Showing posts from October, 2010

Le Conte's Sparrow in CT

Tom Sayers found and photographed a LE CONTE'S SPARROW at Milford Point in Milford, CT. Thanks to Tom and the other birders present this afternoon when I arrived, I was able to see the bird without much trouble. Looks were brief but very good. This one was very high on my CT wish-list...thank you Tom for the great find! Le Conte's Sparrow - NB

Exciting time of year

I've just returned from a week-and-a-half birding tour to Brazil which was hugely successful. A trip report with some photos will follow in the coming days. I've come home to notice that we've officially entered that point in the fall when vagrants from all directions become more likely. A quick browse of regional listservs reveal reports of such goodies as Gray Kingbird, the first Cave Swallows, Boreal Chickadees (part of a Black-capped movement), Purple Gallinule, Le Conte's Sparrow, and most intriguingly an unidentified martin in Massachusetts. Combine that excitement with the comfortable temperatures and beautiful foliage, and it's a great time to be outside birding. I'll be working 17 of the next 19 days before my next period of time off. In the meantime, I'll be working on the Brazil report. - NB

too little time

Just finishing up a 12-day stretch at work, which generally means little/no birding during that time. The lack of updates will continue as I will be in Brazil for about a week and a half. Hopefully some interesting sightings and photos to report when I get back. It's very likely that I will not have birded locally for the entire month of October, which is a bit of a shame because it's one of the best months of the year around here. Still, no complaints about spending 11 days in Brazil. Counting the days 'til retirement... :) - NB