30 miles a day means about 3-4 hours of riding. This leaves enough birding time each day to find a few more key species. These include:
Rough-legged hawk - I will search Great Island (Old Lyme) tomorrow morning and Hammonasset State Park in the afternoon (and maybe Tuesday morning if I haven't found one yet). I will have other chances for this bird along the south coast. I should see this bird.
Rusty Blackbird - I will get this bird in Hamden where many birds visit various feeders daily.
Cackling goose - Few and far between but there is one bird in Fairfield that has been seen intermitently. Cackling goose is like a miniature Canada goose. Here's photo of the size/structure difference. Note the shorter neck and very small beak.
Barnacle goose - This would be a FANTASTIC find. Its a Eurasian bird that is not normally found in North America. One bird has been seen consistently in Fairfield for the last week or so. I hope it stays put for another few days.
Long-eared owl and Saw-whet owl - I have a few spots I will check for these, stay tuned! These are going to be tough though.
Bascially, I want to get 4 of these 6. Hawk, blackbird, 1 goose, and 1 owl.
It's nice to have a solid plan for the next few days; This will allow me to focus on bird finding and forget about logistics.