Sunday, November 28, 2010

NORTHERN LAPWING in Storrs, CT


Northern Lapwing

A mind-boggling find by Phil Rusch in Storrs, CT at the UConn campus. A first state record, and I believe only the fourth New England record (singles from Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island...nothing recent).
























With Barnacle Goose. No, this photo was not taken in Ireland.

Apparent basic adult with a tall, wispy crest. At the risk of sounding like a teenage girl, OMFG. CT has hosted some damn good birds over the past few months, particularly WT Kite, Fork-tailed Fly, and now this bird. Incredible.

On top of that, a BARNACLE GOOSE and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at the same location completed the Ireland/UK trifecta. A flyby COMMON REDPOLL was another highlight.

- NB

5 comments:

  1. I received your message today and was able to get great looks at the bird along with some OK video.

    Thanks!

    Brian Kleinman

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  2. Nick, was this one appear in the article you compiled for The Connecticut Warbler about what new state birds people were expecting?

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  3. Nice shots Nick, especially like the Barnacle Goose and Lapwing together. Have to say I'm happy the FT Fly appeared in Stamford and the Lapwing in Storrs - the other way around would have been annoying. Nice to think that maybe for once NJ and MA birders will be jealously eying our list for a change ;)

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  4. Hey Roy, yes, Northern Lapwing made the Top 15. It placed at #11, receiving votes from four of 13 birders. The four that picked it were: Greg Hanisek, Mark Szantyr, Frank Gallo, and Danny Williams.

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  5. Those are great pictures of the northern lapwing,I love the crest on the 8th picture.

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