Thanksgiving birds

No, turkeys weren’t the only bird I saw this weekend.

While up in Niantic, CT, I managed to squeeze in some birding at some local places, including Oswegatchie hills, Gorton pond, and of course, Hammonasset.

Despite birding being relatively slow, the real attraction of the weekend were the ducks. Ring-necked Ducks, Ruddy Ducks, and Green-winged Teal were all nice, and there were also the usual Horned Larks and Snow Buntings on the Hammonasset field. Sadly there were no longspurs like I  saw the week before on the CYBC field trip.  Also at Hammonasset were shorebirds- Sanderlings and Ruddy Turnstones.

Over all, the variety of birds was low, and the only seabird was a Red-throated Loon.

Ruddy ducks at Gorton pond, Niantic. Note stiff, upturned tail.

Ring-necked Ducks on Clark Pond, in the Oswegatchie Hills.

Green-winged Teal at Hammonasset

And lets not forget fungi! Here is a really cool specimen from the Oswegatchie Hills.


It was only when I got home that I heard about the lapwing in Storrs. Too bad. It would of been great- the Fork-Tailed Flycatcher and Cave Swallows I saw last week and a lapwing all in one month! But alas, time is a burden and sometimes rarity chasing does not work out.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

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