3rd November – Going loco at lighthouse!

Strong NW winds made for a great late fall day at Lighthouse with big numbers of diurnal migrants and a good showing of hawks, especially buteos. Highlights included two close Northern Goshawks, small numbers of White-winged Crossbills and 8 Cave Swallows.

Red-tailed Hawk – up close and personal!

Non-raptor highlights (totals courtesy of Nick Bonomo):
Common Raven  1
Tree Swallow  47
Cave Swallow  8
Red-breasted Nuthatch  3
Eastern Bluebird  276
American Robin  6,695
American Pipit  56
Cedar Waxwing  467
Dickcissel  1
Red-winged Blackbird  20,685
Rusty Blackbird  23
Common Grackle  159,950
Purple Finch  84
House Finch  263
White-winged Crossbill  7     groups of 3,1,1,1,1
Pine Siskin  78
American Goldfinch  360


Distant Northern Goshawk – juv. Initially picked up by Nick as it snuck behind us at head height, it quickly disappeared into the woods before finally circling up and out.

A quick stop at Fort Hale park to check the pines for crossbills resulted in two White-winged’s!

Male White-winged Crossbill, Nathan Hale Park, New Haven. A record shot!



One Response to “3rd November – Going loco at lighthouse!”

  1. jodi Says:

    WOW! Beautiful shots!!

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