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Puna Hawk,©Dan Lane

2 Mar Please consider voting for Conte! ["Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" ]
2 Mar Tufted Duck and Hoary Redpoll [Sara Zagorski via CTBirds ]
2 Mar Preliminary Look at the 2014-2015 Connecticut Christmas Bird Count [Stephen Broker via CTBirds ]
2 Mar Hoary Redpoll /Tufted Duck update [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
1 Mar HOARY REDPOLL photos [Alex Burdo via CTBirds ]
1 Mar Hamden: Siskin & Rusty [Arthur Shippee via CTBirds ]
1 Mar Fw: Old Saybrook Yard - 23 species today [James Sherwonit via CTBirds ]
1 Mar Siskins come to Chester [Lisa Wahle via CTBirds ]
01 Mar Colchester Deck [Ernest Harris via CTBirds ]
1 Mar Madison area coast [Nick Bonomo via CTBirds ]
1 Mar Stamford-Barrow's and RN Grebe [Stefan Martin via CTBirds ]
1 Mar Tufted duck, yes now [Frank Gallo via CTBirds ]
1 Mar Newington Black Vulture [Robert Jase via CTBirds ]
1 Mar Newington Black Vulture [Robert Jase via CTBirds ]
1 Mar Invasion of the Red-necked Grebes [Jay Kaplan via CTBirds ]
1 Mar Madison Barrow's Goldeneye [Nick Bonomo via CTBirds ]
1 Mar Black Vulture [NEaton via CTBirds ]
01 Mar Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz: Opening Day [Scott Kruitbosch via CTBirds ]
1 Mar Hoary yes [Frank Gallo via CTBirds ]
1 Mar Sandy Point, West Haven [Colleen Lord via CTBirds ]
1 Mar Red-shoulder vs Sharpie [Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds ]
1 Mar Goldfinch & Siskin swarm [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
1 Mar NO Redpolls at Pine Creek [Jory Teltser via CTBirds ]
1 Mar Possible Bohemians [Carrier Graphics via CTBirds ]
1 Mar Hammonassett birds [Andrew Block via CTBirds ]
1 Mar Gyrfalcon correction ["Danforth, Mark E \(Mark\) via CTBirds" ]
28 Feb Hartford [Paul Desjardins via CTBirds ]
28 Feb HOARY REDPOLL, No and Yes! [Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds ]
28 Feb Hammonasett [Marion Irizarry via CTBirds ]
28 Feb HOARY REDPOLL YES and NO [Alex Burdo via CTBirds ]
28 Feb BLACK SCOTER, Snowy Owl at Straford Point [Paul Smith via CTBirds ]
28 Feb Gyrfalcon Wallkill NY Yes! ["Danforth, Mark E \(Mark\) via CTBirds" ]
28 Feb Wanna see a pretty birdie? [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
28 Feb HOARY REDPOLL(S), Fairfield [Alex Burdo via CTBirds ]
28 Feb "its a hard world for little things" [VALERY MELNIKOW via CTBirds ]
28 Feb sign of spring [Ricki Soucy via CTBirds ]
27 Feb Hudson 4 last time this season [Kevin Doyle via CTBirds ]
27 Feb Quinebaug Fish Hatchery / Sterling yard [Robert Dixon via CTBirds ]
27 Feb Eurasian Wigeon Stratford Birdseye [Russ Smiley via CTBirds ]
27 Feb Middletown Brown Creepers [Dana Campbell via CTBirds ]
27 Feb It must be spring [Joan Hill via CTBirds ]
27 Feb Unbelievable yet true [Mark Szantyr via CTBirds ]
27 Feb Re: Bridgeport Tufted Duck -NO [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
27 Feb Bald Eagle in Simsbury [Eric Lichtenberger via CTBirds ]
27 Feb Re: Milford:Brown Thrasher Correction [Mike Warner via CTBirds ]
27 Feb Bridgeport Tufted Duck -NO [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
27 Feb More Hamden siskiins [Florence McBride via CTBirds ]
27 Feb 3. Golden Eagles [Tom Owsiany via CTBirds ]
27 Feb COA t-shirt info-shipping NO [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
27 Feb Caching Food [Linda & Steve Broker via CTBirds ]
27 Feb Milford:Brown Thrasher [Mike Warner via CTBirds ]
27 Feb Cached prey question (Opposable Chums) [Daphne Parker via CTBirds ]
27 Feb Tufted Duck NO [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
27 Feb A note about Captains Cove [Madeline Dennis via CTBirds ]
27 Feb Captain's Cove ducks, Bridgeport [Andrew Block via CTBirds ]
26 Feb Hamden: RUBL & Siskin & C.Wren [Arthur Shippee via CTBirds ]
26 Feb Westport Siskins and Redpoll [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
26 Feb The Warbler Guide Authors/Meetings [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
26 Feb COA T-shirts Now Available! [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
26 Feb Hartford [Paul Desjardins via CTBirds ]
26 Feb Re: Hawks - Cached Prey Items? [Scott Henckel via CTBirds ]
26 Feb Red-necked Grebe Birdseye; Brown Thrashers, SSSP [Stephen Spector via CTBirds ]
26 Feb Hawks - Cached Prey Items? [Clark Moseley via CTBirds ]
26 Feb Greenwich Rough-legged Hawk [Sean Murtha via CTBirds ]
26 Feb Cached prey question [Opposable Chums via CTBirds ]
26 Feb Charter Oak Landing, Hartford [Paul Cianfaglione via CTBirds ]
26 Feb Shattered record Goldfinches [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
25 Feb Stratford Highlights [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
25 Feb Eagles on Hudson [Kevin Doyle via CTBirds ]
25 Feb Tufted Duck update [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
26 Feb road kill [Larry Flynn via CTBirds ]
26 Feb Re: Boston Hollow, Ashford, Ct - Ravens ["Batsford, William via CTBirds" ]
25 Feb Boston Hollow, Ashford, Ct - Ravens [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
25 Feb Hamden: Brown Creeper & RUBL, North Lake Dr., Feb 25, 2015 [Arthur Shippee via CTBirds ]
25 Feb New Haven Bird Club March Activities [Larry Bausher via CTBirds ]
25 Feb Project Snowstorm Indiegogo [Ted Culotta via CTBirds ]

Subject: Please consider voting for Conte!
From: "Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 23:26:34 +0000
USA Today currently has a poll to pick the 10 best National Wildlife Refuges in 
the country. The Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge is on the 
list, please consider voting for Conte: 


http://www.10best.com/.../trav.../best-national-wildlife-refuge/?



Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation

Audubon Connecticut
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488

Phone: (203)264-5098 x308

Fax: (203)264-6332

pcomins AT audubon.org
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Friends of Conte is on Facebook: 
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Subject: Tufted Duck and Hoary Redpoll
From: Sara Zagorski via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:02:55 -0500
3/2 - Bridgeport, Captain's Cove

Female Tufted Duck continues, seen with Greg Hanisek at 4:45 PM.

Pine Creek, Fairfield

Emily Rottino spotted the Hoary Redpoll close to where Alex first saw it. Danny 
Rottino built a snow sculpture on the trail to indicate the area. Trudy Rottino 
also there, seen around 3 PM. 


Glad both birds waited until I came back from California.

Sara Zagorski
Wethersfield




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Subject: Preliminary Look at the 2014-2015 Connecticut Christmas Bird Count
From: Stephen Broker via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 13:52:03 -0500
From Steve Broker (Cheshire):

With 16 Connecticut count circles reporting, here’s a preliminary look at the 
statewide results of the 2014-2015 Connecticut Christmas Bird Count. In this 
brief analysis, the current results are compared with the previous 29 years of 
data to determine new 30-year high and 30-year low totals for species observed, 
as well as rarities and species new to the 30-year statewide count. Full 
results of the CT CBC will be published in The Connecticut Warbler. 


 

Seven CBCs were held on Sunday, December 14 at the start of the CBC period. Six 
more counts followed on the weekend of December 20-21, with another one toward 
the end of the month. Four counts were conducted between January 1 and 4. 
Weather conditions were generally benign, with nearly every count conducted 
under cloudy skies A.M. and P.M.. Pawling/Hidden Valley (1/1) was the exception 
with clear but cool conditions. Woodbury-Roxbury (12/20), Barkhamsted (12/21), 
and New London (1/3) had light afternoon snow, while Edwin Way Teale, Trail 
Wood (1/4) and Old Lyme-Saybrook (1/4) experienced light rain through the day. 
Winter closed in following completion of the count window, with a series of 
January snowstorms and a February best wiped from memory. 


 

There were equal numbers of species with 30-year high and 30-year low totals. 
Record highs occurred for Northern Pintail (through the roof!) and Lesser Scaup 
(equally so), while Snow Goose (just 3), Mute Swan, American Black Duck, and 
Canvasback (1 at Startford-Milford!) were at record lows. Some 150 Bald Eagles 
statewide easily set a record high. Take that, Ben Franklin! Nearly 200 
Red-shouldered Hawks trounced the previous statewide high. Merlin broke all 
previous records for high numbers (31) and was parroted by Peregrine Falcons 
(26). (Sorry, still trying to deal with recent taxonomic revisions.) Pawling 
had the only count day Northern Goshawk, while Litchfield Hills observed one 
count week. Five to ten goshawks statewide would be a happier number. 


 

Among shorebirds, Killdeer, Ruddy Turnstone, and Wilson’s Snipe were in 
record low numbers. The same was true of Bonaparte’s Gull, Herring Gull, and 
Great Black-backed Gull. Folks use all sorts of waste materials to create 
artificial reefs. Can’t we bring back the landfills in Connecticut? Above 
all, this was the year of the woodpecker, with Red-bellied, Downy, and Hairy at 
record high totals and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Pileated Woodpecker close 
to new highs. Sam & Dave and Otis Redding & Carla Thomas would be ecstatic. 


 

KRONK! Here come the raven lunatics! At latest count, 191 Common Ravens were 
reported, 51 of these smarties at Lakeville-Sharon. White-breasted Nuthatch set 
another early winter record high. It was morning in Connecticut for Vesper 
Sparrows with 10 reported. In contrast, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Brown-headed 
Cowbirds set new low totals. Most flocking birds are highly variable in their 
early winter numbers, and Cedar Waxwings and Red-winged Blackbirds were in low 
supply this time around. Rusty Blackbirds were pretty well represented (102), 
and Common Grackles defy all generalizations. 


 

It’s apparently tough to be an exotic these days in the Constitution State, 
with Mute Swans, Ring-necked Pheasants, Rock Pigeons, Monk Parakeets, and House 
Finches all seemingly on the decline. Can’t we be more welcoming? House 
Sparrows were in average supply, and if one throws Mallards into this group, 
they too were in average numbers. 


 

At last count, 750 field observers and feeder watchers recorded a total of 164 
count day species. That’s about par for the avian course. 

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Subject: Hoary Redpoll /Tufted Duck update
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:25:35 -0500
No sign of the Tufted Duck yet today. There are very few ducks at Captain's 
Cove right now. Check later today. 


Charlie Plimpton had the Hoary Redpoll about 9:15 in Fairfield at Pine Creek 
-Ditch Trail near "the chairs" area. 


Tina Green
Westport
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Subject: HOARY REDPOLL photos
From: Alex Burdo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:05:00 -0500
I posted some photos of the HOARY REDPOLL Aidan Kiley and I found yesterday
on my blog:
https://floridascrubjay.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/228-hoary-redpoll-fairfield/

These photos show the confirmed Hoary, as well as birds that raise some
eyebrows. Comments on this post would be very much appreciated.

Alex Burdo
Fairfield
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Subject: Hamden: Siskin & Rusty
From: Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 16:06:35 -0500
From Arthur Shippee:
03/01/15 - Hamden, North Lake Dr. -- 6 Pine Siskins, 2 Rusty Blackbirds


A hight for Siskins counted (but could be the same group); seemingly the same 
RUBL couple around for a while now. Haven't seen the injured Chipping Sparrow. 


Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - 72 North Lake Dr., Mar 1, 2015
> Date: March 1, 2015 at 12:44:38 PM EST
> To: ashippee AT snet.net
> 
> 72 North Lake Dr., New Haven, US-CT
> Mar 1, 2015 12:30 PM - 12:40 PM
> Protocol: Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz
> 0.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Behind our condos, bordering Water Co. property: Habitat: mixed 
deciduous & fresh water marsh & (now frozen) Lake Whitney. Same location as 
reports last year, when we had considerably more than we've had this winter; 
however, we had never had them before at all (maybe 1 or 2 birds in 2013). 
Behavior: feeding, nervously as always. 

> 12 species
> 
> Mourning Dove  5
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Hairy Woodpecker  1
> Blue Jay  2
> Black-capped Chickadee  2     or more
> Tufted Titmouse  2
> White-throated Sparrow  4
> Northern Cardinal  2
> Rusty Blackbird  2     Looks like same pair reported several times recently.
> Pine Siskin  6
> American Goldfinch  13
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22123876 

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

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Subject: Fw: Old Saybrook Yard - 23 species today
From: James Sherwonit via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:37:52 +0000 (UTC)
Very busy day at the feeders today.Below is ebird report.
Jim SherwonitOld Saybrook
     
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  15
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  5
Common Raven  2    not in yard but along highway in Madison
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  1
European Starling  6
American Tree Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  4
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  6
Dark-eyed Junco  15
Northern Cardinal  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  24
House Finch  7
Pine Siskin  3
American Goldfinch  35
House Sparrow  6

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


  
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Subject: Siskins come to Chester
From: Lisa Wahle via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 15:26:43 -0500
Several pine siskins at thistle feeder with goldfinch and juncos.  FOY in yard.

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Subject: Colchester Deck
From: Ernest Harris via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:12:46 -0500
3/1/15- Colchester Deck- 50+ Goldfinches; Yellow-bellied Sapsucker persists; as 
well Pine Siskins and Carolina Wren (pr). Yesterday- Brown Creeper. Ernie 

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Subject: Madison area coast
From: Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 13:38:57 -0500
I birded from about 9:15am until 1pm along the Madison coast. Highlights:

Madison, Hammonasset Beach SP:
28 Common Loon (good count)
4 Ruddy Turnstone (Meigs Pt)
2 Purple Sandpiper (Meigs Pt jetty)
1 Fox Sparrow (cedars near nature center)

Madison, East Wharf:
1 Black Scoter (female)
1 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE (male)

Madison/Guilford, East River Marsh:
1 Rough-legged Hawk
2 Snow Bunting


Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT
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Subject: Stamford-Barrow's and RN Grebe
From: Stefan Martin via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 12:44:52 -0500
Shippan Point- 1 female Barrow's Goldeneye continues. 

Czecik Marina- Good assortment of waterfowl with an unexpected Red-necked Grebe 
in the mix. 


Stefan Martin
Stamford

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Subject: Tufted duck, yes now
From: Frank Gallo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 12:24:47 -0500
Showing nicely just off the docks on far shore

Frank Gallo
Milford 

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Subject: Newington Black Vulture
From: Robert Jase via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:28:42 -0500
Finally got a great clear view of a Black Vulture yesterday - probably seen 
hundreds among the Turkey Vultures but never had a good enough look to ID one 
before. Nice to be a passenger instead of the driver. 

 
Robert Jase
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Subject: Newington Black Vulture
From: Robert Jase via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:27:37 -0500
Finally got a great clear view of a Black Vulture yesterday - probably seen 
hundreds among the Turkey Vultures but never had a good enough look to ID one 
before. Nice to be a passenger instead of the driver. 

 
Robert Jase
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Subject: Invasion of the Red-necked Grebes
From: Jay Kaplan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:22:27 -0500
Red-necked Grebe is not a bird one expects here in nw CT, other than during 
migration on some of our larger lakes and reservoirs. In my many years as 
director of Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton, we have had exactly one 
red-necked grebe brought to us. This occurred in 1979, when an individual was 
frozen into the Farmington River in New Hartford during a sudden freeze. The 
bird was uninjured and was released into another section of the River where 
there was ample open water. Imagine my surprise on 28 February, yesterday, when 
within a 30 minute span, two red-necked grebes were brought into the Nature 
Center. The first was found along a roadside in Burlington not far from Nepaug 
Reservoir. The bird was in full adult plumage and appeared to be in good 
health. The second bird was found, inexplicably, in a Torrington backyard. This 
bird, in typical winter garb, was also uninjured. Both birds had no apparent 
injuries, they were not thin, and were active even calling loudly when handled. 
When put together in a large carrier, the birds viciously attacked one another 
and had to be immediately separated. Both birds had a nice swim in my bath tub 
and were fed bait fish which they readily ate. The bird in breeding plumage 
even showed its disdain by flaring out its head feathers a behavior I would not 
have expected in late February. The plan is to meet Greg Hanisek later this 
afternoon at an undisclosed location along the Connecticut coast and to release 
these birds into Long Island Sound. Will there be more grebe reports with most 
water frozen? Bet most Connecitcut birders do not have this species on their 
yard lists! 


Jay Kaplan
Canton
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Subject: Madison Barrow's Goldeneye
From: Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:20:57 -0500
There is currently a male Barrow's Goldeneye among a flock of 70 Common 
Goldeneye at East Wharf in Madison (end of East Wharf Rd). It is aggressively 
courting a female Common. 


Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT

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Subject: Black Vulture
From: NEaton via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 08:07:03 -0800
2/28/15 Merritt Parkway (south of Norwalk): A Black Vulture flew in to perch 
just above my moving car yesterday mid-morning. White terminal undersides of 
wings very noticeable. 


Nancy Eaton
Enfield, CT
   

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Subject: Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz: Opening Day
From: Scott Kruitbosch via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 10:50:14 -0500
Welcome to International Opening Day of the Rusty Blackbird Spring 
Migration Blitz!  The Blitz challenges birders to seek Rusty Blackbirds 
throughout this species’ entire migratory range, from the southeastern 
U.S. through the Northeast, Midwest, Canada, and Alaska. It’s easy to 
participate - bird as you normally do and search especially carefully 
for Rusty Blackbirds - then report your results to eBird under the 
“Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz” survey type, even if you don’t 
find a Rusty.  Or, visit one of our Rusty Blackbird Areas of Interest 
(visit our interactive map at 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/2015-areas-of-interest/) 
to help us assess consistency of migratory timing and habitat use during 
spring migration.

Of course, the farther north you are, the later in the spring Rusties 
are likely to move through your area.  To give you a sense of when 
Rusties are most likely to migrate through Connecticut, we’ve posted a 
list of suggested target dates for each region: 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/states-and-dates/ .  
However, migratory timing can vary annually based on weather and 
climate, so any Rusty reports during the Blitz period of 1 March through 
15 June will help our effort!

For more information on Blitz objectives, along with Rusty Blackbird 
identification tips, data collection instructions, and data reporting 
information, you can find additional resources at 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/.

We hope you’ll “get Rusty” with us to help conserve this elusive and 
vulnerable songbird! Also, follow us on Facebook to hear about Rusty 
sightings, see Rusty pictures, and get the latest Blitz news: 
https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz

Thanks!
Scott

-- 
Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator
Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
311 Curtis Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
716-665-2473 x224
skruitbosch AT rtpi.org
rtpi.org 
Celebrating Wild America 2015
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Subject: Hoary yes
From: Frank Gallo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:21:30 -0500
Someone just reported seeing the hoary in a flock of 13 redpolls south of were 
it was seen yesterday. Flock flew west. Haven't relocated yet. 


Frank Gallo
Milford

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Subject: Sandy Point, West Haven
From: Colleen Lord via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:11:56 -0500
350+ Common Goldeneye with lots of wonderful courtship displays spread out 
between 300-500 feet from shore, Sandy Point down to Stowe's. At least 5 
gorgeous Long-Tailed interspersed. Rarely see this many at this particular 
location. 


Colleen Lord
Milford CT

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Subject: Red-shoulder vs Sharpie
From: Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:11:10 -0500
from Angela Dimmitt
3/1 New Milford yard - 10 AM - "my" red-shouldered hawk chased a sharp-shinned 
hawk until it dropped the small bird it was carrying. He caught and made off 
with it. Clever but not nice. 

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Subject: Goldfinch & Siskin swarm
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:08:18 -0500
From Frank & Linda Mantlik
3/1. Stratford, private yard & feeders- hungry flock of 114 American 
Goldfinches and 15 PINE SISKINS swarming feeders again this morning beginning 
at sunrise. Also Northern Flicker. 


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Subject: NO Redpolls at Pine Creek
From: Jory Teltser via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:57:11 -0500
As of 9:50

With Tina Green and many others



-- 
Jory Teltser
Westport
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Subject: Possible Bohemians
From: Carrier Graphics via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:52:14 -0800
While outside this morning filling feeders, I saw a low flock of 20 Cedar 
Waxwing fly over heading due South. They were silhouetted dark against the 
overcast sky but 2 birds within were Bigger! So keep a lookout for any flock of 

Waxwing you see south of Harwinton and see if their are 2 Bohemians within. I'm 
pretty sure that's what they were. 

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Subject: Hammonassett birds
From: Andrew Block via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:56:37 +0000 (UTC)
Went to Hammonassett S.P. today and saw a flock of Common Redpolls in the 
campground, the resident Merlin there as well, several Horned Larks in the 
nature center parking lot, and an American Tree Sparrow by the feeders at the 
nature center. 

Andrew Andrew v. F. Block
Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife Biologist
20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3
Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629
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Subject: Gyrfalcon correction
From: "Danforth, Mark E \(Mark\) via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:25:46 +0000
The bird was actually see in Gardiner NY, not Wallkill (my bad). Google Maps 
"Gardiner NY" look for Farmer's Turnpike, where the Turnpike runs close along 
the river is where the Gyr was seen today. Ducks and Geese in the river. 


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Subject: Hartford
From: Paul Desjardins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:18:02 -0500
This afternoon at Charter Oak Landing the 2 Great Cormorants continue. Seen 
with Mona Cavallero. 


Paul Desjardins
Windsor Locks
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Subject: HOARY REDPOLL, No and Yes!
From: Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:05:37 -0500
2/28/15, Fairfield, Pine Creek area.  To pick up where Alex left off: we
arrived at 1:45 pm to hear that the Hoary and Common Redpolls had just left
the birches where they had been feeding.  We spent the next hour checking
the birches all around the area, but found no redpolls. We decided to return
to the birches where they had been seen and wait for them.  We got there
about 2:45 pm.  About 10 minutes later, the flock flew into the trees and
stayed for about 20 minutes, giving us great looks at the Hoary and the 11
Common Redpolls that were with it.  The bird looks good for Hoary, with
unstreaked undertail coverts, a smaller bill, limited pink on the chest,
limited streaking on the sides, a frostier look overall and a fluffier look,
too.  At around 3:15 pm, the birds flew off to the south and out of sight.
There are still catkins on the trees, so I suspect they'll be back.

 

Thanks to Alex and Aiden for finding the birds and reporting them so
promptly.

 

Chris Loscalzo and Marianne Vahey, 

Woodbridge

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Subject: Hammonasett
From: Marion Irizarry via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:45:46 -0500
male and female Greater Scaup at Meig's Point on a very cold afternoon. 

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Subject: HOARY REDPOLL YES and NO
From: Alex Burdo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:10:25 -0500
After posting, Aidan Kiley and I promptly returned to Pine Creek, where we 
found the redpoll flock in the same location mentioned before. 


The bird remained in the same couple of birches, although numbers of Common 
Redpolls began to slowly trickle off. By 1:45, the HOARY flew off, accompanied 
by four Common Redpolls (we originally began with 12-15). Before that time, 
however, Brendan and Sean Murtha, Russ Smiley, Dan Rottino, Charlie Barnard, 
and a man from Trumbull (didn't catch his name) were able to see the bird. 
Hundreds of photos have been obtained of this individual, displaying all of the 
crucial Hoary field marks, although it is questionable whether we got a photo 
of the unstreaked rump, or a decent shot of the upperparts. 


The redpoll flock flew off to the SW, towards the larger portion of the Old Dam 
Road Open Space area, where I had Common Redpoll in January 2011. This area can 
be accessed by heading all of the way down Old Dam Road, until you get to the 
bird feeders. Just before the feeders, there is a trail heading diagonally into 
the phragmites. Follow that, walk through a couple of groves of birches (which 
should be checked), cross two bridges, and you'll come to the main area. Take 
the loop, and check those birches as well. 


I'll try to post some photos tomorrow.

Alex Burdo
Fairfield

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Subject: BLACK SCOTER, Snowy Owl at Straford Point
From: Paul Smith via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:40:55 +0000 (UTC)
At Stratford Point mid-dayFemale BLACK SCOTER close to point, male SURF SCOTER 
a bit farther out, SNOWY OWL to the north of the point 

Paul Smith
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Subject: Gyrfalcon Wallkill NY Yes!
From: "Danforth, Mark E \(Mark\) via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:57:41 +0000
Farmer's Turnpike near bridge open water. 
Mark Danforth
Tolland

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Subject: Wanna see a pretty birdie?
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:31:18 -0500
Pictures of a dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk. I assume the bird  is immature 
because it does not have a black band on the tip of the tail,  which would 
be normal. Instead only a light shadow.  It  strikes me that it makes the 
bird look like a dark morph Ferruginous Hawk. But the black and white contrast 

is striking. Bird was about 100 yards away, so  pictures not as sharp as 
I'd like them. 
 
 
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7a9wb2surlm6okl/AADcVSlJU2kvEsCzZiRlq3-Ga?dl=0
 
 
 
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Subject: HOARY REDPOLL(S), Fairfield
From: Alex Burdo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:41:33 -0500
Between around 950 and 1035, Aidan Kiley and I had one, possibly two HOARY-type 
birds in a flock of Common Redpolls at Pine Creek in Fairfield. Having seen 
Hoary Redpoll a few times now, and having observed these birds for an extended 
period, I feel confident that at least one of those birds is a HOARY REDPOLL. 


We were able to obtain many photos of these birds, and left them in the same 
group of birches where they had been for the vast part of our visit. 


These birds were present in the birches along the "canal" on Old Dam Road. Park 
at the parking lot on Old Dam between the baseball and soccer fields, and head 
south. Cross the road, and take the trail along the canal, looking up for 
redpolls. Eventually, you will reach an area of the path where seed husks 
litter the ground. This is where we had the redpolls for the most part. 


Good luck if you go.

Alex Burdo
Fairfield

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Subject: "its a hard world for little things"
From: VALERY MELNIKOW via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:20:54 -0500 (EST)
Val Melnikov. 02/27/15. 15:45 West River Street Milford. Stopped in 
traffic just b4 RR underpass. On sidewalk pigeon. In a heartbeat a N. 
Harrier swoops in and grabs the pigeon. Flys off a couple of meters and 
begins the task of deadifying. I swung around RR station and came down 
to see how the process was going. It took no longer than 3 mins for me 
to loop around station and get to the scene of the crime. Some few 
feathers and what looked like a head were all that was left. Madame Gish 
was right. It is a "hard world".

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Subject: sign of spring
From: Ricki Soucy via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:24:47 +0000 (UTC)
 I'm not one the lucky people who get sap suckers to come to my suet feeders 
during the winter, so I rarely see them.  I noticed a sap sucker feeding on 
sap trickling out of a Norway maple, one of the trees my husband trimmed last 
fall.  The temp here in Meriden is now 12, up from 8 when I got up at 6:30.  
The trees are in full sun so the sap is running and staining the trunks dark 
with the amount coming from the cut scars.  

Ricki SoucyMeriden
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Subject: Hudson 4 last time this season
From: Kevin Doyle via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:31:29 -0500
Today right around noon 4 eagles on one flow 5 behind it with several flying 
in. Ice pushing closer then as fast as they appeared they were gone. 


Less than 10 minutes. Today I only had to wait 15 minutes but over the 2 1/2 
hours only one but it gave me a close up and two take offs right over my head. 


This weekend might be the last. If you're planning now is the time.

Kevin from New Milford
Kevindoyle01 AT charter.net

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Subject: Quinebaug Fish Hatchery / Sterling yard
From: Robert Dixon via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:10:37 -0500
From Robert and Linda Dixon
2/27/15 - Central Village, Quinebaug Fish Hatchery - Highlights from an 
afternoon of snowshoe birding - WILSON'S SNIPE, GREEN-WINGED TEAL (2), 
RING-NECKED DUCK (25), GADWALL, BALD EAGLE (2), RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and 
Great-blue Heron (11). 

Sterling yard - PINE SISKIN (12), YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (1f), Red-winged 
Blackbird (200), Brown-headed Cowbird (125) and Common Grackle (75). 

Voluntown, Rte. 49 - ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK soaring over the Native Lumber sawmill.
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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon Stratford Birdseye
From: Russ Smiley via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:03:41 -0500
Birdseye Boat. Ramp, Stratford, CT, 5:50 PM 27 Feb 2015: Eurasian wigeon flew 
in with other gathering waterfowl. 

Russ Smiley
Marlborough, CT

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Subject: Middletown Brown Creepers
From: Dana Campbell via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:05:46 -0500
2/27 - A couple of Brown Creepers passed through downtown Middletown this
afternoon.  I watched one climbing up a tree at the corner of my church.
It was calling to another one I could not see.  It is so hopeful hearing
the birds singing even as we await another 5" of snow.

-- 
The Rev. Dana L. Campbell
Priest in Charge, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Middletown CT
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"I don't feed the birds because they need me; I feed the birds because I
need them.”
― Kathi Hutton
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Subject: It must be spring
From: Joan Hill via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:45:51 -0500
Male bluebird checking out my bluebird nestboxes today. Columbia, CT
Joan Hill

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Subject: Unbelievable yet true
From: Mark Szantyr via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:34:57 -0500
Joy and I were returning from a day at the coast and at about 2:45pm just south 
of exit 11 on Rt 9 in Middletown we both saw and independently identified an 
adult Broad-winged Hawk slowly cross the highway flying east toward the river. 
The distinctive tail bands were well seen as was the underwing pattern of all 
white underwing with black trsiling edge and black wingtip, and underparts 
quite pale but warmer in the chest. The shape was that of a compact buteo, not 
Red-tailed or Red-shouldered like and not colored like either of these birds 


Mark Szantyr
Storrs. 
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Subject: Re: Bridgeport Tufted Duck -NO
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:27:45 -0500
But right now there's about 3600 Scaup (both Greater and Lesser) off St. Mary's 
By-the Sea (Eames Blvd), Bridgeport - along the Sound coast just west of 
Captain's Cove. Some flocks are in close, but the majority are far out at 
Fayerweather Light and toward Penfield Reef. The Tufted Duck is probably among 
them. 


Frank Mantlik
Stratford

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> On Feb 27, 2015, at 1:54 PM, Frank Mantlik via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

> 
> From Frank Mantlik,
> 2/27. Bridgeport, Captain's Cove - during a quick look, I was not able to 
find the previous female TUFTED DUCK. Only a handful of Scaup around the Marina 
here now. 

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Subject: Bald Eagle in Simsbury
From: Eric Lichtenberger via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:20:46 -0500
Beautiful mature Bald Eagle in a tree along the Farmington River, just a bit to 
the north of the Simsbury Crew boat house off Drake Hill Rd. The morning fog 
rising from the river and the sun just hitting the tree tops made me pull over 
to at least get an iPhone photo, but it flew north as I got out, causing a 
flock of ducks in the bit of water that wasn't iced over to get out of its way. 
Nice scene captured in my own mind anyway! 

Eric Lichtenberger from Simsbury

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Subject: Re: Milford:Brown Thrasher Correction
From: Mike Warner via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:57:13 -0500
2/27/15 is the correct date for my prior post.

Also, my dentist just showed me a very good pic, dated 1/11/15,  of a bird 
that stunned itself against a window of his home.  Once recovered, the 
Ovenbird flew away.  !

Mike Warner
Wilton Ct.


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Subject: [CT Birds] Milford:Brown Thrasher


>
> 3/27/15 Milfford Silver Sands SP
> Brown Thrasher continues left side of entry downslope near a white post 
> with a blue top.
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> Wilton CT
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Subject: Bridgeport Tufted Duck -NO
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:54:44 -0500
From Frank Mantlik,
2/27. Bridgeport, Captain's Cove - during a quick look, I was not able to find 
the previous female TUFTED DUCK. Only a handful of Scaup around the Marina here 
now. 


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Subject: More Hamden siskiins
From: Florence McBride via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:20:15 -0500
Hamden, Spring Glen
 2/26 around 8:30 a.m. - two Pine Siskins on our feeders 
 2/27, two on the feeders at 7:30 a.m., and then three a little after noon.

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Subject: 3. Golden Eagles
From: Tom Owsiany via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:53:16 -0500
Flying over shop rite towards Planet Fitness in Derby  AT  10:50 AM


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Subject: COA t-shirt info-shipping NO
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:38:29 -0500
I am starting to receive emails regarding the ordering of our new COA t-shirts 
and requests to ship them. The COA is not set up to ship t-shirts at this time 
and probably won't be in the near future. We are only selling them to Annual 
Meeting attendees because they can be easily picked up and paid for at the 
meeting.If you would like a t-shirt but can't attend the meeting,I suggest 
making arrangements with a friend who is attending the meeting.They can order 
and pay for it and pick it up for you. You can reimburse them and get a 
t-shirt. That's the best we can do at this time. 


Tina Green
COA President 
Annual Meeting Co-chair
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Subject: Caching Food
From: Linda & Steve Broker via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:43:37 -0500
From Steve Broker (Cheshire):

Common Ravens cache food throughout the year, hiding it in rock crevices and 
under stones, tufts of grass, in tree crevices and tree bark, and under snow. 
They keep track of dozens of cached food spots at any given time. Keeping 
excess food on hand is standard behavior for them. If they are observed caching 
food, as by a Turkey Vulture gliding overhead, they will temporarily cache the 
food and when no longer being observed proceed to relocate the cached item. 
They also will fake caching food when under observation by a vulture. 


Peregrine Falcons leave unfinished food items (bird carcasses) in ready sight 
for periods of time, coming back later to complete the feeding. I’ve never 
observed them to hide food items. Why bother, when you’re the top dog in 
town? 

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Subject: Milford:Brown Thrasher
From: Mike Warner via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:28:15 -0500
3/27/15 Milfford Silver Sands SP
Brown Thrasher continues left side of entry downslope near a white post with a 
blue top. 


Mike Warner
Wilton CT

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Subject: Cached prey question (Opposable Chums)
From: Daphne Parker via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:36:41 +0000 (UTC)
A friend sent me a photo of what appears to be a squirrel impaled or wedged 
onto a tree branch.  He referred to this as a "hawk feeding station;" no, he's 
not a birder, but tends to be astute in natural matters. 


I've never heard of this behavior in Hawks.  Does anyone have any insight?

- Jason

A biologist friend once pointed to a cache and said that bobcats will store 
their prey.-Daphne ParkerBridgewater 

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Subject: Tufted Duck NO
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:38:39 -0500
I arrived at Captain's Cove to check for the Tufted Duck because it was high 
tide at 6:11am. There were hundreds of Scaup when I first arrived and I saw all 
species of ducks that have been previously reported. Most of the scaup were to 
the far right and closer to the mouth of the harbor. Before I could scan 
through the majority of the ducks,they suddenly took off and headed out to Long 
Island Sound. 

If you want to try for the Tufted Duck today,I suggest coming later this 
afternoon when the ducks may return. 

Or show up at 6:30am tomorrow to scan through the flock that will probably be 
in the harbor due to high tide being 7:12am. There were 13 duck species upon 
arriving including 8 Redheads and the Eurasian Wigeon. 


Tina Green
Westport
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Subject: A note about Captains Cove
From: Madeline Dennis via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:10:06 -0500
My house looks out on Burr Creek at Captain’s Cove. In addition to all the 
great species mentioned by Tina, this winter I have seen a bald eagle eating a 
fish. Also a few years ago I worked with the community to build an osprey nest 
platform on the opposite side of the creek and last year we had our first pair 
who raised chicks. 


Madeline Dennis
Black Rock, Bridgeport
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Subject: Captain's Cove ducks, Bridgeport
From: Andrew Block via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:14:52 +0000 (UTC)
No Tufted Duck from about 3:30 to 5:30pm.   The usual aggregation of ducks was 
there though spread far and wide b/c of the ice melt.  Did have 15 species 
with 18 Canvasbacks, 1 Eurasian Wigeon, and 6 Redheads the most noteworthy. 
 Two of the Canvasbacks came in very close for wonderful looks. 

Andrew Andrew v. F. Block
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Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629
Phone: 914-963-3080; Cell: 914-319-9701 

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Subject: Hamden: RUBL & Siskin & C.Wren
From: Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:57:07 -0500
A quiet day out back at the feeder -- of note, besides the slightly increased 
number of Siskins, there was also a Carolina Wren, presumably the same as we've 
had for a while. Haven't seen the injured Chipping Sparrow lately, but might 
have missed it. 


From Arthur Shippee:
02/26/15 - Hamden, North Lake Dr. -- 5 Pine Siskins, 2 Rusty Blackbirds

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - 72 North Lake Dr., Feb 26, 2015
> Date: February 26, 2015 at 6:48:28 PM EST
> To: ashippee AT snet.net
> 
> 72 North Lake Dr., New Haven, US-CT
> Feb 26, 2015 11:30 AM - 2:35 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 16 species
> 
> Mourning Dove  6
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Hairy Woodpecker  1
> Blue Jay  2
> Black-capped Chickadee  3
> Tufted Titmouse  1
> Carolina Wren  1
> White-throated Sparrow  2
> Dark-eyed Junco  4
> Northern Cardinal  2
> Rusty Blackbird  2
> House Finch  2
> Pine Siskin  5
> American Goldfinch  8
> House Sparrow  2
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22084953 

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

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Subject: Westport Siskins and Redpoll
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:13:49 -0500
2/26/15-Westport-Sherwood Island SP- Common Redpoll and 18 Pine Siskins feeding 
in the birches and cedars in the northwest area of the park 


Tina Green
with AJ Hand
Westport
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Subject: The Warbler Guide Authors/Meetings
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:56:12 +0000
Members of COA and the New Haven Bird Club as well as CTBirds subscribers will 
notice that Tom Stephenson, author of The Warbler Guide, will be speaking at 
the upcoming NHBC meeting on March 12th, just ten days before he and his 
co-author Scott Whittle speak at the COA Annual Meeting on March 21st. The NHBC 
presentation will be entitledThe Warbler Guide:A New System for Learning and 
Identifying Vocalizations, which will focus on birdsong. The COA program will 
be The Overlooked ID Points that Make Identifying Warblers Easy, which will 
focus on visual field marks. Attend both meetings to see their complete 
program, sharpen your skills and be ready for the warblers when they return! 


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Subject: COA T-shirts Now Available!
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:41:54 +0000
COA is excited to be selling a T-shirt with our CT Warbler logo for the first 
time. The design is printed on a high quality pre-shrunk cotton shirt in a 
"birding friendly" ash-heather-gray color. At this time we are only offering 
the shirts to those attending the COA Annual Meeting on March 21st. See: 
http://ctbirding.org/news.htm You can see an image of the T-shirt in our 
request form at http://goo.gl/daTQVG which must be used to reserve your 
T-shirts. T-shirts must be picked up at the annual meeting. Requests must be 
submitted no later than March 4th.Questions can be emailed to 
ctbirding AT gmail.com Every t-shirt sold will also include a free embroidered COA 
patch. T-shirt sizing specifications are available at www.4logowearables.com by 
entering "5250T" in the "Quick Search Box" and then click "Specifications".A 
link to the T-shirt request form is also available to meeting attendees on the 
COA website in the annual meeting announcement mentioned above.We hope you'll 
be as excited about our new t-shirts as we are!Tina GreenCOA PresidentAnnual 
Meeting Co-chair 


  		 	   		  
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Subject: Hartford
From: Paul Desjardins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:28:00 -0500
This afternoon at Charter Oak Landing Great Cormorants increased to 2, Greater 
Scaups increased to 3 and there were 8 Common Mergansers along with other 
waterfowl previously reported. Also, in the East Windsor Hill section of South 
Windsor 2 Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers and 13 Horned Larks. 


Paul Desjardins
Windsor Locks
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Subject: Re: Hawks - Cached Prey Items?
From: Scott Henckel via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:22:41 -0500
Seen Owls do it.


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Clark Moseley via CTBirds
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 2:45 PM
To: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Hawks - Cached Prey Items?

In response to the following message:  Peregrine Falcons cache food items
during nesting season.  I'm not sure of this activity during other seasons
of the year but I would guess that they do.


Clark "Chip" Moseley
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Subject: [CT Birds] Cached prey question
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A friend sent me a photo of what appears to be a squirrel impaled or wedged
onto a tree branch.  He referred to this as a "hawk feeding station;" no,
he's not a birder, but tends to be astute in natural matters.

I've never heard of this behavior in Hawks.  Does anyone have any insight?

- Jason
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Subject: Red-necked Grebe Birdseye; Brown Thrashers, SSSP
From: Stephen Spector via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:53:08 -0800
From Steve Spector, 2/26/15, Stratford, Birdseye Boat Ramp, 2:15 PM, Red-necked 
Grebe (prob Adult non-breeding), swam into the sewage treatment outflow 
channel; Milford, Silver Sands SP, 3:15 PM, 2 Brown Thrashers foraging at side 
of entrance road with Wild Turkeys, N Flicker, and others 

 
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Subject: Hawks - Cached Prey Items?
From: Clark Moseley via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:44:42 -0500
In response to the following message: Peregrine Falcons cache food items during 
nesting season. I'm not sure of this activity during other seasons of the year 
but I would guess that they do. 



Clark "Chip" Moseley
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To: "ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org" 
Subject: [CT Birds] Cached prey question
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A friend sent me a photo of what appears to be a squirrel impaled or wedged 
onto a tree branch. He referred to this as a "hawk feeding station;" no, he's 
not a birder, but tends to be astute in natural matters. 


I've never heard of this behavior in Hawks.  Does anyone have any insight?

- Jason
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Subject: Greenwich Rough-legged Hawk
From: Sean Murtha via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:11:25 -0500 (EST)
Mid-day today, from the eastern end of Bruce Park, I was surprised to see a 
Rough-legged Hawk, flying high towards the Mianus River. Despite distance, the 
underwing pattern was clearly visible. 

 
-Sean

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Subject: Cached prey question
From: Opposable Chums via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:56:00 -0500
A friend sent me a photo of what appears to be a squirrel impaled or wedged 
onto a tree branch. He referred to this as a "hawk feeding station;" no, he's 
not a birder, but tends to be astute in natural matters. 


I've never heard of this behavior in Hawks.  Does anyone have any insight?

- Jason
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Subject: Charter Oak Landing, Hartford
From: Paul Cianfaglione via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:13:30 -0500
2/26 Hartford, Charter Oak Landing - 1 LONG-TAILED DUCK, 1 first-cycle
GLAUCOUS GULL, 1 GREAT CORMORANT, 2 GREATER SCAUP.

Also, 1 BALD EAGLE, 4 RING-NECKED DUCK, 5 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 1 HOODED
MERGANSER.

Paul Cianfaglione and Jamie Meyers.
All birds found by Jamie Meyers prior to my arrival.
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Subject: Shattered record Goldfinches
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:45:26 -0500
From Frank & Linda Mantlik
2/26, 6:50am, Stratford yard feeders - shattered record number of 90 American 
Goldfinches (and 4 Pine Siskins) on hulled sunflower and niger(thistle) 
feeders. 


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Subject: Stratford Highlights
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:30:14 -0500
From Frank Mantlik, with private Sunrise Birding tour group,
2/25. Stratford, town-wide: 54 bird species this morning, with highlights of 
14+ BALD EAGLES, 18 species of waterfowl including WOOD DUCK and a pair of 
NORTHERN PINTAILS, RED-NECKED and PIED-BILLED GREBES, 20 SNOW BUNTINGS, LAPLAND 
LONGSPUR, 2 PINE SISKINS. 

Full ebird list here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22071956

Frank Mantlik
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Subject: Eagles on Hudson
From: Kevin Doyle via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:42:38 -0500
Today was the day once everything came together ... tide, ice, wind and one 
fish. Steady west wind pushing the ice west to east. Plus the wind was pushing 
ice down river. With that one fish brought on the action. At one time 11 eagles 
on one flow ... started with 2 then the others. How they sense this when we 
visually see nothing then presto. All within 400-600 mm range. Perfect light 
also. 


This all occured in less than 10 minutes the action and before we knew it the 
ice was gone. 


So as I continue to post on the right day you can't miss. Though for nearly 2 
1/2 hours not a thing. Patience is the word. 


If by chance Paul Fusco sees this ... you should have stayed unless you had 
plans elsewhere.  


I still think a week to 10 days ... you still have a fighting chance if you go.

Plenty of ice north of the Bear Mountain Bridge the river is frozen solid with 
snow on it and as you may have seen last night the NY harbor and the Harlem & 
East Rivers are unpassable. Around the Tappan Zee the barge cranes building the 
new bridge are completely locked in. 


What this has to with birding who knows I guess I'm emphasizing the ice. Ice 
brings eagles close and just one fish. 


That's for the info on why the ducks are dying. I thought to the weather and 
lack of adequate food. Plus where can they go at night to get out of the wind. 


I just wonder how my feeder birds do it. It seems I have more every day. They 
went through 40 pounds of seed and 8 suets in less than a week. To me pretty 
amazing. Need to shop tomorrow. 


That's the skinny I hope those who requested directions can get over time is 
running out. 


New Milford Kevin
Kevindoyle01 AT charter.net

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Subject: Tufted Duck update
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:04:14 -0500
I received an eBird Rare Bird Alert and apparently the Tufted Duck was seen 
today between 2:43-4:15pm at Captain's Cove. 

I did not have time to check today but I am requesting that anyone who does see 
the duck post to CTBirds promptly to allow those who have not seen the bird the 
opportunity to see it. For many it will be a Life Bird or a State Bird.For 
me,one of the best things about finding a rare bird is having others see it as 
well. 


Tina Green
Westport
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Subject: road kill
From: Larry Flynn via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:56:42 +0000 (GMT)
Norwalk,

To the lady that pulled her car over and tossed the road kill squirrel off on 
to the snow bank on Old Belden Hill Rd, Norwalk. Great Job!!! 

The Black Vulture was about to get nailed by any car turning that corner.
By the time I turned around, you did the job, and the BLVU was happy and off 
the road with it's prey...later that road kill and BLVU were both gone. 


Best,
Larry Flynn
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Subject: Re: Boston Hollow, Ashford, Ct - Ravens
From: "Batsford, William via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:50:05 +0000
Don,
Not seen today. Several Ct birders together with NY birders did not see any 
sign of Gyrfalcon. 

Bill Batsford
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Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5:39 PM
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Subject: [CT Birds] Boston Hollow, Ashford, Ct - Ravens

Boston Hollow, 2 Common Ravens chasing each other and calling loudly, 1:30 PM 
today. Almost no other birds there except feeder birds around the house on 
Barlow Mill Road. Normal there for this time of year. 

Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct
_mntncougar AT aol.com_ (mailto:mntncougar AT aol.com) 
 
P.S.
If anybody knows the current status of the NY Gyr I'm very interested in 
finding out. 

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Subject: Boston Hollow, Ashford, Ct - Ravens
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:38:47 -0500
Boston Hollow, 2 Common Ravens chasing each other and calling  loudly, 1:30 
PM today. Almost no other birds there except feeder birds around  the house 
on Barlow Mill Road. Normal there for this time of  year.
Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct
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P.S.
If anybody knows the current status of the NY Gyr I'm very interested in  
finding out. 
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Subject: Hamden: Brown Creeper & RUBL, North Lake Dr., Feb 25, 2015
From: Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:33:57 -0500
From Arthur Shippee:
02/25/15 - Hamden, North Lake Dr. -- 1 Brown Creeper, 3 Rusty Blackbirds



It's Flo's husband, Mike McBride's birthday today!
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Subject: New Haven Bird Club March Activities
From: Larry Bausher via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:45:00 -0500
Folks,

Here is the New Haven Bird Club’s schedule of activities during March:

Indoor Meetings:

Monthly Meeting, Thursday, March 12. Tom Stephenson — The Warbler Guide: A 
New System for Identifying and Learning Vocalizations. Whitney Center Cultural 
Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden. Identifying warblers and other 
species singing in the field is one of the most satisfying aspects of birding, 
but learning and remembering the important ID points of bird vocalizations can 
be a challenge. Tom will cover some new techniques that make it easier to 
identify singing birds. He will cover how to understand and use sonograms to 
learn what makes a vocalization unique and how to differentiate 
similar-sounding species. Based on a system outlined in his new book, The 
Warbler Guide, Tom will demonstrate how the vocalization ID process can be sped 
up by understanding a song’s structure, the elements and phrases that make up 
the song. He’ll also discuss how to make a quick ID using the objective, 
easy-to-hear qualities of a song and will explain a simple 3-step memorization 
system he has used many times to memorize 300 or more songs for a trip to a new 
country. A birder since childhood, Tom has lectured widely and led numerous 
trips in the US and Asia. He’s a veteran of the World Series of Birding and 
his articles and photos appear in many books and magazines. He’s a musician 
too, having played concerts and done studio work with several Emmy and Oscar 
winners. Social half-hour at 7:00, program at 7:30. For more information: 
www.newhavenbirdclub.org or 203-230-1697. 


“Birds in Words” Book Group. March 17, 7:00 pm. Free. The New Haven Bird 
Club book group Birds in Words will discuss The Birds of Pandemonium; Life 
Among the Exotic and the Endangered by Michelle Raffin. The meeting is 
scheduled for Mar 17 at Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden at 7:00 
pm in the 6th floor conference room. The public is welcome. Contact Kris 
Johnson, kriswaxwing99 AT gmail.com, 203-288-3087. 


Field Trips:

First Wednesday Walk: Stratford: Shores/Great Meadows Marsh. Wednesday, March 
4, 2015, 8:00 am. Join us as we visit this fine birding area. We will meet at 
the Long Beach parking lot and bird the marsh and beach and then visit Sikorsky 
Airport and Frash Pond. We’ll look for sea birds such as Long-tailed Duck and 
scoters, as well as raptors and shorebirds. Directions: Follow signs to 
Sikorsky Airport from Exit 30 off I-95. Go past the airport entrance and follow 
the causeway to the end. Take the first right onto Oak Bluff Avenue and follow 
it to the Long Beach entrance. Leader—Frank Mantlik. Contact—Tina Green: 
203.247.2660, tina AT renaissancestudios.com. 


Gull and Gannet Frenzy, Stratford Seawall, Stratford. Saturday, March 28, 2015, 
10:00 am. We'll look through potentially thousands of gulls and see dozens of 
Gannets too as they feast on an annual plankton bloom along the coast. Meet at 
Lordship Seawall at south end of Washington Pkwy (near Marnick's Restaurant, 10 
Washington Pkwy), Stratford. Leader—Frank Mantlik: 203-984-9410, 
mantlik AT sbcglobal.net. 


Thanks,
Larry Bausher, West Haven
NHBC Publicity Director


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Subject: Project Snowstorm Indiegogo
From: Ted Culotta via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:40:19 -0500
In case anyone is interested in supporting, Project Snowstorm is seeking
contributions to support tracking devices and ongoing research efforts for
snowy owls:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/project-snowstorm-2-0

Cheers,
Ted Culotta
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