Date: 9/30/17 11:29 am From: Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] 9/30 Durham birds, 9/29 Bluff Pt
I got out for a few hours late this morning around the Durham area. Passerine numbers were low, and it is clear from the past two mornings that sparrow migration has not yet entered its peak. Highlights:
Durham, Skating Pond - CACKLING GOOSE flyby with Canadas, DICKCISSEL along the berm on the south side of the pond Durham, White Farm - TENNESSEE WARBLER, DICKCISSEL heard only Meriden, Bishops Pond - 16 AMERICAN WIGEON, 11 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RING-NECKED DUCK
Also, the finally tally for Bluff Point on Friday, as far as I know, was 18 species of warbler including TENNESSEE, HOODED, CAPE MAY, BAY-BREASTED, and BLACKBURNIAN. The flight wasn't huge but there was no real dominant species and there were multiples of many. The most numerous warblers were Northern Parula, Yellow-rumped, and Palm. There were surprisingly few Blackpolls! Woodpeckers were well-represented including several Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and Red-bellied Woodpeckers in morning flight. Typical October migrants such as Blue-headed Vireo and both kinglets also came through in some numbers. Sparrow numbers were low.
Those at the hot corner itself reported nice views of many birds stopping before continuing their flight. I spent most of my time watching birds in flight from the playground on the other side of the RR tracks, which can be a good place to study and photograph birds in flight for longer (you don't really see anything land there, though).