Date: 11/5/18 4:39 pm From: Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] recent migration notes (Evening Grosbeaks, RTLO flight)
Yesterday morning I spent a few hours at Ecology Park in Hamden. A moderate flight passed through/over the park, about as expected in numbers and diversity for the date. I met up with Paul Wolter for the later portions. Highlights included 2 CHIMNEY SWIFTS (getting late), 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS and about 10,000 COMMON GRACKLES. Paul had a FOX SPARROW. The hawk flight was very light as of 1030a when I left. Julian Hough noted a particularly strong flight of kinglets at Lighthouse Pt in Hew Haven.
Today I spent 2 hours late morning seawatching from the pavilion at Meigs Point at Hammonasset Beach SP in Madison. The unquestionable highlight was a flight of Red-throated Loons. I tallied 223; the largest flock was 24 birds and flocks of 5-10 were routine. Only low numbers of other birds moving, including a single NORTHERN GANNET and my first LONG-TAILED DUCKS of the year.
Just a reminder that inclement weather like this in November can down migrant waterbirds on inland lakes, so those are worth checking.