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Updated on Wednesday, August 27 at 09:50 PM EST
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Palawan Peacock-Pheasant,©Barry Kent Mackay

27 Aug Seabirds and oceans: new indicators of big changes? [Thomas Robben via CTBirds ]
27 Aug Kestrel color band sightings [MIN HUANG via CTBirds ]
27 Aug Stratford, Yellow Fronted Canary, [Donna Caporaso via CTBirds ]
27 Aug Common Nighthawks [Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds ]
27 Aug NYTimes link: The Poisoning of Africa’s Vultures [Arthur Shippee via CTBirds ]
27 Aug Redstarts [Carrier Graphics via CTBirds ]
27 Aug Hamden Eagles - Supersized [Mike Horn via CTBirds ]
27 Aug New Haven Bird Club September Activities [Larry Bausher via CTBirds ]
27 Aug Friendly Bobwhite in Ridgefield [Devin Hefferon via CTBirds ]
27 Aug Merlin [Milan Bull via CTBirds ]
27 Aug Phalarope [Dennis Riordan via CTBirds ]
27 Aug Hawks [Lisa Gagnon via CTBirds ]
27 Aug Extralimital birds, oops ["Danforth, Mark E \(Mark\) via CTBirds" ]
27 Aug Wilson's Phal, White -rumped Sandpiper [Sunrise Birding via CTBirds ]
27 Aug Extralimital rarities ["Danforth, Mark E \(Mark\) via CTBirds" ]
27 Aug Extralimital rare birds [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
27 Aug Cape May Warbler Goshen [Kevin Finnan via CTBirds ]
26 Aug Aug 26 - Milford Point - Red Knot, Saltmarsh Sparrow + [Gina Nichol via CTBirds ]
26 Aug Common Nighthawks, Aspetuck Reservoir, Easton [Tom Murray via CTBirds ]
26 Aug Phalarope and Baird's, 8/26, 12:15 [Mike Resch via CTBirds ]
26 Aug Old Saybrook [John Ogren via CTBirds ]
26 Aug Bald Eagle, Greenwich harbor [Sean Murtha via CTBirds ]
26 Aug New Britain ravens [Robert Jase via CTBirds ]
26 Aug Wilson's Phalarope [Larry Bausher via CTBirds ]
26 Aug good afternoon at home [Carrier Graphics via CTBirds ]
26 Aug Re: NYTimes link: Nevermore? Ravens Sighted in New York [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
26 Aug LHPP Tuesday 8-26 [William Banks via CTBirds ]
26 Aug NYTimes link: Nevermore? Ravens Sighted in New York [Arthur Shippee via CTBirds ]
26 Aug Phalarope yes [Carolyn via CTBirds ]
26 Aug NYTimes link: The Hummingbird’s Special Sweet Tooth [Arthur Shippee via CTBirds ]
26 Aug Re: Wilson's Phalarope continues [Russ Smiley via CTBirds ]
26 Aug Sunken Island Bonaparte's Gull [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Extralimital Mass pelagic highlights 8/23-24 [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Question [kevindoyle01 via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Sandy Point - Tern spectacle, Horned Grebe [Gina Nichol via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Wilson's Phalarope continues [Robert Dixon via CTBirds ]
25 Aug ROYAL TERNS [Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Nighthawks [Bo Hopkins via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Common Nighthawks [David Tripp Jr via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Just Announced! Sept 27 & 28 Overnight Pelagic out of Cape Cod [Nick Bonomo via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Cemetery Pd. [RAYMOND BELDING via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Two Backyard Feeder Observations (Stratford) [Kathryn Hastings via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Phalarope 4 pm [Maria Stockmal via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Laughing Gulls-Stamford [Stefan Martin via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Redstarts [Preston Lust via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Heron afloat [Roy Zartarian via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Phalarope [Brendan Murtha via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Connecticut Audubon Society Photography Event [Andrew Griswold via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Greenwich Olive Sided Flycatcher continues [Ryan MacLean via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Re: Fwd: Lake Whitney drawdown starting today [Nick Bonomo via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Wilson's Phalarope-Yes! [Beverly Propen via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Cedar waxwings, etc - Washington, CT [John D Babington via CTBirds ]
25 Aug LHPP this morning.. [William Banks via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Fwd: Lake Whitney drawdown starting today [Arthur Shippee via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Bolton Backyard [Ernest Harris via CTBirds ]
25 Aug Re: directions to Leetes marsh, Guilford [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
25 Aug directions to Leetes marsh, Guilford [Beverly Propen via CTBirds ]
25 Aug SEABIRDS are here! [Thomas Robben via CTBirds ]
24 Aug Shelton Morning Finds - Killdeer, Green Herons [Cynthia Fazekas via CTBirds ]
24 Aug Screech Owl in East Hartford [Dana Campbell via CTBirds ]
24 Aug Olive-Sided Flycatchers at Audubon Greenwich [Ryan MacLean via CTBirds ]
24 Aug Sterling yard / Quinebaug Fish Hatchery [Robert Dixon via CTBirds ]
24 Aug good late Hr in yard in Harwinton [Carrier Graphics via CTBirds ]
24 Aug Windsor and Rocky Hill [Paul Desjardins via CTBirds ]
24 Aug Bolton Backyard [Ernest Harris via CTBirds ]
24 Aug Re: Phalarope [Tony Tortora via CTBirds ]
24 Aug Golden-winged Correction [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
24 Aug He's back. Phalarope back at marsh. Same time. Same station. At the edge along 146. [Michaelene Komara via CTBirds ]
24 Aug Lighthouse Point Park Sunday ng August 24 [Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz via CTBirds ]
24 Aug Phalarope [Michaelene Komara via CTBirds ]
24 Aug Nighthawks again, Sat., 8-23-14 [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
24 Aug Guilford Golden-winged Warbler [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
24 Aug Wilson's Phalarope Yes [Debbie McTigue via CTBirds ]
23 Aug Sterling yard [Robert Dixon via CTBirds ]
23 Aug Re: Unidentified Buteo [Mark Szantyr via CTBirds ]
23 Aug Re: Unidentified Buteo [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]

Subject: Seabirds and oceans: new indicators of big changes?
From: Thomas Robben via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:23:35 -0400
Dear Birders and other Naturalists,

Here is a remarkable article which you may want to read, largely about
declines in seabirds. It was published by National Geographic today,

Iceland's Seabird Colonies Are Vanishing, With "Massive" Chick Deaths

 



http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/08/140827-seabird-puffin-tern-iceland-ocean-climate-change-science-winged-warning/ 


I want to suggest that all of us "birders", from occasional backyard
watchers, to marine ornithologists working in the arctic, are going to have
to somehow raise the priority around this issue, of apparent declines in
seabirds and oceans.  Along with marine scientists, the fishing community,
and some others, we seem to be the group that is most concerned about (and
probably most knowledgeable about) these striking changes, and we should
find some better ways to address this, if possible.

Not sure how much of this is understood, or if good approaches/solutions
are in the works, but I think we need to learn more about this, to see if
there are any additional constructive things we could do. We need to think
about these changes and what is possible going forward. We cant just watch
this and do nothing. Food for thought.

Tom Robben
robben99 AT gmail.com
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Subject: Kestrel color band sightings
From: MIN HUANG via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:22:19 -0700
Hi All,

With migration beginning and hordes of birders out there I wanted to pass along 
a note regarding kestrel color bands. 


Tom Sayers and DEEP have continued using colored leg bands to identify American 
kestrels that nested or hatched in Tom's eastern CT study area. This year we 
color banded 97 young birds. The color bands, depending on the pattern, can be 
found on either the right leg, the left leg, or both legs. Each color 
combination represents a unique nest box in his study area. We have received 
sightings from MA of our birds, as well as learning a lot about fidelity and 
affiliations here. 


If you see a kestrel with color bands on its legs, please email Tom at 
sayers.tom AT gmail.com. Or, report the bands on the 
BBL website (which is where you should be reporting all color banded birds). 
When emailing Tom directly, please include the date and time of your 
observation, the location (closest road junction or GPS coordinates), the color 
scheme of the bands, as well as your contact information. Sightings of these 
little falcons are an important part of the research. These sightings can help 
determine the migration corridors of these birds, their general movements 
during post fledging dispersal and the degree to which they return in 
subsequent years to breed in Connecticut. 


Thanks for your help!!

Min T. Huang, Migratory Bird Program Leader
CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
391 RT 32
N. Franklin CT 06254
860-642-6528 (p)
860-642-7964 (f)


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Subject: Stratford, Yellow Fronted Canary,
From: Donna Caporaso via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:24:45 -0400 (EDT)
After work at the small pond behind the warehouses on Long Beach Blvd I had a 
Yellow Fronted Canary. No leg bands seen. He was hanging out with a good number 
of American Goldfinch along the pond. Video and photos are on the Connecticut 
Birds facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/125313460911467/ 



Cute little bugger.


Donna Caporaso
Stratford, CT

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Subject: Common Nighthawks
From: Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:10:30 -0400 (EDT)
form Angela Dimmitt
8-27 New Milford yard - stream of 20-30 nighthawks flying southwest high over 
the house around 7 PM, just before the thunder storm. First time I've seen them 
here in years, half a mile west of the Housatonic. 

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Subject: NYTimes link: The Poisoning of Africa’s Vultures
From: Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:24:44 -0400
A new barbarity. 


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/28/opinion/the-poisoning-of-africas-vultures.html 


The circling scavengers are the poachers’ worst enemy.


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Subject: Redstarts
From: Carrier Graphics via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:53:14 -0700
Just a little action this noon in yard, but i had time to follow a lone 
Redstart hunting within my Maple tree as I sat on my deck very cumfy. I must 
say, this bird was so active and never stopped. Almost like it was on drugs! 
Ive noticed this before. Redstarts always seem to be moving faster than all 
other Warblers. Any one else notice this as well? 

Also had 3 Broadwings moving west above together. YES - Hawk watching is here!
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Subject: Hamden Eagles - Supersized
From: Mike Horn via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:09:04 -0400
Hi All. There is nothing like a river full of fish to stop eagles in flight.
The Quinnipiac River is full of bluefish and we are adding to or population
daily. Tonight we picked up another adult  - a skinny bird with no bands -
probably a male - it will fatten up soon enough. We now have 3 adults and 7
immature of assorted ages. They fish all day and show up at the nest tree
cluster at WB Mason on State St Hamden about sunset and put on a show for
about a half an hour - Singing and chasing each other and knocking each
other off branches - Playing. We average about 7 to 9 people a night to view
the "Live Action". Regards, Mike Horn - Hamden

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Subject: New Haven Bird Club September Activities
From: Larry Bausher via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:21:10 -0400
Folks,

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

Indoor Meeting:

Thursday, September 11, 2014  Ken Elkins:  Under Cover of Darkness:  
Observing Nocturnal Bird Migration.  Free and open to the public.   
Whitney Center 6th floor Common (follow directional signs to room),  
200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT. You dont need to halt your  
birding adventures just because it gets dark outside. Discover the  
wonderful world of nocturnal bird migration. Just after sunset every  
fall, millions of birds take off to cross North America and head to  
wintering grounds in the southern US and in South and Central  
America. Tonights eminently qualified speaker will cover this  
amazing phenomenon, which is detectable by sight, sound, and even  
radar. Then you too can enjoy nighttime birding as you listen for  
migrants calls and search for their silhouettes against the moon.  
Kens lifelong interest and career in conservation education and  
birding includes work for the Connecticut Audubon Society, where he  
directed their 5 centers education programs and led many EcoTravel  
trips. In 2008, he moved on to National Audubon to the position of  
Education Program Manager at the Audubon Center at Bent of the River  
in Southbury. Enthusiastic and versatile Ken has tripled the  
enrollment in the Bents summer camps, and he created a nationally  
recognized therapeutic programBird Talesin which he uses birds to  
engage people with dementia.  Social half-hour at 7:00, program  
begins at 7:30.  For more information call 203-230-1697 or visit  
www.newhavenbirdclub.org.

Field Trips:

Daily Hawk Watch at Lighthouse Point Park.  September 1 to November  
30, 2014.  Lighthouse Point Park on New Haven Harbor is one of the  
premier locations in southern New England for observing migrating  
raptors as well as a wide variety of songbirds. The watch starts  
daily at 7:00 am and continues as long as the hawks keep flying. Stop  
by anytime.  Coordinator Steve Mayo: 203.393.0694,  
rsdmayo AT sbcglobal.net. Lighthouse Point Park is part of the New Haven  
Parks Dept.

First Wednesday Walk : CT Audubon Coastal Center, Milford.   
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 8:00 am.  Free and open to the public.  
Today we head for this excellent birding location to look for  
shorebirds and terns. We should also find raptors, waterfowl, long- 
legged waders, and migrating passerines. Ten or more species of  
shorebirds are possible, including American Golden Plover.  Leader:  
Steve Spector.  Contact: Tina Green: 203-247-2660 or  
tina AT renaissancestudios.com.  For more information:  
www.newhavenbirdclub.org.

Yale University Golf Course, New Haven.  Monday, September 15, 2014,  
7:30 am. Free and open to the public. The golf course is located on  
more than 700 acres, with woods and ponds surrounding the course.  
Its a great place to see birds year round. Well be visiting the  
course when there are no golfers, so well be able to walk the cart  
paths and wooded trails without being disturbed or disturbing others.  
Well be looking for fall migrants such as raptors, warblers, vireos,  
and sparrows as well as resident bluebirds and woodpeckers. Meet at  
the clubhouse parking lot. The entrance to the course is at the end  
of Conrad Drive, which can be reached via Route 243 (Fountain Street)  
or Route 122 (Forest Road). Leader and contact person: Bill Batsford:  
203-787-1642 or william.batsford AT yale.edu. For more information:  
www.newhavenbirdclub.org.

Sandy Point Important Bird Area Clean Up, West Haven.  Saturday,  
September 20, 2014, 9:00 am to noon.  The New Haven Bird Club will  
participate in a beach cleanup at Sandy Point IBA in West Haven as  
part of the Ocean Conservancys International Coastal Cleanup Day,  
captained locally by Save the Sound/Dr. Bob Marra. The cleanup will  
help prevent predators, attracted by trash, from becoming accustomed  
to visiting Sandy Point, one of the most important sites in CT for  
Piping Plovers and other beach-nesting bird species. Please bring  
work gloves, sunscreen, and water. Meet at the Savin Rock parking lot  
on Beach St. (immediately east of Chicks Restaurant/ 183 Beach St.,  
next to the skate park).  Come for all or part of the time. Contact:  
Craig Repasz: 203-230-1697 or crepasz AT hotmail.com.

Migration Festival at Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven.  Sunday,  
September 21, 2014, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. This festive event is  
sponsored by the New Haven Parks Dept., NHBC, and other fine  
organizations. There will be hawk watching; bird banding and live  
raptor demos; bird walks; and more. Chris Loscalzo will lead an 8 am  
walk and Mike Horn will lead one at 9:30 am.  Check the newspaper and  
the club newsletter for more details.  Organizer: Ranger Dan Barvir:   
203-946-6086.  For more information: www.newhavenbirdclub.org.

Bird Book Discussion Group.  Sept 23, 7:00 pm. Free. The New Haven  
Bird Club book group Birds in Words will discuss THE BIRD by Colin  
Tudge. The meeting is scheduled for Sept 23 at Whitney Center, 200  
Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden at 7:00 pm in the 6th floor conference  
room. The public is welcome.  szagorski AT daypitney.com, 860-721-1814.

Branford Supply Ponds, Branford.  Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00  
am.  Free and open to the public. Join Club Secretary Paul Wolter on  
a trip to this fine coastal birding location. Well be looking for  
fall migrants, including warblers, vireos, thrushes, and sparrows.  
There will be waterfowl and other water birds in and around the  
ponds.  Meet at the parking lot on Chestnut Street in Branford.   
Leader: Paul Wolter, 860-681-5548 or pwolter6 AT earthlink.net.  For  
more information: www.newhavenbirdclub.org.


Thanks,
Larry Bausher, West Haven
NHBC Publicity Director


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Subject: Friendly Bobwhite in Ridgefield
From: Devin Hefferon via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:09:07 -0400
Hello CT Birders

My aunt whole lives in Ridgefield sent me photos and video of what appears to 
be a Northern Bobwhite in her backyard. Strange thing is that this bird is 
strangely friendly. It approached them instead of fleeing or flying. A photo 
can be found on my blog page:http://theramblingbrambling.blogspot.com/ 


Has anyone heard of these being kept as an exotic pet? It's behavior is uber 
strange. In any case, an interesting sighting for Ridgefield. 


Devin Hefferon
Dhefferon AT gmail.com

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Subject: Merlin
From: Milan Bull via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:06:15 -0400
From Milan Bull
8/27/14. Milford Point, 10:30am:  Merlin flying west over the Coastal Center



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Subject: Phalarope
From: Dennis Riordan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:16:07 -0400
Still there at 11:15. 

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Subject: Hawks
From: Lisa Gagnon via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:48:28 -0700
Lisa G Stafford Springs. 8/26. Before heading out to surgery I had a broad
wing, flying over. On my way to surgery I saw 3 red shoulders, home this
am. Another broadwing flying over. Lisa
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Subject: Extralimital birds, oops
From: "Danforth, Mark E \(Mark\) via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:47:44 +0000
Dang iPhone, don't know how that other stuff got attached to my previous post. 
Sorry. Mark Danforth, Tolland 


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Subject: Wilson's Phal, White -rumped Sandpiper
From: Sunrise Birding via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:43:30 -0400
At Guilford "Pool of Dreams" 146 marshes this morning. 
Gina & Steve Bird

Gina Nichol
Sunrise Birding, LLC

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Subject: Extralimital rarities
From: "Danforth, Mark E \(Mark\) via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:32:39 +0000
Frank, don't forget the Brown Booby on Lake Champlain in
Vt. and NY!
Mark Danforth, Tolland
Appearance
[Heronlike]
Heronlike
Typical Voice
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here 

Adult Description

  *   Long, down-curved, bright red bill.
  *   Long red legs.
  *   Body all white.
  *   Tips of wings black.

Immature Description
Shaped like adult, but with crown back, dusky neck, and orange bill. Older 
birds can be mottled brown and white. 

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Subject: Extralimital rare birds
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:28:02 -0700
Hi all,
Late August can be an exciting time in the northeast for extreme rarities. 
Here's a sampling from nearby states/provinces in the past week: 


CRESTED CARACARA in Unity, Maine - last night and this morning!
COMMON RINGED PLOVER in Long Island, NY on Sunday 8/24.
CURLEW SANDPIPER in MA on 8/21.
SABINE'S GULL and NORTHERN WHEATEAR in New Brunswick, Canada.

Keep your eyes to the skies.

Frank Mantlik
Stratford
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Subject: Cape May Warbler Goshen
From: Kevin Finnan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:14:26 -0400 (EDT)
From Kevin Finnan:
8/27 Goshen, Valcove Court - Among a small, mixed flock was a CAPE MAY WARBLER.

Otherwise, it has been the usual suspects around here except that a 
Red-breasted Nuthatch stopped by the yard, briefly, on Monday. 


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Subject: Aug 26 - Milford Point - Red Knot, Saltmarsh Sparrow +
From: Gina Nichol via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:01:53 -0500 (EST)
This morning's Sunrise Birding walk yielded good views of several species
including Red Knot, Saltmarsh Sparrow, and comparative looks at Eastern and
Western Willets.  eBird report below.

For Roy's Daily Report:

From Gina Nichol, Steve Bird and Sunrise Birding group:
8/26/14 - Milford, Coastal Center at Milford Point - YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT 
HERON, 

RED KNOT, SALTMARSH SPARROW


Coastal Center at Milford Point, New Haven, US-CT
Aug 26, 2014 11:00 AM - 1:37 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Sunrise Birding Walk with Gina Nichol and Steve Bird leading
41 species (+1 other taxa)

Brant  1
Mute Swan  4
Mallard  1
White-winged Scoter  1     Continuing bird.  Adult.
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  50
Great Egret  7
Snowy Egret  5
Little Blue Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  3
Osprey  4
American Oystercatcher  20     Many on the outer jetty
Black-bellied Plover  85
Semipalmated Plover  20
Killdeer  1
Spotted Sandpiper  4
Willet (Eastern)  5
Willet (Western)  1
Ruddy Turnstone  10
Red Knot  1
Sanderling  40
Least Sandpiper  6
Semipalmated Sandpiper  200
Laughing Gull  8
Ring-billed Gull  20
Herring Gull  40
Great Black-backed Gull  8
Common Tern  60     feeding just in from the mouth of the river
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  20
Peregrine Falcon  1     Reported just prior to the start of the walk
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Wren  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  12
Cedar Waxwing  1     heard flying by behind us
Saltmarsh Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  15
House Finch  3
House Sparrow  1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19579459

Gina Beebe Nichol
Sunrise Birding LLC
Worldwide Bird Watching Tours & Wildlife Safaris
PO Box 274, Cos Cob, CT 06807
gina AT sunrisebirding.com
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Subject: Common Nighthawks, Aspetuck Reservoir, Easton
From: Tom Murray via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:36:13 -0400
Counted 117 Common Nighthawks from 7-7:35 pm 8/26. They were up high and
headed due south.
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Subject: Phalarope and Baird's, 8/26, 12:15
From: Mike Resch via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:21:46 -0400 (EDT)
I arrived at the Leete's Island Rd. marsh at about 12. There were many small 
peeps, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, and several Semi Plovers, but no Phalarope. Among 
the peeps was a Baird's Sandpiper on some of the drier flats. The Wilson's 
Phalarope flew in at about 12:15 and preened close to the highway for the next 
15 minutes before getting back to feeding. Many thanks to all you CT birders 
who sent along those updates on this most cooperative bird. 


Mike Resch
www.statebirding.blogspot.com
Pepperell, MA

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Subject: Old Saybrook
From: John Ogren via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:13:00 -0700
8/25 Old Saybrook, Plum Bank Marsh, 4 Adult LITTLE BLUE HERON, 5 im (white) 
LITTLE BLUE HERON, at least 8 Salt Marsh Sparrows, 2 Spotted Sandpipers, 2 
Semipalmated Plovers, Lots of yellowlegs and least sandpipers. 

8/26 Old Saybrook, 4 PM 100-150 yards off town beaches, 2 Male, 3 female BLACK 
SCOTERS. 

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Subject: Bald Eagle, Greenwich harbor
From: Sean Murtha via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:02:58 -0400 (EDT)
While taking my lunchbreak today at Grass Island, in Greenwich harbor, an adult 
Bald Eagle was seen, flying northwards at a moderate height. Perhaps it missed 
Quaker ridge and was turning back to get checked off... 

 
-Sean Murtha

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Subject: New Britain ravens
From: Robert Jase via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:14:32 -0400 (EDT)
This is the first year I've seen ravens up my way - one that flew over the 
house a few months ago, another at Willow Brook Park a couple of weeks ago. 
Local crow population is still way down from what it had been before WNV. 

 
Robert Jase
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Subject: Wilson's Phalarope
From: Larry Bausher via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:19:15 -0400
 From Larry Bausher:
8/26/14 - Guilford, Leetes Marsh-11:00-11:15 AM, seen from Rt 146  
with Jean and Bruce Webber.  Wilsons Phalarope, swimming and feeding  
in shallow water in distinctive Phalarope pattern about 100 feet  
south of 146.  Thanks to Jean and Bruce who located the bird and  
shared the use of their scope.

Larry Bausher
West Haven
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Subject: good afternoon at home
From: Carrier Graphics via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:15:11 -0700
Had a good day yesterday here in yard in Harwinton at 3:30 to 4:00. Saw
4 Redstart
3 Yellow rumped Warbler
1 Pine
1 Blkburn
2 B&W
1 Magnolia
and 3 BT Green Warbler

Also 2 Nighthawk
6 Chimmny Swift
5 Barn Swallow
2 Raven - nest in back
flock of Grackles
and common stuff, incl23 Chipping Sparrow under feeder.

And my best bird was -
ARuby-crowned Kinglet! It was small, had wing bars, very short tail and an eye 
ring. Was feeding within the top of a tall Hemlock and affordedonly quick 
views. But I'm 90% sure this was a Ruby cKinglet. What's the earliest sighting 
for fall here in CT? 

Surely Paul Desjardines will know...

Paul Carrier - Harwinton
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Subject: Re: NYTimes link: Nevermore? Ravens Sighted in New York
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:54:39 -0700
When I hear about (and see) such changes I tend to think that natural selection 
has been a factor, that Ravens more adaptable to being near human activity have 
had more breeding success and that population simply took off. 


Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT



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Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 9:30 AM
Subject: [CT Birds] NYTimes link: Nevermore? Ravens Sighted in New York

Nice piece on the history and resurgence of ravens in the north east. One idea: 
the West Nile effect on crows helped ravens reestablish territory. Much else, 
too. 



http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/nyregion/nevermore-ravens-sighted-in-new-york.html 


The birds, immortalized by Edgar Allan Poe in his poem “The Raven,” have 
been observed in recent months in Chelsea and Greenwich Village. 



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Subject: LHPP Tuesday 8-26
From: William Banks via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:47:18 -0400
40 total bird species 
One Northern Harrier
One American Kestrel
Two Merlin's.     

Bill Banks and Greg Hanisek

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Subject: NYTimes link: Nevermore? Ravens Sighted in New York
From: Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:30:21 -0400
Nice piece on the history and resurgence of ravens in the north east. One idea: 
the West Nile effect on crows helped ravens reestablish territory. Much else, 
too. 



http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/nyregion/nevermore-ravens-sighted-in-new-york.html 


The birds, immortalized by Edgar Allan Poe in his poem “The Raven,” have 
been observed in recent months in Chelsea and Greenwich Village. 



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Subject: Phalarope yes
From: Carolyn via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:26:58 -0400
9:25 Wilson's Phalarope present in same location on rt 146

Carolyn Cimino and Denise Jernigan

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Subject: NYTimes link: The Hummingbird’s Special Sweet Tooth
From: Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:25:07 -0400
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/26/science/the-hummingbirds-special-sweet-tooth.html 


Nectar makes up about three-quarters of a hummingbird’s diet, yet birds seem 
to lack the receptor that vertebrates use to taste sweetness. Researchers say 
they have solved the mystery. 



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Subject: Re: Wilson's Phalarope continues
From: Russ Smiley via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:40:08 -0400
Phalarope is still here on Tuesday 8/26/14 at 7:30 AM. Seen from Rte 146.
Russ Smiley

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> On Aug 25, 2014, at 8:59 PM, Robert Dixon via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

> 
> 
> 
> From Robert  and Linda Dixon
> 8/25/14 - Guilford, Leete's Marsh (5:30 pm - 6:20 pm) viewed from rte. 146 - 
WILSON'S PHALAROPE continues. 

> 
> Robert Dixon
> 179 Main St.
> Sterling, Ct. 06377
> 860-564-4638 h
> 860-933-9545 c
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Subject: Sunken Island Bonaparte's Gull
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:56:33 -0400
8/26/14-Fairfield-Sunken Island-a single 
1st winter Bonaparte's Gull,seen sitting on the exposed rocky bar before flying 
off to the west. Dark circular ear spot as well as pinkish legs,small black 
bill observed. 


Tina Green
Westport
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Subject: Extralimital Mass pelagic highlights 8/23-24
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:26:17 -0700
About 8 gung-ho CT birders were aboard the Brookline Bird Club (MA) Extreme 
Pelagic trip last weekend Aug. 23-24. Organized by Ida Giriunas and others, we 
sailed from Hyannis and traveled about 100 miles offshore to Hydrographer's and 
Dogbody Canyons at the edge of the continental shelf. It was a terrific (though 
bouncy) trip, with the following highlights: 

3 BLACK-CAPPED PETRELS, five species of shearwaters including a record MA 
number of AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS, 1 WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL, a few each 
BAND-RUMPED and LEACH'S STORM-PETRELS, a juvenile RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD, 
numerous RED-NECKED and a few RED PHALAROPES, SOUTH POLAR SKUA, several LESSER 
BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 8 BLACK TERNS, POMARINE, PARASITIC, and LONG-TAILED 
JAEGERS. Non-bird highlights included a rare WHALE SHARK, several pods of 
Dolphins, and flying fish. 


A selection of my photos from the trip can be seen here (as always, click on 
the thumbnails to see a larger photo): 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/avocetfm/sets/72157646454757059/


www.flickr.com/photos/avocetfm



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Stratford, CT
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Subject: Question
From: kevindoyle01 via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:51:10 -0400
I am wondering if anyone can give me some info about feeding birds in the 
summer. 


I have 5 feeders that hold 9 cups of black oiled seeds ( forgot the exact name) 
that the birds are going through in a 24 hour period. 


The birds are ... gold finches, house and purple finches, downy, hairy, red 
belly woodpeckers, flickers, nuthatches, titmice, chickadees, carolina wrens, 
catbirds, cardinals and a few others that I can't ID. 


These guys appear at sunrise and don't stop feeding till sunset. I would assume 
there would be ample natural food for them.  


Not to mention a blocks of suet.

Should these guys being fed this much on a near daily basis since they know the 
seeds are there it's easier than foraging natually? 


For the past few days I've stopped filling the feeders and I believe the birds 
have moved on. Presently there have been doves picking up what's on the ground. 


Is stopping not the correct thing to do or should I just cut back and see what 
happens.  


Thanks for any help or thoughts.

Kevin from New Milford, CT

kevindoyle01 AT charter.net


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Subject: Sandy Point - Tern spectacle, Horned Grebe
From: Gina Nichol via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:05:28 -0400
Steve Bird and I spent this lovely evening at Sandy Point. I was pleased to see 
the tern feeding frenzy in New Haven harbor (1600+). We scanned and scanned but 
could not find anything definitive other than Commons. A summer plumage Horned 
Grebe was a surprise. 

 
Gina Nichol
Sunrise Birding, LLC

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> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: August 25, 2014 at 8:57:02 PM EDT
> To: gina AT sunrisebirding.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Sandy Point Beach, Aug 25, 2014
> 
> Sandy Point Beach, New Haven, US-CT
> Aug 25, 2014 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.75 mile(s)
> 27 species
> 
> American Black Duck  15
> Greater Scaup  1
> Horned Grebe  1     Adult plumage
> Double-crested Cormorant  59
> Great Egret  7
> Snowy Egret  3
> Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  7
> Osprey  4
> Clapper Rail  2
> Black-bellied Plover  35
> Semipalmated Plover  12
> Spotted Sandpiper  1
> Lesser Yellowlegs  5
> Ruddy Turnstone  1
> Sanderling  64
> Semipalmated Sandpiper  2
> Short-billed Dowitcher  1
> Laughing Gull  100
> Ring-billed Gull  25
> Herring Gull  5
> Great Black-backed Gull  5
> Common Tern 1600 On the inner breakwater and feeding in large groups in the 
harbor inside the main breakwater. Quite a spectacle! 

> American Kestrel  1
> Barn Swallow  1
> Marsh Wren  1
> Northern Mockingbird  1
> Song Sparrow  1
> 
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> 
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Subject: Wilson's Phalarope continues
From: Robert Dixon via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:59:56 -0400 (EDT)

From Robert  and Linda Dixon
8/25/14 - Guilford, Leete's Marsh (5:30 pm - 6:20 pm) viewed from rte. 146 - 
WILSON'S PHALAROPE continues. 


Robert Dixon
179 Main St.
Sterling, Ct. 06377
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Subject: ROYAL TERNS
From: Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:33:53 -0400
8/25/14, in Westbrook, at Menunketesuck Flats at low tide (5:30 pm): two
ROYAL TERNS.  They flew over the flats, giving their guttural "kerr" calls
intermittently, landed briefly on a sandbar, then flew out towards the south
end of Menunketsuck Island to feed.  Also, two Laughing Gulls and nine
shorebird species, including Sanderling and Short-billed Dowitcher.  Full
report on ebird.

 

Chris Loscalzo,

Woodbridge

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Subject: Nighthawks
From: Bo Hopkins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:03:20 -0500
45 minutes of non-stop nighthawks over my central Greenwich home. High and low 
altitude. Hundreds of individuals seen (hawking activity made it impossible to 
continue any reliable count) plus hundreds more sightings as many returned back 
into view . A very impressive display! 


Bo Hopkins

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Subject: Common Nighthawks
From: David Tripp Jr via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:54:25 -0400
Over 200 nighthawks working the Farmington River skies near Rts 44 & 202 on 
Canton. 


Dave Tripp

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Subject: Just Announced! Sept 27 & 28 Overnight Pelagic out of Cape Cod
From: Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:32:00 -0400
CTBirders,

I know this is always of interest to Connecticut birders. The Brookline
Bird Club has just announced a relatively last-minute overnight pelagic out
of Hyannis, MA scheduled for the weekend of Sept 27 & 28. This is the exact
same overnight trip that is usually offered only once per year and sails on
average every *other* year due to weather luck. We just completed this
year's trip this past weekend with great success. The overnight trip before
that, in Aug 2012, was also amazing.

A quick summary of this year's trip:
http://www.shorebirder.com/2014/08/aug-23-24-bbc-extreme-pelagic-wfsp-rbtr.html
Watch Massbird for the upcoming full report.

2012:
http://trips.brooklinebirdclub.org/2012/09/august-superpelagic.html

This year we have the opportunity to do this for a second time. The annual
August trip, which is announced during January each year, sells out months
before the trip and has a waiting list. This has become the most reliable
pelagic trip in North America for White-faced Storm-Petrel, and the mega
rare Barolo Shearwater has been seen by us in these waters twice (once on
the 2012 overnighter, and once on a single-day trip in 2007). There have
been very few deep-water pelagic trips organized for New England waters in
September, and it stands to reason that White-faced Storm-Petrel and Barolo
Shearwater may be just as likely, and perhaps even MORE likely, during
September. The rarity possibilities, in addition to the more expected
species, are very exciting.

See the below information from organizer Ida Giriunas. Note that the
deadline to get enough participants signed up is Sept 6th.

"Greetings:

We have an opportunity to rerun the recent very successful Extreme August
Pelagic trip at the end of September. The birds seen in August were the
White-faced Storm-petrel, Black-capped Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird,
dozens of Audubon's shearwaters, a few Band-rumped storm-petrels, a few
Leach's Storm-petrels and a SOUTH POLAR SKUA as well as our common
shearwaters, jaegers and phalaropes. Also seen was a WHALE SHARK and a
TIGER SHARK.. We have Master birders such as Jeremiah Trimble, Marshall
Iliff, Nicholas Bonomo, Mark Faherty, Luke Seitz, etc. leading our trips.
Our boat, the HELEN H, is a very comfortable, fast, 100 foot fishing boat
with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic Captain and crew. We use gallons of
chum to attract the birds.. There are 38 bunks aboard which will be
available to the first 38 who sign up. There is a full galley with
excellent food at reasonable prices.
Parking is free.

Please let us know if you would be interested. We need enough people
registered by 9/6 to plan to do so. So, if you want to join us, contact
Ida Giriunas at ida8 AT verizon.net
(781-929-8772) for further information and waiver forms.

September 27,28, 2014 Hyannis to Hydrographer, Veaches, Atlantis Canyon
area:

5:30 AM Saturday - 6PM Sunday

for WHITE-FACED STORM PETREL, Band-Rumped and, Leach's Storm-Petrel,5
Shearwater species (including possible BAROLO), 3 Jaeger species, terns,
gulls and sea ducks, possible Tropicbird, bridled tern, other rarities.
Cost: $295 BBC Members, $310 non-members.


Ida Giriunas

For the Brookline Bird Club"

I hope to again see several CT residents on board!

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT
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Subject: Cemetery Pd.
From: RAYMOND BELDING via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:40:42 -0400 (EDT)
Litchfield, Cemetary Pd.
Glossy Ibis continues.
1 Stilt Sandpiper with 3 yellowlegs.
Observed for ten minutes before it
took flight and wasn't seen again.
Ray Belding

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Subject: Two Backyard Feeder Observations (Stratford)
From: Kathryn Hastings via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:21:03 -0400
Hello Everyone!

I thought I would mention two interesting observations I recently had at my
backyard feeder in Stratford (inland).  The first had to do with Safflower
Seed.  I got a bit tired of seeing the House Sparrows (and only the House
Sparrows) at my mixed seed feeder so I bought some Safflower Seed as I read
that they don't like this seed too much.  While it did seem to decrease the
amount of sparrows at that feeder what I found interesting was that only
the female sparrows are eating the seed.  I have not seen a single male
sparrow at the feeder since I put this seed in but many ladies come to
visit every day!

Second, I saw a very interesting bird at my feeder yesterday afternoon and
evening.  At first I thought it was a Starling that was getting its fall
coloring.  On closer inspection I realized that it wasn't as the eyes were
off, the beak color was off and the leg color was off. Additionally it was
not spotted on its belly but streaked.  Lastly it had a buff colored
eyeline.  Here are all the characteristics:

1. Very "painted" like a fall Starling or a female Red Winged Blackbird.
 Many spots on the wings.  Beautiful variations of brown, white and black
coloring and spots on the back.  No iridescent purple or green.
2. Dark eyes. The eyes reminded me of a sparrow.
3. Was the size of a starling or a robin.
4. The belly was whitish with black streaks going all the way back to the
undertail.
5. The tail was black and somewhat long.  Not like a flycatcher but not as
short as a Starling.
6. Dark beak
7. Dark legs
8. Buff colored eyeline
9. Ground feeder

Anyone have any thoughts?!  The only thing that comes close in my research
is a female red winged blackbird but I have never seen those around my
house as I am not close to their environment and from what I have seen its
not a spot on comparison.

Happy Birding,

Kat in Stratford
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Subject: Phalarope 4 pm
From: Maria Stockmal via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:14:22 -0400

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Subject: Laughing Gulls-Stamford
From: Stefan Martin via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:52:26 -0400
Holly Pond, Stamford- Just over 100 Laughing Gulls with the majority on the 
exposed rock just out from the parking area. Mixed plumages with many first 
year birds. More continuing to fly in as I'm writing this. 


Stefan Martin
Stamford

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Subject: Redstarts
From: Preston Lust via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:41:43 -0700
Redstarts seen in Evergreen Avenue, Westport. Winter wren also observed.
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Subject: Heron afloat
From: Roy Zartarian via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:05:06 -0400
Earlier today at Mill Pond in Newington I had the opportunity to see
something I don't think I've seen before except on video. The resident
Great Blue Heron was swimming. It didn't hunt during that short time but
did take flight from its floating position.

Roy Zartarian
Newington
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Subject: Phalarope
From: Brendan Murtha via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:27:06 -0400
The Wilson's Phalarope continues in the Shell Beach Marsh of Leete's Island 
Road, Guilford, as of 2:20. 


Fabulous looks as he feeds mere feet from the roadside, amongst flocks of peeps 
and Semipalmated Plovers. 


Brendan Murtha
Norwalk

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Subject: Connecticut Audubon Society Photography Event
From: Andrew Griswold via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:07:39 +0000 (UTC)


Hello Friends and Supporters, 


My dear friend, traveler, and EcoTravel supporter Diana Atwood Johnson has been 
impressing the public for years with her bird and wildlife photography. In 
addition to being a talent behind the lens, she is also the author of a 
fabulous book titled “Swallow Tales” all about the avian phenomenon that 
appears nearly in her backyard every fall. Diana is a talented photographer and 
writer and we know you will fall in love with her work. There is no pressure to 
purchase a piece so please just stop by for some food, drink, and comradery 
while you enjoy the exhibit. 


Diana has been kind enough to dedicate one night’s proceeds of her exhibit 
sales to benefit Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel when she and I will be 
co-hosting this wonderful event on Thursday, August 28 th 5:30-7:30pm . There 
will be both framed photographs and works on canvas ranging in size from 9” x 
6” to 40” x 36”. The prices of these photographs are very reasonable and 
will make a fabulous accent to any home or office or make a great gift for your 
favorite nature enthusiast. As well as a variety of bird-themed pieces, Diana 
is also exhibiting her large mammal photographs taken while visiting Etosha 
National Park in Namibia. 


We hope you will join us for this special event and if you cannot make it that 
evening, please take the time to stop by the exhibit at the Sill Gallery of 
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme (84 Lyme Street – Exit 70 off 
of Route 95). The Bird’s Eye View exhibit ends August 30 th . 


We appreciate your support. Below is the link for information on the Bird’s 
Eye View exhibit. 



http://www.lymeacademy.edu/index.php/exhibitions/birds_eye_view_photographs_of_the_natural_world_by_diana_atwood_johnson/ 


Looking forward to seeing you there! 

Cheers, 

Andy 

Andrew Griswold, Director 

Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel 

PO Box 903 

Essex, CT  06426  USA 

860-767-0660 

agriswold AT ctaudubon.org 

www.ecotravel.ctaudubon.org 

http://andrewgriswold.blogspot.com 
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Subject: Greenwich Olive Sided Flycatcher continues
From: Ryan MacLean via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:00:27 -0400
Still one Olive Sided here at Audubon Greenwich, actively flying to and from 
the snags ontop of the two tall cedars infront of Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch 


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Subject: Re: Fwd: Lake Whitney drawdown starting today
From: Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:34:19 -0400
Thanks a bunch for keeping us posted, Arthur. This is very useful
information.

As Arthur noted, local birders should keep an eye on the shorebird
situation here. Muddy edges and flats along reservoirs can be extremely
productive for shorebirds at this time of year, including for birds like
Baird's Sandpiper or rarer. For instance, back in 1999 Mark Szantyr found
the state's second Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in Waterbury in similar habitat.

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT
www.shorebirder.com


On Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 9:28 AM, Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <
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> As I noted several weeks ago, the RWA will be lowering the level of Lake
> Whitney. This may give some interesting habitat for migrating shorebirds.
>
> Many areas of the upper Lake are only 2 to 4 feet deep. But they do not
> all drain down so far.
>
> From: John Hudak 
> > Date: August 25, 2014 at 8:52:46 AM EDT
> > To: undisclosed-recipients:;
> > Subject: Lake Whitney drawdown starting today
> >
> > Starting today we will be lowering the water level in Lake Whitney
> reservoir to facilitate routine dam maintenance activities.  The reservoir
> will be lowered by about five to seven feet below the level of the
> spillway, noticeably exposing some shoreline areas. We expect the work will
> last less than three weeks, after which we will allow the reservoir to
> refill.
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Subject: Wilson's Phalarope-Yes!
From: Beverly Propen via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:26:51 -0400
​8/25  Guilford, Leetes islande Marsh, Guilford
9:40am
Wilson's Phalarope in marsh right off Route 146 , following 2 mallards.
Lots of other shorebirds there too.  a lifebird for me!
Thank you to Joe, for pointing it out so quickly.
Bev Propen, Orange
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Subject: Cedar waxwings, etc - Washington, CT
From: John D Babington via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:23:50 -0700
Walking around our property here this morning I noted a feeding flock of at 
least 20 cedar waxwings in the top of oak trees. Hard to watch the waxwingsas 
they were flying about rapidly after insects I have to assume?. Had a good 
number of American robins around the house earlier. Noted a female Baltimore 
oriole, eastern phoebes, eastern pewees, chipping sparrows, and theregular 
"full time" bird residents (chickadees, titmouse, w-b-nuthatch) in my short 
walk around the house here. 


David W Babington
Washington, CT
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Subject: LHPP this morning..
From: William Banks via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:28:48 -0400
The morning Flight at Lighthouse this morning was non-existent. There are 
several local Ospreys flying up and down the harbor, and the Peregrine has put 
in an appearance. Except for about 250 starlings, there are more Dragonflies in 
the air than anything else. 


Bill Banks

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Subject: Fwd: Lake Whitney drawdown starting today
From: Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:28:01 -0400
As I noted several weeks ago, the RWA will be lowering the level of Lake 
Whitney. This may give some interesting habitat for migrating shorebirds. 


Many areas of the upper Lake are only 2 to 4 feet deep. But they do not all 
drain down so far. 


From: John Hudak 
> Date: August 25, 2014 at 8:52:46 AM EDT
> To: undisclosed-recipients:;
> Subject: Lake Whitney drawdown starting today
> 
> Starting today we will be lowering the water level in Lake Whitney reservoir 
to facilitate routine dam maintenance activities. The reservoir will be lowered 
by about five to seven feet below the level of the spillway, noticeably 
exposing some shoreline areas. We expect the work will last less than three 
weeks, after which we will allow the reservoir to refill. 

>  
> Requests to be added to this email list can be directed to 
ask.whitney AT rwater.com 

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> 
> John Hudak
> Environmental Planning Manager
> South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority
> 90 Sargent Drive | New Haven, CT 06511
> Phone: 203-401-2733 | Fax: 203-603-4982
> Email: jhudak AT rwater.com | Website: http://www.rwater.com
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Subject: Bolton Backyard
From: Ernest Harris via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:11:14 -0400
8/25/14- Bolton Backyard--yesterday- 'mea culpa'- it was a Canada Warbler NOT a 
Connecticut Warbler!!! Today- 34 species including: Blackburnian and 
Black&White Warblers, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore 
Orioles, Pewee and Phoebe, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Red-eyed Vireo. Cooper's 
Hawk continues- now 15 days. Ernie 

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Subject: Re: directions to Leetes marsh, Guilford
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:41:47 -0400
http://lists.ctbirding.org/pipermail/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org/Week-of-Mon-20140818/050239.html 


Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

On Aug 25, 2014, at 7:31 AM, Beverly Propen via CTBirds 
 wrote: 


​I am not familiar with the Leetes marsh area.  Could someone please send
me directions?
I hope to finally try for the phalarope.
You can respond directly to my email
bpropen AT gmail.com
thank you,
Bev Propen


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Subject: directions to Leetes marsh, Guilford
From: Beverly Propen via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:31:05 -0400
​I am not familiar with the Leetes marsh area.  Could someone please send
me directions?
I hope to finally try for the phalarope.
You can respond directly to my email
bpropen AT gmail.com
thank you,
Bev Propen
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Subject: SEABIRDS are here!
From: Thomas Robben via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:44:04 -0400
It is less than two weeks until our 8hour pelagic trip off Cape Cod on Sept
7th, and based on seabirds reported off Cape Cod in the last few weeks, you
just might want to join us.

The last few weeks have seen tens of thousands of shearwaters off Cape Cod
Ptown beaches, and this weekend's BBC 36hour trip to Hydrographer Canyon
was spectacular, including this rich list of species:  White-faced Storm
Petrel, Black-capped Petrel, Red-billed tropicbird, Audubon's Shearwaters,
Band-rumped Storm-petrels, Leach's Storm-petrels, South Polar Skua, plus
the commoner shearwaters, jaegers and phalaropes. BBC will release a full
report soon.

In other words, this is becoming an excellent year for seabirding off New
England (which included Fea's Petrel and Yellow-nosed Albatross not far
offshore), and you might want to join us on September 7th. Just a
suggestion.

If you do decide to join our September 7th pelagic trip from Plymouth MA,
go to this website:    trips33.blogspot.com

Tom Robben
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Subject: Shelton Morning Finds - Killdeer, Green Herons
From: Cynthia Fazekas via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:59:16 -0400
Hello all,

Today, just before 9 am, we saw a KILLDEER (my first ever!) at the Trap Falls 
Reservoir. A short while later we were delightfully surprised by two GREEN 
HERONS at Silent Waters. 


Happy birding!

Cyndi F 
Shelton, CT
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Subject: Screech Owl in East Hartford
From: Dana Campbell via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:49:49 -0400
8/24 - Eastern Screech Owl calling in the woods behind my house.  How
wonderful!  I know they are back there but seldom get to hear them.

-- 
The Rev. Dana L. Campbell
Priest in Charge, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Middletown CT
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Robert Lynd
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Subject: Olive-Sided Flycatchers at Audubon Greenwich
From: Ryan MacLean via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:42:30 -0400
Sorry for the late report, but I just received an email from Dave Salmon that 
he had 2 Olive-Sided Flycatchers at Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch today. This is a 
pretty annual occurrence for us so hopefully they stick around for a day or so. 


-Ryan MacLean

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Subject: Sterling yard / Quinebaug Fish Hatchery
From: Robert Dixon via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 19:30:03 -0400 (EDT)

From Robert Dixon
8/24/14 - Sterling yard (50 species) - nocturnal migrants heard before daybreak 
(4:50 am - 5:35 am) - VEERY (21 conservative count), WOOD THRUSH (4) and 
EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL (migrant called once passing over yard). Also in yard 
BARRED OWL (3), LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, COMMON RAVEN (soaring over yard), COMMON 
NIGHTHAWK (2), BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER (3), BALTIMORE ORIOLE (3), SCARLET 
TANAGER, EASTERN KINGBIRD and EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE. 


8/24/14 - Plainfield, Quinebaug Fish Hatchery w/ Linda Dixon - (45 species) - 
adult BALD EAGLE, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, LEAST SANDPIPER 
(5), PRAIRIE WARBLER, GREEN HERON and an increasing amount of Ring-billed Gulls 
(42). 


Robert Dixon
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Sterling, Ct. 06377
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Subject: good late Hr in yard in Harwinton
From: Carrier Graphics via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:58:34 -0700
Just came in from 80 mins in my side yard sitting and looking for Night Hawks. 
From 5:30 to 6;40 I saw only 8, and they were all flying north east! I also had 
some good movement of other migrents as well. 


8 Night Hawk
1 Sharp shinned Hawk - going due West - Imm
5 Hummers - moving through plus 2 feeding on Jewelweed
3 Wood Pewee
1 Pheobe
1 Empidonax - ?
3 Red eyed Vireo
2 Blue headed Vireo
1 possible Philadelpia 90% sure
2 Canada Warbler - feeding in tree top - unusual sight.
2 Yellow-rump Warbler - Imm, 1 feeding from lawn.
2 Redstart
1 Black & White
3 Black-t-Green
1 Magnolia - Imm
plus local breeders as well
Have 25 plus Chipping Sparrow at feeder.
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Subject: Windsor and Rocky Hill
From: Paul Desjardins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:43:47 -0400
This morning at Northwest Park only four warbler species- Magnolia, Tennessee, 
2 American Redstarts and Common Yellowthroat. In the Rocky Hill meadows 2 
Solitary Sandpipers and a Canada Warbler. 


Paul desjardins
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Subject: Bolton Backyard
From: Ernest Harris via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:19:05 -0400
8/24/14- Bolton Backyard- 6:30-7:30AM- 31 species including: American Redstart, 
Red -eyed Vireo, Veery, Connecticut Warbler, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Baltimore 
Oriole, Eastern Wood Pewee. Last evening c. 5:30PM- Nighthawk-FOx4. Ernie 

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Subject: Re: Phalarope
From: Tony Tortora via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:14:47 -0400 (EDT)

 
In a message dated 8/24/2014 10:36:39 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org writes:

Was  scared off earlier by hawk. AWOL in marsh since 9am. 

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Subject: Golden-winged Correction
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 08:31:24 -0700
Just got off the phone with Ann and Sol Satin, who provided some corrections 
and added details. 



From Ann & Sol Satin

8 AM - Adult male Golden-winged Warbler across from Sam Hill Rd (not Sable) 
parking lot in Guilford - the same lot referred to for the Prothonotary 
Warbler. First found by Tim Thompson, seen by four birders, and not seen since 
that original report. 




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Subject: He's back. Phalarope back at marsh. Same time. Same station. At the edge along 146.
From: Michaelene Komara via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:30:10 -0400

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Subject: Lighthouse Point Park Sunday ng August 24
From: Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 08:29:04 -0700
I took Dana Campbell's earlier advice, donned my brightest red T-shirt and 
headed over to the Lighthouse hawk watch (0830 to 1030). The shirt worked - 
once. I had a single RT Hummingbird whiz past within 4 feet. Otherwise things 
were slow: one Baltimore Oriole, a local Coop and Red-tail, up to 5 Osprey 
milling/feeding. Winds remained steady, light NW. 


The entire center of the Park is dominated by a very well drained, hard granite 
surface with short grass. This expansive lawn is a critical habitat for 
migratory and wintering birds. It has supported many CT rarities during 
decades of observation. It is also a perfect natural surface for parking 
cars. This occurs extremely rarely, perhaps for a few hours, a half a dozen 
times a year. 


About a quarter acre of the park has recently been sloppily paved with 
compressed, ground asphalt. The entire Park is scribed in chalk lines. I will 
try to find out more about the destruction of this IBA, but does anyone else 
have any information that they could share? 


Steve Mayo
Bethany
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Subject: Phalarope
From: Michaelene Komara via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:36:07 -0400
Was scared off earlier by hawk. AWOL in marsh since 9am. 

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Subject: Nighthawks again, Sat., 8-23-14
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:41:57 -0400 (EDT)
 
I went back to Eagleville (Mansfield) yesterday evening (Sat.,  8-23-14) 
And there were still a few, but very sporadic. I saw a total of 26.  Then I 
came back to my home in Coventry, near the north end of the lake, and  as I 
got out of the car  I saw 2 Nighthawks fly over my house. I  counted a total 
of 9, and they circled the open lot across the street for about  5 minutes, 
hawking insects. By then it was almost  dark.

 
Don Morgan,  Coventry
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Subject: Guilford Golden-winged Warbler
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 06:26:32 -0700
Passing this along from a phone call that my wife took:


From Ann & Sol Satin
8 AM - Golden-winged Warbler across from Sable Hill Rd parking lot in 
Guilford. First found by Tim Thompson. 



Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

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Subject: Wilson's Phalarope Yes
From: Debbie McTigue via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 07:42:33 -0400
Wilson's Phalarope currently being seen at Leete's marsh with Paul Wolter, John 
Marshall and Mark Danforth. 


Debbie McTigue
Vernon
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Subject: Sterling yard
From: Robert Dixon via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 23:07:29 -0400 (EDT)
From Robert Dixon
8/23/14 - Sterling yard - nocturnal flight calls heard between 4:30 am and 5:45 
am were mostly VEERY (7) along with WOOD THRUSH and SCARLET TANAGER. Also in 
the yard after daybreak were, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and a 
flyover Double-crested Cormorant. 


Robert Dixon
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Sterling, Ct. 06377
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Subject: Re: Unidentified Buteo
From: Mark Szantyr via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:11:12 -0400
The photo looks like an immature Red-tailed to me. 

Mark

Mark Szantyr

> On Aug 23, 2014, at 10:04 PM, Don Morgan via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

> 
> 
> I re-read James'  post and the lightbulb went on. I'm  sure the "distinct 
> white patches on what I'd figure were primary coverts (top of  the "wrist" 
> are what we refer to as "crescents"; translucent little arcs just inboard of 

> the primaries. They are absolutely  diagnostic for Red-shouldered Hawk, and 
> once they are seen well there is no need  to go further. That means it IS 
> and RS. They are not white  coloring, they are areas that let light through, 
> so you have to see the  bird at the proper angle against the right 
> background, but once you do, the  debate is over. 
> 
> 
> Don Morgan,  Coventry
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Subject: Re: Unidentified Buteo
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:04:34 -0400 (EDT)
 
I re-read James'  post and the lightbulb went on. I'm  sure the "distinct 
white patches on what I'd figure were primary coverts (top of  the "wrist" 
are what we refer to as "crescents";  translucent little arcs just inboard of  
the primaries. They are absolutely  diagnostic for Red-shouldered Hawk, and 
once they are seen well there is no need  to go further. That means it IS 
and RS. They are not white  coloring, they are areas that let light through, 
so you have to see the  bird at the proper angle against the right 
background, but once you do, the  debate is over. 

 
Don Morgan,  Coventry
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