Past Two Weekends

Unfortunately, I don’t have much time on my hands so this will be a quick overview.

Because of a half day in school I was able to get out on the 29th for some local birding. Highlights were a House Wren at Jennings Beach and 5 Laughing Gulls and a Great Egret at Ash Creek.

House Wren

Yellow-rumped Warbler

That afternoon, I made an attempt at the Le Conte’s Sparrow in Milford to no avail. I also tried the next morning and saw the bird, but am not sure if the looks I got were countable, at least in my eyes.

After Milford, I was back in Fairfield for a nice afternoon of Saturday birding (10/30). Dave Hursh and I hit South Pine Creek and tallied the following highlights:

1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 Northern Harrier
~18 Golden-crowned Kinglets
1 Blackpoll Warbler
1 Field Sparrow
4 Swamp Sparrow

Field Sparrow

The extremely cooperative Field Sparrow gave fantastic looks, as shown by this picture

find the Field Sparrow

A group of Golden-crowned Kinglets was also very cooperative and gave fantastic looks.

Golden-crowned Kinglet

the fantastic crown of a male Golden-crowned Kinglet

Another attempt at the Milford Le Conte’s failed, but I did het great scope views of the Sora that had been hanging around this location.

Sora

The next day, James Purcell and I spent 8 hours at two different locations waiting for a Cave Swallow to pass by. Although one never did, it was a great time and we were able to see some birds we wouldn’t have seen otherwise if we hadn’t been at those locations for awhile. A non-rarity version of the Patagonia Picnic Table Effect. Maybe we should dub it the Fairfield Picnic Table effect-you never do find the bird you’re looking for, but you do see other terrific species in the process.

Our first location was the Penfield Reef. Our highlights here included:

3 Common Loons
15 White-winged Scoters — Continuing Birds
10 Black Scoters — Continuing Birds
1 Cooper’s Hawk
1 Northern Harrier
1 Merlin — Chasing starlings
1 Snow Bunting — Flyby

We then moved over to Jennings Beach the big highlight here being a Cattle Egret that flew onto the beach, sat for a couple seconds and took off again, heading in the direction of Ash Creek. All before I could grab my camera.

This weekend wasn’t as successful and much busier. After taking a school entrance exam Saturday morning, Jim Orrico, James Purcell and I headed to Milford for another attempt at the Le Conte’s. And as if it was almost planned beforehand, we missed the bird. It was then up to Ellington for the Eared Grebe. Another strikeout.

I guess, lately, my luck hasn’t been that great as far as rarities go. Hopefully that will all turn around next weekend on the BBC Pelagic!!!!

-Alex

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5 Responses to Past Two Weekends

  1. Dave says:

    The kinglet pics are awesome! It looks like you painted their crowns with a paint brush before you snapped the pictures.

    “C’mere, Mr. Le Conte’s…” You’ll get him soon enough.

  2. Deanna says:

    Still in Orlando and will hook up with Bruce and Betsy tomorrow for the rest of the week. Will go to Titusville on Thursday with them and spend the day at Merritt Island (check it out). Would be cool if we saw the family we met in Dry Tortugas, huh?

    Great photos, by the way! See you in a few of weeks.

    Deanna

  3. Too bad about the sparrow, but it looks like you made up for it with all the pictures, great look at the kinglels.

  4. underclearskies says:

    Sounds like you did OK (Cattle Egret) even without much luck with the Le Conte’s. If twitching were easy it wouldn’t be any fun! Are you and James coming to Hammo on Sunday? Going to venture down for the FT Fly or have you already?

    • Alex Burdo says:

      Hey Luke,

      That’s right!!! Good point.
      I’ll be at Hammo, I’ll have to call James and ask him.
      Will the van pick me up in Fairfield. If I wait at a rest stop could you pick me up there?

      -Alex

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