0
 
Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct  
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Subject: Re: Ominous sign
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:53:06 -0400
I'd evacuate the building immediately.
 
http://1drv.ms/1tP41V3
 
http://1drv.ms/1qT2peA
 
Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct  
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Subject: Lighthouse Pont Park - 105 Hawks
From: Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:31:28 -0700
Tony Hager reported 105 today, including 44 Osprey (and 20 others milling 
about) and a half dozen Bald Eagles. 



Let's face it, this last front wasn't exactly an eternity of "blocking 
weather." But there's a good puff of NW winds and there should be good hawk 
watching from all CT sites, from Ansonia (Osbornedale) to Waveny (New Canaan) 
and every site in between. 


Steve Mayo
Bethany
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Subject: Cape May
From: John Schwarz via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:09:14 -0400
Anybody interested in a run down to Cape May early Sunday to try for the 
whispered tern? 


John Schwarz
Westbrook


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Subject: Good hawk count today at Booth Hill W Hartland
From: Carrier Graphics via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:49:18 -0700
The Hartford Audubon club trip to Booth Hill W Hartland was a good one.
We had 1,451 Broadwing Hawks with a low Dark form bird go by. 
2 Kestrel - low#
1 Merlin
1 Im Goshawk
6 Sharp-shinned - low#
2 Raven
2 Bobolink
1 B Eagle
200 plus Tree Swallows - they were up with the hawks all day! 
and only one Monarch Butterfly

Paul Carrier - Harwinton
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Subject: Wilton Birds
From: James Hunter via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:53:25 +0000
9/12/2014 - Private Residence Wilton CT - near Ridgefield boarder - 2 Common 
Raven - 1 stayed and called and did his pop notes, etc. for most of the day, 4 
adult Red-Shouldered Hawks, 3 Juvenile Red-Shouldered Hawks, 3 Black Vultures, 
5 Turkey Vultures, 2 Bald Eagles (1 adult), 10 Broad-winged Hawks, 3 Red-tailed 
hawks, 1 Dicksissel. 


Jim Hunter
Bridgeport, CT.

J. Hunter
WHS Biology & AP Environmental Science
WHS Organic Garden Organizer/Garden Adviser
Wilton CT. 06897
(203) 762-0381 x 6032
hunterj AT wilton.k12.ct.us

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Subject: Greenwich:Quaker Ridge Tallies
From: Mike Warner via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:46:02 -0400
Hello Hawkwatchers,

9/12/14 - Friday - Perfect viewing conditions with NW wind and occasional 
clouds in a bright blue sky. 206 migrating raptors were counted with the 
breakdown as follows: Osprey 8, Bald Eagle 8, Northern Harrier 3, Sharp-shinned 
57, Cooper's Hawk 5, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Broad-winged 109, Am. Kestrel 11, 
Merlin 1, and Unidentified Raptor 3. The highest daily count of the year thus 
far was attained by the 12 sharp-eyed volunteers who, at this time of year, 
have a strong belief in Hooky Friday. 


9/13/14 - Saturday - Complete flip in the weather with rain expected didn't 
stop the birds. ESE winds at Force 3 with 100% cloud cover didn't prevent 41 
birds from moving on. Seen today were: Osprey 1, Bald Eagle 4, Northern Harrier 
1, Sharp-shinned 20, Cooper's Hawk 2, Broad-winged 8, Am. Kestrel 4 and 
Unidentified Raptor 1. Although I expected fewer birds today, it is evident the 
momentum is building The watch was called at 3:30 pm on account of rain. 


Sunday forecast - Rain clearing overnight yielding to NNW wind at 8 mph, sun 
and clouds with a high of 68 F. Perfect! Come on down to Audubon Greenwich and 
see the show at Quaker Ridge Hawkwatch, 613 Riversville Road, Greenwich Ct. 


Mike Warner
Wilton, Ct.
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Subject: Branford Supply Ponds
From: MARIA STOCKMAL via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14:34:26 -0700
This morning: 
Common Yellowthroat
Magnolia Warbler
American Redstart
Black-throated Green Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Northern Parula
Black-and-white Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Ovenbird
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Blue-headed Vireo
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Wood Ducks
Belted Kingfisher
I heard what sounded like a Ruby-crowned Kinglet
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Subject: Ominous sign
From: Martin Moore via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:58:35 -0400
Four Turkey Vultures were perched this afternoon atop the Midstate Family 
Health Center on North Main Street Extension in Wallingford. 



Marty Moore 
Wallingford
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Subject: Cemetery Pond Litchfield
From: Kevin Finnan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:38:43 -0400
As of right before the rain, the exact same cast of characters reported by 
Angela D and Greg H continues: BW and GW Teal, Gadwall, Wood Ducks, Green 
Herons and Solitary Sandpipers. 


With the low water level, this location is worth monitoring.

Kevin Finnan
Goshen

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Subject: Bits and pieces 9/13
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:33:49 -0700
From Frank Mantlik 
9/13 Stratford, Access Rd Pool - 1 PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 2 Green-winged Teal, 
immature Bald Eagle overhead. 

Stratford, Birdseye boat ramp - flock of 4 Bald Eagles (2 adult) migrating 
overhead, plus an adult Peregrine Falcon. 

Stratford Greenway (Beacon Point Rd) - 3 COMMON LOONS migrating overhead, 
Peregrine Falcon. Yesterday (9/12) Donna Caporaso photographed a probable 
CONNECTICUT WARBLER with a Yellow Warbler in the fence of the sewage plant. 
Several of us today found 3-4 Yellow Warblers, but not the CT. 

Stratford, Oak Bluff Ave - Great Meadows marsh just before beach entrance - at 
least 3 WHIMBRELS. Thanks to Shaun Martin for first reporting them. 

Finally, some much-needed rain has begun.
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Subject: Three Newington Peregrines
From: Roy Zartarian via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:17:52 -0400
9/13/2014 - one adult PEREGRINE FALCON perched on the Cedarcrest antenna
tower and 2 immature PEREGRINES at the top of a dead tree as the southwest
corner of Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Roy Zartarian
Newington
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Subject: Bolton Backyard
From: Ernest Harris via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:18:03 -0400
9-13-14- Bolton Backyard- 6:45-7:45AM- 26 species including: Eastern Phoebe; 
Pileated ,Red-bellied & Downy Woodpeckers; American Redstart;Northern Parula; 
Black&White, Prairie Warblers;Northern Waterthrush; Scarlet Tanager; Red-eyed 
Vireo and 3 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Ernie 

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Subject: Stratford Whimbrel
From: Shaun Martin via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:20:47 -0400
There are two Whimbrel on the exposed mud flat just before the entrance of
Long Beach. They seemed spooky so who knows how long they may stay.

Shaun Martin
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