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Grey-headed Negro-finch,©Tony Disley

1 Nov Sherwood Highlights [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
1 Nov Mansfield Hollow Ducks [Phil Rusch via CTBirds ]
1 Nov Batterson Pond, Farmington [Paul Cianfaglione via CTBirds ]
31 Oct Thanks for your interest on Grouse in CT [Carrier Graphics via CTBirds ]
31 Oct Hammonasset [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
31 Oct LPP Friday [Dana Campbell via CTBirds ]
31 Oct Ruffed Grouse etc / Conservation [Joseph Cala via CTBirds ]
31 Oct Sterling yard [Robert Dixon via CTBirds ]
31 Oct Record Red-Shoulder day for Quaker Ridge, 398 Raptors Total [Ryan MacLean via CTBirds ]
31 Oct Oops! Forgot Kinglets at Harkness [Sailcarm via CTBirds ]
31 Oct Harkness SP in Waterford: Winter Wren, Merlin [Sailcarm via CTBirds ]
31 Oct Foot Park, Branford [Maria Stockmal via CTBirds ]
31 Oct 10/31 - Long Beach/Pleasure Beach [Nick Bonomo via CTBirds ]
31 Oct Re: Our State should be ashamed of itself!!! [Keith Mueller via CTBirds ]
31 Oct Re: Our State should be ashamed of itself!!! [ ]
31 Oct Re: Snowy Owl "echo flight"? [Don Crockett via CTBirds ]
31 Oct Re: Our State should be ashamed of itself!!! [Shaun Martin via CTBirds ]
31 Oct Re: Our State should be ashamed of itself!!! [Jim Pfeifer via CTBirds ]
31 Oct Our State should be ashamed of itself!!! [Carrier Graphics via CTBirds ]
31 Oct Milford Pt Red-Eyed Vireo [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
31 Oct hawks moving at Quaker Ridge [Ryan MacLean via CTBirds ]
31 Oct Re: Snowy Owl "echo flight"? [Kathy Van Der Aue via CTBirds ]
31 Oct Colchester Deck [Ernest Harris via CTBirds ]
31 Oct Waterford Cooper's in a not so subtle place [Sailcarm via CTBirds ]
31 Oct Re: Hammo - Orange- crowned Warbler [Russ Smiley via CTBirds ]
31 Oct Re: Snowy Owl "echo flight"? [Jan Hollerbach via CTBirds ]
31 Oct Wilton VESPER [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
31 Oct Quaker Ridge 10/30: 292 Raptors inc 104 Red Shoulders [Ryan MacLean via CTBirds ]
30 Oct Enfield [Janis LaPointe via CTBirds ]
30 Oct Re: Snowy Owl "echo flight"? [Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz via CTBirds ]
30 Oct Barkhamsted - Red-necked Grebe [John Marshall via CTBirds ]
30 Oct Raptor program [Amy Hopkins via CTBirds ]
30 Oct Lighthouse Point hawkwartch, 10-30-14 GOLDEN EAGLE [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
30 Oct Meriden Iceland Gull ["Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" ]
30 Oct Silver Sands SP and Stratford Marina: Kinglets, Sparrows, Thrashers, Yellowlegs, Peregrine Falcon [Sailcarm via CTBirds ]
30 Oct Re: Snowy Owl "echo flight"? [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
30 Oct Snowy Owl "echo flight"? [Nick Bonomo via CTBirds ]
30 Oct Hammo Clay-colored Sparrow + [Nick Bonomo via CTBirds ]
30 Oct Hesseky Meadows Rusty Blackbirds ["Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" ]
30 Oct Laurel Reservoir [Patrick Dugan via CTBirds ]
30 Oct Hammo - Orange- crowned Warbler [John Oshlick via CTBirds ]
30 Oct Windsor [Paul Desjardins via CTBirds ]
30 Oct Sachem's Head [fran holloway via CTBirds ]
30 Oct Re: Piping Plovers [fran holloway via CTBirds ]
30 Oct Orange backyard Purple finches [Beverly Propen via CTBirds ]
30 Oct Bunting- no ["Danforth, Mark E \(Mark\) via CTBirds" ]
30 Oct Re: Painted Bunting today? [dmrlizdbear--- via CTBirds ]
30 Oct Re: Painted Bunting Video [Barbara Garrett via CTBirds ]
29 Oct Enfield [Janis LaPointe via CTBirds ]
29 Oct Re: "Fluffy' bird [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
29 Oct Re: Painted Bunting Video [Mona Cavallero via CTBirds ]
29 Oct Painted Bunting Video [David Winston via CTBirds ]
29 Oct Highland lake Winsted [Carrier Graphics via CTBirds ]
29 Oct Re: Piping Plovers [Nick Bonomo via CTBirds ]
29 Oct Silver Sands SP [Stephen Spector via CTBirds ]
29 Oct Re: Where exactly is the Cove for the painted bunting? Thanks [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
29 Oct Where exactly is the Cove for the painted bunting? Thanks [Joan and Jim Clifford via CTBirds ]
29 Oct Royal Terns at Guilford [Sara Zagorski via CTBirds ]
29 Oct Smithsonian art exhibit on birds (OT) [Beverly Propen via CTBirds ]
29 Oct CACC [Beverly Propen via CTBirds ]
29 Oct Cove Bunting: [David Winston via CTBirds ]
29 Oct Painted Bunting question ["Danforth, Mark E \(Mark\) via CTBirds" ]
29 Oct Piping Plovers [fran holloway via CTBirds ]
29 Oct Next meeting to present CT DEEP's Wildlife Action Plan is tonight, Wednesday @ 7:00pm in Glastonbury [Don Crockett via CTBirds ]
29 Oct Re: "Fluffy" baby bird at feeders [Carole Donagher via CTBirds ]
29 Oct Brown Creepers [Kathy Van Der Aue via CTBirds ]
29 Oct Re: "Fluffy" baby bird at feeders [Kathy Van Der Aue via CTBirds ]
29 Oct "Fluffy" baby bird at feeders [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
29 Oct American Tree Sparrow [gary v via CTBirds ]
29 Oct Sherwood Island, Baltimore Oriole [Tom Murray via CTBirds ]
29 Oct 2 American Bitterns [Jim via CTBirds ]
29 Oct PAINTED BUNTING-Yes [Stefan Martin via CTBirds ]
28 Oct Kinglets, Bruce Park pond, central Greenwich [Lynnette via CTBirds ]
28 Oct Willington Purple Finches + [Joseph Cala via CTBirds ]
28 Oct Connecticut Christmas Bird Count Record for Eastern Kingbird [Linda & Steve Broker via CTBirds ]
28 Oct Fairfield, East Haven [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]

Subject: Sherwood Highlights
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 08:47:42 -0400
11/1/14-Westport-Sherwood Island SP- Marsh Wren,4 Nelson's Sparrows,12 American 
Pipits on the model airplane field 


Tina Green
Westport
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Subject: Mansfield Hollow Ducks
From: Phil Rusch via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 07:59:11 -0400
This morning at Mansfield Hollow Boat Launch on Bassets Bridge Road in 
Manfield. 


13 Black Scotor
11 Ruddy Duck
5 Bufflehead. 

Phil Rusch
Chaplin, CT

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Subject: Batterson Pond, Farmington
From: Paul Cianfaglione via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 07:57:57 -0400
11/1 Farmington, Batterson Pond - 11 BLACK SCOTER.
10/30 Farmington, Batterson Pond - 1 GREATER SCAUP.

Paul Cianfaglione
Canton
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Subject: Thanks for your interest on Grouse in CT
From: Carrier Graphics via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:01:17 -0700
Well thanks all for your comments and interest about our Ruffed Grouse here in 
CT. May I say a bit more here about this subject that i believe is important as 
well. Yes - they are a hurting species for Many Reasons - lack of habitat is a 
big one for sure, but in some areas here in CT, the Grouse are holding their 
own because the habitat is getting better for them. Case in point. Some areas 
in West Hartland, where I bird a lot, the Grouse are there and i see one there 
occasionally. BUT, This area of the State has much land there as well, and yes, 
it is hunted heavily with Grouse hunters as well. This should not be! I've 
encountered several hunters in the past 2 years with Grouse in their hands 
having just shot them on State property. If and when suitable habitat does 
come, how many Grouse will be around to occupy them? And - I am SO SO against 
introducing birds from elsewhere to get them started again. I believe the 
indigenous Grouse from our State CAN - 

 if left to be - be the ones to occupy these new habitats successfully, but not 
when they have such heavy hunting pressures in place to kill as many birds as 8 
- EIGHT - in one season! And Yes - hunters have the right to hunt, and Im not 
against hunting or hunters, but I am against the hunting of species that are 
NOT in healthy numbers! Like the Ruffed Grouse! Doesn't this make sense? 

Deer have a very healthy population here in CT, so much so we even need some 
culling to keep their number from becoming to destructive to us and their own 
good as well. But please leave our hurting population of Grouse alone as far as 
hunting goes. Seems so simple a fact to me, so why is it not to our State? 

November 4th - any suggestions on who to vote for? ................Paul Carrier 

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Subject: Hammonasset
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:45:45 -0700
Passing this along.


 From Annie and Mike Perko
Today at Hammo. 3 Field Sp. 2 at entrance to Cedar Is. Tr. along with Hermit 
Thrush and Blue Gray gnatcatcher, late chipping sparrow- between 1 and 1:30. 
White crown sp. in parking lot between Cedar Is and Willard Is. 2 Ruby crown 
and 1 golden crown kinglet at Willards at about 2 o'clock along with a late 
common yell. throat chipping then seen. Swamp sp. on lawn behind nature center 
amongst many song sp.and white throated sp. around 2:30 P.M. Did not find clay 
colored, Dickcissel or grasshopper sp. that was being spoke of. 



Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT


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Subject: LPP Friday
From: Dana Campbell via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:25:40 -0400
10/31 - New Haven - Lighthouse Point Park Hawk watch - 68 migrating raptors
and a multitude of small migrants to be reported separately.  Also noted
was a beautiful large Red Fox which trotted through the park.  May explain
why we have not seen the park cat recently.
Once this cold front passes the hawk migration looks promising.
Particularly Sunday with its promised strong NW winds should be good at the
Lighthouse.
Thanks today to Bill Banks, Lynn James, and Marty Moore.
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Subject: Ruffed Grouse etc / Conservation
From: Joseph Cala via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:39:14 -0400
Coming from a hunting background I feel the need to interject into this
discussion and present the other side of the argument here, even though
Keith touched on a few points.

One summer bird count encompassing 1400 hours is not the be all end all of
bird counting.  A quick look on ebird for this year shows over 20 reports
for Ruffed Grouse with numerous locations showing more than one sighting.
We all know that not everyone uses ebird, so these are certainly not the
only sightings for this year.

That doesn't even to begin to discuss how easy it is to walk right by any
number of 'game birds' and never see them -- which certainly factors into
the numbers that are seen and reported.

On a different note, the State of CT is not interesting in wiping out a
game bird that attracts hunting dollars. Grouse population isn't dependent
upon the bag limit or number of hunters, but rather the available habitat
they have, which is limited.  If you have issues with the population in the
state, contribute conservation dollars to the state so that areas can be
managed for them.

It's frustrating to see some many 'birders' vilify hunters in general as
some ravaging band of lunatics that shoot and kill everything in sight and
take full or excessive bag limits.  Real hunters are the exact opposite of
that, and many bird areas in the state simply would not exist without
hunting conservation dollars.

Ducks Unlimited, for example, has conserved more than 13 million acres of
habitat since 1937.  81% of dollars brought in by DU goes directly to
wetlands conservation and education.

The Pittman-Robertson act of 1937 added an 11% excise tax onto firearms and
ammunition sales which has resulted in billions of dollars of federal aid
being available to states.  Connecticut received almost $9M in funds from
this program in 2014 alone.

The CT 'Duck Stamp' program has resulted in 3145 acres of wetlands being
protected in the state and over $1.2M in sales directly from purchases of
the stamp.  It's also resulted in almost $2M in matching federal funds that
go directly towards wildlife conservation in this state.

Just to make a point -- Connecticut Audubon's 2013 annual report shows
total revenues of $3.9MM, HALF of what the state of CT received from the
Pittman-Robertson federal funding.  And of that nearly $4M CT Audubon
received, 80% of that is spent on education and only 20% on conservation.

Point is that hunters and hunting/shooting related activity contribute a
MASSIVE amount towards conservation in this state.  Instead of vilifying
hunters for hunting, perhaps we as 'birders' need to follow in their
example.  A 'Duck Stamp' is $13 -- if we can afford bags of seed every
month we can surely afford a $13 stamp.  If you're against the Duck Stamp
for some reason, contribute directly to CT Audubon.  If you like waterfowl,
contribute to Ducks Unlimited or Delta Waterfowl.

And finally if you're concerned about Ruffed Grouse, contribute to the
Connecticut Ruffed Grouse Society and help them help the grouse reclaim
proper habitat.


Joseph Cala
Willington, CT
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Subject: Sterling yard
From: Robert Dixon via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:43:40 -0400
From Robert Dixon
10/31/14 - Sterling yard feeders - first of season FOX SPARROW along with 
continuing PURPLE FINCHES. 

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Subject: Record Red-Shoulder day for Quaker Ridge, 398 Raptors Total
From: Ryan MacLean via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:20:33 -0400
October went out with a bang for Quaker Ridge, with 126 Red-Shouldered Hawks 
topping our previous daily record of 119. Turkey Vultures also showed well, 
with a nice late day flight that included a kettle of 50 birds. Full report to 
come on hawkcount late tonight. 


October 31st 2014
Turkey Vulture: 173
Bald Eagle: 1
Sharp-Shinned Hawk: 52
Cooper's Hawk: 25
Red-Shouldered Hawk: 126
Broad-Winged Hawk: 1 (late juvie bird)
Red-Tailed Hawk: 16
Unidentified: 4
TOTAL: 398

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Subject: Oops! Forgot Kinglets at Harkness
From: Sailcarm via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:22:54 -0400
How could I forget to mention that I had several of both Kinglet species at 
Harkness today? 


Carolyn Cimino
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Subject: Harkness SP in Waterford: Winter Wren, Merlin
From: Sailcarm via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:21:23 -0400
I spent two hours at Harkness this morn. Song Sparrows were very abundant as 
were YR Warblers. Other sparrows seen included 2 White-crowned (juv), 1 
Savannah, many White-throated, and several Swamp. I checked for sparrows in the 
usual spot, the brush dump and lawns, gardens, and fields adjacent to the 
greenhouse, but I also spent a little time on the west side of the park. As I 
said above, YR Warblers rule everywhere at Harkness! 


Other birds of interest: 1 WINTER WREN, 
2 E. Phoebes, 1 Merlin, 3 Hermit Thrushes, and 1 E. Towhee. Did not have my 
scope with me but I did manage to see 1 Common Loon offshore. 


Carolyn Cimino
Waterford





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Subject: Foot Park, Branford
From: Maria Stockmal via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:00:20 -0400
Two Red-breasted Nuthatches

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Subject: 10/31 - Long Beach/Pleasure Beach
From: Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:29:06 -0400
This morning I walked out Long Beach in Stratford to Pleasure Beach in
Bridgeport from 0800-1150. There were pockets of passerines in the better
habitat, a few finches were going over (Goldfinch, House Finch, Siskin, and
Purple in that order of decreasing number), there was a nice movement of
Pipits, and offshore was quiet. 60 species total. Highlights below.

Full eBird list here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20391890

From Nick Bonomo:
10/31 - Stratford/Bridgeport, Long Beach/Pleasure Beach -- WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPER, adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Pleasure Beach), 80 AMERICAN
PIPIT (most migrating overhead), 2 SNOW BUNTING, VESPER SPARROW (Pleasure
Beach), "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROW, PURPLE FINCH, 50 PINE SISKIN (migrating)

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT
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Subject: Re: Our State should be ashamed of itself!!!
From: Keith Mueller via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:04:33 -0400
Paul (and others concerned about Grouse hunting), I appreciate your  
concern for the Grouse, just as I do as a (former) bird hunter (former  
in the sense of too many projects and no time to go). But I think  
before you jump all over the State Biologists as being "incompetent"  
or "cavalier" about the health of the Ruffed Grouse population, we  
might want to think about what the real factors are....remember all we  
have to base our passions on is a few personal and non-scientific bird  
counts. I have to say, that in my experiences over the years knowing  
many Wildlife Biologists and Conservation Officers in many States
I don't think we are giving them enough credit. It has been my  
experience that these people give a tremendous amount of thought  
behind the "hunting regulations and seasons" from many sources from  
data to their own research.

We have to also consider the facts that just because there is a  
"limit" attached to a bird species does not make any assumption that  
this number of birds on that daily/season limit are being taken. I  
have lived this passionate argument all my life.....everyone assumes  
that hunters just willingly shoot the posted limits everyday as easy  
as making coffee and lacing up your hunting boots. First, you have to  
understand the nature of the bird being pursued. Grouse are  
notoriously the most difficult bird to hunt in the Northeast.....in  
fact, they are nearly impossible to bag! I laugh (to myself) about the  
listed 8 bird daily bag limit in the printed regulations.....where in  
fact even the most seasoned "grouse hunters" will barely manage that  
number in an entire season or two; they are that difficult a species  
to hunt. I can only tell you about my many years of long walks in  
Grouse cover "hearing" the roaring thunder of those wings when they  
take off which is usually in the distance up in a tree, or behind the  
thick cedar trees.....NEVER even giving the hunter a look at its  
magnificent plumage.

I am not a Biologist, maybe Min can answer this, but it is possible  
with the high degree of difficulty in the probability of bagging one  
of these birds may be figured into the bag limits. I don't know of ANY  
grouse hunter (and I know MANY) who is so successful to take a daily  
bag limit on this species....in fact its rare to hear of anyone even  
taking two in one day in a months time! Usually its one or two for the  
season. And to add to this, every grouse hunter I know is satisfied  
with one or two birds for the season......they don't want to shoot a  
limit! I think printed bag limits are quite misleading, and be assured  
that mostly they inflame passions. Just because its written, don't  
assume that it is happening.....there is a great distance between a  
number bag limit and reality. Ruffed Grouse are a very secretive, shy,  
wary and difficult bird to find. They are not willing to hang around  
waiting for someone to find and count them. Just because they are not  
being seen, doesn't mean they aren't there!

Believe me, this species is on the State's radar!

Good Birding,

Keith Mueller
Killingworth, CT





Quoting Carrier Graphics via CTBirds :

> Once again I am disgusted at the State
> of Connecticut's hunting rules and limits on the season for Ruffed
> Grouse. Do they even LOOK at the statistics for the prey species that
> they allow to be taken? !!!
>
> For the year 2014, from October 18 to November 29, the Ruffed Grouse
> open season allows each hunter to bag 8, yes Eight – Ruffed
> Grouse!!!!!  That is 8 Ruffed Grouse that would be taken (BY EACH
> HUNTER)!  that have NO chance of helping to re establish this
> vanishing bird from our State! Case in point...
>
> During this
> Summer's Bird Count here in CT for the year 2014 compiled by  the
> Connecticut Ornithological Association, the number of Ruffed Grouse
> counted was – ONE !!!! Yes ONE GROUSE was counted out of 251
> observers in 146 parties searching for 1,409 HOURS! Do you (or the
> State of CONNECTICUT) think the Ruffed Grouse might possibly be a
> species in TROUBLE? When I asked the State about this, saying “ Can
> the State take the Ruffed Grouse off the hunting list till they come
> back to a healthy and stable population?” Their answer was “ Well
> the hawks take their share as well, why can't we? UN BELIEVABLE!
> Please call, write or e mail the State and make your opinion count to
> try and help bring back this vanishing birds chances to once again
> populate our State in healthy numbers. Hunters should only cull from
> a species with a healthy population. I don't think that's the case
> with Ruffed Grouse here in CT.
>
> ONE (1) RUFFED
> GROUSE counted from 251 PEOPLE SEARCHING FOR 1,409 HOURS! Our State's
> wildlife department should be ashamed of itself !
>
> Paul Carrier -
> Harwinton
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Subject: Re: Our State should be ashamed of itself!!!
From: "David F Provencher \(Generation - 4\) via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:33:51 +0000
Paul, it might be more productive to also push the state to manage habitat for 
Ruffed Grouse. Both Ruffed Grouse and Northern Bobwhite have little of their 
habitat needs met in CT these days. It is worse for Bobwhite, whose needs are 
more complex (and thus the species is no longer a viable breeder in CT despite 
voluminous releases), but Ruffed Grouse habitat needs are fairly complex as 
well, and there isn't much proper habitat in CT now. Without proper productive 
habitat, the population is unlikely to increase even without hunting pressure. 
Not to mention overall biodiversity health in CT getting a boost from habitat 
management for Grouse. 


Now getting the state to manage habitat is not going to be easy due to the 
financial resources needed and the state's lack of political will to make 
environmental issues a high financial priority. We would actually be more 
likely to influence the state in this if we were to do so in combination with 
hunters, who have had some historical success in raising funds and awareness on 
issues such as these within CT and without. 


Dave

Dave Provencher 




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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl "echo flight"?
From: Don Crockett via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:19:07 -0400
There were some Snowy Owls that never left the northern northeast this
year. Most usually return to the Arctic but not all this year. The birds
showing up recently may be some of these birds? Not sure.

This winter would be the when you would expect to see an "echo year" for
Snowies. "Echo years" being the year after a peak irruptive year of Snowies
where the numbers of owls is above average but below the peak numbers of
the previous year.

My theory on this is that since most Snowies in a peak year are hatch-year
birds that some of these owls that survive come back to where they were
successful their 1st winter. If you find something that works, keep doing
it! Young birds still benefit from the easier conditions "down south" in
our neck of the northern hemisphere where the winters aren't as severe, the
food is more plentiful/available, and the competition isn't as experienced.

To see an instance of a satellite tracked "echo year" bird check out my
blog post on one of Norm Smith's MassAudubon satellite-tracked snowies from
a few years back:

Where Did the Snowy Owl Released on the Today Show Go?
http://greatblue.com/blog/201312/20131227a.php

That bird, trapped at Logan Airport, was fitted with a satellite
transmitter during its hatch year, flew back to the Arctic in Nunavut, and
returned straight back to Logan the following fall. That bird "knew"
exactly where it wanted to spend its 2nd winter if you consider its
tracking data.

We're hoping one or more Project SNOWstorm
(http://projectsnowstorm.org) Snowies
return this year and "Call Home" with all their tracking data since
April/May. Fingers crossed that some of the SNOWstorm snowies end up being
"echoes"!

                                       Don

 P.S. I'll be giving a talk about Project SNOWstorm at the Hartford Audubon
meeting on January 13, 2015. http://hartfordaudubon.org/fpw.htm


-- 
Don Crockett
Great Blue Media Works, Owner - http://greatblue.com
Project SNOWstorm, Google Maps Wrangler - http://projectsnowstorm.org
New Britain, CT
doncrockett63 (at) gmail.com
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Subject: Re: Our State should be ashamed of itself!!!
From: Shaun Martin via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:55:09 -0400
There are many more factors contributing to the decline of Grouse aside
from hunting. The State does not randomly assign a harvest number without
sound science looking at the number of birds which can be sustainably
taken. Hunters have a right and a privilege to go for Grouse, and I am sure
once the State decides its time for a bag limit change, they will implement
it. There are far larger variables at play leading to the limited sightings
you are mentioning. I would even go as far as saying no hunting at all
would have minimal impact on sightings overall.

Shaun Martin
On Oct 31, 2014 11:38 AM, "Carrier Graphics via CTBirds" <
ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> Once again I am disgusted at the State
> of Connecticut's hunting rules and limits on the season for Ruffed
> Grouse. Do they even LOOK at the statistics for the prey species that
> they allow to be taken? !!!
>
> For the year 2014, from October 18 to November 29, the Ruffed Grouse
> open season allows each hunter to bag 8, yes Eight – Ruffed
> Grouse!!!!!  That is 8 Ruffed Grouse that would be taken (BY EACH
> HUNTER)!  that have NO chance of helping to re establish this
> vanishing bird from our State! Case in point...
>
> During this
> Summer's Bird Count here in CT for the year 2014 compiled by  the
> Connecticut Ornithological Association, the number of Ruffed Grouse
> counted was – ONE !!!! Yes ONE GROUSE was counted out of 251
> observers in 146 parties searching for 1,409 HOURS! Do you (or the
> State of CONNECTICUT) think the Ruffed Grouse might possibly be a
> species in TROUBLE? When I asked the State about this, saying “ Can
> the State take the Ruffed Grouse off the hunting list till they come
> back to a healthy and stable population?” Their answer was “ Well
> the hawks take their share as well, why can't we? UN BELIEVABLE!
> Please call, write or e mail the State and make your opinion count to
> try and help bring back this vanishing birds chances to once again
> populate our State in healthy numbers. Hunters should only cull from
> a species with a healthy population. I don't think that's the case
> with Ruffed Grouse here in CT.
>
> ONE (1) RUFFED
> GROUSE counted from 251 PEOPLE SEARCHING FOR 1,409 HOURS! Our State's
> wildlife department should be ashamed of itself !
>
> Paul Carrier -
> Harwinton
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Subject: Re: Our State should be ashamed of itself!!!
From: Jim Pfeifer via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:42:04 +0000
Paul, who did you speak to at the State? I know many people at CT DEEP, and I 
could make some inquiries on this subject. 


Jim

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Subject: [CT Birds] Our State should be ashamed of itself!!!

Once again I am disgusted at the State
of Connecticut's hunting rules and limits on the season for Ruffed Grouse. Do 
they even LOOK at the statistics for the prey species that they allow to be 
taken? !!! 


For the year 2014, from October 18 to November 29, the Ruffed Grouse open 
season allows each hunter to bag 8, yes Eight – Ruffed Grouse!!!!! That is 8 
Ruffed Grouse that would be taken (BY EACH HUNTER)! that have NO chance of 
helping to re establish this vanishing bird from our State! Case in point... 


During this
Summer's Bird Count here in CT for the year 2014 compiled by the Connecticut 
Ornithological Association, the number of Ruffed Grouse counted was – ONE 
!!!! Yes ONE GROUSE was counted out of 251 observers in 146 parties searching 
for 1,409 HOURS! Do you (or the State of CONNECTICUT) think the Ruffed Grouse 
might possibly be a species in TROUBLE? When I asked the State about this, 
saying “ Can the State take the Ruffed Grouse off the hunting list till they 
come back to a healthy and stable population?” Their answer was “ Well the 
hawks take their share as well, why can't we? UN BELIEVABLE! 

Please call, write or e mail the State and make your opinion count to try and 
help bring back this vanishing birds chances to once again populate our State 
in healthy numbers. Hunters should only cull from a species with a healthy 
population. I don't think that's the case with Ruffed Grouse here in CT. 


ONE (1) RUFFED
GROUSE counted from 251 PEOPLE SEARCHING FOR 1,409 HOURS! Our State's wildlife 
department should be ashamed of itself ! 


Paul Carrier -
Harwinton
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Subject: Our State should be ashamed of itself!!!
From: Carrier Graphics via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:38:04 -0700
Once again I am disgusted at the State
of Connecticut's hunting rules and limits on the season for Ruffed
Grouse. Do they even LOOK at the statistics for the prey species that
they allow to be taken? !!!

For the year 2014, from October 18 to November 29, the Ruffed Grouse
open season allows each hunter to bag 8, yes Eight – Ruffed 
Grouse!!!!!  That is 8 Ruffed Grouse that would be taken (BY EACH
HUNTER)!  that have NO chance of helping to re establish this
vanishing bird from our State! Case in point...

During this
Summer's Bird Count here in CT for the year 2014 compiled by  the
Connecticut Ornithological Association, the number of Ruffed Grouse
counted was – ONE !!!! Yes ONE GROUSE was counted out of 251
observers in 146 parties searching for 1,409 HOURS! Do you (or the
State of CONNECTICUT) think the Ruffed Grouse might possibly be a
species in TROUBLE? When I asked the State about this, saying “ Can
the State take the Ruffed Grouse off the hunting list till they come
back to a healthy and stable population?” Their answer was “ Well
the hawks take their share as well, why can't we? UN BELIEVABLE!
Please call, write or e mail the State and make your opinion count to
try and help bring back this vanishing birds chances to once again
populate our State in healthy numbers. Hunters should only cull from
a species with a healthy population. I don't think that's the case
with Ruffed Grouse here in CT. 

ONE (1) RUFFED
GROUSE counted from 251 PEOPLE SEARCHING FOR 1,409 HOURS! Our State's
wildlife department should be ashamed of itself !

Paul Carrier -
Harwinton 
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Subject: Milford Pt Red-Eyed Vireo
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:26:34 -0400
From Frank Mantlik
10/31. Milford, Milford Point - a late tail-less RED-EYED VIREO (photos) among 
a good number of passerine migrants this morning. Song and White-throated 
Sparrows are abundant. 


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Subject: hawks moving at Quaker Ridge
From: Ryan MacLean via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:47:13 -0400
6 Red Shoulders and 7 Sharp Shins in the last hour. More eyes would be 
appreciated 


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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl "echo flight"?
From: Kathy Van Der Aue via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:00:58 -0400
Norman Smith has been doing studies on Snowy Owls for years.  He will speak
at the COA Annual Meeting next March 21st on their findings.

Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
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On Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 8:46 AM, Jan Hollerbach via CTBirds <
ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> Do we know if these echo flights might be the snowies that came south last
> year?  Or are they juveniles?  Do we know?  I would guess there might be
> interesting data to be gathered this winter from Scott Wiedensaul's work
> started last year.
>
> Jan a Hollerbach
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Oct 30, 2014, at 3:08 PM, Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <
> ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> >
> > In the winter immediately following a major irruption of Snowy Owls south
> > of their normal wintering range, a smaller "echo flight" sometimes
> occurs,
> > presumably reflecting a continuing combination of an above average owl
> > population and/or food shortage relative to the number of owls around.
> >
> > In just the past few days there have been a couple early reports of newly
> > arrived Snowy Owls to our north (Maine and Vermont, and I believe more
> > north of the border as well). This may be the beginning of such an "echo
> > flight" for the coming fall/winter.
> >
> > Last year the owls did not reach us until mid-late November, but in some
> > years the first birds in CT are even earlier. There are a few very late
> Oct
> > records for CT. We had one migrating through Lighthouse Point on Nov 1,
> > 2008.
> >
> > We'll see what develops this far south, if anything.
> >
> > Nick Bonomo
> > Wallingford, CT
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Subject: Colchester Deck
From: Ernest Harris via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:38:54 -0400
10-31-14 Colchester Deck- 20 species including Brown Creeper, Common Raven; 
yesterday- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Ernie 

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Subject: Waterford Cooper's in a not so subtle place
From: Sailcarm via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:31:41 -0400
Waterford yard: I was wondering why I did not have very many birds at the 
feeders this morn. I was just about to leave for Harkness SP when I glanced out 
my kitchen window to behold a very large Cooper's Hawk sitting on TOP of my 
bird feeder pole. He flew off in a split second so I did not have the chance to 
determine whether it was adult or juv. If an immature hawk, he/she, more likely 
a she from the size, will have to learn to be more subtle. 


The crows are all a stir now.

Carolyn Cimino
Waterford

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Subject: Re: Hammo - Orange- crowned Warbler
From: Russ Smiley via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:08:28 -0400
10/31 8:55am Just saw OCWA near martin house by Swan Pond.
Russ Smiley
Marlborough, CT

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> On Oct 30, 2014, at 12:23 PM, John Oshlick via CTBirds 
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> 
> Hammonassett   Madison - 1 OC WARBLER in brush just south of the start of
> the cedar island trail
> 
> John Oshlick
> Bethany
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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl "echo flight"?
From: Jan Hollerbach via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:46:37 -0400
Do we know if these echo flights might be the snowies that came south last 
year? Or are they juveniles? Do we know? I would guess there might be 
interesting data to be gathered this winter from Scott Wiedensaul's work 
started last year. 


Jan a Hollerbach
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> On Oct 30, 2014, at 3:08 PM, Nick Bonomo via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

> 
> In the winter immediately following a major irruption of Snowy Owls south
> of their normal wintering range, a smaller "echo flight" sometimes occurs,
> presumably reflecting a continuing combination of an above average owl
> population and/or food shortage relative to the number of owls around.
> 
> In just the past few days there have been a couple early reports of newly
> arrived Snowy Owls to our north (Maine and Vermont, and I believe more
> north of the border as well). This may be the beginning of such an "echo
> flight" for the coming fall/winter.
> 
> Last year the owls did not reach us until mid-late November, but in some
> years the first birds in CT are even earlier. There are a few very late Oct
> records for CT. We had one migrating through Lighthouse Point on Nov 1,
> 2008.
> 
> We'll see what develops this far south, if anything.
> 
> Nick Bonomo
> Wallingford, CT
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Subject: Wilton VESPER
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:26:00 -0400
From Frank Mantlik,
10/30. Wilton, Danbury Rd., Allen's Meadows community garden - late afternoon 
visit found 1 VESPER SPARROW and 6 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS on gravel road. 


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Subject: Quaker Ridge 10/30: 292 Raptors inc 104 Red Shoulders
From: Ryan MacLean via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:04:20 -0400
Despite many of the birds being extremely high, we managed to get the second 
highest daily total ever of Red-Shouldered Hawks for Quaker Ridge today. 104 
Shoulders were counted as well as 61 Sharpies, 17 Coopers, 25 Red-Tails and 
even a couple late Ospreys. Tomorrow's conditions also seem promising for a 
decent flight. 


October 30th 2014
Turkey Vulture: 65
Osprey: 2
Bald Eagle: 2
Northern Harrier: 2
Sharp-Shinned Hawk: 61
Cooper's Hawk: 17
Red-Shouldered Hawk: 104
Red-Tailed Hawk: 25
Merlin: 1
Peregrine Falcon: 1
Unidentified: 12
TOtAL: 292

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Subject: Enfield
From: Janis LaPointe via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:17:41 -0400
Today at my feeder in Enfield and wetlands behind the house:
SWAMP SPARROW  (1)
PURPLE FINCHES (2)  male and female
Canada Geese
Downey Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Juncos
White-throated sparrows
Grackles
Janis LaPointe
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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl "echo flight"?
From: Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:13:40 -0700
Well, it's owl season.  But I wasn't thinking of Snowies -- not yet at least. 


Barred Owls should be calling now. And I've had a couple precious chances to 
re-visit my old October Saw-whet haunts. 'Absolutely no luck so far. There's a 
move in October, and apparently another in winter. As for the winter Saw-whet 
residents, Ed Shove used to say they'll stay until about St. Patrick's Day. 



But yesterday, the dog forced me to go out a bit early. It was warm and a bit 
foggy. Right at dawn, in northern Bethany, I was able to walk right up to a 
wonderful Bubo serenade in a mixed conifer grove. Two Great-Horned Owls called 
for 5-8 minutes, as if they were featured in that Peterson's audio tape. I 
enjoyed one of the best morning "starts" of the year. 


Steve Mayo
Bethany



On Thursday, October 30, 2014 3:44 PM, Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds 
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Last week there was a report on Massbird of a Snowy Owl seen on the beach at 
Brace Cove in Gloucester MA. 


Tina Green
Westport 
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Subject: Barkhamsted - Red-necked Grebe
From: John Marshall via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:28:54 -0400
From Dave Rosgen:
10/30/14 - Barkhamsted, Saville Dam -- RED-NECKED GREBE, 5 Long-tailed Duck, 
Red-throated Loon, 9 Common Loon. 


John Marshall
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Subject: Raptor program
From: Amy Hopkins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:08:50 -0400
Come see Horizon Wings at Birdie Bash in East Hartford on Saturday, November 8.

Horizon Wings will be giving a raptor program at 11:00 a.m. and will have a 
bald eagle, peregrine falcon, and owls. It's always a fun program! 


When: Saturday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m.
Where: Veteran's Memorial Clubhouse, E. Hartford
Admission: $5, under 12 years free

Sponsored by The Parrot Club
Information: http://theparrotclub.org/, 
https://www.facebook.com/theparrotclubct 

Directions: http://theparrotclub.org/directions.htm

Amy Hopkins
Guilford

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Subject: Lighthouse Point hawkwartch, 10-30-14 GOLDEN EAGLE
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:49:02 -0400
Interesting day at the Point, starting out slow, a couple  of  frantic 
hours and down to a slow finish. Only 3 people to help with the  count so we 
undoubtedly missed some birds and had an unfortunately high count of unknowns. 

191 birds total.
Highlight of the day was an immature Golden Eagle, showing the  white wing 
panels and  white tail base of a juvie. Also, 23 Bald Eagles and  2 of 
unknown species. Best  day so far for buteos as well, with 27  Red-tails, 14 
Red-shoulders and 1 Broadwing. 40 migrating Turkey Vultures as well and 4 Black 

vultures which showed to the east and were not counted. 
 
 
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Subject: Meriden Iceland Gull
From: "Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:10:49 +0000
I pulled into Hubbard Park on.the way home and there was a very white, 
presumably second cycle Iceland Gull there. Couldn't get a good shot because 
some jerk decided it would be fun to try to scare away all of the birds I was 
trying to get a shot of! Also, a male Ring-necked Pheasant walking along I-691 
near the Whole Foods warehouse this evening. 


Patrick

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Subject: Silver Sands SP and Stratford Marina: Kinglets, Sparrows, Thrashers, Yellowlegs, Peregrine Falcon
From: Sailcarm via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:13:44 -0400

Denise Jernigan and I had the following birds of note today at Silver Sands in 
Milford among our 42 species: 


1 Peregrine Falcon
1 Wilson's Snipe- flyover
2 Brown Thrashers
2 Hermit Thrushes
2 Golden-crowned Kinglets
8 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
12 White-crowned Sparrows (11 juv, 1 adult)

Other sparrow species seen: Song, Swamp, Field, White-throated, Savannah (no 
Vesper) 

Also, 1 Pheasant and 10 Wild Turkeys
Other raptors: 1 Cooper's, 1 RT Hawk, and 1 RS Hawk

At Stratford Marina we had 4 Black-crowned NIght Herons, 1 Yellow-crowned NIght 
Heron, all juv., and at least 80 Greater Yellowlegs 


Carolyn Cimino
Waterford
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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl "echo flight"?
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:44:23 -0400
Last week there was a report on Massbird of a Snowy Owl seen on the beach at 
Brace Cove in Gloucester MA. 


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Subject: Snowy Owl "echo flight"?
From: Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:08:33 -0400
In the winter immediately following a major irruption of Snowy Owls south
of their normal wintering range, a smaller "echo flight" sometimes occurs,
presumably reflecting a continuing combination of an above average owl
population and/or food shortage relative to the number of owls around.

In just the past few days there have been a couple early reports of newly
arrived Snowy Owls to our north (Maine and Vermont, and I believe more
north of the border as well). This may be the beginning of such an "echo
flight" for the coming fall/winter.

Last year the owls did not reach us until mid-late November, but in some
years the first birds in CT are even earlier. There are a few very late Oct
records for CT. We had one migrating through Lighthouse Point on Nov 1,
2008.

We'll see what develops this far south, if anything.

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT
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Subject: Hammo Clay-colored Sparrow +
From: Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:30:11 -0400
This morning I birded part of Hammonasset Beach SP from 8:20am to 11:30am,
mainly in the campground and the scrub near Middle Beach. It was moderately
birdy with sparrows dominating. Highlights included 11 species of sparrow
including a Spizella sweep (CLAY-COLORED, Chipping, Field, and American
Tree). The Clay-colored was at the edge of the campground adjacent to the
Swan Pond. There was a steady movement of diurnal passerine migrants
overhead.

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From Nick Bonomo:
10/30/14 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach SP -- 3 immature LITTLE BLUE HERON
(flyby), 2 WINTER WREN (campground), CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (campground
adjacent to the Swan Pond), NELSON'S SPARROW (West end), 3 WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW, 75 migrating PURPLE FINCH, 200 migrating PINE SISKIN.

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Subject: Hesseky Meadows Rusty Blackbirds
From: "Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:18:28 +0000
Passing this along.
From Russ Naylor:
10/30/14 - Roxbury, Hesseky Meadows Pond on Transylvania Road - 45 RUSTY 
BLACKBIRDS. 

One Fox Sparrow at the Bent of the River and continuing White-crowned Sparrows, 
Pine Siskins and Purple Finches. 


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Subject: Laurel Reservoir
From: Patrick Dugan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:34:31 -0400
10/30 Stamford, Laurel Res. Laurel Rd 1 Red-necked Grebe 1 Red-throated Loon 

10/29 50 Am Coots 10 Bufflelheads 1 Horned Grebe

Patrick Dugan
Stamford 


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Subject: Hammo - Orange- crowned Warbler
From: John Oshlick via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:23:04 -0400
Hammonassett   Madison - 1 OC WARBLER in brush just south of the start of
the cedar island trail

John Oshlick
Bethany
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Subject: Windsor
From: Paul Desjardins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:10:47 -0400
This morning at Northwest Park at least 5 Common Ravens, Winter Wren and 2 f o 
s Fox Sparrows. 


Paul Desjardins
Windsor Locks
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Subject: Sachem's Head
From: fran holloway via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:04:15 -0400
From Fran and Tom Holloway
10/30/14- Guilford, Sachem's Head - 9:00 am; 6 Royal Terns on far  rocks.
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Subject: Re: Piping Plovers
From: fran holloway via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:02:22 -0400
Hi Nick et al.,
 
Yes it seems very late to me, but I had full frontal and profile looks at  
relatively short range (perhaps 30 feet) and there was no trace of even 
light brown on the backs. Also the posture was definitely that of the Piping 

Plovers rather than Semi-palms.  I have seen Pipings on the rocks at Sandy  
Point and Napa Tree among other places, generally not for long periods of 
time.  These birds came and flew from the ledge (extending out into the water) 
within  the space of a couple minutes.  
 
I have no photographic evidence and I am not pressing for any "official"  
recognition.  I will simply let people make up their own minds.
 
Tom
 
 
In a message dated 10/29/2014 5:58:27 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
nbonomo AT gmail.com writes:

Hi Tom,
 
Piping Plovers are quite rare in CT in late October. A count of five  at 
this time of year is exceptional. Also, they generally shun rocks in favor  of 
sand and mudflat. A description of the birds (and how Semipalmated  Plover 
was eliminated) is probably warranted here.
 
Thanks,
Nick
 
 
Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT
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From  Tom Holloway

Sachem's Head - 9:00 am.  5 Piping Plovers on  rocks, then flew  away.  At
least two had belts, but definitely  not Semi-Palms.  No sign  of Royal 
Terns
or any  terns.
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Subject: Orange backyard Purple finches
From: Beverly Propen via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:40:50 -0400
​10/20  Orange.
Last week I had one female PURPLE FINCH. This morning there were
4 FEMALE PURPLE FINCHES at my seed feeder. Welcome to Orange.  One of them
was battling a house sparrow and the finch won.  Also have my White
throated sparrows at the feeders, and Juncos in the front yard , along with
a pair of White breasted Nuthatches, Chickadees, Titmice, Grackles, House
finches, Cardinals, Blue Jays,
12 Mourning Doves, Downy &Red bellied woodpeckers.
Bev Propen, Orange
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Subject: Bunting- no
From: "Danforth, Mark E \(Mark\) via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:25:12 +0000
Stamford, Cove Park: first daylight to 9:00 am. Bunting not seen.
Mark Danforth, Tolland
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Subject: Re: Painted Bunting today?
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Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:19:47 GMT
Has anyone seen the Painted Bunting Today? Thanks,Paula V. - Milford  








 
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Subject: Re: Painted Bunting Video
From: Barbara Garrett via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:13:21 -0400
What are the possible reasons this bird would be so far north, especially this 
late in the year? 


Barbara Garrett
Shelton, CT

From: Mona Cavallero via CTBirds 
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:52 PM
To: David Winston 
Cc: CT BIRDS 
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Painted Bunting Video

thanks so much for sharing this - what a beautiful bird! i'm jealous.... but 
i'm happy for all of you that got a chance to see it - congrats! 

wasnt there a painted bunting at cove park last year around the same time? 
anyone remember that??? 

Mona Cavallero 
West Hartford, CT 

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To: "CT BIRDS"  
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:43:13 PM 
Subject: [CT Birds] Painted Bunting Video 

Hello All: 


Thanks Stephan martin for posting this to our Facebook page. 



Stefan Martin posted a video on Cove Island Wildlife Sanctuary's timeline. 
To see the video, follow the link below: 
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=4561411348378 








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Subject: Enfield
From: Janis LaPointe via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:57:05 -0400
Today only two female Purple Finches at my Enfield Feeder.   Clearly there 
is a turn over of migrants each day.
Janis LaPointe
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Subject: Re: "Fluffy' bird
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:55:31 -0400
After looking over my pictures more closely I believe this bird  may have a 
different and perhaps more serious problem than conjunctivitis. I had  
noticed a dark spot on the throat, but on the assumption it was a juvenile I  
assumed it had something to do with molting. However, in some pictures it  
appears to be an open, and possibly festering wound. I have added some of those 

 pictures to the original album of the bird, and I've lightened them up 
more than  normal to show shadow detail in the throat. 
 
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l3jzp47439ppp5v/AACoMQY2IhFrTt6COSr5C16sa?dl=0
 
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Subject: Re: Painted Bunting Video
From: Mona Cavallero via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:52:40 +0000 (UTC)
thanks so much for sharing this - what a beautiful bird! i'm jealous.... but 
i'm happy for all of you that got a chance to see it - congrats! 

wasnt there a painted bunting at cove park last year around the same time? 
anyone remember that??? 

Mona Cavallero 
West Hartford, CT 

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Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:43:13 PM 
Subject: [CT Birds] Painted Bunting Video 

Hello All: 


Thanks Stephan martin for posting this to our Facebook page. 



Stefan Martin posted a video on Cove Island Wildlife Sanctuary's timeline. 
To see the video, follow the link below: 
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=4561411348378 








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Subject: Painted Bunting Video
From: David Winston via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:43:13 -0400
Hello All:


Thanks Stephan martin for posting this to our Facebook page.



Stefan Martin posted a video on Cove Island Wildlife Sanctuary's timeline.
To see the video, follow the link below:
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=4561411348378








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Subject: Highland lake Winsted
From: Carrier Graphics via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:46:41 -0700
On way to dentist, went by Highland lake Winsted.
Water is very low, and had a single Lesser Yellowlegs on the mud. first for 
here. 

Also - 
10 Coot
2 Lesser Scaup Duck
8 Black duck
hundred plus Mallard - all over the place...
1 Common Loon

Paul Carrier - Harwinton
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Subject: Re: Piping Plovers
From: Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:58:26 -0400
Hi Tom,

Piping Plovers are quite rare in CT in late October. A count of five at
this time of year is exceptional. Also, they generally shun rocks in favor
of sand and mudflat. A description of the birds (and how Semipalmated
Plover was eliminated) is probably warranted here.

Thanks,
Nick


Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT
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On Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 12:47 PM, fran holloway via CTBirds <
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> From Tom Holloway
>
> Sachem's Head - 9:00 am.  5 Piping Plovers on rocks, then flew  away.  At
> least two had belts, but definitely not Semi-Palms.  No sign  of Royal
> Terns
> or any terns.
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Subject: Silver Sands SP
From: Stephen Spector via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:44:37 -0700
From Steve Spector, 10/29/14, Milford Silver Sands SP, sparrow numbers 
diminishing, but still about a dozen White-crowned Sparrows (mainly juv) and a 
Vesper at beginning of sparrow lanes (next to picnic area at main parking lot). 
Interesting feature today: a constant progression of Tree Swallows moving 
south. 

 
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Subject: Re: Where exactly is the Cove for the painted bunting? Thanks
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:41:16 -0700
http://www.stamfordct.gov/city-parks/pages/cove-island-park

Turn right when you get in. The site above has a link to an aerial view in 
Google Maps; zoom in and you can see the tennis courts mentioned in the 
reports. 



Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT


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Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 5:24 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] Where exactly is the Cove for the painted bunting? Thanks

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Subject: Where exactly is the Cove for the painted bunting? Thanks
From: Joan and Jim Clifford via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:24:16 -0400
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Subject: Royal Terns at Guilford
From: Sara Zagorski via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:58:59 -0700
10/29 - Sachem's Head, Guilford

Sol Satin contacted me to report that he did see 3 Royal Terns on the rocks 
this afternoon, along with 1 Forster's Tern. Sol said he would keep us posted 
on the terns status there. 


Sara Zagorski
Wethersfield
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Subject: Smithsonian art exhibit on birds (OT)
From: Beverly Propen via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:02:47 -0400
My daughter​ sent me this link to an exhibit at the Smithsonian which is
strictly on birds.  Thought some of you might find it interesting.

Birds in Contemporary Art:
http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/archive/2014/birds/
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Subject: CACC
From: Beverly Propen via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:51:25 -0400
​10/29  Milford, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center  10am-1PM, sunny &
overcast at times, 65F, low tide rising.
As the tide was coming in, a small "riverlet" occurs which usually
provides  the birds with a nice feeding frenzy.  Ring Billed, & herring
gulls along with 8 Yellowlegs( 3 Greater & 5 Lesser) were scooping into the
water with their bills and devouring whatever was there.
Also on the marsh: 1 juvenile Yellow crowned night heron,, a pair of
Mallards, 8 Black Ducks, 5 Great egrets, 4 Mute swans, 3 D.C. cormorants,
and 5 Brant showed up later in the morning.
On the grounds: 2 Mockingbirds, Cardinals, Chickadees, Yellow rumped
warblers, Ruby Crowned Kinglets and golden crowned kinglets,  Carolina wren.
Bev Propen, orange
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Subject: Cove Bunting:
From: David Winston via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:33:24 -0400
hi:

Just left the bunting site at Cove 1PM.
No sighting since 7ish this morning.
Exactly the same spot as yesterday.
just park at the tennis courts. No fee to get in the park.


Dave Winston

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Subject: Painted Bunting question
From: "Danforth, Mark E \(Mark\) via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:58:09 +0000
Please post any sightings for today. Thinking about heading down this 
afternoon. Two hour drive for me. 

Thanks, Mark Danforth
Tolland

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Subject: Piping Plovers
From: fran holloway via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:47:07 -0400
From Tom Holloway
 
Sachem's Head - 9:00 am.  5 Piping Plovers on rocks, then flew  away.  At 
least two had belts, but definitely not Semi-Palms.  No sign  of Royal Terns 
or any terns.
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Subject: Next meeting to present CT DEEP's Wildlife Action Plan is tonight, Wednesday @ 7:00pm in Glastonbury
From: Don Crockett via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:31:17 -0400
*October 29* (Wednesday), 7:00 PM at the Glastonbury Audubon Center,
Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury

http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2723&q=329520&deepNav_GID=1719#Meetings

-- 
Don Crockett
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Subject: Re: "Fluffy" baby bird at feeders
From: Carole Donagher via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:20:35 -0700
If the bird can be caught, it should be taken to a wildlife rehabilitator 
licensed to care for migratory birds for treatment...conjunctivitis can be 
treated. Only problem is the birds are really hard to catch until they get very 
visually impaired. Please respond via email if you need help finding a 
rehabilitator and I'll try to assist. 


Carole Donagher
Farmington



On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 11:44 AM, Kathy Van Der Aue via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

 


It looks to me as if it is a House Finch with the beginnings of the
bacterial eye disease that was so prevalent a few years ago, as the eye
appears slightly closed and swollen.  I remember some of those birds
fluffed up on the feeder.  I hope I'm wrong.


Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
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On Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 10:34 AM, Don Morgan via CTBirds <
ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> I have a bird coming to my feeders that looks like a very young  juvenile.
> It appears to be a House Finch, based on heavy striping on body, head
> shape
> and color, vague eye ring etc. I don't think it could be more than a
> couple of weeks out of the nest. Compared to the other feeder birds it's
> quite
> tame. Some kind of record for late nesting?
>
> https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l3jzp47439ppp5v/AACoMQY2IhFrTt6COSr5C16sa?dl=0
>
> Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct
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Subject: Brown Creepers
From: Kathy Van Der Aue via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:52:20 -0400
Brown Creepers are on the move.  We banded four of the little dears this
morning.

Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
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Subject: Re: "Fluffy" baby bird at feeders
From: Kathy Van Der Aue via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:43:29 -0400
It looks to me as if it is a House Finch with the beginnings of the
bacterial eye disease that was so prevalent a few years ago, as the eye
appears slightly closed and swollen.  I remember some of those birds
fluffed up on the feeder.  I hope I'm wrong.


Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
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On Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 10:34 AM, Don Morgan via CTBirds <
ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> I have a bird coming to my feeders that looks like a very young  juvenile.
> It appears to be a House Finch, based on heavy striping on body, head
> shape
> and color, vague eye ring etc. I don't think it could be more than a
> couple of weeks out of the nest. Compared to the other feeder birds it's
> quite
> tame. Some kind of record for late nesting?
>
> https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l3jzp47439ppp5v/AACoMQY2IhFrTt6COSr5C16sa?dl=0
>
> Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct
> mntncougar AT aol.com
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Subject: "Fluffy" baby bird at feeders
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:34:37 -0400
I have a bird coming to my feeders that looks like a very young  juvenile. 
It appears to be a House Finch, based on heavy striping on body, head  shape 
and color, vague eye ring etc. I don't think it could be more than a  
couple of weeks out of the nest. Compared to the other feeder birds it's quite 

tame. Some kind of record for late nesting?
 
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l3jzp47439ppp5v/AACoMQY2IhFrTt6COSr5C16sa?dl=0
 
Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct  
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Subject: American Tree Sparrow
From: gary v via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:30:46 -0400
Bafflin Sanctuary at Pomfret Center
                                                               Another good
showing of Sparrows this morning with first of the season American Tree
Sparrow in along with the numerous Swamp and Savannah Sparrows.  Also seen
were 2 Fox Sparrows and 6 Rusty Blackbirds

 gary valade

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Subject: Sherwood Island, Baltimore Oriole
From: Tom Murray via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:26:33 -0400
Seen just east of Nature Center at 9:50. Lots of Yellow Rumps, House Finch.
Tree Swallows moving. Tom Murray Stratford
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Subject: 2 American Bitterns
From: Jim via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:15:40 -0400
Hammonasset, Meig's Pt. Flew across marsh east of nature center parking lot to 
marsh area by rocky beach. 


Jim Carr
Madison, CT

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Subject: PAINTED BUNTING-Yes
From: Stefan Martin via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:17:07 -0400
MALE PAINTED BUNTING 7:13- Yes! Vocalizing single chip note. Same branch as 
yesterday. With Patrick Dugan 


Stefan Martin

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Subject: Kinglets, Bruce Park pond, central Greenwich
From: Lynnette via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:27:01 -0400
Today around 2:30 I was able to take good photos of several kinglets working 
the fruit trees on the southern end of the pond near the tall cattails. First 
time seeing them in that location. 


Lynnette C - OG, CT


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Subject: Willington Purple Finches +
From: Joseph Cala via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:31:46 -0400
After moving to Willington at the end of August and getting feeders set up,
I've had 20+ purple finches mobbing my sunflower feeders for the past week
or so and had about a dozen Pine Siskins flyover about a week ago.

Purple finches have been mostly 'female type' with up to 5 males mixed in.

Picture of the mobbing from Monday:
http://josephcala.zenfolio.com/img/s12/v179/p72677112-4.jpg
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Subject: Connecticut Christmas Bird Count Record for Eastern Kingbird
From: Linda & Steve Broker via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:22:41 -0400
The New Haven Christmas Bird Count held on December 15, 1973 reported an 
Eastern Kingbird. American Birds, Volume 28, Number 2 (April 1974) provides the 
following information: "E. Kingbird 1 (unmistakable - FK et al.)". FK is Fred 
King. Richard Bernard was the New Haven CBC compiler at that time. 


Regional Editor Davis Finch wrote in his summary of the New England count, "A 
few brief reminders to compilers, in addition to those of last year: in 
documenting a rarity, describe it, or better still, get a written description 
from the observer(s) for inclusion among details accompanying the count. 
Observers' names are important. Compilers, it is hoped, are also historians of 
their counts: comparisons of CBC records with those of the past are often 
illuminating and always welcome." Davis did not include Eastern Kingbird at New 
Haven among his "ten favorite records this year, chosen both for rarity and 
absolute reliability". 


The editors of the Seventy-Fourth Christmas Bird Count, Lois Heilbrun and Bob 
Arbib, wrote in their summary of the entire count, "A fair number of counts 
lost species to the regional editor's blue pencils, primarily for lack of 
supporting details. For many rarities, it is simply not enough to give the 
observers' names and the note "well seen." Distinguishing field marks, 
distance, duration, light conditions, and all other clinching information are 
required. . . For other comments on this problem, see the regional editors' 
summaries that follow." 


I'll continue to look for additional information on the New Haven report of 
Eastern Kingbird on the 1973-74 CBC, but it should be noted that Davis did not 
use a blue pencil on Fred King's species submission. Perhaps Davis, Dick 
Bernard, or others who participated in this count have further recollections. I 
believe this is the only Connecticut CBC report of an Eastern Kingbird in the 
entire history of the count. 


Steve Broker
Cheshire

  
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Subject: Fairfield, East Haven
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:42:49 -0700
Passing these along.


 From Aidan Kiley
10/26/14 - Fairfield - yard-- 1 Brown Creeper, 1 Black Vulture flying very 
close. 



 From Ralph Amodei
10/28/14 - Ralph Amodei - East Haven yard bird-one imm White Crowned Sparrow. 
Another first yard bird between 4-45pm this evening with  AT 20-25 Juncocs. Also 2 
Chippy Sparrows. 



Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

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