Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Field Triiip!!!

A windy, rainy lunch hour today - didn't think there would be many birds around, so we abandoned our plan to walk in the woods and escaped to the beach. Less than a ten-minute drive away, we stopped first at South Beach in West Haven, then made our way north-eastward, stopping along the way for coastal birds.

These birds don't count as West Campus birds, and indeed some of them would NEVER be seen in our landscaped and forested habitats.
Today's birders: Sue and Lynn

Today's birds:
Peregrine Falcon, cruising over the beach, stirred up a flock of:
Semipalmated Sandpipers and a
Black-bellied Plover
American Oystercatcher, three
Brant, a flock feeding in shallow water
Black Duck
Double-crested Cormorant
Great black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Laughing Gull
Gray Catbird
House Sparrow
European Starling
Rock Pigeon

Additional Campus birds:
Wild Turkey (Nate's sighting)
American Crow (huge flock in the courtyard-Barbara's sighting)
Blue Jay
Brown Creeper (Tom's sighting)
Monk Parakeet, more on this one another day (Tom's sighting)

15 species for our little field trip:
Falco peregrinus
Calidris pusilla
Pluvialis squatarola
Haematopus palliatus
Branta bernicla
Anas rubripes
Phalacrocorax auritus
Larus marinus
Larus argentatus
Larus delawarensis
Larus atricilla
Dumetella carolinensis
Passer domesticus
Sturnus vulgaris
Columba livia

plus the campus birds:
Meleagris gallopavo
Corvus brachyrhynchos
Cyanocitta cristata
Certhia americana
Myopsitta monachus


  1. Clearly I need to be working out at West Campus more.

  2. So Sue.... How big was our peregrine??? There's a sighting of a juvie Gyrfalcon on Long Island. LOL