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