Late Push at Lighthouse

Snow before Halloween..local die-hards braving the weather!

With a Nor’easter laying down a foot of snow in north-central CT, we escaped with just 1 1/2″ of slush! Such snow levels are  of this early! The breezy NW winds bode well for a hawk flight, but so it was getting late in the season, so I was expectant but didn’t have high hopes.

Juv. Cooper's Hawk

Adult Cooper's Hawk - a barred-breasted individual. According to Jerry Liguori, these types of adults are more common in the east than in the west.

A total of 485 raptors. Over 200 Sharpies. Highlights were a great look at a Northern Goshawk, 9 Bald Eagles, 29 Northern Harriers, of which at least 9 or 10 were adult males, 2 Peregrine Falcons, and 7 Broad-winged Hawks. Factor in Cooper’s, Red-tailed and Red-shouldered’s, plus Merlins, American Kestrels and a bunch of TV’s and it was a great day.

Peregrine at lunch

We also had 5,000+blackbirds,50+Bluebirds, 2 Rusty Blackbirds, 25+ Pipits, a Cattle Egret, a Cackling Goose (likey hutchinsii) and a Vesper Sparrow.

Juv. Goshawk - a beast of a bird that gave brief, but close looks as it powered out over the harbor towards my house! A scarce bird at LHP


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