Birdingonthe.Net

Recent Postings from
Connecticut Birds

> Home > Mail
> Alerts

Updated on Monday, July 28 at 09:14 PM EST
The most recently received Mail is at the top.


Black-winged Stilt,©Jan Wilczur

28 Jul Backyard birds this evening [Jerilyn Duefrene via CTBirds ]
28 Jul Goshawk ID follow up [Joseph Cala via CTBirds ]
28 Jul Salem Blue Grosbeak - no [Glenn Williams via CTBirds ]
28 Jul Greenwich-Laughing Gulls [Stefan Martin via CTBirds ]
28 Jul Banded Ruddy Turnstone [Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds ]
28 Jul OT: Maine tropicbird - again [James Purcell via CTBirds ]
28 Jul LITTLE BLUE HERON [Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds ]
28 Jul LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, STILT SANDPIPERS continue [Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds ]
28 Jul Milford & Guilford Highlights [Dan Rottino via CTBirds ]
28 Jul Milford point [Maria Stockmal via CTBirds ]
28 Jul Re: LONG-BILLED@DOWITCHER.@ G… [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
28 Jul Peregrine falcon [Lynn Melanson via CTBirds ]
28 Jul Suffield and East Granby [Paul Desjardins via CTBirds ]
28 Jul Re: Strange cardinal [Tammy Eustis via CTBirds ]
28 Jul Strange cardinal [Tom and Dorothy Wadlow via CTBirds ]
28 Jul Least Tern Greenwich Pt [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
28 Jul RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD [Sandra Joncus via CTBirds ]
28 Jul Re: my 2 birdsong ID questions. [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
28 Jul Boston Hollow beaver marsh, 7-27-14 [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
28 Jul West River to The Car Wash. 6:45 am - 8:00 am [Robert Hutton via CTBirds ]
28 Jul LONG-BILLED@DOWITCHER.@ G… [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
28 Jul STILT SANDPIPER, Guilford [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
27 Jul Hammo Black Skimmer [Chuck Imbergamo via CTBirds ]
27 Jul Skimmer at Hammo [Michaelene Komara via CTBirds ]
27 Jul Stilt Sandpiper-Guilford [Paul Wolter via CTBirds ]
27 Jul Milford:Red Knot [Mike Warner via CTBirds ]
27 Jul Lt. River to watch rock - tri-colored heron [James Sherwonit via CTBirds ]
27 Jul Red Knot Milford Point [greg hanisek via CTBirds ]
26 Jul Grosbeak [Mark Szantyr via CTBirds ]
26 Jul Blue grosbeak typos [Mark Szantyr via CTBirds ]
26 Jul Possible Blue Grosbeak in Salem [Mark Szantyr via CTBirds ]
26 Jul Sterling yard [Robert Dixon via CTBirds ]
26 Jul Boston Hollow/Yale Forest, Ashford/union, Ct 7-26-14 Acadian Flycatchers. [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
26 Jul Sandy Point [Jonah Cohen via CTBirds ]
26 Jul Evening Falcon Show [Dan Rottino via CTBirds ]
26 Jul OT: Jane Alexander's Bird-Watching Tips, NY Times [Arthur Shippee via CTBirds ]
26 Jul Hamden: Orchard O., Y Warbler, 4 heronid, K'fisher [Arthur Shippee via CTBirds ]
26 Jul Little Gull update [Glenn Williams via CTBirds ]
25 Jul Adding to ID info [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
25 Jul LI Sound Little Gull - NY [Glenn Williams via CTBirds ]
25 Jul Re: Another birdsong ID - again [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
25 Jul Re: Another birdsong ID [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
25 Jul House Wrens [Katherine Kuckens via CTBirds ]
25 Jul E.T. Grasso to Fair Haven trail. 7:00 am - 8:00 am. [Robert Hutton via CTBirds ]
25 Jul Kingfishers again [Chris Elphick via CTBirds ]
25 Jul kingfishers redux [Chris Elphick via CTBirds ]
25 Jul Another birdsong ID Challenge [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
25 Jul Am. Bitterns, Little Blue Heron - NO [Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds ]
25 Jul Re: Coastal migration-Greenwich [greg hanisek via CTBirds ]
25 Jul Kingfishers [greg hanisek via CTBirds ]
25 Jul Slater Museum Exhibit [zellene via CTBirds ]
24 Jul Re: Robins' natural habitat [Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz via CTBirds ]
24 Jul Cutthroat, Hamden. [Arthur Shippee via CTBirds ]
24 Jul Coastal migration-Greenwich [Stefan Martin via CTBirds ]
24 Jul Forster's Terns [Hank Golet via CTBirds ]
24 Jul Hammo white-faced ibis [Russ Smiley via CTBirds ]
24 Jul Re: Robin question [Mary Mushinsky via CTBirds ]
24 Jul Audubon, "Early Drawings" [Arthur Shippee via CTBirds ]
24 Jul Re: Robins' natural habitat [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
24 Jul Crackles [Lisa Gagnon via CTBirds ]
24 Jul Common yellowthroats [sosipatra via CTBirds ]
24 Jul Re: Robins [Jonathan Schwartz via CTBirds ]
24 Jul Re: Question on Grass Lawns [Robert Mirer via CTBirds ]
24 Jul King Fishers [Lisa Gagnon via CTBirds ]
24 Jul Long-tailed Duck, Mliford Point [Stephen Spector via CTBirds ]
24 Jul Robin question [Gary Prestash via CTBirds ]
24 Jul Question on Grass Lawns [Carrier Graphics via CTBirds ]
24 Jul Re: Sandy Pt [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
24 Jul Sandy Pt [Maria Stockmal via CTBirds ]
23 Jul Bird song ID - nenesis bird [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
23 Jul CACC [Beverly Propen via CTBirds ]
23 Jul oops! [Paul Desjardins via CTBirds ]
23 Jul Rocky Hill [Paul Desjardins via CTBirds ]
23 Jul FYI - Free State Parks Weekend - parking and museum fees waived Sat. & Sun. ["Breslin, Sandy via CTBirds" ]
23 Jul Re: Birds feeding [Tammy Eustis via CTBirds ]
23 Jul Kingfishers -- ebird where missing? [Arthur Shippee via CTBirds ]

Subject: Backyard birds this evening
From: Jerilyn Duefrene via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:29:30 -0400
I was happy to see the answer to the Cardinal question as I have had a
cardinal with a gray head here too. I also had a Tufted Titmouse with the
same type of bald head. He/she was just here again

Tonight I had a very young Black Capped Chicadee that looked like he was on
his own for the first time - so cute!

Oddly enough, I have not seen the 10-12 House FInches this evening, my
feeder ran out really fast again! I just filled it Sunday morning and it
was gone! Those birdies have been eating a lot lately - does that mean
anything?

I am heading to Bar Harbor, Maine this weekend to see Puffins before they
head to the Tundra! :-) I am very excited!
Has anyone here seen them before?

I love reading these lists and they all give me new ideas for where I need
to go to see some different birds.

Jeri Duefrene
Niantic, CT
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Goshawk ID follow up
From: Joseph Cala via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:47:41 -0400
All-

A few months ago I cautioned and urged extra scrutiny on any suspected
juvenile Goshawks -- particularly birds that were in a backyard setting or
frequenting a feeder.  We rarely get to see these birds so making quick
calls on ID's are large accipiters can certainly be difficult.

I finally managed to get a halfway decent picture of a juvenile Goshawk and
wanted to point a few things out, since some of us will be lucky enough to
see them in the next coming months at various hawk watch sites (or locally)
throughout the state.

http://josephcala.zenfolio.com/img/s7/v155/p89900750-5.jpg

Please forgive the poor photo--not the usual standards but does show the ID
points well.  Note the very large white supercillium--some Cooper's and
Sharpies will show this, but it will not be this extensive.

Note the dark, thick breast streaks over a buff/tawny breast color.  While
Cooper's and Sharpies exist with thicker breast streaking (Cooper's
especially in the west) they don't exist with the breast color that a
juvenile Goshawk will show.

Two final ID points that are obscured/tough to see here.  One being a very
long, broad tail.  The other being that frequently that heavy streaking
will creep onto the undertail coverts -- again, something that you do not
see even with heavily marked Cooper's and Sharpies.

Happy birding!
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Salem Blue Grosbeak - no
From: Glenn Williams via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:28:09 -0700
I looked for the possible Blue Grosbeak at Burnett's Country Gardens in Salem 
today without luck. I also heard intriguing chip notes but could never see the 
bird.  


Glenn Williams
Mystic
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Greenwich-Laughing Gulls
From: Stefan Martin via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:16:44 -0400
Oneida Drive marsh- 2 Adult Laughing Gulls feeding on the edge of the water at 
about 7:45. 


Sent from my iPhone
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Banded Ruddy Turnstone
From: Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:09:47 -0400
7/28/14, in Westbrook, at the town beach (near Pilot's Point): one banded
Ruddy Turnstone.  I submitted the data on its tag and found out that this
bird was banded in May near Cape May, New Jersey (on its northbound
migration).  It must have bred up north and is now on its way south.  Cool!

 

Chris Loscalzo,

Woodbridge

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: OT: Maine tropicbird - again
From: James Purcell via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:08:34 -0400
Again, I apologize for the off-topic post again, but Alex Burdo and I
unfortunately missed the tropicbird last week with a lot of bad luck and we
are thinking about going again this Sunday and Monday, the 4th and 5th,
staying over in Vinalhaven on Sunday night and then Monday night if
necessary (if we miss the bird on Sunday, we would be going out again on
Monday).

Please let me know if you have interest in joining us and email me off-list
at jpurcell1616 AT gmail.com

James Purcell
Fairfield, CT
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: LITTLE BLUE HERON
From: Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:52:29 -0400
7/28/14, in Westbrook, in the Menunketesuck River Marsh (observed from the
SBM NWR Salt Meadow Unit): Seven LITTLE BLUE HERON (four adults and three
juveniles).

 

Chris Loscalzo,

Woodbridge

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, STILT SANDPIPERS continue
From: Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:49:46 -0400
7/28/14, 6:15 to 7:00 pm, in Guilford at Leete's Island (Shell Beach) Marsh:
one LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, photographed by Pat and Paul and two STILT
SANDPIPERS.  Also, Spotted Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover, Lesser
Yellowlegs, and many Semipalmated and Least Sandpiper.

 

Chris Loscalzo, Patrick Comins, Paul and Maureen Wolter

 

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Milford & Guilford Highlights
From: Dan Rottino via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:40:09 -0400
From Dan, Emily and Danny Rottino:
7/28/14 - Milford, Coastal Center -- 8:00am; 2 RED KNOT. Guilford, Shell beach 
-- 1:00pm; 1 STILT SANDPIPER, then at 6:00pm (just Dan); 1 LONG-BILLED 
DOWITCHER and 2 STILT SANDPIPER. 


Veni Vidi eBird !
Dan Rottino
East Haddam, CT
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Milford point
From: Maria Stockmal via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:03:17 -0400
Today Hendersoni Short-billed Dowitcher, Red Knot, Yellow-crowned Night Heron 
and juvenile. Still floating Long-tailed Duck and White-winged Scoter. 


Sent from my iPhone
Maria Stockmal
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Re: LONG-BILLED@DOWITCHER.@ G…
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:22:14 -0400
Hi all,
Just a word of caution if you plan to look for the Guilford LB DOWITCHER. Last 
week There was also an adult Short-billed DOWITCHER of the hendersoni or 
prairie race, which also has quite colorful (orangey underparts). Thanks to 
Patrick Comins for sharing his photo with me. Study up on the differences in 
Sibley or Karlson field guides. 

Frank Mantlik
Stratford

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 28, 2014, at 10:00 AM, Frank Mantlik via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

> 
> From Frank Mantlik,
> 7/28. Guilford, She'll Beach Rd marsh - in addition there is now an adult 
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER feeding by itself and apart from 4 Short-billed 
Dowitchers. Rich Rusty underparts, white barred undertail coverts, very long 
bill (probably female), exhibiting hump- back and pot belly ("swallowed a 
grapefruit look"). 

> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> _______________________________________________
> This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

> For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 


_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Peregrine falcon
From: Lynn Melanson via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:58:56 -0400
From Lynn Melanson
I believe we have at least one peregrine falcon in our Southbury neighborhood 
(Bucks Hill area). We mostly hear the screeching rather than see the actual 
bird, but it appears different from the red-shouldered hawks who usually take 
up residence. Have observed it since early July. 


My question is: where could it be nesting? I didnt think they preferred 
woodland environments. 


Sent from my iPhone
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Suffield and East Granby
From: Paul Desjardins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:37:53 -0400
This afternoon at the Suffield Wildlife Management Area Cooper's Hawk, 2 
American Kestrels, Grasshopper Sparrow and Eastern Meadowlark and at East 
Granby Farms another Cooper's Hawk and Black Billed Cuckoo. 



Paul Desjardins
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Re: Strange cardinal
From: Tammy Eustis via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:40:51 -0700
Hi, Dorothy!
Never fear - that cardinal is just in the throes of some very
unattractive molting. In late summer and fall, birds go through a
molting process - most lose and regrow their old feathers gradually, but
some lose them altogether. Hence the baldness. It's especially striking
on cardinals and blue jays, since they usually sport tall tufts.
Some scientists think that some birds go totally bald due to environment
or nutrition factors, mites, or lice.
Your cardinal will be sporting new feathers soon enough, so don't worry
- you won't have to make him a hat for the winter!
:-)  Tammy Eustis, Chester

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [CT Birds] Strange cardinal
From: Tom and Dorothy Wadlow via CTBirds 
Date: Mon, July 28, 2014 1:13 pm
To: 

Hi-

 

I've had a very strange looking male cardinal coming to my feeder, often
in
the company of a normal cardinal pair. His head is completely gray. At
first I thought it was gray feathering, but when I took a photo a bit
zoomed
in I discovered that the gray is skin. He has lost all the feathering on
his head except for a few wisps on the top. 

 

Any ideas what could have caused it? Has anyone seen something similar?

 

Here is the link to a photo:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/h44xpp1qpr18rso/IMG_0374.JPG

 

Dorothy Wadlow

Stonington

 

 

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association
(COA) for the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut.
For subscription information visit
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Strange cardinal
From: Tom and Dorothy Wadlow via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:13:45 -0400
Hi-

 

I've had a very strange looking male cardinal coming to my feeder, often in
the company of a normal cardinal pair.  His head is completely gray.  At
first I thought it was gray feathering, but when I took a photo a bit zoomed
in I discovered that the gray is skin.  He has lost all the feathering on
his head except for a few wisps on the top. 

 

Any ideas what could have caused it?  Has anyone seen something similar?

 

Here is the link to a photo:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/h44xpp1qpr18rso/IMG_0374.JPG

 

Dorothy Wadlow

Stonington

 

 

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Least Tern Greenwich Pt
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:11:37 -0700
Passing this along.



From Cynthia Ehlinger:
7/28 - Greenwich Point Park near Pelican Island, Old Greenwich - LEAST TERN


Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD
From: Sandra Joncus via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:01:27 -0400
At our feeder around noon. We live a mile from the shore, as the blackbird
flies. Farther than that from anything I recognize as a marsh.

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Re: my 2 birdsong ID questions.
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:30:58 -0400 (EDT)
Unlike the picture I sent, which everyone but I recognized as a  
Chestnut-sided Warbler, the answers to the songs are not so clear. The 
consensus on 

the first one was Yellow-rumped Warbler, and the second one was Magnolia  
Warbler. 
However, there was not that much certainty on either. In a way  I'm happier 
that neither was really that clear cut, so it's not just me! I try  to hunt 
down anything I'm not sure of, but these two were masters of concealment  
as well as deception, especially since both were around for a while, and I 
made  several tries at finding/spotting them both. 
 
Don Morgan,  Coventry
mntncougar AT aol.com
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Boston Hollow beaver marsh, 7-27-14
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:08:58 -0400 (EDT)
 
Despite the threatened rain I took a drive to Boston Hollow  yesterday, and 
stopped at the new beaver dam and marsh, on the left  side just a 10th of a 
mile after the road turns to dirt. The weather was  already very 
threatening but there were a lot of birds making a lot of noise. Maybe they 
wanted 

breakfast before the rains came. I was there about an hour  sitting in my car 
in one spot and had 23 different species, plus a  Broad-winged Hawk sitting 
on a wire before I even got to the dirt road. There  aren't than many places 
you can go right now and get 24 species in a day of  birding. Just before 
it started raining it suddenly got quiet, and stayed that  way even after it 
stopped, an hour later. 
 Ebird below 
 
Boston Hollow/Yale Forest, Windham, US-CT
Jul 27, 2014 8:30 AM - 9:45  AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
24 species

Mallard   2
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy  Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Eastern Phoebe   2
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Black-capped Chickadee  4
White-breasted  Nuthatch  6
Brown Creeper  1
Veery  1
Wood Thrush   2
Gray Catbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  2
Ovenbird   1
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Northern Waterthrush   2
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Yellow Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided  Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Canada Warbler   1
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal   2


Don Morgan,  Coventry
mntncougar AT aol.com
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: West River to The Car Wash. 6:45 am - 8:00 am
From: Robert Hutton via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:09:29 -0700
Domus Academy, E.T. Grasso Blvd.

Great Blue Herons x 5
Green Heron x 3

Immature Black-crowned Night Heron x 1

Belted Kingfishers x 2
Great Egret x 2
Lesser Yellowlegs x 1

White peeps x 20 in flight towards the sound. (unable to identify)

Ring-billed Gulls x 5
Greater Black Backed Gull x 2
Herring Gull x 2
American Black Ducks x 8 (2 adults, 6 ducklings)
European Starlings x 5

American Crows x 2
Osprey x 2

Car Wash - E.T. Grasso and Rt 1.

Great Egret x 2
Great Blue Heron x 1
Osprey x 1
Killdeer x 1

Herring Gull x 2
Ring-billed Gull x 2
Common Grackle x 3
European Starlings x 40

Mourning Dove x 3

Male Belted Kingfisher x 1
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: LONG-BILLED@DOWITCHER.@ G…
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:00:12 -0400
From Frank Mantlik,
7/28. Guilford, She'll Beach Rd marsh - in addition there is now an adult 
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER feeding by itself and apart from 4 Short-billed 
Dowitchers. Rich Rusty underparts, white barred undertail coverts, very long 
bill (probably female), exhibiting hump- back and pot belly ("swallowed a 
grapefruit look"). 


Sent from my iPhone
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: STILT SANDPIPER, Guilford
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:35:11 -0400
From Frank Mantlik
7/28 Guilford, Shell Beach Rd., salt marsh pools opposite red house- adult 
STILT SANDPIPER continues 9:15am along with many other usual shorebirds. 


Sent from my iPhone
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Hammo Black Skimmer
From: Chuck Imbergamo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:16:07 -0400
A check of the Cedar Island platform paid off with great looks at a Black 
Skimmer! Also Laughing Gull and numerous Least and Common Terns. 


Chuck Imbergamo
Madison

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Skimmer at Hammo
From: Michaelene Komara via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:11:25 -0400
Black skimmer viewable from Cedar Island platform, alongside laughing gull. Six 
SB dowitchers in Boulder Pond, along with little blue x tricolored. 


Sent from my iPhone
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Stilt Sandpiper-Guilford
From: Paul Wolter via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:53:47 +0000
7/27/14 Leetes Marsh-Shell Beach, Guilford. 545pm one Stilt Sandpiper together 
with 3 Short-bllled Dowitchers and Lesser Yellowlegs. Also many Least and 
Semi-palmated Sandpipers. 


Paul and Maureen Wolter
Branford
Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Milford:Red Knot
From: Mike Warner via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:47:31 -0400
7/27/14   Milford Point Coastal Center  -  Red Knot

With Tom Murray

3 pm - One Red knot retaining a slight blush to the belly on the sandbars with 
the dropping tide. Also seen were one each Black-bellied Plover, Long-tailed 
Duck, Common Loon, White-winged Scoter and multiple juvenile Least Terns. 


 7/26/14 Hammo - White-faced Ibis continues in the marsh along the south edge 
of the Nature Center parking lot. Bird seen with 7 other birders. Thanks to 
Sandy Breslin for posting the Connecticut State Parks free pass weekend notice. 


Mike Warner
Wilton, Ct.
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Lt. River to watch rock - tri-colored heron
From: James Sherwonit via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:28:11 -0700
Today in between rain showers we paddled down the Lt. River to Watch Rock in 
Lyme. Lots of marsh wrens and swamp sparrows and a good look at a tri-colored 
heron.

Jim and Jan Sherwonit
Old Saybrook


Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
_______________________________________________ This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. For subscription information visit http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: Red Knot Milford Point
From: greg hanisek via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:02:58 -0700
From Greg Hanisek
w. Newington Adult Ed class

7/27 Milford, Milford Point - 8-10 a.m. 1 RED KNOT, 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 11 
sps of shorebirds including 3000+ Semipalmated Sandpipers; also 1 Long-tailed 
Duck, 1 Laughing Gull 

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Grosbeak
From: Mark Szantyr via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:44:40 -0400
Metallic.  

Sorry

Mark

Mark Szantyr

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Blue grosbeak typos
From: Mark Szantyr via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:31:54 -0400
I meant loud not lod and note not 
" not"

I hate typing on I-phones. 

Mark


Mark Szantyr

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Possible Blue Grosbeak in Salem
From: Mark Szantyr via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:27:41 -0400
While shopping at Burnett's Country Garden on RT 85 in Salem, I heard a lod 
mettalic chip not coming from the rear border of the store. I only saw the bird 
twice and both times very briefly but the strong mettalic chip note and size 
and coloration of the bird was consistent with a female / first year Blue 
Grosbeak. Again, i did not see the bird well enough to be positive but it is 
worth checking out if you are in the area. There was also a Yellow- billed 
Cuckoo calling from the property 


Mark Szantyr
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Sterling yard
From: Robert Dixon via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:09:26 -0400 (EDT)
From Robert Dixon
7/26/14 - Sterling yard - 49 species - including EASTERN SCREECH - OWL, EASTERN 
WHIP-POOR -WILL, BARRED OWL and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO calling before daybreak. 
Also LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH calling and singing partial song and a calling , 
flyover GREATER YELLOWLEGS (second record for yard). 



Robert Dixon
179 Main St.
Sterling, Ct. 06377
860-564-4638 h
860-933-9545 c
dbobolink AT aol.com
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Boston Hollow/Yale Forest, Ashford/union, Ct 7-26-14 Acadian Flycatchers.
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:28:23 -0400 (EDT)
The majority of the birds have stopped singing now, so it's  harder to find 
them. But the woods are still overflowing with know-nothing  juveniles, 
that make a lot of noise and aren't shy at all. It even seems some of  the 
adults are less reluctant to be seen now that breeding season is over for them. 

Had a Worm-eating Warbler foraging today, even though I haven't heard one  
sing for weeks now. Also, several Ovenbirds in the last few days, both adult 
and  juvenile. Saw a pair of juvenile Wood Thrushes foraging together 
today,  perhaps from the nest I watched until they fledged.
There have been 2 late-arrival Acadian Flycatchers in the area,  one 
singing consistenlty, including today, and one on and off. But the one in  the 
area where they nested 3 years ago stopped singing about 2 weeks ago, and I  
had never seen any evidence of a mate or nesting, except that he seemed to 
sing  consistently from an area of young hemlocks. However, I have seen one 
foraging  from time to time. 
Today I spotted 1 in a young choke-cherry tree and quickly  noticed it was 
being chased around by something, but I couldn't tell what. I  finally 
realized it was an RT Hummer, which was not much smaller than the  flycatcher. 
Never realized how small they are. 
Best part however, was when the bird was joined by a second one  in the 
tree! So there are two, at least, a pair probably, or adult and juvie or  even 
2 juvies. Pretty good evidence that there was, in fact, a nest though. 
Sadly, I found a dead female or juvenile Scarlet Tanager in the  road 
today, so the attrition has begun.  
Ebird below. Not as many species as earlier, but not bad  considering most 
of them were sighted, not heard, and still a nice mix of  the birds that 
nest in the area. 
 
Boston Hollow/Yale Forest, Windham, US-CT
Jul 26, 2014 8:00 AM - 12:30  PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
47 species (+2 other  taxa)

Turkey Vulture  1
Broad-winged Hawk  2
Buteo  sp.  2
Mourning Dove  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird   3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern  Flicker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Pileated  Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
Acadian Flycatcher   3
Eastern Phoebe  6
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Blue-headed  Vireo  4
Red-eyed Vireo  6
Blue Jay  4
Common  Raven  1
Tree Swallow  3
Black-capped Chickadee   20
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Brown  Creeper  1
Winter Wren  1
Veery  4
Hermit Thrush   3
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  15
Gray Catbird   8
Cedar Waxwing  2
Ovenbird  1
Worm-eating Warbler   1
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Northern Waterthrush   2
Black-and-white Warbler  6
Common Yellowthroat   6
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Pine  Warbler  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  3
Canada Warbler   2
Eastern Towhee  4
Chipping Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow   3
Scarlet Tanager  5
Northern Cardinal  2
Brown-headed  Cowbird  2
Purple Finch  1
American Goldfinch  6


Don Morgan,  Coventry
mntncougar AT aol.com
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Sandy Point
From: Jonah Cohen via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:52:04 -0400
Today in West Haven, only a few of the piping plover chicks. The horned grebe 
was very close to shore, and a pair of ruddy turnstones were in among the many 
semipalmated sandpipers. 


-jonah cohen
newington

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Evening Falcon Show
From: Dan Rottino via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:28:40 -0400
From Dan Rottino & Family:
7/26/14 - Meriden, Castle Craig -- 6:00pm; 3 PEREGRINE FALCON AND 2 COMMON 
RAVEN. The peregrines put on quite a show with one being chased off by the 
other two. They all made several passes back and forth directly in front of us. 
A great place to see the Peregrines and Ravens up close. 


Veni Vidi eBird !
Dan Rottino
East Haddam, CT
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: OT: Jane Alexander's Bird-Watching Tips, NY Times
From: Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:48:07 -0400
A nice, brief interview with the birder & actress.  


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/travel/jane-alexanders-bird-watching-tips.html 


Jane Alexander's Bird-Watching Tips

Bird-watching, it turns out, is a hobby well suited to film actors, who go to 
far-flung locations and can have time to kill between shooting. 


While on set for Sunshine State, on Amelia Island, Fla., the actress Jane 
Alexander swore she heard a breeding heron. They make these strange, barking 
grunts, said Ms. Alexander, who made, as gracefully as possible, her best 
approximation of them. 


So she followed the sound through a palm meadow and a swamp, only to find that 
the creature making it was, in fact, an alligator. 


I backed off very slowly, she said with a laugh, because she did not look 
happy. 


She usually meets with more success. Ms. Alexander, who is on the board of the 
National Audubon Society, has traveled across the country, and to many parts of 
the globe, to hear the songs and see the flight of all kinds of birds. 


	Rest of interview on site
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Hamden: Orchard O., Y Warbler, 4 heronid, K'fisher
From: Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:33:49 -0400
On my cycle of upper Lake Whitney, in the middle of a cloudy afternoon (a 
couple of raindrops, too): mid-afternoon, but 32 species anyway! Orchard oriole 
pair; Kingfisher; Yellow Warbler; 4 heron ids; & others as in eBird list below. 


Some photos at this *public* link: 
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152618559189042.1073741856.525184041&type=1&l=124ef320cc 



From Arthur Shippee:
07/26/14 - Hamden, Upper Lake Whitney -- 2 Orchard Oriole, M & F, Waite St., 
little meadow at east end of causeway. F presumably imm., attentively following 
around the M, as if awaiting food. 



Begin forwarded message:

> From: do-not-reply AT ebird.org
> Subject: eBird Report - Upper Lake Whitney Cycle, Jul 26, 2014
> Date: July 26, 2014 at 3:13:59 PM EDT
> To: ashippee AT snet.net
> 
> Upper Lake Whitney Cycle, New Haven, US-CT
> Jul 26, 2014 1:40 PM - 2:55 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> 32 species
> 
> Canada Goose  X
> Mute Swan  4     The Mill River mouth family.
> Wood Duck  X
> Double-crested Cormorant  X
> Great Blue Heron  1
> Great Egret  1
> Green Heron  2
> Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
> Osprey  1
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
> Mourning Dove  X
> Belted Kingfisher  1
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Hairy Woodpecker  1
> Northern Flicker  1
> Eastern Kingbird  X
> Blue Jay  X
> American Crow  X
> Barn Swallow  X
> Tufted Titmouse  2
> Carolina Wren  1
> American Robin  X
> Gray Catbird  X
> Yellow Warbler  1
> Song Sparrow  X
> Northern Cardinal  X
> Red-winged Blackbird  X
> Common Grackle  X
> Orchard Oriole 2 M being followed around by F -- presumably Imm. F., as it 
seemed focused on the M, waiting & attentive, not feeding on its own. 

> House Finch  10
> American Goldfinch  X
> House Sparrow  X
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19225956 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Little Gull update
From: Glenn Williams via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:47:12 -0700
I see from eBird that Shai Mitra found the Little Gull near the NY-CT border 
and it did make it into Connecticut waters. 


Glenn Williams
Mystic
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Adding to ID info
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:27:18 -0400 (EDT)
I think the last 2 links I sent actually worked, so I'll try 2  more:
 This is a recording of a "perfect Magnolia Warbler  song"  from the Yale 
Forest. This bird has been in the same spot for at  least 3 years now and he 
sings about 3 times a minute all day long, so he should  have it down by 
now. 
 
_https://www.dropbox.com/s/kiie1u7c55zymjk/Magnolia%20Warbler%201%2C%20BH%20
140603_06.mp3_ 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/kiie1u7c55zymjk/Magnolia%20Warbler%201,%20BH%20140603_06.mp3) 

 
And here's one who showed up just up the road this year. But he  hasn't 
quite gotten the song down yet. I saw this bird, so I know it's a  magnolia. 
Sorry about the background noise.
 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/9isx2xcl86o9fik/Magnolia%20Warbler%20non-std%20son
g%201%20140623_14.mp3
 
These are for comparison to the Most recent "unknown bird" I  sent.
 
Don Morgan,  Coventry
mntncougar AT aol.com
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: LI Sound Little Gull - NY
From: Glenn Williams via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:19:11 -0700
The NYC RBA reports a sub-adult Little Gull seen today (7/25) from the Orient 
Point ferry on the trip to Connecticut. 


Glenn Williams
Mystic
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Re: Another birdsong ID - again
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:05:22 -0400 (EDT)
Here's another link that might work, though I have no idea what  the 
difference is.
 
_https://www.dropbox.com/s/1uhm4mw8765j19t/UKN%20bird%20full%2C%20BH%2014071
2.mp3_ 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/1uhm4mw8765j19t/UKN%20bird%20full,%20BH%20140712.mp3) 

 
Don Morgan,  Coventry
mntncougar AT aol.com
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Re: Another birdsong ID
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:44:47 -0400 (EDT)
I am aware that, for reasons I don't understand, the link I  sent doesn't 
work unless you have a dropbox account. Here is another link you  can try - 
no idea if it's any better. 
 
_https://www.dropbox.com/s/ksm9dhz4d867t02/UKN%20bird%20full%2C%20BH%2014071
2.mp3_ 

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/ksm9dhz4d867t02/UKN%20bird%20full,%20BH%20140712.mp3) 

 
Failing that, you can email me and I'll send you the file  privately. 
 
Don Morgan,  Coventry
mntncougar AT aol.com
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: House Wrens
From: Katherine Kuckens via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:57:05 -0400
We have a wren house  hanging from a big tree in our back yard. It's old
and decrepit, but I keep putting it up every spring it because it attracts
wrens every year.  For the last few weeks I've really enjoyed a second
batch of house wren babies, how clearly I can see their little mouths open
when I walk by and hear their noise.  Soon the parents come bearing
caterpillars,  and they scold me loudly.

Then yesterday morning I walked out and noticed -- nothing.  Complete
silence.  No little mouths or noisy calls.  I was quite alarmed. What
happened?  Did they fall out? Were they eaten by a predator?  I glanced
anxiously around the grass but saw nothing.  Then it occurred to me that
they had fledged!  And I never thought about this, but when baby birds
fledge, are they gone from the house, or the nest, forever?  Do they only
roost and perch in trees once they've fledged?  I keep hoping to see the
parents feeding them up in the tree, or hear them, but so far there is no
sign of them.  And the parents used to sing and scold all day long.

Katherine Kuckens in WeHa
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: E.T. Grasso to Fair Haven trail. 7:00 am - 8:00 am.
From: Robert Hutton via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:59:39 -0700
Sims Metal Management

Ring Billed Gulls x 8
Grackles x 6
Female Mallard x 1
House Sparrows x 4


Domus Academy

Canada Geese x 10
Male Belted Kingfisher hovering x 1  
Lesser Yellowlegs x 1
Greater Yellowlegs x 3|American Black Duck x 1
Great Blue Heron x 1
Mourning Doves x 6
American Robins x 2
Male House Finch x 1
Female Mallard x 1
Chimney Swifts x 2
Fish / American Crow x 1 strange "awp."

Car Wash Rt.1 x E.T.Grasso

The West River is teeming with peanut bunker.
Great Blue Herons x 3
Belted Kingfisher x 1
Grackles x 5
Ring-billed Gulls x 3
Mourning Doves x 2
European Starlings x 30+
Great Egrets x 3
American Robins x 6

The Sound School

Snowy Egret x 1
Swallows x 8
Northern Mockingbirds x 3
Monk Parakeets x 5
Mourning Doves x 3
European Starlings x 7
American Crows x 2
Song Sparrow x 1
American Robins x 5

Long Wharf Pier structural work being done - pier quiet.

Snowy Egrets x 2
Osprey x 1
Ring-billed Gulls x 2
??? Terns x 2 (orange bill)



Lenny and Joe's Fish Place
Ruddy Ducks ? x 4 (Hersheys kisses with upturned tail [distant])
Scaup pair
Barn Swallows x 16
Double Crested Cormorants (x 1 Juvenile + 3 Adults)
Herring Gulls x 2
Ring-billed Gulls x 3
Grackles x 7
House Sparrows x 6

Returning from work. I did not have my camera?
Only the Ruddy Ducks were too far to identify by photograph.


Robert Hutton
New Haven,
203-809-1763
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Kingfishers again
From: Chris Elphick via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:45:19 -0400
And for what it is worth, this year I've heard kingfishers more frequently than 
normal over my house in Mansfield .... 


Chris Elphick
Storrs, CT
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: kingfishers redux
From: Chris Elphick via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:30:47 -0700
I've been meaning to write something about kingfishers, but Greg beat me to the 
punch. As a population ecologist, I would first point out that at some level 
ALL populations fluctuate up and down, and that these fluctuations are often 
especially pronounced at a local scale. It would be very surprising if there 
were not some species that occasionally disappeared or reappeared from a 
particular location in a given year. Sometimes these changes may indicate a 
longer term trend, but often (perhaps usually) they do not. 



For example, when I moved into my current house there were mockingbirds around 
all the time, then there was a couple of years when there weren't any, then a 
few more when we saw them all the time, and now for the last year or two, 
they've been missing again. This is pretty normal, and probably says nothing 
at all about the state of mockingbird populations in the state. 



That said, we should obviously be on the look out for changes that are either 
sustained over multiple years or that occur at lots of different places 
simultaneously. Greg has done a quick look at the spatial pattern, so I thought 
I'd address the temporal pattern as best I can. 



As many of you know a few years ago Chris Field and I analyzed all of the 
Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) data for CT and created the ctbirdtrends.org web 
site. That analysis is a few years old now (sooner or later we'll find the 
time to update it), but it is still relevant to the longer-term trend 
question. If you go to the site you can create a custom trend graph for any 
species covered by the BBS, including kingfisher. If you'd rather cut to the 
chase, I've posted the trend graph for kingfisher here: 

https://twitter.com/ssts/status/492382391705817088/photo/1

As you will see, over the 45 year period up until 2009, kingfisher counts went 
up and down, sometimes by a lot. Some of this might be true population 
changes, some of it might be "noise" in the data. (Because these are 
standardized counts, though the noise should be minimal, i.e., variation in 
observer effort should be low.)  Despite these fluctuations, the bottom line 
is that the population size showed no evidence at all of a long term increase 
or decrease over this period. 



Incidentally, if you're on twitter I've been posting results from the 
ctbirdtrends web site somewhat regularly for the past couple of months. I 
always use the #birdtrends hastag, so those posts are all compiled here (along 
with similar trend data from others): 


https://twitter.com/hashtag/birdtrends?src=hash


I've fallen off on posting these results over the past month as I've been busy, 
but I hope to get back to posting regularly again soon. 


Chris ( AT ssts)

Chris Elphick
Storrs, CT
elphick AT sbcglobal.net
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Another birdsong ID Challenge
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:59:17 -0400 (EDT)
Over the course of this season I've heard several calls that I  just can't 
identify for sure. A lot are incidental, heard once or twice and  gone, But 
some, like this one, I hear over and over. The bird was in  the same area 
for several weeks, at least. Sounds similar to a couple of birds  but not 
close enough that I have any confidence that I'm right. The two I can think of 

are Magnolia and Hooded Warbler. Magnolia is fairly plentiful in  the 
general area; I've never seen or heard a Hooded. Habitat would be ok for either 

one, and the call seems to be consistently coming from the ground or very  
close to it. I have recorded the song several times, but when I play it back 
to  the bird it immediately moves 200 feet away. And yet it's not shy - I 
recorded  this from the road and it was apparently very close, even though, 
once again,  I've never seen the bird or even a movement. Got any ideas?
 
_https://www.dropbox.com/home/UKN%20Bird%2C%20BH%2C%207-12-14_ 
(https://www.dropbox.com/home/UKN%20Bird,%20BH,%207-12-14) 
 
Don Morgan,  Coventry
mntncougar AT aol.com
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Am. Bitterns, Little Blue Heron - NO
From: Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:32:49 -0400 (EDT)
from Angela Dimmitt
7/25 Sherman/Wimisink marsh - 9:30 - NO American Bitterns this morning, nor 
 Little Blue Heron nor Great Egret.  What was an all-white juvenile little  
blue heron doing up here anyway and could it be connected with the adult 
seen  6/21 in Pawling, NY??? Comments would be appreciated.
Angela
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Re: Coastal migration-Greenwich
From: greg hanisek via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:22:05 -0700
Hi Stefan,

Glad you posted this. I really like keeping track of that kind of thing. 
Bobolinks definitely move early, although they can be hard to detect. I've gone 
to Lighthouse Point on July cold fronts a few times to get a feel for how early 
things move. Your post got me scurrying to my notebooks. 


On July 10, 1995, I had 6 Bobolinks moving through.

On July 20, 1999 I had 50 in 2 hours. I recall that on those dates there were 
males in motley molting plumage, but by the time the main movements occur in 
Aug-early Sept. they'll all be identical, golden in the early morning light at 
Lighthouse. 


Greg Hanisek
Waterbury


On Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:01 PM, Stefan Martin via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

 


I just got finished enjoying a nice coastal flight of Swallows and Blackbirds 
here in Greenwich. The surprise of the evening however were 3 separate groups 
of about 10 Bobolink working their way down as well. I'm not sure I've seen 
Bobolink working the coast this early.. 


About 20 minutes of observing.

Tree Swallows- ~400. 1 large group of about 300 and then a few smaller groups 
following. 

Bank Swallow- 10 (that I could pick out, probably more) mixed in with Tree 
Swallows. 

Red-winged BB- ~200
Purple Martin- ~20 birds feeding over the water and very vocal (not migrant)
Bobolink- ~30-35 total in 3 groups. 


Stefan Martin
Stamford 


Sent from my iPhone
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Kingfishers
From: greg hanisek via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:05:07 -0700
Regarding the recent discussion about the status of Belted Kingfishers, I 
always get the feeling that these anecdotal threads start to feed off each 
other. Here's some numbers (with obviously many variables possible): 


In July 2014 to date (with a few days left to go) Kingfishers were reported 
from 49 different locations. 

In July 2013 (whole month), they were reported from 53 locations.

So by my count that's almost identical. One of my little pet points is that the 
presence or absence of a species around a yard or a local patch in a given year 
has little meaning for the big picture. In writing newspaper nature columns 
from many years, I'm often contacted by distressed folks who think the absence 
or even reduced number of a species at their feeders or local area has them 
witness to a global cataclysm. Entering all species, including common ones, in 
eBird helps paint the big picture. 


Greg Hanisek
Waterbury
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Slater Museum Exhibit
From: zellene via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:43:22 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Yesterday I went to the Slater Museum in Norwich...I had never even heard of it 
before. It is worth a trip, especially for the current exhibit, The Animal 
Heart. This exhibit shows the work of contemporary CT artists, many of birds. 
Keith Mueller has several of his sculptures in the show and it is worth the 
drive just for these alone. His Quetzal is a beautiful sculpture of this bird 
and it is hard to imagine that the delicacy of the piece is actually a carving. 
His Pileated Woodpecker captures this bird perfectly. But the masterwork is his 
Potoo, an amazing piece....I was entranced by this remarkable work and my 
friends had to drag me away. 


The show runs through August 10th.

Zellene

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Re: Robins' natural habitat
From: Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:37:34 -0700
I agree with Don. CT forests are full of breeding American Robins. I'm sure 
that there were at least some forests in pre-Colonial times - that resemble the 
broken, open-undestory, middle-aged forests that currently cover our State. 


Steve Mayo
Bethany





On Thursday, July 24, 2014 4:35 PM, Don Morgan via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

 


I strongly suspect that they have always lived in the deep woods, along 
with most of the other thrushes. I think they probably prefer wet woods of 
mixed conifers and hardwoods, or even all conifers. Actually I suspect any 
woods will do. Probably lakes, streams and marshes all make the surrounding 
woods more attractive. 
Take a drive through the Yale Forest in Ashford/Union if you don't believe 
me. There are more robins there than I've ever seen anywhere except in 
migration. I routinely under-report them on Ebird because I'm afraid the truth 

will not be believed. Next to chickadees they may be the most numerous 
bird there. 

Don Morgan, Coventry
mntncougar AT aol.com
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Cutthroat, Hamden.
From: Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:21:31 -0400
North Lake, Hamden: Immature Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the feeder today. He 
seemed a bit confused by it all. 


Funny, no one one would call them Rose-armpitted Grosbeaks, although that color 
has already come in. 

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Coastal migration-Greenwich
From: Stefan Martin via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:00:31 -0400
I just got finished enjoying a nice coastal flight of Swallows and Blackbirds 
here in Greenwich. The surprise of the evening however were 3 separate groups 
of about 10 Bobolink working their way down as well. I'm not sure I've seen 
Bobolink working the coast this early.. 


About 20 minutes of observing.

Tree Swallows- ~400. 1 large group of about 300 and then a few smaller groups 
following. 

Bank Swallow- 10 (that I could pick out, probably more) mixed in with Tree 
Swallows. 

Red-winged BB- ~200
Purple Martin- ~20 birds feeding over the water and very vocal (not migrant)
Bobolink- ~30-35 total in 3 groups. 


Stefan Martin
Stamford 


Sent from my iPhone
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Forster's Terns
From: Hank Golet via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:29:29 -0400
From Hank Golet
7/24/ Old Lyme, Lord's Cove, 5 Adult FORSTER'S TERNS
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Hammo white-faced ibis
From: Russ Smiley via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:10:16 -0400
Hammonasset Beach SP, Madison, CT 24 July 2014 6:45 PM: white-faced ibis seen 
from Cedar Island platform accompanied by one GLIB. 


Sent from my iPhone
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Re: Robin question
From: Mary Mushinsky via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:09:36 -0400
Gary,
I have seen robins eat seeds in winter (the seed heads of staghorn 
sumac).  Mary Mushinsky, Wallingford

On 7/24/2014 11:38 AM, Gary Prestash via CTBirds wrote:
> As a bit of a follow up to Paul Carrier’s question concerning the American 
Robin’s habitat pre-grass lawn days, I have a rather unusual robin in my 
yard. This robin continues to show up on one of my seed feeders. I have a 
plastic tray underneath a tubular feeder filled with hulled sunflower seeds and 
this robin has been up on that plastic tray eating the hulled sunflower off and 
on for several weeks now. Robins are primarily ground feeders, eating worms and 
insects. This guy is actually staying on the plastic tray and chomping away on 
the hulled sunflower! Anyone seen this behavior before? 

>
> Also had a male Baltimore Oriole land on the same feeder/tray a week or so 
ago, but he was not interested in the sunflower seed and flew over to an oriole 
feeder with grape jelly in it. 

>
>
> Gary Prestash
> Hamden
> _______________________________________________
> This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

> For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 



_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 
Subject: Audubon, "Early Drawings"
From: Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:45:07 -0400
An opportunity that may interest several of you. A nice local used book store & 
cafe here in Hamden, Books & Co., have copies of the following. 


Audubon: Early Drawings. Published by Harvard UP, 2008, for $125. 116 prints. 
Brand new copies for $38.75. (Several copies, still cello-wrapped & boxed for 
mailing.) 


(More info on the book: 
http://www.hup.harvard.edu/features/audubon-early-drawings.html) 


You can go there or call them:  (It's a great place to drop by.)

Books & Co., Hamden

1235 Whitney Ave (at Putnam Ave.)
Hamden, CT 06517‎
(203) 248-9449

http://booksandcompany.blogspot.com
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 
Subject: Re: Robins' natural habitat
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:35:01 -0400 (EDT)
I strongly suspect that they have always lived in the deep  woods, along 
with most of the other thrushes. I think they probably prefer wet  woods of 
mixed conifers and hardwoods, or even all conifers. Actually I suspect  any 
woods will do. Probably lakes, streams and marshes all make the surrounding  
woods more attractive.  
Take a drive through the Yale Forest in Ashford/Union if you  don't believe 
me. There are more robins there than I've ever seen anywhere  except in 
migration. I routinely under-report them on Ebird because I'm afraid the truth 

will not be believed. Next to chickadees they may be the most numerous  
bird there. 
 
Don Morgan,  Coventry
mntncougar AT aol.com
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Crackles
From: Lisa Gagnon via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:25:43 -0700
Lisa Stafford Spgs. I usually have about 12 grackles that fly over the
house every am and evening since spring. Now I have a different group
coming into the woods in the back now big flock of at least 30. Moving
around already. Sad summer is going so fast.
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Common yellowthroats
From: sosipatra via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:47:57 -0400 (EDT)
Hi there,

I have a young juvenile male, a male and female yellow throated warblers 
hanging around my yard in Barkhamsted. 

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Re: Robins
From: Jonathan Schwartz via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:33:10 -0400
There have always been natural meadows here, so robins would have had worms
to eat, although Bent (I think) notes that robins were not as common in
early days than they are now.  They have benefited from human manipulation
of the environment.

As for them eating seeds, they eat berries and seeds all winter.

Jon

"Popular is not the same as True."

Information for students, parents and teachers at http://www.jschwartz.com
Blog:  http://blog.jschwartz.com
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Re: Question on Grass Lawns
From: Robert Mirer via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:53:39 -0400
Hi Paul: Robins are inhabitants of open woodlands, and would have found lots of 
native worms in the leaf litter on the forest floor (though the earthworms they 
are now gleaning from our lawns is a species introduced by European settlors). 
And further west, they would also have found easy pickings in mixed 
prairie-woodland habitat. 


Rob Mirer
Mooodus

From: Carrier Graphics via CTBirds 
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2014 11:13 AM
To: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org 
Subject: [CT Birds] Question on Grass Lawns

I am once again curious about the following subject, and hope someone on this 
site might know the answer to this. 

I have often wondered about what the American Robin's habitat was before the 
advent of the American Lawn. There were no grass lawns before America was 
settled by the white man. Today our country is now covered with many more open 
grassy areas including numerous cut grass lawns. I can not remember ever seeing 
our Robins living or feeding in other habitat other than our numerous grass 
lawns. Yesterday in my thick back woods, I spotted a Wood Thrush bathing in a 
small stream and thought, "I never saw a Robin in here ever." 

So What is the answer? What habitat did the Robin occupy before their were cut 
grass lawns? 

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: King Fishers
From: Lisa Gagnon via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:39:58 -0700
Lisa G Stafford Springs. 7/24. I've seen my king Fishers in my normal spot.
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Long-tailed Duck, Mliford Point
From: Stephen Spector via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:37:28 -0700
From Charla & Steve Spector, 7/24/14, 10:45 AM, resting on western end of 
sandbar at CACC, adult male Long-tailed Duck (photo obtained) 


charsjs AT sbcglobal.net
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Robin question
From: Gary Prestash via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:38:31 -0400
As a bit of a follow up to Paul Carrier’s question concerning the American 
Robin’s habitat pre-grass lawn days, I have a rather unusual robin in my 
yard. This robin continues to show up on one of my seed feeders. I have a 
plastic tray underneath a tubular feeder filled with hulled sunflower seeds and 
this robin has been up on that plastic tray eating the hulled sunflower off and 
on for several weeks now. Robins are primarily ground feeders, eating worms and 
insects. This guy is actually staying on the plastic tray and chomping away on 
the hulled sunflower! Anyone seen this behavior before? 


Also had a male Baltimore Oriole land on the same feeder/tray a week or so ago, 
but he was not interested in the sunflower seed and flew over to an oriole 
feeder with grape jelly in it. 



Gary Prestash
Hamden
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 
Subject: Question on Grass Lawns
From: Carrier Graphics via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:13:32 -0700
I am once again curious about the following subject, and hope someone on this 
site might know the answer to this. 

I have often wondered about what the American Robin's habitat was before the 
advent of the American Lawn. There were no grass lawns before America was 
settled by the white man. Today our country is now covered with many more open 
grassy areas including numerous cut grass lawns. I can not remember ever seeing 
our Robins living or feeding in other habitat other than our numerous grass 
lawns. Yesterday in my thick back woods, I spotted a Wood Thrush bathing in a 
small stream and thought, "I never saw a Robin in here ever." 

So What is the answer? What habitat did the Robin occupy before their were cut 
grass lawns?  

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Re: Sandy Pt
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:39:50 -0400
Hi Maria,
Two Red-necked Stints? Or fading Sanderlings, perhaps?
Frank Mantlik

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 24, 2014, at 10:32 AM, Maria Stockmal via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

> 
> Today, 2 Red-necked Stints, Horned Grebe (possibly ill or hurt since it does 
not swim only floats), 5 Bank Swallows 

> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> Maria Stockmal
> _______________________________________________
> This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

> For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 


_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Sandy Pt
From: Maria Stockmal via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:32:42 -0400
Today, 2 Red-necked Stints, Horned Grebe (possibly ill or hurt since it does 
not swim only floats), 5 Bank Swallows 


Sent from my iPhone
Maria Stockmal
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Bird song ID - nenesis bird
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:39:24 -0400 (EDT)
I have been chasing a bird for weeks, trying to spot it, but  all I ever do 
is hear the song. I've never caught a glimpse of it. It does not  respond 
to anything, not even when I record his song and play it back to  him! The 
bird seems to be up in the trees rather than on or near the  ground, and is 
always in the woods.
The only birds I can think of are Yellow-rump and Redstart; I  think they 
could both fit, but I'm open to other suggestions as well. Sorry  about the 
background noise - it was windy today.
 
 
_https://www.dropbox.com/s/44l2y6f65ful8nl/nenesis%201%2C%20BH%20140723_04.m
p3_ 
(https://www.dropbox.com/s/44l2y6f65ful8nl/nenesis%201,%20BH%20140723_04.mp3) 
 
Don Morgan,  Coventry
mntncougar AT aol.com
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: CACC
From: Beverly Propen via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:39:15 -0400
​7/23 Milford, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center,  9am-1PM, 80-90F, sunny,
high tide receding.
It's getting rather crowded on the osprey perch and nest. All three
juveniles have fledged, flying beautifully and landing well on the perch
and the nest. At 9am there was a fish in the nest being devoured.  female
feeding chicks as well as the chicks tearing into the fish.  This was a 3
fish morning.  2 other fish were delivered- male was eating the fish on the
perch with 2 juveniles and female was eating the other fish on the nest
with one juvenile.
On the marsh:  1 SNOWY EGRET-flyover, 2 GREAT EGRETS, D.C.
CORMORANT-flyover, 100 +"SHOREBIRDS" (what I used to refer to as peeps),
flying through marsh, 2 LEAST TERNS fishing.
On grounds: PURPLE MARTINS Active in gourds, 2 JUVENILE CARDINALS, 1 FEMALE
ORCHARD ORIOLE,
COMMON GRACKLES, COWBIRDS, MONK PARAKEETS, MOURNING DOVES, SONG
SPARROW-singing very loudly,
3 RED WINGED BLACKBIRDS (2 females & 1 juvenile), BARN SWALLOWS, HOUSE
FINCHES, STARLINGS.
Bev Propen, orange
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 
Subject: oops!
From: Paul Desjardins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:14:05 -0400
Forgot to mention that I also observed an American Kestrel and 3 Purple Martins 
at Rocky Hill meadows. 


Paul Desjardins
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Rocky Hill
From: Paul Desjardins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:36:20 -0400
This morning at Rocky Hill meadows about a dozen Killdeers, 2 Semipalmated 
Plovers, Solitary Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper and Semipalmated Sandpiper. I very 
seldom see the latter inland. Also, yesterday I noted 2 Belted Kingfishers at 
Great Pond in Simsbury. 


Paul Desjardins
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: FYI - Free State Parks Weekend - parking and museum fees waived Sat. & Sun.
From: "Breslin, Sandy via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:15:13 +0000
Gov. Malloy Announces 'Free State Parks Weekend' This Saturday and Sunday At 
All Connecticut State Parks 

All Parking and Museum Fees Waived This Weekend as Part of Celebration of State 
Parks Centennial 

 Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Energy and Environmental 
Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Robert Klee today announced that as part of the 
ongoing celebration of the state parks centennial, this upcoming Saturday and 
Sunday -- July 26 and 27 -- will be "Free State Parks Weekend" in Connecticut. 
For the weekend, all parking and museum fees will be waived throughout 
Connecticut's state park system. 

"To encourage everyone to visit a state park in this Centennial year, we are 
waiving fees at our parks this Saturday and Sunday," said Governor Malloy, who 
made the announcement during an event at Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden -- 
one of Connecticut's 107 state parks. "This means we will not charge the usual 
parking fees and we will not collect admission fees at state park museums. With 
this added incentive, we expect many new patrons to visit a park and experience 
first-hand the beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities they offer so close 
to home." 

For more information, please visit Governor Malloy's website: 
http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?a=4010&Q=548928 


All the best,

-          Sandy

Sandy Breslin
Director of Governmental Affairs
Audubon Connecticut
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488
(203) 804-0488 Cell (Best!)
(203) 264-5098 x306
(203) 264-6332 Fax
www.audubonct.org

Audubon Connecticut, the state office of the National Audubon Society with more 
than 10,000 members statewide, works to protect birds, other wildlife and their 
habitats using science, conservation, education and advocacy for the benefit of 
people and the earth's biological diversity. Through our network of nature 
centers, protected wildlife sanctuaries and local volunteer Chapters, we seek 
to connect people to nature and inspire the next generation of 
conservationists. 



_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Re: Birds feeding
From: Tammy Eustis via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:02:44 -0700
Hi, Craig! (I've been sitting on this email for a while...)
I've noticed a definite feeder up-tick as well. The finches, of course,
are chowing down in greater numbers - but they're into their nesting
period. But the sunflower (2 feeders' worth) and suet have been
decimated by the end of every day. For us, part of it is the grackle
factor - they nest in the area and visit in an extended family group.
But there are also all the hungry fledglings from this year's "crop":
catbird, wrens, titmice, nuthatches, cardinals, and the various
woodpeckers. They certainly have plenty to eat around the yard, but on
some days, it's like a party at the feeders.
:-)  Tammy

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [CT Birds] Birds feeding
From: "minor.craig via CTBirds" 
Date: Mon, July 14, 2014 5:52 pm
To: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org

Has anyone else noticed the birds seem to be eating alot more the past
two weeks ?  I have four feeders out two with sunflower seeds and two
with cracked corn and seed mix usually only fill them about twice a week
. Lately it's almost everyday . Craig vernon 


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association
(COA) for the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut.
For subscription information visit
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org

_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

Subject: Kingfishers -- ebird where missing?
From: Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:24:19 -0400
Since it seems a spotty year for Kingfishers (no one reporting extras or new?), 
perhaps it would be good to do some ebird documentation, including zeros where 
none have been seen in regular haunts. 


On Jul 23, 2014, at 12:18 PM, Jim Pfeifer via CTBirds 
 wrote: 


> I've had Kingfishers this year at the Scantic River in Somers at Durkee Road, 
as usual. Also recently had three at the Faney Stebbins track up in Longmeadow, 
MA, also as usual. 

> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: CTBirds [mailto:ctbirds-bounces AT lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of 
Tricia Reid via CTBirds 

> Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:11 PM
> To: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Kingfishers
> 
> I'm joining the folks who have not seen any kingfishers this year at any of 
their usual haunts in my area of Mansfield Center (pond at Common Fields, along 
the river on the north side of Rte 89 at Mansfield Hollow). 

> 
> --
> Tricia Reid
> Mansfield Center
> reidtri AT gmail.com
> _______________________________________________
> This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

> For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 

> 
> ________________________________
> 
> This electronic mail message may contain information which is (a) LEGALLY 
PRIVILEGED, PROPRIETARY IN NATURE, OR OTHERWISE PROTECTED BY LAW FROM 
DISCLOSURE, and (b) intended only for the use of the Addressee (s) names 
herein. If you are not the Addressee(s), or the person responsible for 
delivering this to the Addressee (s), you are hereby notified that reading, 
copying, or distributing this message is prohibited. If you have received this 
electronic mail message in error, please contact us immediately at (617) 
646-7800 and take the steps necessary to delete the message completely from 
your computer system. Thank you, 

> 
> Please visit ERM's web site: http://www.erm.com
> 
> _______________________________________________
> This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

> For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org 



_______________________________________________
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. 

For subscription information visit 
http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org