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Updated on Friday, January 30 at 04:59 PM EST
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Painted Bunting,©Barry Kent Mackay

30 Jan Rough legged hawk [Keith Mueller via CTBirds ]
30 Jan Enfield [Paul Desjardins via CTBirds ]
30 Jan New London Glaucous Gull [Keith Mueller via CTBirds ]
30 Jan Murphy Road, Hartford [Paul Cianfaglione via CTBirds ]
30 Jan Possible Glaucous ["Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" ]
30 Jan Re: Hammonasset SP is Closed [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
30 Jan American Wigeon Norwalk, CT [Ian Devlin via CTBirds ]
30 Jan Rough-legged Hawk, Woodbury [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
30 Jan Snowy Owl, Stratford [Sara Zagorski via CTBirds ]
30 Jan Southbury Iceland Gulls [Keith Mueller via CTBirds ]
30 Jan Hammonasset SP is Closed [Jory Teltser via CTBirds ]
30 Jan Branford Supply Pond Pine Warbler continues [Jory Teltser via CTBirds ]
30 Jan "Glaucoma Gull" Continues [Timothy L Thompson via CTBirds ]
30 Jan Re: Glaucoma Gull [Bill Banks via CTBirds ]
30 Jan recent bird photos [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
30 Jan Fairfield Harlequin Duck continues [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Redhead, Greenwich [Lynnette via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Re: Piping Plover Record Setting Success [Anthony Zemba via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Wood Duck in Farmington [Doug Beach via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Re: Glaucoma Gull [Joe Zygala via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Piping Plover Record Setting Success [Scott Kruitbosch via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Glaucoma Gull [John Oshlick via CTBirds ]
29 Jan FW: HAMMONASSET BEACH STATE PARK FIELD TRIP CHANGE IN DATE [Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Enfield Goshawk [Dan Drega via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Enfield Barnacle Geese & Barrow's Goldeneye [Robert Dixon via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Glaucoma gull -new London [William Banks via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Dickcissel - Waterford [William Banks via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Killingworth Library, 1/29: Cooper's hawk and others [Tammy Eustis via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Fox Sparrow, Horned Grebe in Darien [Chris Bosak via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Anchor beach [Bev via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Anchor Beach, Milford [Beverly Propen via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Canvasbacks, Greenwich now [Lynnette Clemens via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Milford Snowy Owl [John Marshall via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Southbury Birds ["Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" ]
29 Jan Silver Sands Milford - House Wren & Brown Thrasher [Sara Zagorski via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Stratford [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
29 Jan New yard bird for season, 1st in several years; Am Tree Sparrow [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Milford Point [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
29 Jan More Southbury Birds - Am.Coors [Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds ]
29 Jan New Haven Bird Club February Schedule [Larry Bausher via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Southbury birds ["Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" ]
29 Jan eagle in Meriden? [Robert Jase via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Re: Chukar [SOPHIE ZYLA via CTBirds ]
29 Jan Harlequin Duck continues [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
28 Jan Chukar [Rick Gedney via CTBirds ]
28 Jan Red-Headed Woodpecker-Simsbury [Stefan Martin via CTBirds ]
28 Jan Thomaston Osprey [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
28 Jan Re: Massive seabird die off on the west coast [Keith Mueller via CTBirds ]
28 Jan Massive seabird die off on the west coast [Paul Desjardins via CTBirds ]
28 Jan Quinebaug Fish Hatchery / Sterling yard [Robert Dixon via CTBirds ]
28 Jan Re: Barrow's and Barnacle Geese continue [Jason Rieger via CTBirds ]
28 Jan So you think it would be fun to have Black Vultures in your yard? [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
28 Jan Eagles in Hartford [Jim Pfeifer via CTBirds ]
28 Jan Horned Larks Cove Island Park [Ian Devlin via CTBirds ]
28 Jan Black Vultures in Simsbury [Doug Beach via CTBirds ]
28 Jan CACC [Beverly Propen via CTBirds ]
28 Jan Barrow's and Barnacle Geese continue [Frank Gallo via CTBirds ]
28 Jan Report addendum ["Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" ]
28 Jan Southbury Gulls ["Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" ]
28 Jan Pine Warbler - Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport [Brian O'Toole via CTBirds ]
28 Jan Ducks at Grass Island Greenwich [Ian Devlin via CTBirds ]
28 Jan Branford Pine Earbler ["Batsford, William via CTBirds" ]
28 Jan Carolina Wren - Old Greenwich [Lynnette via CTBirds ]
27 Jan Hamden, Rusties & Chipping Sp. [Arthur Shippee via CTBirds ]
27 Jan Re: Orange backyard-orange headed hairy woodpecker [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
27 Jan Fox Sparrow, East Haven [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
27 Jan Regarding funny falcons.... [julian hough via CTBirds ]
27 Jan Sterling yard [Robert Dixon via CTBirds ]
27 Jan Stratford-Turkey Vulture [Lynn Jones via CTBirds ]
27 Jan Orange backyard- oops [Bev via CTBirds ]
27 Jan Stratford goodies [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
27 Jan Grass Island Canvasbacks [Ian Devlin via CTBirds ]
27 Jan 20 inches of snow, snow blower died. But i got a new yard bird :) [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
27 Jan Orange backyard-orange headed hairy woodpecker [Beverly Propen via CTBirds ]
27 Jan South Westport Birds [Preston Lust via CTBirds ]
27 Jan lots of birds today... [Carrier Graphics via CTBirds ]

Subject: Rough legged hawk
From: Keith Mueller via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:29:37 -0500
East river marsh guilford continues
K mueller

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Subject: Enfield
From: Paul Desjardins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:25:00 -0500
This afternoon as seen from the Barnes boat launch Red Necked Grebe. Also, Gray 
Catbird near the Kings Island boat launch. 


Paul Desjardins
Windsor Locks
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Subject: New London Glaucous Gull
From: Keith Mueller via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:52:40 -0500
Continues with close looks City Pier
K Mueller

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Subject: Murphy Road, Hartford
From: Paul Cianfaglione via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:17:14 -0500
1/30 Hartford, 143 Murphy Road (All Waste Recycling Plant) - 1 first-cycle
GLAUCOUS GULL continues, 1 third-cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

Paul Cianfaglione
Canton
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Subject: Possible Glaucous
From: "Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:06:52 +0000
I drove by Mitchell farm on my way to a meeting. As I rounded the corner a big 
white gull caught my eye in flight. It had that "little bit of coffee in your 
cream" color that young Glaucous often have. Also a glaucous like flight style 
and wing shape. I lost it on the swarm before I could confirm. 


Patrick Comins 

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Subject: Re: Hammonasset SP is Closed
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:05:58 -0500
Hammonasset Beach SP is now open.

Tina Green
Westport
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> On Jan 30, 2015, at 11:47 AM, Jory Teltser via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

> 
> As of 11:45 AM
> 
> -- 
> Jory Teltser
> Westport
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Subject: American Wigeon Norwalk, CT
From: Ian Devlin via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:25:14 -0500
Two pairs of American Wigeon eating ish at the sewer treatment plant across 
from the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT. 


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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk, Woodbury
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:20:28 -0800
Passing this along.


 From Tom Zissu, 1/30/15 - 
Woodbury - Logue Farm, Artillary Road - Rough-legged Hawk(iight morph); also 
Merlin on Quassapaug Road in field behind Logue Farm stand. 



Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT


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Subject: Snowy Owl, Stratford
From: Sara Zagorski via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:06:14 -0500
1/30 - Short Beach, Stratford

Snowy Owl on the far right side of the breakwater.

Milford Point, Milford
Snow Goose continues with other geese

Angela Dimmitt 
New Milford
via Sara Zagorski


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Subject: Southbury Iceland Gulls
From: Keith Mueller via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:35:52 -0500
From Keith Mueller- On Housatonic River at Mitchell's farm 8 - 10 Iceland 
Gulls(1 very small pale adult, 1 -3rd cycle, 1-2nd cycle, all the rest 1st 
cycle from pale white to dark). Great Eagle show! GWF Goose continues with very 
close views. Two Ravens mobbing a RT Hawk! With Patrick Comins and Frank 
Mantlik 


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Subject: Hammonasset SP is Closed
From: Jory Teltser via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:46:52 -0500
As of 11:45 AM

-- 
Jory Teltser
Westport
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Subject: Branford Supply Pond Pine Warbler continues
From: Jory Teltser via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:06:18 -0500
1/30/15-Branford-Branford Supply Pond
Pine Warbler continues, seen around the suet feeder.
However, it never came to the feeders.

With Tina Green


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Subject: "Glaucoma Gull" Continues
From: Timothy L Thompson via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:55:09 -0500
01/30/15 - 7:20am - City Pier,  New London -  At the intersection of Bank 
Street-Conn and S.Water Street  - "Glaucoma" Gull continues.  Viewed while 
"heater birding" and eating delicious "Glaucomole" laced breakfast 
burrito.  Come on Jonah!.....I know you are chompin' at the bit.....This 
thread could not possibly be complete without your input! :).

Timothy L. Thompson
Norwich, CT

Hint: If at first you do not see the Glaucous Gull, throw out some bread 
or gull type food and it will soon show up.  It's the big "Mack Daddy" and 
owns the place.... as it frequents between Crocker's Boat yard, the rocks 
along the train tracks, (as Bill B.mentioned previously) the City pier, 
and keeps a steady eye on things.


 
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Subject: Re: Glaucoma Gull
From: Bill Banks via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:10:13 -0500
We looked and looked and looked..  Finally found it. It was hard to see...
 
Bill
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Joe Zygala via CTBirds 
To: John Oshlick 
Cc: ctbirds 
Sent: Thu, Jan 29, 2015 7:58 pm
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Glaucoma Gull


Aw, c'mon John. Please don't put excessive pressure on the poor fella.

Ya, I couldn't resist, either!

Joe Zygala
South Salem, NY

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> On Jan 29, 2015, at 7:37 PM, John Oshlick via CTBirds 
 

wrote:
> 
> That was a great find. I heard that Glaucoma Gulls are very hard to see!
> 
> Sorry, I could not resist.
> 
> John Oshlick
> Bethany
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Subject: recent bird photos
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:53:51 -0800
Hi all,
I just posted some photos of recent CT birds (Glaucous Gull, Long-tailed Ducks, 
Barnacle Geese, etc.) on my Flickr photo site: 

www.flickr.com/photos/avocetfm

Enjoy!

Frank Mantlik
Stratford, CT
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Subject: Fairfield Harlequin Duck continues
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:20:12 -0500
1/30/15-Fairfield-Sunken Island at the end of Fairfield Beach Rd-adult male 
Harlequin Duck with Common Goldeneye now.Viewing conditions very cold with flat 
seas 


Tina Green
with Jory Teltser
Westport
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Subject: Redhead, Greenwich
From: Lynnette via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:54:49 -0500
In reviewing my photos of this afternoon at Grass Island, Greenwich harbor, I 
realized that in addition to the Canvasbacks, I also had shots of a male 
Redhead in the same area. 


Lynnette Clemens, Old Greenwich
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Subject: Re: Piping Plover Record Setting Success
From: Anthony Zemba via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:42:02 -0500
Way to go AudubonCT and Roger Tory Peterson Institute!!!
Congrats on a successful 2014!

Anthony Zemba
North Haven, CT

On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 7:52 PM, Scott Kruitbosch via CTBirds <
ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> As we at the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds (AAfCW - Audubon
> Connecticut and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History) gear
> up for spring and summer 2015 please save the date on Saturday, March 14th
> for 2015 shorebird stewardship volunteer training with the U.S. Fish &
> Wildlife Service, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental
> Protection, and AAfCW. Location and time TBD. Stay tuned for more details.
>
> Thanks to you in 2014 we helped the Connecticut population of Piping
> Plovers set an all-time record for the number of successfully fledged
> chicks at 116! Born from 51 pairs across Connecticut these young birds
> shattered the old state record of 101 fledged young in 2008. This is an
> astonishing success due to the efforts of over 400 volunteers across
> Connecticut and multiple partners including USFWS, CT DEEP, and AAfCW. We
> can also thank other partners including The Nature Conservancy and the
> Bridgeport WildLife Guards. Assistance from municipalities along the
> shoreline and via private landowners also contributed to the cause.
>
> Please share this accomplishment so that we can continue to spread the
> word on our waterbirds, retain volunteers and gain new stewards, and ensure
> funding for this critical conservation, education and outreach program.
> Only with your help both on the beaches and behind the scenes can we strive
> to make 2015 another banner year for AAfCW. Thank you again because none of
> this could happen without you! Please email ctwaterbirds AT gmail.com to
> sign up as a volunteer.
>
> You can find more information about AAfCW in our blog:
> http://ctwaterbirds.blogspot.com/
> And on the RTPI website: http://rtpi.org/conservation/
> audubon-alliance-for-coastal-waterbirds/
>
> Scott Kruitbosch
> AAfCW Volunteer Coordinator
>
> --
> Scott Kruitbosch
> Conservation & Outreach Coordinator
> Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
> 311 Curtis Street
> Jamestown, NY 14701
> 716-665-2473 x224
> skruitbosch AT rtpi.org
> rtpi.org 
> Celebrating Wild America 2015
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Subject: Wood Duck in Farmington
From: Doug Beach via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:06:24 -0500
 Thursday afternoon: a male Wood Duck and 3 Ring-necked Ducks in the Farmington 
River adjacent to Riverside Cemetery in Farmington. Also a Merlin in the 
cornfields south of the river on Meadow Road. 


Doug Beach
Simsbury

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Subject: Re: Glaucoma Gull
From: Joe Zygala via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:58:05 -0500
Aw, c'mon John. Please don't put excessive pressure on the poor fella.

Ya, I couldn't resist, either!

Joe Zygala
South Salem, NY

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> On Jan 29, 2015, at 7:37 PM, John Oshlick via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

> 
> That was a great find. I heard that Glaucoma Gulls are very hard to see!
> 
> Sorry, I could not resist.
> 
> John Oshlick
> Bethany
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Subject: Piping Plover Record Setting Success
From: Scott Kruitbosch via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:52:38 -0500
As we at the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds (AAfCW - Audubon 
Connecticut and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History) 
gear up for spring and summer 2015 please save the date on Saturday, 
March 14th for 2015 shorebird stewardship volunteer training with the 
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Connecticut Department of Energy & 
Environmental Protection, and AAfCW. Location and time TBD. Stay tuned 
for more details.

Thanks to you in 2014 we helped the Connecticut population of Piping 
Plovers set an all-time record for the number of successfully fledged 
chicks at 116! Born from 51 pairs across Connecticut these young birds 
shattered the old state record of 101 fledged young in 2008. This is an 
astonishing success due to the efforts of over 400 volunteers across 
Connecticut and multiple partners including USFWS, CT DEEP, and AAfCW. 
We can also thank other partners including The Nature Conservancy and 
the Bridgeport WildLife Guards. Assistance from municipalities along the 
shoreline and via private landowners also contributed to the cause.

Please share this accomplishment so that we can continue to spread the 
word on our waterbirds, retain volunteers and gain new stewards, and 
ensure funding for this critical conservation, education and outreach 
program. Only with your help both on the beaches and behind the scenes 
can we strive to make 2015 another banner year for AAfCW. Thank you 
again because none of this could happen without you! Please email 
ctwaterbirds AT gmail.com to sign up as a volunteer.

You can find more information about AAfCW in our blog: 
http://ctwaterbirds.blogspot.com/
And on the RTPI website: 
http://rtpi.org/conservation/audubon-alliance-for-coastal-waterbirds/

Scott Kruitbosch
AAfCW Volunteer Coordinator

-- 
Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator
Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
311 Curtis Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
716-665-2473 x224
skruitbosch AT rtpi.org
rtpi.org 
Celebrating Wild America 2015
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Subject: Glaucoma Gull
From: John Oshlick via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:37:31 -0500
That was a great find. I heard that Glaucoma Gulls are very hard to see!

Sorry, I could not resist.

John Oshlick
Bethany
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Subject: FW: HAMMONASSET BEACH STATE PARK FIELD TRIP CHANGE IN DATE
From: Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:22:44 -0500
 

 

Attention, fellow CT birders:

The New Haven Bird Club field trip to Hammonasset Beach State Park,
originally scheduled for this Saturday, January 31st, is being postponed to
the next day, Sunday, February 1st, due to the forecast for very cold
temperatures and strong winds on Saturday.  It will still be cold and windy
on Sunday (although less so), so anyone who plans on attending the trip
should dress for the cold and wind. In addition, participants should wear
shoes that are appropriate for walking on ice and snow.  The meeting time
and location are the same: 8:00 am at the nature center parking lot.  The
leader is Paul Wolter: 860 681-5548 or pwolter6 AT earthlink.net. 

 

Thanks and good birding,

 

Chris Loscalzo,

NHBC Outdoor Programs Chair

 

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Subject: Enfield Goshawk
From: Dan Drega via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:59:16 +0000 (UTC)
Around 2 pm at the South River Road boat launch while unsuccessfully searching 
for the Barrow's Goldeneye between the boat launch and the bridge on a well 
packed down snow path, an adult Northern Goshawk came out of trees and noisily 
attacked a passing adult Bald Eagle. Large gray Accipiter, giving a loud harsh 
KAK!, KAK!, KAK! call. Me and another observer failed to relocate the Goshawk 
as the Eagle flew across the river and continued downstream.  

Dan Drega-Vernon 
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Subject: Enfield Barnacle Geese & Barrow's Goldeneye
From: Robert Dixon via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:07:59 -0500
From Robert Dixon
1/29/15 - Enfield, Donald W. Barnes boat launch (9:30 am) - BARNACLE GOOSE (2) 
continued on the river until about 11:30 am when about half of the one thousand 
geese flew off to feed. Presumably they went with them. 

The drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continued and was seen by many between the boat 
launch and the bridge down river. 

Pomfret, Wyndam Land Trust, Wrights Crossing Road - AMERICAN KESTREL continues 
seen at 3:20 pm. 

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Subject: Glaucoma gull -new London
From: William Banks via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:53:59 -0500
The Glaucous Gull was found this morning at the New London Ferry Dock at City 
Pier. It was found way to the right beyond the docks sitting on the rocks.. 

Bill Banks
Greg Hanisek
Frank Gallo 

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Subject: Dickcissel - Waterford
From: William Banks via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:51:08 -0500
The Dickcissel continued to come to the front feeders at 14 New Shore Road in 
Waterford today. The feeders can be easily seen from the road. 

Bill Banks
Greg Hanisek
Frank Gallo 

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Subject: Killingworth Library, 1/29: Cooper's hawk and others
From: Tammy Eustis via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:48:50 -0700
Killingworth, 1/29 - We're well into the birdfeeding season at
Killingworth Library, and the reading garden has been packed with
visitors! I need to put together a full list of species spotted, but
rest assured that it includes a variety of woodpeckers, including
sapsuckers; various finches; a multitude of mourning doves, who line the
stone wall around the center maple tree; and today, a Cooper's hawk!
It gives me great pleasure to see patrons sitting in front of our
computers, but instead of being glued to the screens for the whole time,
they're busy gazing out the window at the birds. (Our library provides a
wrap-around view of the garden and feeders, so they're visible from the
children's room, the reference computers, and the back reading area.) We
also have on display an exquisite hand-appliqued quilt featuring the
Birds of Killingworth, inspired by Longfellow's poem; I've done a tie-in
display of Longfellow poetry and bird guides.
If you're in the neighborhood, stop by!
:-)  Tammy Eustis, Head Librarian, Killingworth Library

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Subject: Fox Sparrow, Horned Grebe in Darien
From: Chris Bosak via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:39:37 -0500
1/29/15 - Weed Beach, Darien - one Fox Sparrow with dozens of juncos. One 
Horned Grebe between Weed Beach and Cove Island. 

Chris Bosak
Stamford
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Subject: Anchor beach
From: Bev via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:45:42 -0500
As I look through Sibley's, I see the female Scaups have white behind their 
bills, and the light colored bill & the ducks I saw were diving. I can't make a 
positive ID but I'm thinking one of the Scaups- 

Bev Propen , orange 
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Subject: Anchor Beach, Milford
From: Beverly Propen via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:49:21 -0500
​1/29  Milford, Anchor Beach, 1:45-2:10PM, walked along Beach Ave
paralleling Long Island Sound.,...
3 Common Loons at Beach Ave.& Wall St intersection,
15 Brant, American Black Ducks, Mallards, 4 American Coots, 2 Red breasted
Mergansers, and about 15 assorted ducks that were difficult for me to
identify in the sun glare & without a scope (several of the ducks had a
large white patch behind their bill-possibly Scoter type, and 4 had silvery
backs-possibly
Scaup). Assorted Ring bill and Herring gulls..
Bev Propen, Orange
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Subject: Canvasbacks, Greenwich now
From: Lynnette Clemens via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:35:05 -0500
Still in the Grass Island harbor btwn Greenwich Boat Club & Belle Haven 
peninsula with Canada Geese, hooded mergansers, RB merganser, Scaup 


Lynnette Clemens
Old Greenwich
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Subject: Milford Snowy Owl
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Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:50:02 -0500
From John Marshall:
1/29/15 - Milford, Milford Point -- SNOWY OWL at about the mid-point of the 
breakwater as viewed from Short Beach in Stratford 


John Marshall
Watertown
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Subject: Southbury Birds
From: "Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:45:35 +0000
There were at least four Iceland Gulls (3 first year 1 second year that pretty 
much looks like a first year) on Lake Zoar at lunchtime, along with a Winter 
Wren. A ton of gulls. The Greater White-fronted Goose continues. There were at 
least four Purple Finches at the Bent earlier on the feeders. 


With Maggie Peretto, Jim Clifford and others.


Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation
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: Silver Sands Milford - House Wren & Brown Thrasher
From: Sara Zagorski via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:41:55 -0500
1/29 - Silver Sands SP, Milford

The House Wren continues at Silver Sands, along with a Brown Thrasher. Seen on 
the left side of the gated road, just before the big mound of dirt with snow on 
top on the right. 


Sara Zagorski
Wethersfield


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Subject: Stratford
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:34:14 -0800
Passing this along.


 From Paul Cashman:
1/29/15 - Stratford, Raven Pond -- 1 male Wood Duck, 2 pair Northern Pintail.
Boothe Memorial Park -- 2 Black Vultures.


Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT


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Subject: New yard bird for season, 1st in several years; Am Tree Sparrow
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:13:05 -0500
Pleasantly surprised today to look out and see a Tree Sparrow  arrive along 
with the usual flock of Juncos and assorted others. I've seen them  in my 
yard before, but so long ago that I wasn't sure what they were then, until  I 
looked them up. 
Not an unusual bird for CT in the winter but obviously, unusual  for me 
here.
Pics:
 
 
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wwss76v0wabwsxw/AADSmZ7cXw9WcfCDhVdwmsria?dl=0
 
 
Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct  
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Subject: Milford Point
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:12:03 -0800
Passing this along.


 From Kevin Gunther
Wednesday  1 Snow Goose in with Canadas
Thursday:  1 Mature Bald Eagle,  2 immature Bald Eagles.


Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

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Subject: More Southbury Birds - Am.Coors
From: Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:14:16 -0500

from Angela Dimmitt
1/28 - Southbury/Lake Zoar - also 3 Am. Coots on river below Mitchell's Farm.

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Subject: New Haven Bird Club February Schedule
From: Larry Bausher via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:21:13 -0500
Folks,

Here is the New Haven Bird Clubs schedule of activities during  
February:

Indoor Meeting:

February 12, 7:00 pm.  Kevin Burgio  The History, Biology, and  
Extinction of the Carolina Parakeet.  Whitney Center Cultural Arts  
Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden.  Free and open to the public.  
Few would argue that the saddest word in a birders ID vocabulary is  
extinction. Yet thats been the fate of too many avian species in the  
past and the threat ever grows. Kevin will discuss what is known  
about the history, biology, and extinction of one such vanished bird,  
the splendidly colorful Carolina Parakeet, described by some as  
possibly having been the most colorful bird in North America. Kevin  
will explain how his research, using modern research methods, may  
help shed new light on the extinction of this fascinating and iconic  
species. His research focuses on the mechanisms of species range  
limitations and how  disturbance (climate change and habitat  
fragmentation) influences patterns of species distribution and  
extinction processes.  Kevin graduated summa cum laude from UConn in  
ecology and evolutionary biology and is now a Ph.D. candidate there.  
He is a Visiting Scientist at Fairfield University and a National  
Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.   Social half-hour at  
7:00, program begins at 7:30.  For more information:  
www.newhavenbirdclub.org or call 203-230-1697.

Field Trips:

First Wednesday Walk: Hammonasset State Park, Madison.  Wednesday,  
February 4, 8:00 am.  Free and open to the public. Enjoy a mid-week  
field trip to Hammo, one of the states best birding locations in any  
season of the year.  We will look for sea ducks, grassland species,  
and rarities.  Meet at the park entrance at 8:00 am (I-95, Exit 62).   
Leader:  Greg Hanisek.  Contact -Tina Green: 203.247.2660,  
tina AT renaissancestudios.com.

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge and Rhode Island Coast.   
Saturday, February 14, 7:00 am.  Free and open to the public.  This  
all-day trip includes stops at Sachuest Point, Beavertail State Park,  
Moonstone Beach and Trustum Pond, all outstanding Rhode Island  
birding sites.  We should see grebes, loons, scoters, scaup, Purple  
Sandpipers, and Harlequin Ducks. Dress warmlyits cold and windy on  
the coast. The hiking is a bit strenuous in places. Bring lunch and a  
scope if you have one. Meet at the Branford commuter lot at Exit 55,  
I-95. We carpool from there.  Leader: Chris Loscalzo: 203 389-6508 or  
closcalz AT optonline.

Thanks,
Larry Bausher, West Haven
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Subject: Southbury birds
From: "Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:58:39 +0000
Two Iceland Gulls on Lake Zoar near Mitchell Farm...first and second cycle. 
Greater White-fronted Goose there as well and several Pine Siskins flying over. 


Two Purple Finches at the Bent.

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: eagle in Meriden?
From: Robert Jase via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:12:18 -0500
 Yesterday on my way to work I spotted what appeared to be an eagle in Meriden. 
Not a vulture, not a hawk (saw several on same trip) & clearly not a resident - 
a bird that size couldn't be missed. Passing through? 

 
Robert Jase
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Subject: Re: Chukar
From: SOPHIE ZYLA via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:02:59 -0800
A couple of years ago I went out fill my bird feeders and noticed 2 Chukars 
huddled against my chimney. It was rather cold and breezy and they must have 
loved the warmth and shelter. I had no idea what they were and didn't realize 
that they were a hunting species until I posted on CT Birds. So much for my 
great find! They were rather a nice surprise anyway. 


Happy Birding!


Sophie Zyla
Beacon Falls, CT



On Wednesday, January 28, 2015 9:21 PM, Rick Gedney via CTBirds 
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From Rick Gedney:

Madison, Jan 28th, 2015,  11:15 AM

Chukar - seen in Beekman Road neighborhood.  Flushed to south. 

After the storm I was wishing I cold be doing a few hours of sea watch looking 
for something rare instead of being at work. While visiting a client I am 
driving out of the road and see a partridge type bird on the only area not 
covered by snow picking at the sand. Pulled out my binos and did a double take. 
This area is adjacent to the Hammonasett River corridor and there are some fish 
and game clubs up river so it is likely an escapee - although this is not the 
time of year they may be stocking birds. 


I actually worked at one these clubs while in college and they would stock RN 
Pheasant and Bobwhite Quail on occasion. Many of those birds bolted the fields 
and headed down river - some making it to Hammo State Park where they probably 
met their end as lunch for some raptor or mammalian predator. They also would 
stock turkey on occasion...(they were a lot more scarce back then and Ruffed 
Grouse were a lot more common) . Never saw a Chukar used. 


2 pheasant were seen on Race Hill Road below 80 late last week and could be 
escapees from Guilford Rod and Gun or Hammonasett Fishing Assc. - so perhaps a 
bit of a jail break. 


I followed Dr. Proctor's ABC rule (Always Bring Camera) and got some good shots 
and made some field notes. Light was great and bird was somewhat approachable. 
Outstanding colors. Did not see a band on leg and could see no mandible/beak 
damage from wire cage. Actually bird looked pretty healthy and defiantly did 
not have any flight feathers clipped. Quite the athletic bolt. 


If the bird does make it down to Hammo it will likely stir some excitement - it 
is pretty exotic looking - especially in the middle of a snowy winter. 


BTW - since I did not see it reported we had a Eastern Phoebe at Haddam Meadows 
SP Sunday 1/25/15 - 11:30 AM. 



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Subject: Harlequin Duck continues
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:49:11 -0500
1/29/15-Fairfield - Sunken Island at 2182 Fairfield Beach Rd- adult male 
Harlequin Duck out with White-winged Scoters to the right of the red bell buoyA 
scope is needed to see this bird.Calm sea conditions and excellent lighting 
now. 


Tina Green
Westport
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Subject: Chukar
From: Rick Gedney via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:20:53 -0500
From Rick Gedney:

Madison, Jan 28th, 2015,  11:15 AM

Chukar - seen in Beekman Road neighborhood.  Flushed to south. 

After the storm I was wishing I cold be doing a few hours of sea watch looking 
for something rare instead of being at work. While visiting a client I am 
driving out of the road and see a partridge type bird on the only area not 
covered by snow picking at the sand. Pulled out my binos and did a double take. 
This area is adjacent to the Hammonasett River corridor and there are some fish 
and game clubs up river so it is likely an escapee - although this is not the 
time of year they may be stocking birds. 


I actually worked at one these clubs while in college and they would stock RN 
Pheasant and Bobwhite Quail on occasion. Many of those birds bolted the fields 
and headed down river - some making it to Hammo State Park where they probably 
met their end as lunch for some raptor or mammalian predator. They also would 
stock turkey on occasion...(they were a lot more scarce back then and Ruffed 
Grouse were a lot more common) . Never saw a Chukar used. 


2 pheasant were seen on Race Hill Road below 80 late last week and could be 
escapees from Guilford Rod and Gun or Hammonasett Fishing Assc. - so perhaps a 
bit of a jail break. 


I followed Dr. Proctor's ABC rule (Always Bring Camera) and got some good shots 
and made some field notes. Light was great and bird was somewhat approachable. 
Outstanding colors. Did not see a band on leg and could see no mandible/beak 
damage from wire cage. Actually bird looked pretty healthy and defiantly did 
not have any flight feathers clipped. Quite the athletic bolt. 


If the bird does make it down to Hammo it will likely stir some excitement - it 
is pretty exotic looking - especially in the middle of a snowy winter. 


BTW - since I did not see it reported we had a Eastern Phoebe at Haddam Meadows 
SP Sunday 1/25/15 - 11:30 AM. 



Rick Gedney
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Subject: Red-Headed Woodpecker-Simsbury
From: Stefan Martin via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:46:05 -0500
Hey all,
Passing this along from the CT Birds Facebook Page. An adult Red-Headed 
Woodpecker was seen today at a private residence in Simsbury. The birds 
location is staying as 'private residence' from what I understand. Thought it 
was worth posting here however with this being the first report of the species 
this year (as far as I know). 


Stefan Martin
Stamford 

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Subject: Thomaston Osprey
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:40:36 -0500
Today while driving south on Route 8 at about 1:50pm,I spotted an Osprey 
perched near the top of a tree near Exit 39 in Thomaston along the Naugatuck 
River.Although I had a very quick view,I had an excellent look at the bird with 
perfect lighting.I did try to relocate the bird but was unsuccessful. Anyone in 
the area should be on the lookout for this bird. I did spot an Osprey on 
12/14/14 along Route 8 several exits south of Exit 39 and I suspect this is 
probably the same bird. FYI, the Osprey looked very healthy! 


1/28/15-Thomaston- the vicinity of Exit 39 Route 8 southbound- Osprey seen 
perched atop a tree 


Tina Green
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Subject: Re: Massive seabird die off on the west coast
From: Keith Mueller via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:26:13 -0500
That's awful news Paul! When any family of birds are suffering this  
kind of peril, it really makes you think. But when its seabirds, this  
one really hits home with me! I read a few articles about this and  
researchers really don't know what may be causing. Yes they speculate  
a slightly warmer more acidic ocean "could" be affecting the supply of  
zooplankton like krill, etc. BUT....researchers say it "could" be the  
result of a successful breeding season, leading to too many young  
birds competing for food. Unusually violent storms might be pushing  
the birds into areas they're not used to or preventing them from  
foraging.

I am sure there are many reasons that birds suffer this awful fate,  
but we can't always jump on the global warming train. Nothing has been  
proved yet, just speculated.

Keith Muieller


Quoting Paul Desjardins via CTBirds :

> Approximately 50,000 to 100,000 seabirds have died off the west  
> coast. The cause appears to be related to warming ocean temperatures  
>  and consequently the birds appear to be starving. And this could  
> just be the beginning.
>
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Subject: Massive seabird die off on the west coast
From: Paul Desjardins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:15:42 -0500
Approximately 50,000 to 100,000 seabirds have died off the west coast. The 
cause appears to be related to warming ocean temperatures and consequently the 
birds appear to be starving. And this could just be the beginning. 


Paul Desjardins
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Subject: Quinebaug Fish Hatchery / Sterling yard
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Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:25:18 -0500
From Robert Dixon
1/28/15 - Central Village, Quinebaug Fish Hatchery - Birded the hatchery on 
snowshoes today with the following highlights - WILSON'S SNIPE (2), NORTHERN 
PINTAIL (1m), GADWALL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RING-NECKED DUCK (60), COMMON RAVEN 
(2 vocal flyovers), BALD EAGLE (2), YELLOW-BELLED SAPSUCKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, 
HERMIT THRUSH (3), GRAY CATBIRD (2), SWAMP SPARROW (5) and Great-blue Heron (14 
standing on the ice). 


Sterling yard- continuing PINE SISKIN (22), EASTERN TOWHEE (1f), FIELD SPARROW 
and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (1f). 

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Subject: Re: Barrow's and Barnacle Geese continue
From: Jason Rieger via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:45:38 -0500
All three birds still present in approximately same areas as reported.

Foot prints in the 10" of snow going left were a big help to see the Barrows - 
stiil in dress shoes from work - thanks Frank, Greg and Bill 


Jason Rieger
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> On Jan 28, 2015, at 1:08 PM, Frank Gallo via CTBirds 
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> 
> Barrow's and Barnacle Geese continue at Barnes boat ramp in Enfield. The 
geese were on the far shore near the last bridge abutment and the Barrow's was 
down river near the beige but viewable from the boat ramp. Just walk down to 
the left. 

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Subject: So you think it would be fun to have Black Vultures in your yard?
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:26:23 -0500
check out this video:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfKQIxcdQbg&feature=youtu.be
 
 
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Subject: Eagles in Hartford
From: Jim Pfeifer via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:35:50 +0000
11:30 am, on 1/28/15 - Two mature bald eagles, one obviously larger than the 
other, doing aerial displays over the CT River, just south of the I-84 bridge. 
A mated pair I am assuming. 


Jim in Somers

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Subject: Horned Larks Cove Island Park
From: Ian Devlin via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:06:48 -0500
A flock of about a dozen Horned Larks swirling in the parking lot at Cove 
Island Park in Stamford, CT. between the ice rink and the sanctuary. A first 
for me to see. 


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Subject: Black Vultures in Simsbury
From: Doug Beach via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:04:14 -0500
At 1:30 on Wednesday afternoon, Shirley Beach spotted 3 Black Vultures at 
Tulmeadow Farm in West Simsbury. The vultures then circled over the West 
Simsbury Post Office before flying east. At approximately 2:15 Roger Preston 
spotted 3 Black Vultures in the vicinity of the bandshell on Ironhorse Blvd.; 
presumably the same birds. 


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Subject: CACC
From: Beverly Propen via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:42:59 -0500
​1/28  Milford, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center  10am -1PM, viewed from
windows facing marsh, Low tide, 22F,
Marsh partially frozen-
250+ Canada Geese hunkered down on mud flats,& once sun came out, then got
more active.
18 Buffleheads, Red Breasted Mergansers, 32 American Black Ducks, Ring
billed, Herring gulls & 1 Great black backed gull.
At feeders:  White throated, American Tree, Song & House sparrows,
Cardinals, Mourning doves.
Bev Propen, Orange
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Subject: Barrow's and Barnacle Geese continue
From: Frank Gallo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:08:06 -0500
Barrow's and Barnacle Geese continue at Barnes boat ramp in Enfield. The geese 
were on the far shore near the last bridge abutment and the Barrow's was down 
river near the beige but viewable from the boat ramp. Just walk down to the 
left. 

Frank Gallo
Bill Banks
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Subject: Report addendum
From: "Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:29:12 +0000
An addendum to the report. One of the Iceland Gulls appears to be a second 
cycle with retarded molt. There are some adult feathers peaking through on the 
mantle and coverts and the eye is fading. I'm thinking the other "pale" bird I 
mentioned was a runty 2nd cycle Herring Gull with faded primaries. 


Patrick


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Subject: Southbury Gulls
From: "Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:24:00 +0000
There were two Iceland Gulls (presumed to be the same ones) continuing near 
Mitchell Farm. I did not pick out the Mew, but I wouldn't assume that it isn't 
there, as I did not spend much time. The good news is that there is now ice 
along the river/lake shore and the gulls are roosting close to River Road, 
allowing for better observation/photographic opportunities. There was one odd 
pale gull in the mix that I have to study photos of before commenting much on. 
May just be a faded immature Herring Gull. More later if worth mentioning 
further. 


At least one Pine Siskin and one Purple Finch (both heard) at the Bent of the 
River. 


Patrick


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Subject: Pine Warbler - Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
From: Brian O'Toole via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:30:15 +0000
A Pine Warbler is visiting the suet feeder near the ticket booth at the 
Beardsley Zoo. Also, 2 Fox Sparrows. 


Brian O'Toole
Danbury 

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Subject: Ducks at Grass Island Greenwich
From: Ian Devlin via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:15:34 -0500
One Redhead drake behind the docks on the west part of Grass Island mixed with 
Gadwall, Lesser Scaup and a couple Black Ducks. 


On the east side of the park near the I-95 overpass mixed with Canada Geese, 
Mallard, Black Duck and Hooded Mergansers are three Canvasbacks! Two drakes and 
one hen. I saw only the hen and one drake yesterday, now another drake is with 
them. 


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Subject: Branford Pine Earbler
From: "Batsford, William via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:06:52 +0000
1/28/15: 9:30 - Pine Warbler continues at feeders at Branford Supply Ponds
Bill Batsford 
New Haven

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Subject: Carolina Wren - Old Greenwich
From: Lynnette via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:53:13 -0500
Just had a Carolina Wren feeding on our deck - along with the usual Juncos, 
Titmouse, Cardinals, white throated sparrow, and the hairy, downy & red bellied 
woodpeckers. 


Lynnette Clemens, Old Greenwich, CT
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Subject: Hamden, Rusties & Chipping Sp.
From: Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:40:27 -0500
Occasional glances out the back window were rewarded with half a dozen Rusty 
Bbs and, among the sparrows, even a Chipping Sparrow. eBird shows several 
northerly reports – perhaps its winter range is more extensive than the field 
guides say. 


From Arthur Shippee:
01/27/15 - Hamden, North Lake -- 6 Rusty Blackbirds;  1 Chipping Sparrow

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Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: January 27, 2015 at 10:16:55 PM EST
> To: ashippee AT snet.net
> Subject: eBird Report - 72 North Lake Dr., Jan 27, 2015
> 
> 72 North Lake Dr., New Haven, US-CT
> Jan 27, 2015 11:50 AM - 4:20 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments:     Occasional looks out at the feeder.
> 13 species
> 
> Mourning Dove  7
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Black-capped Chickadee  2
> Tufted Titmouse  1
> European Starling  1
> Chipping Sparrow  1     4:20, with other sparrows
> 
>  

> 
>  

> White-throated Sparrow  3
> Dark-eyed Junco  12
> Northern Cardinal  2
> Rusty Blackbird  6     In & out, 2 then 5 then 6  AT  4:20
> House Finch  7
> American Goldfinch  9
> House Sparrow  12
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21573997 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Subject: Re: Orange backyard-orange headed hairy woodpecker
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:24:12 -0800
> Amongst the increased crowd of regular customers today was a Hairy
> woodpecker with a
> distinctly orange back of the head where red should be.

The Cornell All About Birds web site's page on the Hairy Woodpecker has a photo 
showing such orange. Despite that, the caption for the photo is "Red at rear of 
crown". 


See photo 3 of 10 at http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Hairy_Woodpecker/id/

Roy Harvey
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Subject: Fox Sparrow, East Haven
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:10:33 -0800
Passing this along.


 From Ralph Amodei
1/27 - East Haven feeders - 12:00 Fox Sparrow


Roy Harvey
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Subject: Regarding funny falcons....
From: julian hough via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:01:08 -0800
It should be apparent to most that the several brief sightings of a large 
falcon in the Stamford/Norwalk area possibly refer to a grey morph Gyrfalcon. 

Although the observers may not be well-versed in the minutiae of Gyrfalcon and 
escaped Gyr-type hybrids, they are cautious and know Peregrines well enough to 
say it was not likely that species, which in turn leads us down the wormhole 
towards Gyrfalcon. 


Given the multiple sightings, it is obvious this bird, whatever it may be, 
should be looked for and for anyone that would like to see a Gyr in CT, this 
might be worth putting in some effort. 


Myself, and I know other birders would be interested in a collaborative effort 
to maybe spend some time scouting the coastal areas where the sightings have 
occurred. If it is a Gyr, they can be wide ranging during their hunting, roost 
on cliffs or tall buildings in lieu of cliffs, or other structures such as 
church steeples or monuments. They, like other raptors often spend time 
surveying open areas from Osprey platforms, so scanning these types of areas 
might be fruitful. 


The more people that make up a search party have a better chance of perhaps 
locating this bird if it is hanging out along the coast. 

I might suggest that anyone that knows the areas where these sightings have 
occurred recommend target spots that might be Gyr-suitable. 


Making yourself aware of the id. points that separate big Peregrines (which are 
likely to be found in the same area) and the size and wing structure 
differences will be useful if you do find a candidate. Also, escaped falconer's 
birds, while often Gyr-like can be pitfalls so observing any Jessie's etc is 
key. 


May the force be with you (and your cell phone!)

Best,

Julian

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Subject: Sterling yard
From: Robert Dixon via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:34:55 -0500
From Robert Dixon
1/27/15 - Sterling yard - About 24" of snow and a challenge to keep the feeder 
area clear. 

Highlights - PINE SISKIN (17), YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (1f), FIELD SPARROW, 
EASTERN TOWHEE (1f) and Northern Cardinal (22 males and 11 females at dusk for 
a record 33). Also had a Cooper's Hawk still hunting around the feeders today. 
It was interesting to watch as a dozen species fed all around the 'Coop' which 
they usually do (but never do this if it's a Sharpie) and it showed no interest 
until a Starling landed on the suet and in a flash it was over (for the 
Starling). This happened twice today. I'm guessing Starlings are easy to catch 
or they taste really good. 

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Subject: Stratford-Turkey Vulture
From: Lynn Jones via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:10:07 -0500
CT: Stratford Yard 1/27/2015, 2:00pm

While out shoveling today I had two Turkey Vultures soaring around the
neighborhood after the snow stopped.  I also had a Sharp-shinned Hawk
hunting at the feeders (usually it's a Cooper's).

-Lynn
Stratford
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Subject: Orange backyard- oops
From: Bev via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:03:15 -0500
1/27
Oops- meant 
5 white throated sparrows. 

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Subject: Stratford goodies
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:00:42 -0500
From Frank & Linda Mantlik,
1/27. After shoveling the 10" of snow from the blizzard, we did some afternoon 
birding from the car, with these highlights: 

-Birdseye St boatramp, 1:30 - 1 WILSON'S SNIPE, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS hunting 
sparrows at edge of lot. 

- First Ave. (near Long Beach), 2:40- adult Kumlien's ICELAND GULL.
- Access Rd at Rt 113, 3:17 - light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK flying and hovering 
over Great Meadows marsh. 

No alcids noted offshore.

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Subject: Grass Island Canvasbacks
From: Ian Devlin via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:54:34 -0500
A pair of Canvasbacks (hen and drake) mixed in with Canada Geese near I-95 
overpass close to Grass Island in Greenwich, CT just now. I haven't seen 
Canvasback in a LONG time-very exciting to see! 


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Subject: 20 inches of snow, snow blower died. But i got a new yard bird :)
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:49:22 -0500
Yellow -bellied Sapsucker on my suet feeder this afternoon.  First one I've 
seen in my yard. Had some holes drilled a few years ago but never  saw the 
bird. 
Pics:
 
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/uf6qrjoy0fnm4fb/AADfv607M3uVJKLYiwQ1dR1Ka?dl=0
 
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Subject: Orange backyard-orange headed hairy woodpecker
From: Beverly Propen via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:12:44 -0500
​1/27  Orange backyard
Amongst the increased crowd of regular customers today was a Hairy
woodpecker with a
distinctly orange back of the head where red should be.
2 American Crows, 8 American Goldfinches, 5 Chickadees, 7 Blue jays, 1
Carolina Wren,
24 Juncos,  2 Downys,  3 Starlings, 1 Fox sparrow, 3 Hairy Woodpeckers (the
one male/female pair & 1 Orange headed one), 2 House finches, 32 House
sparrows (1 female house sparrow with white secondary feathers-all winter),
6 Mourning doves,
2 Cardinals, 1 Flicker, 2 Red bellies,  1 Song sparrow, 3 titmice,2 White
breasted nuthatches and 5 White breasted nuthatches. Nothing like the
numbers some others have reported, but busy for my yard.
Bev Propen, Orange
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Subject: South Westport Birds
From: Preston Lust via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:49:10 +0000 (UTC)
Compo Beach – 4 DUNLIN, 7 SANDERLING.Bridge Street (Dunkin' Donuts) – a 
surprise adult male BALD EAGLE. Preston LustWestport 

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Subject: lots of birds today...
From: Carrier Graphics via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:40:05 -0800
We only had about 12-15" new snow here in Harwinton, but this morn I cleaned 
off the window screen feeder, put lots of mixed seed there and under car 
nearby. The birds came in and were everywhere! Mostly Siskins 80+, Goldfinch 
30, Junco 30+ and regs. Less snow under car attracted the most having lots of 
seed thrown under it. Also my Red Squirrel came for a visit, eating within the 
many birds. 

Paul Carrier - Harwinton
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