This is something to mark down on your calendar for a few months from now. The Connecticut Ornithological Association and I will be running a COA Raptor Workshop at our hawk watch site at Boothe Memorial Park as you may have seen in the summer bulletin. We hope to see you there at this free and public event!
Saturday, September 15th, 2012 at 9:30 am
Raindate: Sunday, September 16th, 2012
Boothe Memorial Park, Stratford
Learn how to identify raptors, including eagles, vultures, buteos, accipiters, and falcons. Watch for raptors in flight as they pass over this excellent CT hawk watch site on their fall migration. Boothe Memorial Park is on Main Street in Stratford, off Route 110, just south of the Wilbur Cross Parkway at Exit 53. Meet at the hawk watch site, between the clock tower and rose garden. Free and open to the public. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Leader: Scott Kruitbosch, et al. Contact person: Chris Loscalzo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-389-6508.
That could be at a wonderful time for Broad-winged Hawk migration. You may recall that on September 16 of last year we tallied 8,234 raptors in 9 hours! Those sort of daily totals are far from yearly events, but we could certainly have a day with thousands of Broads passing through right around that time.