Sunday, September 16, 2012

Connecticut Warbler @ Bluff Pt

This morning at Bluff Point in Groton, CT birders were treated to a substantial morning flight, including an estimated 5,000 warblers. Julian Hough and I broke off from the usual vigil along the fence to find a viewpoint more conducive to watching warblers in flight for a longer period, which also allowed us to attempt photography here for the first time (key word here being attempt!). Our reward was a rather low-altitude (for the location) flyby CONNECTICUT WARBLER.

Perhaps more thoughts on Bluff Pt in a future post. Here are some photos of the COWA.

 - Nick

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Clay-colored Sparrow at Hammonasset

The highlight of a relatively slow morning at Hammo today was this CLAY-COLORED SPARROW mixed in with a flock of Chippies. While sparrow migration peaks locally in October, Clay-colored is an early migrant that is usually first reported by mid-September. This eastward-pushing species is still scarce in Connecticut but I usually run into a couple each fall if I get out enough.

Clay-colored Sparrow
 - NB