Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Above, pictures of a Pine Warbler on 24 Nov 10; below, a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk on 23 Nov 10. Both birds have been around our house for the past few days. The Pine Warbler has been supplementing his wild food diet with hulled sunflowers at our neighbor's feeder.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Typical impeded view of a Nelson's Sparrow taken on 8 Nov while searching unsuccessfully for Le Conte's. Both of these Ammodramus species run around like mice, gathering Spartina seeds. At high tide they leave the Sound-side Spartina and forage on the dunes.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Above is a grainy enlargement of a photo of a Great Black-backed Gull after it plunged into the water to attack a female Harlequin Duck at Milford Point today, Friday, 5 November 10 around 4:00 PM. Below is a video of the Harlequin being chased and captured by the Great Black-backed Gull.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Here are a few record shots of the Le Conte's Sparrow that was first found by Tom Sayer on 29 October 10 in the Spartina on the west side of the Francis Street spit at Milford Point while he and others, esp Jim Zipp, were searching for Nelson's Sparrows to photograph. We finally got good looks on Monday (1 Nov). Today the Le Conte's was easily seen for extended periods, and the pictures give some indication of the trouble in seeing this skulker. Also seen at the same spot today: Nelson's Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Marsh Wren, Clapper Rail, and a Sora. On the spit the Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, and Lapland Longspur continue to be seen. We did not see the Western Grebe that was around the spit yesterday. The photos are meant to be looked at in this order: 4, 3, 2, 1. Only after searching through the grass do you get a view.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Still one, probably two female Sachems around. First two photos show female Sachem on November 2. Photos 3 and 4 show November 1 Sachem on Montauk Daisy in garden at Crown and Trumbull in Milford. Old late date record for CT was October 22.