Date: 10/20/18 12:11 pm From: Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Madison Golden Eagle
'No luck for GE at Lighthouse. But the theme all morning was "how low can you go?" Everything: Osprey, Harrier, BE, Great Blue Heron was right off the lawn. Harriers were over the lawn, harrying dirty diapers (the strong WSW winds had toppled all trash cans - usually the Park is very well cleaned) and Mourning Doves. A lot of adult accipiters; one could actually compare facial and upperwing plumage differences, eg., between the bi-colored blue back of the male Coop with the drabber upper wing of the female Sharpy. 150 raptors as of about 2 pm. Most seen exceedingly well. 21 Northern Harriers including 2 'Ghosts. Late Bobolink and 3 Chimney Swifts.
From: Gregory Hanisek via CTBirds <ctbirds...> To: CT Birds <ctbirds...> Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2018 1:23 PM Subject: [CT Birds] Madison Golden Eagle
I was leaving Hammonasset about 11:30 a.m. Going out the access road I stopped at a light at the I-95 crossing and saw a raptor soaring out ahead of me. It had some dihedral and I assumed Turkey Vulture, but I pulled over and through bins in proved to be an immature Golden Eagle (broad white base of tail, fairly minimal white as based of primaries).
Hammo was great for shorebirds - at least 10 species including the single Hudsonian Godwit and a couple of Red Knots,.