Saturday, January 12, 2008

January 12 - Hammonasset Park again

I rode with a few friends back up to Hammo today in order to see the Red Crossbills, and we were handsomely rewarded. We saw just over two-dozen of the beauties from close range.
Very nice views were had by all, and it was a life bird for two in the group.

And we even got to see them take to the ground for some water !

credit: Stephanie Seymour

Down by Meigs Point Nature Center we had a flock of Horned Larks and there were 3 Lapland Longspurs mixed in. And behind the blind there, we had wonderful views of an American Bittern as it warmed itself and preened right out in the open.
credit: Arthur Morris

Later, after dipping on the Chat that was reprted in Old Lyme, a return trip to Meigs produced a flyby Northern Goshawk !
credit: Mike Pope

Finally, on the jetty we saw Ruddy Turnstones, Dunlin, Sanderling, Black-Bellied Plover, and Common Goldeneye and Common Loons in the water.