Today I joined other members of the newly formed Connecticut Young Birder’s Club for an exciting day of birding along the CT coast. Our first stop was Hammo where we got our biggest highlights right off the bat. The flock of Horned Larks delivered a Lapland Longspur, a regular occurrence at Hammo this time of year. A flock of Snow Buntings appeared, putting on a great show.
Our next stop was the observation platform at the start of the Moraine Trail. Here we picked up many good birds, including Common Eider, White-winged Scoter and Purple Sandpiper.
A Surf Scoter and Hermit Thrush were some of the other goodies.
Soon we left Hammo, bound for the East Shore Sewage Treatment Plant. This is, without a doubt Connecticut’s best spot for lingering insectivores. And why? The warm sewage water keeps the insects alive which attract any late warblers, swallows, etc. Isn’t it high time for a Townsend’s Warbler to end up in CT……..
For most people in the group, the 2 Cave Swallows hanging around the plant were a life bird. I was lucky enough to see them here the day before, but even so, was happy to enjoy them once again with my fellow young birders. The Cave Swallows were undoubtedly the biggest highlights of the trip. Besides the Caves, we also enjoyed a slew of lingering insectivores, including: American Redstart, Blackpoll Warbler and Pine Warbler. I also had 2 Palm Warblers here yesterday.
Sorry about the poor image quality. For a better Cave Swallow shot see Benjamin Van Doren’s blog.
Overall it was a very successful trip. There was an excellent turnout of young birders with Luke, Brian and Frank providing fantastic leadership. Can’t wait for the next trip!