Return To Hammonasset Beach State Park

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A second visit to Hammonasset Beach State Park was made a couple of days after my first on New Year’s Day when it was warmer with the park surprisingly crowded with visitors.

I again made a motor birding tour as the ankle heals. I gravitated to the pond northwest of the traffic circle which I consider a hotspot within the eBird hotspot devoting the two hours before sunset for observations.

It was an enjoyable afternoon with comparatively balmy conditions. There was apparently not as great a need for the wildlife to take refuge in the pond this day as many flocks of birds flew past.

 

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

The American Black Duck above (image 2) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in January 2017.

The Northern Harrier above (image 3) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in January 2017.

The Northern Harrier above (image 4) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in January 2017.


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

The Mallard above (image 6) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in January 2017.

The Great Blue Heron above (image 7) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in January 2017.

The Northern Harrier above (image 8) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in January 2017.

The Northern Harrier above (image 9) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in January 2017.

Hammonasset Beach State Park has shown great potential for interesting wildlife observations even with minimal exploration. The full tour of miles often noted in eBird reports for this venue seems prudent for the ultimate experience.

The Northern Harrier above (image 10) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in January 2017.

The Mallard above (image 11) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in January 2017.

The Green-winged Teal above (image 12) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in January 2017.

The Mallard above (image 13) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in January 2017.

eBirders Tina Green and Frank Mantlick reported Hammonasset Beach State Park’s 305th bird species (Barrow’s Goldeneye) 15 February 2017.

The Cooper’s Hawk above (image 14) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in January 2017.

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The Mallard above (image 15) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in January 2017.

 

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Bob Pelkey

Bob Pelkey

This blog is updated every Friday (preferably) and randomly, primarily on the subject of wildlife observation in the state of Florida. This blog is in conjunction with my secondary photo site at http://www.pbase.com/jkrnm5/

Bob Pelkey

Bob Pelkey

This blog is updated every Friday (preferably) and randomly, primarily on the subject of wildlife observation in the state of Florida. This blog is in conjunction with my secondary photo site at http://www.pbase.com/jkrnm5/

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Doreen Glienke

beautiful