Sunday, February 22, 2015

2/22/15, Tufted Duck at Captain's Cove, Bpt; Mondo Redhead

A few record photos of a Tufted Duck at Captain's Cove in Bridgeport this afternoon (2/22/15).  It was found by Tia Green this morning.  Also, on this very warm day (up to 38 in Milford), the Redhead has returned to Mondo Ponds.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Long-eared Owl, 2/21/15, Milford private residence

A Long-eared Owl is sitting in a rhododendron of a Milford private residence.  Photos below:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Great Cormorants, Turkey Vulture

More winter birds in cold, snowy Milford CT in February 2015.  Great Cormorants, 2/18/15 in breeding plumage on the Housatonic near Caswell Cove; TV on Mondo Pond.
Great Cormorants, Old Oronoque Rd, alternate plumage, white hip patch & throat

Turkey Vulture on frozen Mondo Pond; 2 adult Bald Eagles took the carcass

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Eurasian Wigeon, Iceland Gull

In frigid weather, with some blowing snow, this Valentine's afternoon in Stratford yielded what appears to be a second winter Iceland Gull at Long Beach, and an adult Eurasian Wigeon drake at Birdseye.  A few record shots:

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2/11/15, Horned Grebe Birdseye, Stratford; cf Eared Gebe, 1/15/15 Demuth

Grebe comparison: a Horned Grebe at Birdseye, Stratford, on 2/11/15 and an Eared Grebe at Demuth Park in Palm Springs on 1/15/15: the head/neck profiles contrast greatly, with the Eared Grebe displaying a peaked head on a relatively long, slender neck and small, thin, pointed bill; the Horned Grebe a relatively shot neck and a short, relatively thicker bill.  Head plumage difference obvious but not as definitive as overall shape at a distance.

Horned Grebe, Birdseye, Stratford, 2/11/15

Eared Grebe, Demuth Park, Palm Springs, 1/15/15.  The common grebe in S. California, with thousands of Eared Grebes on the Salton Sea--a saline sea like Mono Lake near Yosemite where thousands of Eared Grebes concentrate.