Jan kicked off with a record-breaking 28" of snow in one day. Here's my tenant shoveling out our cars!

After a rarity-filled fall, culminating in Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Calliope Hummingbird and a long-staying, (but out of bounds) Mountain Bluebird, early winter had settled into a quiet spell –good birds were noticeable by their absence…no northern owls, no crossbills or winter finches to liven up the short, winter days. Not even the Christmas Counts could unearth anything unusual.

January 2nd – Sandy Point, West Haven, CT

As I pulled into the parking lot, I was surprised to see a first-winter White-crowned Sparrow feeding on the ground in front of me. Even more surprising, was that it showed characteristics of the western race gambelli –“Gambel’s” White-crowned Sparrow. This initial suspicion was confirmed as the bird obligingly perched in a small bush, showing off its pale lores and yellowish (rather than pink) bill. This race often shows more rufous lateral crown stripes compared with the more locally-occurring leucophrys, but these weren’t noticeable in the good, but brief views.

Alex had accompanied me on my brief sojourn, but despite checking the ducks offshore in the harbor, no hoped-forTufted Duck or Barrow’s Goldeneye could be found amongst the large raft of scaup.

Alex and “Woody” getting his eye in on the local sea-ducks

New Haven harbor is an important wintering area for Greater Scaup.



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2 Responses to “JANUARY 2011”

  1. scottvincentphoto Says:

    Nice Julian – Looking forwarding to seeing more of your posts – Good luck, Scott

  2. julianhough Says:

    Thanks Scott!

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