Date: 2/10/19 5:24 pm
From: Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] 11 RTHA - Orange to Westport Merritt, Feb 10, 2019
An unusual, at least to me, number of Red-tailed Hawks were roosting in plain view of the Merritt Parkway as we drove down this morning.

In the quarter hour before 9 AM, we counted 11 RTHA's roosting in trees along the north side of the highway, between the UNH Orange campus, a bit above the Sikorsky Bridge, and Exit 41 for Rt 33. (It got to be a game picking them out. The traffic was light, and Mary looked harder.)

Do others notice so many? Or, is there some hawk movement going on? Anyway, it was fun! Dawn sentinels guarding the road.

Arthur Shippee

> Begin forwarded message:
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Orange to Westport Merritt, Feb 10, 2019
> Date: February 10, 2019 at 8:10:35 PM EST
> To: <ashippee...>
> Orange to Westport Merritt, Fairfield, Connecticut, US
> Feb 10, 2019 8:43 AM - 9:03 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 20.0 mile(s)
> Comments: With Mary Porterfield. We noticed these roosting RTHA's from about a mile north of Exit 55, i.e., just past the UNH Orange Campus, down the next 20 miles to Exit 41 for CT 33. I couldn't figure out another way to code this incidental trip.
> 1 species
> Red-tailed Hawk 11 These were roosting on the north side of the Merritt parkway, clearly visible as we drove down this morning a bit before 9 AM.
> First, 4 in a tree about 1 mile N of exit 55, then
> 1 @ mile 32,
> 1 @ mile 31,
> 1 @ mile 29,
> 2 @ mile 27,
> 1 after Congress St., and
> 1 @ mile 23, then we left the Merritt
> These were all in plain sight, along the N side: dawn sentinels, they were facing the rising sun. There may have been ones we missed or others out of sight.
> I've not seen so many roosting along the Merritt (or anywhere). It seemed unusual enough to try to report to you. If there's a better way to enter, I'll be glad to change it.
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