Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Lost Opportunity At Hammonasset

For a handful of days after mid April 2017 Hammonasset Beach State Park was host to a rare species of bird for its time and place.

The Killdeer above (image 1) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in April 2017.

A conscientious effort on my part to avoid bad weather led to a late attempt to observe a Lapland Longspur that was reported by a handful of Connecticut birders.


The Tree Swallow with prey above (image 2) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in April 2017.


The Willet above (image 3) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in April 2017.


The Little Blue Heron above (image 4) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in April 2017.


The Northern Mockingbird above (image 5) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in April 2017.


The Glossy Ibis above (image 6) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in April 2017.


The Osprey above (image 7) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in April 2017.


The Ring-billed Gull above (image 8) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in April 2017.


The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 9) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in April 2017.


The European Starling above (image 10) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in April 2017.


The Red-winged Blackbird above (image 11) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in April 2017.

In the brief time I devoted to observe the longspur at Hammonasset Beach State Park it was regrettably absent while other familiar species made brief appearances.


The Greater Yellowlegs above (image 12) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in April 2017.

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The American Robin above (image 13) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in April 2017.

8 comments:

  1. So good to see your bird pictures from Hammonsset State Park!

    I'll be up in Rhode Island this summer and would love to go bird watching with you!
    Adele

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    1. Thank you, Adele. It would be great to cross paths again.

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  2. Glad to see your post. Happy Birding!

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    1. Thank you, Jacquelin. The same to you.

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  3. Very nice. Wondering how common mockers are in New England

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    1. Thanks, Tom. Definitely not a bird seen every day like in SW Florida.

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  4. Great narrative Bob! Seeing the Little Blue Heron must've been nostalgic!

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    1. Thanks, Hemant. I need to visit this beach venue more often to remind me of the shore and wading bird inhabitants often seen near the Gulf of Mexico.

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