These European Starlings didn't seem to mind the snow flurries. They were having a grand old time in this puddle of melted snow. They were awfully bold. I wonder if they think they are camouflaged by their little white speckles in the snowy weather? The Horned Larks at Hammonasset Park were bothered at all by the snow. I enjoyed getting a close up view of their facial markings. It brought some color and contrast to what was otherwise a gloomy day.
The larks were burying their bills into the snow and plucking out bits of food. I have no idea what this one found but I wouldn't be surprised if it was a leftover from a happy meal.
Meig's Point was super windy and cold. I lasted about 5 minutes outside of my truck before my hands went totally numb. There was a nice variety of shorebirds in the area including Ruddy Turnstones, Dunlin, Sanderlings, and ............
Purple Sandpipers. The one on the right can't seem to decide if it wants to hop across or peck the rock in front of it. Life is always full of tough decisions. There was a few distant birds in the water that I missed out on because I didn't bring my spotting scope. I didn't plan on ending up at hammonasset but I should have brought it just in case. My ideal spotting scope would be 10.5" long (would fit in my vest pocket), have a 30x high definition image, have image stabilization technology (so I wouldn't need a tripod), and would sell for $169.99. If you find something that fits that description please let me know.
I found my good old reliable Bufflehead at the saybrook causeway. The only challenge of finding them here is that you are not allowed to stop your car on the bridge. It didn't say that you couldn't slow down though and that was all that I had to do to identify these Bufflehead. For some reason, oreo cookies come to mind when I see them. After crossing the bridge I found a Gray Catbird hiding in the bush. It ignored my attempts at pishing which rarely happens with the catbirds I encounter in the spring or summer.
It wasn't a bad start for me but I know that the month will got by quickly and I have to make the most of the weekends. If you live in Connecticut and reach 90 species by the end of the month, you can send your list to the COA to be published on the listserver. Click on the COA website link for details. I'll look forward to visiting your blogs in the upcoming week to see how everyone is progressing with their lists.
Here is my list so far: Canada Goose, Mute Swan, American Black Duck, Mallard, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe ( in saybrook marina), Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Purple Sandpiper, Dunlin, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Greater Black-backed Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Horned Lark, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Eastern Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, American Tree Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, American Goldfinch, and House Sparrow.