Hammo Sightings-(1/24/10), Black Vulture, King Eider, etc.

Sent by Russ Miller, Head Ranger at Hammonasset Beach State Park, additional info from CTBirds for some reports:

Species Highlights: Black Vulture, Northern Harrier, King Eider, Fox Sparrow, American Bittern

—-families ordered by date—–

Waterfowl seen (8):

American Black Duck — 1/14

Bufflehead — 1/14

Common Goldeneye-alway’s check those flocks carefully for Barrow’s! — 1/14, 1/15

Hooded Merganser — 1/14

Red-breasted Merganser –1/14

King Eider — 1/14, 1/15, 1/17 — 1st year male, reported on CTBirds up to the 22nd. End of the Moraine Trail

Common Eider — 1/15, 1/17 — This is a good year for this bird in CT, it seems this winter there are always some around-Moraine Trail Jetty

Mallard — 1/15

Loons and Grebes seen (3):

Red-throated Loon — 1/14

Horned Grebe — 1/14

Common Loon — 1/15

Herons, Bitterns and Allies (2):

Great Blue Heron — 1/14

American Bittern — 1/23 — Check the ditches and gullys around and behind the nature center

Vultures, Hawks, Eagle, Falcons (6):

Black Vulture — 1/1 — Spreading through CT, unfortunately no info on this has been gathered

Turkey Vulture — 1/1

Sharp-shinned Hawk — 1/1

Cooper’s Hawk — 1/1

Red-shouldered Hawk — 1/1

Northern Harrier — 1/14, 1/15, 1/18

Plovers, Sandpipers, and Allies (5):

Sanderling — 1/14, 1/15

Ruddy Turnstone — 1/14, 1/15

Dunlin — 1/15

Black-bellied Plover — 1/15

Purple Sandpiper — 1/17

Gulls: Herring, Ring-billed, Great Black-backed

Assorted Families (3):

Monk Parakeet — 1/14

Horned Lark — 1/18 — A common winter species here

Yellow-rumped Warbler — 1/15 — Moraine Trail

Sparrows (3):

Savannah Sparrow — 1/14

Fox Sparrow — 1/14, 1/18 — 4 Indiv. seen, with White-throats along edge of woods between trailhead for Willard’s and Cedar Islands

White-throated Sparrow — 1/14, 1/18

———-That Concludes Hammo Sightings———-

This is a work in progress, and may take a couple months to make a steady format with good info.

Comments would be appreciated on this report, such as suggestions, ways we could make this better, etc.

Lastly, PLEASE write down your sightings in the birder’s log next to the nature center!

Thanks You!

Alex Burdo


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