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Smiths Longspur,©Jan Wilczur

24 Apr Hummingbird [John Pfitzner ]
23 Apr Fairfield, Red-headed Woodpecker report [charles barnard jr ]
23 Apr Oystercatchers [Michaelene Komara ]
23 Apr Report of a Pacific Loon, Thames River mouth [Shaibal Mitra ]
23 Apr (no subject) [Roy Harvey ]
23 Apr raven nest delays construction [Beverly Propen ]
23 Apr CACC [Beverly Propen ]
23 Apr Southport Bonaparte's Gulls [Tina and Peter Green ]
23 Apr Osprey nest just off ground level [charles barnard jr ]
23 Apr Re: Swallow-tailed Kite, Bridgeport [Frank Mantlik ]
23 Apr Hybrid mania ["Comins, Patrick" ]
23 Apr Swallow-tailed Kite, Bridgeport [Roy Harvey ]
23 Apr Burlington Yard [Jonathan Schwartz ]
23 Apr Quinnipiac Valley Audubon Society Spring Walks ["Folsom-O'Keefe, Corrie" ]
23 Apr Dorwart Preserve Mansfield [zellene ]
23 Apr Westport BT Grackle [Tina and Peter Green ]
22 Apr Middlefield Highlights [dan merc ]
22 Apr Towhee [Claudia ]
22 Apr New Haven [Paul Desjardins ]
22 Apr Milford Point Snowy Owl [John Oshlick ]
22 Apr Warehouse Pond Stratford [John Oshlick ]
22 Apr Today's Highlights [Tina and Peter Green ]
22 Apr Connecticut [Roy Harvey ]
22 Apr Saudi Prince Reportedly Killed About 2, 000 Endangered Birds [Jan Hollerbach ]
22 Apr Great Gull Work Party Rescheduled for Friday Now ["Comins, Patrick" ]
22 Apr Cedar Hill Red-headed Woodpecker etc. [Roy Zartarian ]
22 Apr Short Beach RN Grebe, etc [Frank Mantlik ]
22 Apr Red Headed Woodpecker - Hartford [Randall Sabia ]
22 Apr Long Beach Icelands [Frank Mantlik ]
22 Apr great blue heron [craig minor ]
22 Apr More Kent Hollow FOY [Charles Makarewich ]
22 Apr BBC News: Malta criticised for mass bird shoot [Arthur Shippee ]
22 Apr FOY Birds from Kent Hollow [Charles Makarewich ]
21 Apr NHBC - World Famous Birder & World Famous Carver! [Donna Caporaso ]
21 Apr Greenwich Point BT Grackles [Cynthia Ehlinger ]
21 Apr Silver Sands Clapper Rail [Stephen Spector ]
21 Apr Great Gull Work Party Postponed ["Comins, Patrick" ]
21 Apr Report of Orchard Oriole in Lyme ["David F Provencher (Generation - 4)" ]
21 Apr Northwest Park Windsor [Paul Desjardins ]
21 Apr Hammonasett SP [Jack Swatt ]
21 Apr Stevenson Dam [Roy Harvey ]
21 Apr woodpecker heaven []
21 Apr Song Surprise [Roy Harvey ]
21 Apr Greenwich Audubon Center [Nick Hawvermale ]
21 Apr Old Lyme Pileated woodpecker ["Sandra Joncus" ]
21 Apr Short Notice, Help needed for tomorrow for Great Gull Island ["Comins, Patrick" ]
21 Apr Old Lyme ["Hank Golet" ]
21 Apr new osprey nest [Beverly Propen ]
21 Apr Peregrine []
21 Apr Westport Thrashers [Tina and Peter Green ]
21 Apr Yellow-crowned Night Herons [Frank Mantlik ]
20 Apr Re: Field Sparrow [Paul Desjardins ]
20 Apr Goshen Ruffed Grouse Plus [Tina and Peter Green ]
20 Apr Field Sparrow []
20 Apr Mianus River-Spotted Sandpiper and Purple Martins [Stefan Martin ]
20 Apr Re: "peep" and not "peep" [Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz ]
20 Apr Sterling yard []
20 Apr "peep" and "not peep" [Jonah Cohen ]
20 Apr Re: "peep" and not "peep" []
20 Apr "peep" and not "peep" [Roy Harvey ]
20 Apr New arrivals 4/20. [Lisa Gagnon ]
20 Apr Cedar Hill Cemetery [Paul Desjardins ]
20 Apr Cedar Hill Red-headed Woodpecker [Roy Zartarian ]
20 Apr Ducks in Gorham Pond, Darien [Alec Wiggin ]
20 Apr Pileated Woodpecker, Winter Wren, LA Waterthrush - Cheshire [Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz ]
20 Apr Re: New Bernd Heinrich book [Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz ]
20 Apr Cow birds ["minor.craig" ]
20 Apr Mondo Ponds, Milford [Beverly Propen ]
20 Apr New Bernd Heinrich book [zellene ]
20 Apr Wangunk Meadows - Blue-winged Teal [Bill Asteriades ]
19 Apr Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak [Diane Buhr ]
19 Apr Red-throated loon [Marty ]
19 Apr Re: CTBirds Digest, Vol 2610, Issue 2 [Darryl Nicholson ]
19 Apr Old Saybrook [John Ogren ]
19 Apr Orange backyard [Beverly Propen ]
19 Apr BBC News: Nesting storks may end 600-year wait [Arthur Shippee ]

Subject: Hummingbird
From: John Pfitzner <jkat61 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:18:08 +0000
Clinton Yard   04.23.14
 
Late evening, FOY female RT Hummingbird at feeder.
Also four Yellow rumped warblers still continue at suet feeders.
 
Two weeks ago there were fourteen YR Warblers all feeding together
On the suet I put on the ground for them. One of them has been
Here since early november.
 
First ever yardbird, An Osprey landed in the back yard and relieved
My brush pile of a rather large branch. Too cool !
 
John Pfitzner
Clinton
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Fairfield, Red-headed Woodpecker report
From: charles barnard jr <chbarnjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:19:57 -0400
I had a phone call from Dave Zawisha who told me that he had excellent
looks at a Red-headed Woodpecker at about 6:15 this evening. The bird was
seen in a tree on the south side of the intersection of Redding Road and
Longmeadow Road in northern Fairfield.

Charlie Barnard Jr.
Stratford
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Subject: Oystercatchers
From: Michaelene Komara <mkcommunications AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:25:27 -0400
2 oystercatchers on jetty. Plus 30 brant in water. West Beach parking lot, 
Westbrook. 


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Subject: Report of a Pacific Loon, Thames River mouth
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:07:18 +0000
Michael McBrien texted that he just saw a basic-plumaged Pacific Loon on the 
west side of the Thames River, in the Green Harbor section. It was within 
200-400 yards of the ferry but seen well enough to discern details of face, 
bill shape, necklace, nape, etc. 


I just spoke with Michael, is one of the sharpest young birders on Long Island, 
to clarify some details. From looking at the map, he thinks that it might be 
visible from the end of Pequot Ave. (if that is publically accessible). 


Interestingly, Michael was not aware of the Pac Loon report from near there, 
earlier this winter. 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore, NY

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Subject: (no subject)
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:39:50 -0700 (PDT)
Passing this along because we still can't let Yahoo users to post:


From Robert Braunfield Hadlyme, CT (rbraunfield AT yahoo.com)
Subject: Harkness Park 4/22
Large rafts of sea ducks just off Harkness Park on Tuesday Apr.22 around 5 
P.M.Approx. 100 Common Eider, 150 Scoter ( Black and Surf ) Also, 75 Brant. 
All very close to shore, never seen that there before... 




Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT


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Subject: raven nest delays construction
From: Beverly Propen <bpropen AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:28:05 -0400
​

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/04/23/raven-nest-stalls-15m-new-jersey-water-tower-project-causing-weeks-delays/ 

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Subject: CACC
From: Beverly Propen <bpropen AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:22:51 -0400
​4/23  Milford, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center   10am-1PM, cloudy,
overcast 55F, windy, mid tide receding.
There are now 4 eggs in the osprey nest! Female osprey was on the nest from
10am-12:07PM.
Male was on the mudflat sitting on a life preserver eating a fish from
10:20 til 12:07pm when he chased a Great black backed gull away from the
nest.  Then the male changed guard with the female and she left , flying
around, then sitting on the mud flat.  She also had to chase off the Great
black backed gull.  When the male went on the nest to relieve the female,
it was done ever so smoothly.  Male was on nest and just nudged over as the
female left.  The eggs were not left uncovered. Some drama when 2 stray
ospreys entered their airspace, - our female was calling a lot and they
left.  They hovered above the male as he was eating the fish, but must have
gotten discouraged.
Birds on the grounds & marsh were COMMON GRACKLES, GREATER YELLOW LEGS & I
think, 3 LESSER YELLOWLEGS as well, 1 pair of BLUE WINGED TEAL & 1 pair of
GREEN WINGED TEAL, 2 SNOWY EGRETS, 1 GREAT EGRET, about  50+ "
unidentified  shorebirds-what I used to call "peeps", 22 DUNLIN, MALLARDS,
D.C. CORMORANT,  about 100+ BRANT, 2 MUTE SWANS, MOURNING DOVES, ROBINS, 3
PURPLE MARTINS by martin condos, but many more House sparrows than martins.
Bev Propen,
Orange
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Subject: Southport Bonaparte's Gulls
From: Tina and Peter Green <petermgreen AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:59:38 -0400
4/23/14-Southport-Southport Beach- as of 1:20pm today,15 Bonaparte's Gulls in 
various plumages. 


Tina Green
Westport
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Subject: Osprey nest just off ground level
From: charles barnard jr <chbarnjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:44:31 -0400
A pair of Osprey are building a nest (which looks almost complete) on a
large piece of driftwood in the marshes behind Milford Point.The base of
the nest can't be more than 2' off the ground.
 One bird was seen bringing a large stick to the nest and the other bird
was seen perched within the nest. The nest was observed from Bond's Dock in
Stratford. A scope would be helpful,, although not entirely necessary. .
From Bond's Dock, view almost straight across the river and sightly to the
right. It looks like a section of tree trunk laying on the ground,  with a
vertical branch sticking up from it. The nest is on the horizontal trunk,
to the left of the branch. . I have heard of Osprey nests on low pieces of
driftwood from the "old days," but this is the first one which I have seen.

Charlie Barnard Jr.
Stratford
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Subject: Re: Swallow-tailed Kite, Bridgeport
From: Frank Mantlik <mantlik AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:12:07 -0400
I can't be certain, but I might have seen the S-T Kite at 11:40 from the 
southbound I-95 exit 29 ramp. It was a correct-sized raptor (kite or falcon) 
going away north over the beige BTTC building. If it was the kite, a good place 
to check might be Beardsley Park / Bunnell Pond up off Rt 8: a large pond, a 
stream, and lots of woods (and a zoo). 

Good hunting.
Frank Mantlik

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> On Apr 23, 2014, at 10:07 AM, Roy Harvey  wrote:
> 
> Frank Gallo called to say moments ago he was driving through Bridgeport on 
I-95 when he saw a Swallow-tailed Kite flying around. 

> 
> That's all I've got.
> 
> Roy Harvey
> Beacon Falls, CT
> 
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Subject: Hybrid mania
From: "Comins, Patrick" <PCOMINS AT audubon.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:08:50 +0000
The hybrid herons and a host of other (mostly) CT hybrid bird species are 
featured in my latest slideshow. Be sure to scroll down to see additional 
photos on most of the slides. 

http://wxedge.com/articles/20140423hybrid_mania_

Thank you to Mark Szantyr, Paul Fusco, John Schwarz, Joseph Cala, Russ Smiley, 
Frank Mantlik, Charlie Barnard, Hank Golet, Frank Gallo, Amar Ayyash, Bruce 
Finnan, Bill Asteriades, Stefan Martin, Peter Adriaens, Jan Baert and Fran 
Zygmont for use of their photos for this article. 


There is likely to be a part two because I didn't get to Clapper X King Rail, 
Yellow-crowned X Black-crowned Night-Heron and a few other possible hybrid 
combinations that are lurking out there. If anyone has any photos of 
combination's I've missed, please send them along for part two! 


Thanks!

Patrick


Patrick M. Comins
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President, Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

Audubon Connecticut
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Southbury, CT 06488

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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite, Bridgeport
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:07:41 -0700 (PDT)
Frank Gallo called to say moments ago he was driving through Bridgeport on I-95 
when he saw a Swallow-tailed Kite flying around. 


That's all I've got.

Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT


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Subject: Burlington Yard
From: Jonathan Schwartz <jonathan AT jschwartz.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:54:49 -0400
First great-crested flycatcher this morning.  Titmice and chicks nesting.

Juncos still here, hanging around the brush piles in pairs.  Not singing
any more.

Jon


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Subject: Quinnipiac Valley Audubon Society Spring Walks
From: "Folsom-O'Keefe, Corrie" <cfolsom-okeefe AT audubon.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:51:07 +0000
Dear CT Birding Community,

This spring Quinnipiac Valley Audubon Society will be offering the following 
walks: 

April 26th, 7:30 am - Bird walk at Red Bridge, Meriden	
April 27th,  9:00 am - Bird walk at Riverbound Farms, Cheshire	
May 3rd,  7:30 am - Bird walk at Meriden Landfill	
May 4th,  7:30 am - Bird walk at Lufberry Park, Wallingford	
May 10th, 7:30 am - Bird walk at Red Bridge, Meriden	
May 11th, 7:30 am - Bird walk at Meriden Landfill	
May 17th, 7:30 am - Bird walk at Red Bridge, Meriden	
May 18th, 9:00 am - Bird walk a Riverbound Farms, Cheshire

The walks at Red Bridge begin at the parking lot adjacent to Hanover Pond on 
Oregon Rd. 

 Walks at the Landfill begin from Evansville Ave. 
Riverbound Farm is located at 1881 Cheshire St. In Cheshire.  
Lufberry Park is located off of Cheshire Rd. in Wallingford.

Thank you,

Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe
Quinnipiac Valley Audubon Society


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Subject: Dorwart Preserve Mansfield
From: zellene <zellene AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:50:52 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
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Subject: Westport BT Grackle
From: Tina and Peter Green <petermgreen AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:58:05 -0400
4/23/14-Westport-Burying Hill Beach-male Boat-tailed Grackle observed and heard 
calling constantly from top of a tree.This is the second Boat-tailed Grackle I 
have seen in Westport this year.The previous bird was seen and heard on April 
7th at Compo Beach. 


Tina Green
Westport
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Subject: Middlefield Highlights
From: dan merc <dan.merc AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:43:40 -0400
Hop Brook Lake
2 Palm Warblers
1 Swamp Sparrow
1 Cooper's Hawk

Sperry Pond
1 Swamp Sparrow
1 Ruby Crowned Kinglet
1 Louisiana Waterthrush

Bird is the Word

Dan Mercurio
Meriden
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Subject: Towhee
From: Claudia <cllongmore AT cox.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:54:18 -0400
New yard bird; 1 male under feeders late this afternoon .

Claudia longmore
Wethersfield


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Subject: New Haven
From: Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:17:30 -0400
This morning at Lighthouse Point Park Brown Thrasher.

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Subject: Milford Point Snowy Owl
From: John Oshlick <john.oshlic AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:06:55 -0400
1Snowy Owl just flew from the Milford point marsh across the river. It
landed near the large blue warehouse

John Oshlick
Bethany
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Subject: Warehouse Pond Stratford
From: John Oshlick <john.oshlic AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:58:39 -0400
Warehouse Pond - 5 Shovelers and 9 BT Grackles

John Oshlick
Bethany
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Subject: Today's Highlights
From: Tina and Peter Green <petermgreen AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:58:38 -0400
4/22/14-Litchfield-White Memorial Foundation-3 Virginia Rails,Blue-headed 
Vireo,3 Purple Finch 


Torrington-John A.Minetto SP-2 Bald Eagles,(adult & 2nd year)

Tina Green
with AJ & Sue Hand
Westport
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Subject: Connecticut
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:39:14 -0700 (PDT)
Though I try to be flexible about anything that would be of interest to CT 
birders, the focus of CTBirds is Connecticut. With spring migration gaining 
speed it would be appreciated if we stay particularly focused on the CT in 
CTBirds. 


FYI, Birdchat is a general discussion list that has been around since January 
1995 and is a fine place for items of broader interest to birders. See 
http://www.ksbirds.org/birdchat/ for more information. 



Thanks!

Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT


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Subject: Saudi Prince Reportedly Killed About 2, 000 Endangered Birds
From: Jan Hollerbach <smilifase AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:26:47 -0500
And to follow up on Arthur's post, another great act of earth stewardship in 
Pakistan. 


Article: http://huff.to/1jy3MIM


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Subject: Great Gull Work Party Rescheduled for Friday Now
From: "Comins, Patrick" <PCOMINS AT audubon.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:43:52 +0000
Hi again:
 I apologize for all of the back and forth, but it seems all of the red tape 
has been cleared and the work party is now scheduled for Friday at 11 AM at 
Groton New London Airport. Unfortunately, I have a meeting in Massachusetts 
that I can't miss that day, so we are down at least one person on the labor 
force. Great Gull supports over 1,000 pairs of nesting Roseate Terns and 10,000 
pairs of Common Terns. There will likely be a need to have some island-based 
work parties as well in the relatively near term and I will post information 
about that when I have it. Hopefully some folks can make it! 



From: Helen Hays >



Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 1:50 PM



To: Joseph Dicostanzo



Subject: FW: National Guard Helicopter Mission Approval (UNCLASSIFIED)







Hello all,







Helen is in CT getting ready to go to Great Gull Island. She wanted me to let 
everyone that the helicopter has been approved to fly the lumber out to Great 
Gull Island for (Friday, April 25th now). They need help from any who can 
assist with the loading of the lumber on (Friday) morning at (11:00 am). The 
email from Major Ian Feyk with the address and directions is below. 








Joe DiCostanzo ( for Helen Hays)




www.greatgullisland.org> 








-----Original Message-----



From: Feyk, Ian J MAJ USARMY NG CTANG (US) [mailto:ian.j.feyk2.mil AT mail.mil]



Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:15 PM



To: Helen Hays; Paton, Suzanne; 
marc.atkinson AT ringsend.com> 




Cc: McCullough, Matthew C CW4 USARMY NG CTARNG (US); Savino, Anthony V Jr SGM 
USARMY NG CTARNG (US); Odell, William L CW5 USARMY NG CTARNG (US); Haffner, 
Hellmut A CPT USARMY NG CTARNG (US) 




Subject: National Guard Helicopter Mission Approval (UNCLASSIFIED)







Classification: UNCLASSIFIED



Caveats: NONE







We've been approved to conduct the Gull Island helicopter mission. We'd like to 
do the mission on (Friday 25 April)... 






The address is 139 Tower Ave, Groton, CT 06340. This is a military facility on 
the airport... 




volunteers should arrive at the address listed above at 1100. Military 
personnel will escort them to the airfield. It may take a couple hours to rig 
the lumber. A military forklift and driver will be on site to assist. 








We will lift the wood in three loads to the island - on completion of the third 
lift the helicopter will land on the island to recover the rigging material and 
straps. A helicopter will return to the island to recover the three pallets 
used to haul the wood - all of the wood needs to be moved from the pallets by 
then. There can be no wood or debris left within 




300 feet of the pallets by Thursday to avoid anything blowing away and injuring 
someone on Thursday. 






Ian J. Feyk



MAJ, AV, CTARNG



Flight Operations Officer, AASF



Executive Officer, 1-169 AV



Thank you!



Patrick





Patrick M. Comins

Director of Bird Conservation

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Subject: Cedar Hill Red-headed Woodpecker etc.
From: Roy Zartarian <royz AT royzartarian.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:52:46 -0400
4/22/2014 - Cedar Hill Cemetery - the RED- HEADED WOODPECKER continued its 
appearances in section 9 between 11 and 11:30 AM. It had even caught the 
attention of one of the groundskeepers who asked me about it. Pine and Palm 
Warblers were also present. 


Also, at the southest corner of Cedar Hill (Newington) - 2 COMMON RAVENS in 
flight. 


Roy Zartarian
Newington

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Subject: Short Beach RN Grebe, etc
From: Frank Mantlik <mantlik AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:30:39 -0400
4/22. Stratford, Short Beach - RED-NECKED GREBE in river mouth, GLOSSY IBIS 
flew north upriver, ICELAND GULL (1st cycle) on tidal flats - likely a 
different bird than the 3 at Long Beach this morning. 

Frank Mantlik
Stratford

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Subject: Red Headed Woodpecker - Hartford
From: Randall Sabia <rsabia AT sabialaw.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:29:48 +0000
at 1pm Red headed Woodpecker remains at Cedar Hill Cemetery in the same
area as previously reported. Acting very territorial towards a Hairy WP
and a titmouse. Also, Pine Warbler.

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Subject: Long Beach Icelands
From: Frank Mantlik <mantlik AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:17:39 -0400
4/22  Stratford, Long Beach
3 ICELAND GULLS ( two 1st-cycle and continuing 2nd-cycle), 400 Long-tailed 
Ducks, 4 male Northern Shovelers, 3 Piping Plovers, 1 Am Oystercatcher, several 
flocks (of 50-70) Double-crested Cormorants migrating. 


Bridgeport, Pleasure Beach - Peregrine Falcon, Pair of AMERICAN KESTRELS.

Frank Mantlik
Stratford
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Subject: great blue heron
From: craig minor <minor.craig AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:35:02 -0700 (PDT)
Today was another good day combining fishing with bird watching , the friendly 
great blue heron is back at valley falls in Vernon , also saw a male downy 
woodpecker , 6 grackles , two European starlings , and a titmouse . Craig 
Vernon . 

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Subject: More Kent Hollow FOY
From: Charles Makarewich <cmakar1002 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:13:22 -0400
Tuesday 4/22
2 Palm Warblers

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Subject: BBC News: Malta criticised for mass bird shoot
From: Arthur Shippee <ashippee AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:06:00 -0400
Ugly story. I saw this story on the BBC News iPhone App and thought you should 
see it: 


Malta criticised for mass bird shoot

A leading British naturalist accuses Malta of failing to prevent large-scale 
illegal shooting of migratory birds by hunters. 


Read more:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-27108910


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Subject: FOY Birds from Kent Hollow
From: Charles Makarewich <cmakar1002 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:02:48 -0400
Tuesday 4/22
1 House Wren
2 Swamp Sparrows

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Subject: NHBC - World Famous Birder & World Famous Carver!
From: Donna Caporaso <donnacap AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:37:42 -0400 (EDT)
Tickets are still available for the New Haven Bird Club's Annual Banquet to be 
held on May 8th at Armarante's Sea Cliff Restaurant. 



For those who have never seen Richard Crossley give a talk, you are in for a 
treat! His talks are both educational and humorous! And, if Lady Luck is on 
your side you could be going home with a hand-carved Red-Headed Woodpecker by 
our friend Keith Mueller or one of the many other wonderful raffle items! 



The flyer/reservation form is easily accessible on the home page of the New 
Haven Bird Club: http://www.newhavenbirdclub.org/ 



Hope to see you there!


Donna


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Stratford, CT

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Subject: Greenwich Point BT Grackles
From: Cynthia Ehlinger <cehlinger AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:11:04 -0700 (PDT)
From Cynthia Ehlinger
4/21 - Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich - near entry guard house, 2 
Boat-tailed Grackles (male and female), 2 American Oystercatchers 

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Subject: Silver Sands Clapper Rail
From: Stephen Spector <charsjs AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:13:57 -0700 (PDT)
From Charla & Steve Spector, 4/21/14, Milford, Silver Sands State Park, 2:00 
PM, Clapper Rail (from boardwalk btw parking area and beach) 


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Subject: Great Gull Work Party Postponed
From: "Comins, Patrick" <PCOMINS AT audubon.org>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:42:14 +0000
I'm sorry for all the back and forth.  Tomorrow's work party is postponed.  

I will let folks know when it has been rescheduled. Unfortunately, probably 
with similar short notice. 


Patrick Comins, Meriden.

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Subject: Report of Orchard Oriole in Lyme
From: "David F Provencher (Generation - 4)" <david.f.provencher AT dom.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:30:43 +0000
A friend of mine (not a birder strictly speaking but a keen and observant 
individual) mentioned seeing a female Orchard Oriole in her Lyme yard this past 
weekend. I mentioned it might well have been in an immature male. 


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Subject: Northwest Park Windsor
From: Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:06:00 -0400
This afternoon audio Brown Thrasher. Not much at all in the park otherwise 
other than my f o s Field Sparrow. 

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Subject: Hammonasett SP
From: Jack Swatt <jswattbirds AT snet.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:58:10 -0700 (PDT)
At Hammonasett SP, Madison this morninghad a LITTLE BLUE HERON flyover the 
West beach parking lot, then was later seen in the marsh to the left of the 
main park Rd.The male BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE was singing in the trees at the 
entrance to Cedar Point. Also a GLOSSY IBIS was moving around between the 
boulder pond and the Nature Center parking lot pond. This was between 9:00 and 
12:00. 


Jack Swatt
Wolcott
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Subject: Stevenson Dam
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:58:25 -0700 (PDT)
Last Thursday afternoon when I visited the Stevenson Dam (which is also the 
bridge taking Rt 34 across the Housatonic between Oxford and Monroe) I could 
only be sure of a single Cliff Swallow, one that was perched on a wire and 
lowered its head enough to see the back of its neck. I did think I saw a bird 
or two going under the bridge where their mud nests are built. 



This morning when I arrived at the observation area below the dam (Monroe side) 
things were busier. As I have in past years, I watched Cliff Swallows visiting 
the muddy puddles of the parking area as they gathered nesting material. Their 
behavior was pretty typical, lots of swooping passes over a puddle until one of 
them landed, and then either an immediate departure or a few more joining it. 
Nobody ever stayed long, and I never had more than five on the ground at a 
time, and perhaps not many more around in total. I was using my binoculars out 
the window of the far side of the car, but I would probably have done better to 
park farther away and set up my scope in a window mount. All in all, when 
there are puddles I have found it a good place to view these birds while they 
are (almost) sitting still. In past years I have even had them land on the 
logs positioned to keep cars out of the river and site for a minute or two. 




Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT


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Subject: woodpecker heaven
From: barnettbookwrhs AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:44:56 -0400
Enjoying a beautiful day surrounded by woodpeckers. Several downy, hairy. and 
red bellied. Our pileated pair showed up to make the day complete. There are 6 
thistle feeders full of Americsn Goldfinch. 



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Subject: Song Surprise
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:40:15 -0700 (PDT)
While birding at Osbornedale State Park this morning I heard a bird song that 
struck me as odd. The tune was obviously that of a White-throated Sparrow, but 
it didn't sound right at all. A minute or two later it repeated, and I was 
fortunate enough to watch the bird sing it. The odd sound of it became clear, 
as it was sung by a male Eastern Towhee, in between its Twee notes. 



Otherwise the only thing new was a Gray Catbird, which I had not had there yet 
this season. The stocked fishing pond on the other side of the hill had an 
Osprey and two Double-crested Cormorants, presumably enjoying the new bounty. 




Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT


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Subject: Greenwich Audubon Center
From: Nick Hawvermale <nhaw14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:26:44 -0400
4 Louisiana Waterthrush, 2 pairs
3 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
2 Pileated Woodpeckers

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Subject: Old Lyme Pileated woodpecker
From: "Sandra Joncus" <sandraj4 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:17:35 -0400
Yesterday during Easter service (9-10) at South Lyme Union Chapel my
husband, granddaughter, and I were only ones to observe this bird appear
momentarily on a dead tree outside east window.

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Subject: Short Notice, Help needed for tomorrow for Great Gull Island
From: "Comins, Patrick" <PCOMINS AT audubon.org>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:02:17 +0000
I apologize for the short notice, but help is needed tomorrow morning in Groton 
to load wood into a transport helicopter to bring to Great Gull Island. In the 
off chance that anyone is available, please let me know. See below for more 
information. There may also be a need for some folks to go out to the island 
this week to move lumber away from the landing area. 




Thank you!



Patrick



From: Helen Hays 

Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 1:50 PM

To: Joseph Dicostanzo

Subject: FW: National Guard Helicopter Mission Approval (UNCLASSIFIED)



Hello all,



Helen is in CT getting ready to go to Great Gull Island. She wanted me to let 
everyone that the helicopter has been approved to fly the lumber out to Great 
Gull Island for Tuesday, April 22. They need help from any who can assist with 
the loading of the lumber on Tuesday morning at 8:00 am. The email from Major 
Ian Feyk with the address and directions is below. 




Joe DiCostanzo ( for Helen Hays)

www.greatgullisland.org



-----Original Message-----

From: Feyk, Ian J MAJ USARMY NG CTANG (US) [mailto:ian.j.feyk2.mil AT mail.mil]

Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:15 PM

To: Helen Hays; Paton, Suzanne; 
marc.atkinson AT ringsend.com 


Cc: McCullough, Matthew C CW4 USARMY NG CTARNG (US); Savino, Anthony V Jr SGM 
USARMY NG CTARNG (US); Odell, William L CW5 USARMY NG CTARNG (US); Haffner, 
Hellmut A CPT USARMY NG CTARNG (US) 


Subject: National Guard Helicopter Mission Approval (UNCLASSIFIED)



Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Caveats: NONE



We've been approved to conduct the Gull Island helicopter mission. We'd like to 
do the mission on Tuesday, 22 April. We'd like to get the wood dropped off at 
the Groton Airport on Monday, 21 April. 




The wood may be dropped off during normal business hours Monday. The address is 
139 Tower Ave, Groton, CT 06340. This is a military facility on the airport, 
and they will be able to grant ramp access and to escort the wood truck to the 
closed runway where we'd like the wood positioned. The POC for ramp access is 
Groton Flight Operations at 860-441-2919 or 2918 - the truck driver should call 
that number on arrival. If I can get an approximate time the truck will be 
there Monday that would help. 




Tuesday Morning between 0800 and 0830 the helicopter will arrive. USFWS 
volunteers should arrive at the address listed above at 0800. Military 
personnel will escort them to the airfield. It may take a couple hours to rig 
the lumber. A military forklift and driver will be on site to assist. 




We will lift the wood in three loads to the island - on completion of the third 
lift the helicopter will land on the island to recover the rigging material and 
straps. A helicopter will return to the island Thursday afternoon to recover 
the three pallets used to haul the wood - all of the wood needs to be moved 
from the pallets by then. There can be no wood or debris left within 


300 feet of the pallets by Thursday to avoid anything blowing away and injuring 
someone on Thursday. 




Attached is the wood breakdown we're requesting from Marc into the three loads, 
as well as a diagram of the airport and wood positioning. 




For any questions, my contact information is below.





Ian J. Feyk

MAJ, AV, CTARNG

Flight Operations Officer, AASF

Executive Officer, 1-169 AV

(c) 860-681-4881

(w) 860-292-4521


Patrick M. Comins
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President, Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

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Subject: Old Lyme
From: "Hank Golet" <htg1523 AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:56:53 -0400
From Hank Golet
2/21,Old Lyme, Griswold Pt, 2PECTORAL SP, 2 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS
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Subject: new osprey nest
From: Beverly Propen <bpropen AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:54:39 -0400
​4/21  Orange at Old Tavern Rd baseball fields

A pair of ospreys has set up "housekeeping" on a light stantion (tall light
pole) in one of the baseball fields.  They have copulated and the male has
brought in branches.  The nest seems a bit flimsy, since whenever one of
the birds flies off, branches fall down.  This is a new location for
Orange.  The previous nest at the Cell phone tower near the transfer
station does not appear to have any activity as of yet. It will also be a
busy area, since the kids play baseball/softball there afternoons and
evenings.
Bev Propen, Orange
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Subject: Peregrine
From: sosipatra AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:51:35 -0400 (EDT)
Hi,
Peregrine Falcon flying East along I-84 in East Hartford just past the Bulkeley 
Bridge at 10:50 a.m. 

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Subject: Westport Thrashers
From: Tina and Peter Green <petermgreen AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:52:31 -0400
4/21/14-Westport-Smith Richardson Tree Farm- 2 pair of Brown Thrashers,2 
Eastern Towhee 


Tina Green
Westport
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Subject: Yellow-crowned Night Herons
From: Frank Mantlik <mantlik AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:40:00 -0400
From Frank & Linda Mantlik,
4/20. Stratford, Elm St., Shakespeare Theatre Park & vicinity - 19 
Yellow-crowned Night-Herons. Plus a 20th at an Access Rd. pond. 


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Subject: Re: Field Sparrow
From: Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:01:42 -0400
Angela, maybe unusual but maybe not. When birds migrate they can show up in 
some unusual locations. I have seen Field Sparrows on more than one occasion in 
my yard and I do not consider my yard all that great for attracting birds since 
I live in the suburbs and do not have a lot of good bird habitat around me. 

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Subject: Goshen Ruffed Grouse Plus
From: Tina and Peter Green <petermgreen AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:57:59 -0400
4/20/14-Stratford-Stewart B.McKinney NWR-Long Beach Blvd-
3 Clapper Rails 
 
Stewart B. McKinney NWR-RR Tracks-Wilson's Snipe,8 Boat-tailed Grackles

Litchfield-White Memorial Foundation-Little Pond-Virginia Rail heard where the 
boardwalk makes a 90 degree turn,Broad-winged Hawk,2 Common Raven 


Goshen- Hageman Shean Rd- Ruffed Grouse- first heard moving in the dry 
vegetation close to the road and then observed moving through the underbrush 
for ten minutes. 


Intersection of Hageman Shean and East Street North-Broad-winged Hawk,(the 2nd 
of the day I observed sitting in a tree,the 3rd since Friday) 


Tina Green
Westport
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Subject: Field Sparrow
From: Angeladimmitt AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:38:33 -0400 (EDT)
4/20 - New Milford yard - juncos gone, but a field sparrow under my feeders 
 today - rather unusual?
Angela Dimmitt
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Subject: Mianus River-Spotted Sandpiper and Purple Martins
From: Stefan Martin <nafets519 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:37:34 -0400
I had my FOY Spotted Sandpiper flyby and land on a private dock along the 
Mianus River today while observing at least 12 Purple Martins. It was nice to 
see an abundance of Swallows including good numbers of Tree, Rough-Winged and 
at least 2 Barn Swallows. 


Stefan Martin
Stamford

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Subject: Re: "peep" and not "peep"
From: Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz <rsdmayo AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:14:53 -0700 (PDT)
This post sent me flapping over to my library, to peep at the plates in RTP's 
field guide to Eastern Birds. 



The fourth edition has labeled the 5 on a single plate, as "peep" sandpipers.  
I couldn't immediately locate the famous and abundant previous edition.  
However, I do have a reproduction of the first edition (1934).  



I'd never really looked at it! The lack of color plates, the lack of plates in 
general, the use of sketches within the text reminiscent of other bird books of 
the day and days prior, the "soft"and very simple black and white and gray 
illustrations on plates, the very small number of "PetersonSystem" field marks 
noted, the simple Allan Brook-sian paintings, the tiny warbler color images - 
all of these features make this edition seem so down-right antique.   


Then I noticed this:  "Collectively we call the small Sparrow-sized Sandpipers 
'Peep.'  These include the Least, Semipalmated, Western, Baird's and 
White-rumped.  All of them have a characteristic streaked, brown pattern, 
which, if we except the larger Pectoral Sandpiper, sets them, as a group, apart 
from the others." 


It definitely takes some practice to tease out a larger Pectoral, a distant 
Sanderling, or a drab Dunlinfrom the 'peeps'.  



And I suppose, there are other more international Calidrid 'peeps' as well?  
Little, red-necked, Temminnck's, and Long-toed Stint, come to mind.  



Steve Mayo
Bethany





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 From: "sffaulkner AT comcast.net" 
To: CT Birding Listserve ; Roy Harvey 
 

Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2014 7:10 PM
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] "peep" and not "peep"
 

I appreciate the definition, Greg, and admit to being a perpetrator -- but only 
out of ignorance!  I truly thought that peeps were “little shorebirds I 
can’t identify”!!! 



Sarah Faulkner

Collinsville






Sent from Windows Mail





From: Roy Harvey
Sent: ‎Sunday‎, ‎April‎ ‎20‎, ‎2014 ‎7‎:‎00‎ ‎PM
To: CT Birding Listserve





(Greg asked me to post this for him since he is caught up in the 
no-posts-from-Yahoo mess.) 



It's
become apparent to me, mainly on eBird but also CTBirds, that there is 
some misunderstanding over the term "peep" when referring to small 
sandpipers. There is a group of small sandpipers in the genus Calidris, 
but only the smallest 5 - Semipalmated, Least, Western, White-rumped and
Baird's - are referred to as "peep" in North America. The other three -
Sanderling, Dunlin and Pectoral - are not. Since there are very few 
actual "peep" around right now (just a few Least) it's apparent that 
some folks are referring to mixed groups of Sanderling
and Dunlin as "peep." Until just a few minutes ago, the only correct 
general term for those in eBird was something like "shorebird sp." or 
"sandpiper sp." I've added another term that can be used for mixed 
flocks of Sanderling and Dunlin - Calidris sp. This could also be used 
later in the spring migration if these species plus actual "peep" are 
all present in a large group where conditions make species ID difficult.

Greg Hanisek
Waterbury

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Subject: Sterling yard
From: dbobolink AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:42:02 -0400 (EDT)
From Robert Dixon
4/20/14 - Sterling yard - 43 species - PURPLE FINCH (1m), BROWN THRASHER, BLACK 
VULTURE, EASTERN TOWHEE and PINE WARBLER were the highlights. 



Robert Dixon
179 Main St.
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Subject: "peep" and "not peep"
From: Jonah Cohen <jonahc AT cox.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:40:08 -0400
D'oh. I always just use "peep" to refer to Killdeer.

Jonah Cohen
Newington

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Subject: Re: "peep" and not "peep"
From: <sffaulkner AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:10:30 +0000
I appreciate the definition, Greg, and admit to being a perpetrator -- but only 
out of ignorance! I truly thought that peeps were “little shorebirds I 
can’t identify”!!! 



Sarah Faulkner

Collinsville






Sent from Windows Mail





From: Roy Harvey
Sent: ‎Sunday‎, ‎April‎ ‎20‎, ‎2014 ‎7‎:‎00‎ ‎PM
To: CT Birding Listserve





(Greg asked me to post this for him since he is caught up in the 
no-posts-from-Yahoo mess.) 



It's
 become apparent to me, mainly on eBird but also CTBirds, that there is 
some misunderstanding over the term "peep" when referring to small 
sandpipers. There is a group of small sandpipers in the genus Calidris, 
but only the smallest 5 - Semipalmated, Least, Western, White-rumped and
 Baird's - are referred to as "peep" in North America. The other three -
 Sanderling, Dunlin and Pectoral - are not. Since there are very few 
actual "peep" around right now (just a few Least) it's apparent that 
some folks are referring to mixed groups of Sanderling
 and Dunlin as "peep." Until just a few minutes ago, the only correct 
 general term for those in eBird was something like "shorebird sp." or 
"sandpiper sp." I've added another term that can be used for mixed 
flocks of Sanderling and Dunlin - Calidris sp. This could also be used 
later in the spring migration if these species plus actual "peep" are 
all present in a large group where conditions make species ID difficult.

Greg Hanisek
Waterbury

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Subject: "peep" and not "peep"
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:00:54 -0700 (PDT)
(Greg asked me to post this for him since he is caught up in the 
no-posts-from-Yahoo mess.) 



It's
 become apparent to me, mainly on eBird but also CTBirds, that there is 
some misunderstanding over the term "peep" when referring to small 
sandpipers. There is a group of small sandpipers in the genus Calidris, 
but only the smallest 5 - Semipalmated, Least, Western, White-rumped and
 Baird's - are referred to as "peep" in North America. The other three -
 Sanderling, Dunlin and Pectoral - are not. Since there are very few 
actual "peep" around right now (just a few Least) it's apparent that 
some folks are referring to mixed groups of Sanderling
 and Dunlin as "peep." Until just a few minutes ago, the only correct 
general term for those in eBird was something like "shorebird sp." or 
"sandpiper sp." I've added another term that can be used for mixed 
flocks of Sanderling and Dunlin - Calidris sp. This could also be used 
later in the spring migration if these species plus actual "peep" are 
all present in a large group where conditions make species ID difficult.

Greg Hanisek
Waterbury

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Subject: New arrivals 4/20.
From: Lisa Gagnon <lisa.gagnon45 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:47:58 -0700
Lisa Stafford Springs.  Louisiana Waterthrush, Wood Thrush, Blue Gray
Natcatcher, White Throated Sparrows moving through. ( I did not have any
wts at all this past winter), juncos left, and another Broadwing showed up
today hanging around with the other one.
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Subject: Cedar Hill Cemetery
From: Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:54:31 -0400
This morning in the Wethersfield section Black Throated Green Warbler.

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Subject: Cedar Hill Red-headed Woodpecker
From: Roy Zartarian <royz AT royzartarian.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:19:38 -0400
4/20/2014 - Red-headed Woodpecker seen at sections 2 & 9 in Cedar Cemetery, 
6:00-6:15 pm 


Roy Zartarian & Kathy Clark

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Subject: Ducks in Gorham Pond, Darien
From: Alec Wiggin <alec AT aabalonered.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:28:39 -0400
Ring-necked ducks (4), Green-winged teal (4), Wood ducks (2)

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On Apr 20, 2014, at 12:04 PM, Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz 
 wrote: 


> This morning, Nettleton's Ravine on the Quinnipiac Trail (Rte 42) held 
"singing" Pileated Woodpecker, Winter Wren and Louisiana Waterthrush. 

> 
> Since my last post about a yard Pileated back on the morning of the COA 
Annual meeting, I've had 6 or 7 additional encounters: again in my yard, 
Bethany's Old Mill Road, western Hamden's Brooksvale Park, Bethany Land Trust 
property off Carrington and Tuttle Road, and yesterday, near the Q Trail in 
Bethany (Sanford Connector). 

> 
> 
> Tramping through these park-like woods reminds me again, of a comment by the 
late John Granton. He told me that growing up in the late 1920s, Hooded Warbler 
was one of the most common nesting bird in Connecticut woodlands. That's hard 
to believe today. There's absolutely no understory, save the occasional 
invasive barberry, rose or euonymus. 

> 
> Steve Mayo
> Bethany
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Subject: Pileated Woodpecker, Winter Wren, LA Waterthrush - Cheshire
From: Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz <rsdmayo AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:04:10 -0700 (PDT)
This morning, Nettleton's Ravine on the Quinnipiac Trail (Rte 42) held 
"singing" Pileated Woodpecker, Winter Wren and Louisiana Waterthrush. 


Since my last post about a yard Pileated back on the morning of the COA Annual 
meeting, I've had 6 or 7 additional encounters: again in my yard, Bethany's Old 
Mill Road, western Hamden's Brooksvale Park, Bethany Land Trust property off 
Carrington and Tuttle Road, and yesterday, near the Q Trail in Bethany (Sanford 
Connector). 



Tramping through these park-like woods reminds me again, of a comment by the 
late John Granton. He told me that growing up in the late 1920s, Hooded 
Warbler was one of the most common nesting bird in Connecticut woodlands. 
That's hard to believe today. There's absolutely no understory, save the 
occasional invasive barberry, rose or euonymus. 


Steve Mayo
Bethany
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Subject: Re: New Bernd Heinrich book
From: Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz <rsdmayo AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:31:36 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks for sharing the great news about this prolific 
writer-professor-runner-naturalist. 



Most of his books are applicable to Connecticut natural history (Summer World, 
Winter World, In a Patch of Fireweed) or Connecticut birds (The Nesting Season, 
Mind of the Raven). 


Steve Mayo
Bethany



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To: ct bird list  
Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2014 9:03 AM
Subject: [CT Birds] New Bernd Heinrich book
 

He has done it again...a new title, "The Homing Instinct, Meaning and Mystery 
in Animal Migration." I loved Heinrich's books from the first one I read, 
"Ravens in Winter." He is a prolific author, yet I have enjoyed every one of 
his books I had the pleasure to read. 


This book should be of interest to birders. One review described his story of 
two sandhill cranes returning to their Alaskan nest. Heinrich was moved by 
their joy at seeing each other again at their nest. Though written for the 
layman, Heinrich's books are based on science and keen observation. Beautifully 
written... 



Zellene

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Subject: Cow birds
From: "minor.craig" <minor.craig AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:40:24 -0400
Easter Sunday I looked out at the feeders and had a pair of new birds . Two 
brown headed Cow birds one feeding on the ground ( i always sprinkle some seeds 
on the ground ) and one on the feeder , along with my regulars. The gold finch 
, house finch , morning doves , cardinals , tufted titmouse, chickadees , and 
numerous types of sparrows which I don't attempt to identify right now being 
new to this they just look to similar to me . (Craig vernon ) 


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Subject: Mondo Ponds, Milford
From: Beverly Propen <bpropen AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:35:10 -0400
​4/20  Mondo Ponds, Milford    7:30-8:45AM
In tangles on right side as walking in from Naugatuck Ave.
Highlights were a Pair of Pine warblers, female cardinal on nest.  In
second pond further up, pair of
Blue Gray Gnatcatchers eating the numerous bug swarms and pair of
mallards.
A walk around the pond:
Pair of Red bellied woodpeckers, numerous Red winged blackbirds, numerous
Robins, Cardinals,
Carolina wren singing, White throated sparrows, Mourning doves, Chipping
sparrows, Common Grackles, Blue jays,  Crows, pair of Yellow rumped
warblers,  1 Osprey flying over,
Cowbirds.   An old Oriole nest hanging from end of a branch.  In main pond-
Pairs of Canada geese.
Bev Propen, Orange
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Subject: New Bernd Heinrich book
From: zellene <zellene AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:03:47 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
He has done it again...a new title, "The Homing Instinct, Meaning and Mystery 
in Animal Migration." I loved Heinrich's books from the first one I read, 
"Ravens in Winter." He is a prolific author, yet I have enjoyed every one of 
his books I had the pleasure to read. 


This book should be of interest to birders. One review described his story of 
two sandhill cranes returning to their Alaskan nest. Heinrich was moved by 
their joy at seeing each other again at their nest. Though written for the 
layman, Heinrich's books are based on science and keen observation. Beautifully 
written... 



Zellene

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Subject: Wangunk Meadows - Blue-winged Teal
From: Bill Asteriades <bill.asteriades AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:11:42 -0400
4/20/14 Portland, Wangunk Meadows (north end) - 10 BLUE-WINGED TEAL (5
drake) in flooded field with an assortment of waterfowl. Seen from parking
lot with scope.

Bill Asteriades
South Glastonbury
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Subject: Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak
From: Diane Buhr <dbuhr123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:16:44 -0400
this afternoon at my feeder in New London.  Nice to see him back!!
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Subject: Red-throated loon
From: Marty <swanhallm AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:05:18 -0400
While down at Silver Sands Beach today about 3:30 pm, saw what I can best 
compare with 'All About Burds' a red-throated loon. Took pics but haven't 
viewed them on computer yet to see quality. 


Curious to know if red-throated loon is a possibility? It did dive and 
resurfaced 20 yards or so away at a time. 


Marty
Woodbury

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Subject: Re: CTBirds Digest, Vol 2610, Issue 2
From: Darryl Nicholson <darryln29 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:52:45 -0400
There is a snowy owl in Bethlehem on Hard Hill road North. Sitting on pole # 
217 about a mile from the four corners in Morris. I took a video. If anyone 
wants it you can email me at Nicholsond AT newtown.k12.ct.us. My cell is 
869-605-8836. I live in Litchfield. I tried to reach Marty Swanhall in Woodbury 
or Dave Rosgen to get another set of eyes on it but I didn't have any luck. 
It's very approachable. 


Darryl Nicholson
860-605-8836



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Subject: Old Saybrook
From: John Ogren <northernrail AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:35:40 -0700 (PDT)
4/19 Old Saybrook ,Plum Bank Marsh, FOY, LITTLE BLUE HERON, Ruby-Throated 
Hummingbird, Glossy Ibis, Greater Yellow-leg. 


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Subject: Orange backyard
From: Beverly Propen <bpropen AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:47:35 -0400
​4/19
6:40PM- 1 male EASTERN TOWHEE  eating under feeders.  He should have been
here last month, so he could have met the female
EASTERN TOWHEE which was here all winter.
there is a pair of CAROLINA WRENS, pair of WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH, pair of
DOWNIES & RED BELLIES, along with the regulars. Too many COMMON GRACKLES &
2 PAIR OF COWBIRDS.
a pair of TUFTED TITMICE tried to get into one of my bird houses, but I
think the entrance was too small.  I guess if the entrance was larger, my
house sparrows would use it.
Bev Propen, Orange
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Subject: BBC News: Nesting storks may end 600-year wait
From: Arthur Shippee <ashippee AT snet.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:07:26 -0400
This got hung up in an inbox, but still if interest. 

I saw this story on the BBC News iPhone App and thought you should see it:

Nesting storks may end 600-year wait

A pair of white storks nesting on a chimney in Norfolk may be the first in the 
UK to breed from a traditional nest for nearly 600 years. 


Read more:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-26833379


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