Date: 5/27/18 8:49 am From: Jory Teltser via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Fairfield County Big Day Results
Yesterday, Preston Lust, Will Schenck (in part), and I participated in a Big Day across Fairfield County. Though it was fairly casual (We took frequent breaks throughout the day), we still birded for 20hrs around the county. We ended with a total of 130 species. This was a fairly low count in our opinion, but is probably expected due to the time of year (it's a little late in the season to a big day) and the fact that we took a location approach rather than a species approach when planning our route. I would guess that 140 (maybe even 150) species are possible for a big day for this time of year.
Highlights include a self-found KENTUCKY WARBLER at an undisclosed location (though this is honestly not that big of a deal anymore, as it feels like they are showing up left and right across the state this year). Other highlights include White-rumped Sandpiper, Mourning Warbler, Black-billed Cuckoo, Horned Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser, Long-tailed Ducks, Gray-cheeked Thrush, and Eastern Meadowlark.