This Past Week’s Hammo Sightings (12/27-1/3+1/4)

Although I have not received an email from the head ranger at Hammo, the whole idea was approved and greatly appreciated by friends of Hammonasset. This is my first Hammo sightings report, with sightings picked from CTBirds and Ebird! Hope you enjoy!

These sightings will sum up anything of note, that has been seen in the past week, with the layout changing a bit as this report progresses.

Please see the ‘Hammo Sightings’ Page For More Info

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Not much to report the first week, as wintering birds are settling in, but there are a few birds to note.

-3 Common Eiders continue, last sighted at Meig’s Point on the first. This seems to be a good year for Commons in the sound and they nest, so keep an eye out at Meig’s Point and on the beaches for this species.

-2 Fox Sparrows are frequenting the Willard’s Island trail, feeding under the pines with White-throated Sparrows and Northern Cardinals, last seen on the 3rd.

-A Merlin was seen flying around the campground on the first.

-32 Horned Larks were seen on the first. Even though this is a common winter species at Hammo and numbers can get even larger than this, still keep your eye out for an occasional longspur or Snow Bunting.

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Something to keep an eye out for:

-Berry-eaters such as American Robin, Northern Mockingbird and Yellow-rumped Warbler are still very much present with 93 American Robins being seen on the first. With this said, keep an eye out for rarer species. Up to 8 Baltimore Orioles were seen  earlier in the winter, including a Baltimore x Bullock’s hybrid. A Western Tanager was found at this location, in the winter a couple years ago and it is very possible that this or another rare bird will turn up again. Keep an eye on the robin flocks for a possible Fieldfare or Redwing. These two European birds are very rare but still possible as vagrants.

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Some of the best spots to check:

Meig’s Point: Check this spot for water birds and gulls. Last year, I saw an Iceland Gull around the point, and rarer things have been seen in the past. Also, check along the trail leading to the point for passerines and half-hardies enjoying the berries.

The Campground: A spot that is definitely not given enough credit. Great birds have been found (as mentioned above) and who knows……maybe you’ll find the next major CT rarity.

Flocks: American Robins and Horned Larks were mentioned above, but also check the Canada Goose flocks at West Beach. A recent sighting of a Snow Goose and my neck-banded goose show that there are great birds to be found in the goose flocks.

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If you have never been to Hammo and are not sure about going-trust me-you’ll be glad you did!

This is just the first post. I’ll be changing it and making it better every week-check back soon!

-Alex Burdo

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