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Boreal Chickadee,©Barry Kent Mackay

21 Dec Re: Christmas Counts [Mardi Dickinson via CTBirds ]
21 Dec Bluebirds [Thomas Kelly via CTBirds ]
21 Dec Re: Christmas Counts [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
21 Dec Re: Christmas Counts [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
21 Dec Sherwood Highlights [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
21 Dec Christmas Counts ["Schlesinger, Lee via CTBirds" ]
21 Dec Re: bluebirds [Carol Bauby via CTBirds ]
21 Dec Hartford [Paul Desjardins via CTBirds ]
21 Dec Goshen WW Crossbill [Kevin Finnan via CTBirds ]
21 Dec Redheads Hanover Pond Meriden [dan merc via CTBirds ]
21 Dec Tods Point, Old Greenwich - Ruddy Turnstones [Lynnette via CTBirds ]
21 Dec bluebirds [mcahlgren via CTBirds ]
21 Dec Long-tailed Duck [Steve Morytko via CTBirds ]
21 Dec Westport White Pelican [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
21 Dec Canton Yard [Paul Cianfaglione via CTBirds ]
21 Dec Hartford sightings [Bill Asteriades via CTBirds ]
21 Dec Storrs CBC results [Steve Morytko via CTBirds ]
20 Dec Woodbury-Roxbury CBC preliminary highlights [Audubon Bent via CTBirds ]
20 Dec Eastern Phoebe [Jim Denham via CTBirds ]
20 Dec New Haven CBC Highlights [Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds ]
20 Dec Harrier Feeding on Dead Fish [John Oshlick via CTBirds ]
20 Dec Assorted Reports [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
20 Dec Lot W, UConn [Chris Elphick via CTBirds ]
20 Dec New Haven - Iceland Gull [John Oshlick via CTBirds ]
20 Dec Vesper Sparrows [Andrew Brand via CTBirds ]
20 Dec Old Lyme [Hank Golet via CTBirds ]
20 Dec Tods Point - Saturday morning [Lynnette via CTBirds ]
20 Dec Eurasian Wigeon [Andrew Gullberg via CTBirds ]
20 Dec Granby [Paul Desjardins via CTBirds ]
20 Dec 28 buffleheads Southport harbor ["Meredith, Leslie via CTBirds" ]
20 Dec Re: Westport pre-CBC Highlights [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
20 Dec Mass Ross's Goose ["Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" ]
20 Dec Westport pre-CBC Highlights [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
20 Dec Flicker and hermit in Burlington [Jonathan Schwartz via CTBirds ]
20 Dec Little Blue Heron Hammo [Russ Smiley via CTBirds ]
20 Dec Re: 4Snow Geese.... [John Graham via CTBirds ]
20 Dec Southbury Iceland Gull ["Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" ]
20 Dec Peregrine [Paul Fusco via CTBirds ]
20 Dec Hartford Gulls [Paul Cianfaglione via CTBirds ]
19 Dec Quinnipiac River State Park [Martin Moore via CTBirds ]
19 Dec Eurasian Wigeons, etc. [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
19 Dec Bald Eagle Shot [Paul Desjardins via CTBirds ]
19 Dec Re: Un kept State Parks! [Arthur Shippee via CTBirds ]
19 Dec Un kept State Parks! [Carrier Graphics via CTBirds ]
19 Dec Trumbull - Rufous Hummingbird continues [Brian O'Toole via CTBirds ]
19 Dec 4Snow Geese.... [Keith Mueller via CTBirds ]
19 Dec Goodwin Park ["Batsford, William via CTBirds" ]
18 Dec Stratford sightings 12/18 [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
18 Dec Re: State Parks Upkeep [Mark Szantyr via CTBirds ]
18 Dec State Parks Upkeep [Martin Moore via CTBirds ]
18 Dec Woodpeckers Cromwell [Martin Moore via CTBirds ]
18 Dec Middlefield Snow Geese ["Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" ]
18 Dec Rufous Hummingbird [Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds ]
18 Dec Odd buteo east river Guilford ["Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" ]
18 Dec Greater white fronted and cackling goose continue [Michaelene Komara via CTBirds ]
18 Dec Greenwich/ Stamford CBC Results [Michael Aurelia via CTBirds ]
18 Dec Winter Birds Forecast ["Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" ]
18 Dec Coventry Lake, 12-17-14 [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
18 Dec Goodwin Park Golf Course [Paul Cianfaglione via CTBirds ]
17 Dec New Haven Palm Warbler [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
17 Dec Assorted Reports [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
17 Dec Broad Brook [Paul Desjardins via CTBirds ]
17 Dec East Granby [Paul Desjardins via CTBirds ]
17 Dec No luck with shrike nor chat ["Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" ]
17 Dec Quinnipiac CBC summary ["Folsom-O'Keefe, Corrie via CTBirds" ]
17 Dec Haddam Meadows - Northern Shrike - video footage [Mona Cavallero via CTBirds ]
16 Dec Snow goose location correction [Michaelene Komara via CTBirds ]
16 Dec Westbrook [Hank Golet via CTBirds ]
16 Dec Hartford CBC Results [Jay Kaplan via CTBirds ]
16 Dec Snow Geese Durham [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
16 Dec Snow goose, Reservoir Rd Meriden [Michaelene Komara via CTBirds ]
16 Dec Little Blue Heron, Hammo [Tom Murray via CTBirds ]
16 Dec Comments on Connecticut Christmas Bird Count Snowy Egrets [Stephen Broker via CTBirds ]
16 Dec 12/14 CBC [Jonah Cohen via CTBirds ]
16 Dec Pine Warbler [judy moore via CTBirds ]
16 Dec Snowy Egret [William Banks via CTBirds ]

Subject: Re: Christmas Counts
From: Mardi Dickinson via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:55:26 -0500
Tina, I think you mean from RI that Rachel Farrell posted as it was seen in RI. 
And referred to the MA sighting. Quoted by RF "An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN flew 
over a house in Barrington RI yesterday. I don't know the direction in which it 
flew" 


Cheers,
Mardi W. Dickinson
www.kymrygroup.com

> On Dec 21, 2014, at 8:34 PM, Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

> 
> FYI,Rachel Farrell posted to Massbird a report of an American Pelican being 
seen on December 19th in Swansea MA on Merrimans Pond. I assume we had the same 
bird in Westport today for the Westport CBC. 

> 
> Tina Green
> Westport
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Dec 21, 2014, at 7:23 PM, Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

>> 
>> Indee, we were doing the Westport CBC and luck played a huge part as we were 
in the right spot at the right time. I did know there was a pelican in 
Massachusetts and hoped it might appear in CT but never thought it would 
actually pass by Sherwood and that we would see it. 

>> But birding often increases one's chances of seeing a rarity! The pelican 
may still be in CT so keep it on your"radar"! 

>> 
>> Tina Green
>> Westport
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>>> On Dec 21, 2014, at 5:03 PM, Schlesinger, Lee via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Concerning the vagaries of Christmas Counting: there has been a Cassin's 
Kingbird in Fort Tilden, Brooklyn, for weeks and weeks. It has been recorded 
almost every day (including Thursday or Friday) and survived some very nasty 
weather. And though it was staked out assiduously, the bird was not seen on 
Count Day yesterday. Birds are mysterious; and they have wings, and who knows 
what they'll do. Like the White Pelican that Tina Green just reported from 
Westport, presumably while Christmas Counting. Amazing...? 

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Subject: Bluebirds
From: Thomas Kelly via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:50:17 -0500
 Also had 2 Bluebirds,male and female at feeders today. First ever for yard. 
Tom Kelly Guilford 


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Subject: Re: Christmas Counts
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:34:07 -0500
FYI,Rachel Farrell posted to Massbird a report of an American Pelican being 
seen on December 19th in Swansea MA on Merrimans Pond. I assume we had the same 
bird in Westport today for the Westport CBC. 


Tina Green
Westport
Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 21, 2014, at 7:23 PM, Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

> 
> Indee, we were doing the Westport CBC and luck played a huge part as we were 
in the right spot at the right time. I did know there was a pelican in 
Massachusetts and hoped it might appear in CT but never thought it would 
actually pass by Sherwood and that we would see it. 

> But birding often increases one's chances of seeing a rarity! The pelican may 
still be in CT so keep it on your"radar"! 

> 
> Tina Green
> Westport
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Dec 21, 2014, at 5:03 PM, Schlesinger, Lee via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Concerning the vagaries of Christmas Counting: there has been a Cassin's 
Kingbird in Fort Tilden, Brooklyn, for weeks and weeks. It has been recorded 
almost every day (including Thursday or Friday) and survived some very nasty 
weather. And though it was staked out assiduously, the bird was not seen on 
Count Day yesterday. Birds are mysterious; and they have wings, and who knows 
what they'll do. Like the White Pelican that Tina Green just reported from 
Westport, presumably while Christmas Counting. Amazing...? 

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> 
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Subject: Re: Christmas Counts
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:23:05 -0500
Indee, we were doing the Westport CBC and luck played a huge part as we were in 
the right spot at the right time. I did know there was a pelican in 
Massachusetts and hoped it might appear in CT but never thought it would 
actually pass by Sherwood and that we would see it. 

But birding often increases one's chances of seeing a rarity! The pelican may 
still be in CT so keep it on your"radar"! 


Tina Green
Westport
Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 21, 2014, at 5:03 PM, Schlesinger, Lee via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Concerning the vagaries of Christmas Counting: there has been a Cassin's 
Kingbird in Fort Tilden, Brooklyn, for weeks and weeks. It has been recorded 
almost every day (including Thursday or Friday) and survived some very nasty 
weather. And though it was staked out assiduously, the bird was not seen on 
Count Day yesterday. Birds are mysterious; and they have wings, and who knows 
what they'll do. Like the White Pelican that Tina Green just reported from 
Westport, presumably while Christmas Counting. Amazing...? 

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Subject: Sherwood Highlights
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:14:19 -0500
12/21/14-Westport-Sherwood Island SP-juvenile Northern Goshawk,American White 
Pelican. 

Both birds were flyovers heading west.

Tina Green
With AJ & Sue Hand
Westport
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Subject: Christmas Counts
From: "Schlesinger, Lee via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:02:57 +0000



Concerning the vagaries of Christmas Counting: there has been a Cassin's 
Kingbird in Fort Tilden, Brooklyn, for weeks and weeks. It has been recorded 
almost every day (including Thursday or Friday) and survived some very nasty 
weather. And though it was staked out assiduously, the bird was not seen on 
Count Day yesterday. Birds are mysterious; and they have wings, and who knows 
what they'll do. Like the White Pelican that Tina Green just reported from 
Westport, presumably while Christmas Counting. Amazing...? 

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Subject: Re: bluebirds
From: Carol Bauby via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:00:25 -0500
We've had a male bluebird at our suet feeder all day.  He 'tries' to 
peck at the suet but is usually chased off by a woodpecker, so he sits 
on top of the pole and waits for pieces to fall on the ground.

Carol Bauby, Harwinton

On 12/21/2014 1:04 PM, mcahlgren via CTBirds wrote:
> First day of winter - one male and one female bluebird appeared at the 
> deck feeder eating hulled black sunflower seeds!
> Mary Ahlgren, Glastonbury
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Subject: Hartford
From: Paul Desjardins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:57:10 -0500
Late afternoon at Goodwin Park Golf Course Cackling Goose and Greater White 
Fronted Goose seen with Jamie Meyers. 


Paul Desjardins
Windsor Locks
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Subject: Goshen WW Crossbill
From: Kevin Finnan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:14:28 -0500
A White-winged Crossbill made a brief appearance in our driveway in the company 
of a mixed flock, this afternoon. Only bad news is that it's too late for the 
CBC in this area... 


Kevin Finnan
Goshen

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Subject: Redheads Hanover Pond Meriden
From: dan merc via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:10:23 -0500
Two Drake Redheads carry on at Hanover Pond about 50 feet off of the
parking area at Haberschon Field.

Dan Mercurio
Meriden
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Subject: Tods Point, Old Greenwich - Ruddy Turnstones
From: Lynnette via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:23:28 -0500
4 on the South shore not far from Eagle Pond around noon today - several photos

Lynnette C - OG, CT
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Subject: bluebirds
From: mcahlgren via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:04:45 -0500
First day of winter - one male and one female bluebird appeared at 
the deck feeder eating hulled black sunflower seeds!
Mary Ahlgren, Glastonbury

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Subject: Long-tailed Duck
From: Steve Morytko via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:56:10 -0800
LONG-TAILED DUCK - Ashford Lake, Ashford CT; male seen at 1pm; unusual bird in 
NE Ct. Associating with female Common Mergansers. 

0
Steve Morytko
Ashford CT

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Subject: Westport White Pelican
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:26:18 -0500
American White Pelican,Just now at Sherwood Island SP flying west!! Yes!!!!!

Tina Green
With AJ & Sue Hand
Westport 
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Subject: Canton Yard
From: Paul Cianfaglione via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:22:30 -0500
12/21 Canton, Canton Yard - 73 PINE SISKIN throughout the morning, feeding
mostly on birch catkins.

Paul Cianfaglione
Canton
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Subject: Hartford sightings
From: Bill Asteriades via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:49:25 -0500
12/20/14 East Hartford Treatment Plant - 4 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS
continue - Hartford/Wethersfield, Goodwin Park - CACKLING GOOSE and GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continue, 12/21/14 Wethersfield Cove, 1st winter
GLAUCOUS GULL in parking lot. Common Loon (unusual inland) continues to
feed off the Rocky Hill Ferry Landing in the CT river.

Bill Asteriades
South Glastonbury
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Subject: Storrs CBC results
From: Steve Morytko via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:14:12 +0000 (UTC)
The Storrs CBC count was held Saturday, Dec 20. It was cold (21F low / 32F high 
) with some light wind, ponds were mostly frozen but larger water bodies were 
open. Many observers felt it was a rather slow, quiet day. Some reports are 
not in yet but here are the known highlights: 

Common LoonBald Eagle (3)
Long-eared OwlSaw-whet Owl (3)Peregrine Falcon
Brown Creeper
Gray CatbirdLapland Longspur
Snow Bunting (2)Eastern Towhee
Savannah SparrowRusty Blackbird (3)
 Steve Morytko
Ashford, CT
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Subject: Woodbury-Roxbury CBC preliminary highlights
From: Audubon Bent via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:48:47 -0500
We're missing a few area reports, so it's not a complete report, but some
interesting birds in the area:

85 species including:
ICELAND GULL, MERLIN, HOUSE WREN, PINE SISKINS, VESPER SPARROW, RUSTY
BLACKBIRD, SNOW GOOSE, EASTERN PHOEBE, SNOW BUNTINGS, AMERICAN PIPIT,
LAPLAND LONGSPUR, 15 BALD EAGLES, LONG-EARED OWL, 9 SAW-WHET OWLS.

A few misses (hoping they're in the other reports):  Turkey Vulture, Common
Goldeneye, Fish Crow (Count period), Red-breasted nuthatch (count period),

Ken Elkins
Audubon Center at Bent of the River
Southbury, CT
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Subject: Eastern Phoebe
From: Jim Denham via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:37:46 -0500
Eastern Phoebe observed in private home off of River Road in Essex. It was
actively feeding on a seasonal stream.

-- 
Jim Denham
Email: jgdenham AT gmail.com
Mobile#: 860-876-0306
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Subject: New Haven CBC Highlights
From: Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:25:32 -0500
12/20/14, in the New Haven CBC count circle:  Approximately 128 species in
total, with the highlights being: Snow Goose, Cackling Goose, Northern
Pintail, Redhead, Northern Gannet, Black-crowned Night-heron, American
Kestrel, Clapper Rail, Virginia Rail, Greater Yellowlegs, Purple Sandpiper,
American Woodcock, Iceland Gull, Eastern Phoebe, Marsh Wren, Brown Thrasher,
Pine Warbler, Palm Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Chipping Sparrow, Vesper
Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Snow Bunting, Eastern Meadowlark and Pine
Siskin.  

 

Chris Loscalzo, 
Woodbridge

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Subject: Harrier Feeding on Dead Fish
From: John Oshlick via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:20:18 -0500
New Haven - Long Wharf - During the New Haven CBC Dan Barvir and I observed
a Northern Harrier eating a dead bunker. I thought that this was rather odd
behavior.

John Oshlick
Bethany
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Subject: Assorted Reports
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:58:11 -0800
Passing these along.


 From Nancy Morand
12/20/14, Middlefield, mowed Lyman Orchard corn maze, 4 Snow Geese remain ( two 
adult , two juvenile) 



 From Aidan Kiley:
12/20/14 - Fairfield,  yard--
1 White-crowned Sparrow visiting feeder in the morning


 From Christina Strode
Perigrine Falcon
Dec. 12 & Dec. 13 Milford on Turtle Lane. There was one perched on the edge of 
the curb of my front yard intently watching my ornamental grass which is about 
5ft high and dried out for the winter. It suddenly swooped into the grass and 
snatched up a sparrow and then flew away. I have a birdfeeder & suet in a tree 
nearby which attracts a large variety of birds daily. I checked my bird books, 
checked online at Audubon because I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Then 
the next day my sister & I both saw it sitting on my fence in the sideyard near 
turtle pond watching the birdfeeder as we went to the car. She confirmed it was 
a Peregrine Falcon. First time I have seen one here. 



Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

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Subject: Lot W, UConn
From: Chris Elphick via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:38:59 -0500
My highlights from today's Storrs CBC were a longspur, a snow bunting, and a 
catbird. 


Chris Elphick
Storrs, CT


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Subject: New Haven - Iceland Gull
From: John Oshlick via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:28:37 -0500
New Haven - Criscuolo Park - 1 First Cycle Iceland Gull found mixed in with
a large group of Herring Gulls at the mouth of the Quinnipiac River.

Seen on the New Haven CBC w/ Dan Barvir

John Oshlick
Bethany
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Subject: Vesper Sparrows
From: Andrew Brand via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:19:46 -0500
12/20/2014, Old Velvet St., North Haven
Today as part of the New Haven Christmas Count I found an amazing 6 Vesper 
Sparrows feeding in weedy farm fields. Two were half way down the road on right 
just past large pile of wooden tomato stakes and the other 4 were in field on 
right just as you pull onto Old velvet. Walk up dirt farm road. They were 
cooperative and flew into nearby trees as they typically do when I find them 
for easy viewing. A nice surprise! Also,any Savannah Sparrows, Am. Tree 
Sparrows and a Field Sparrow. 


Andy Brand
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Subject: Old Lyme
From: Hank Golet via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:02:40 -0500
From Hank Golet
Old Lyme, From Town Landing Rd off smith Neck Rd 
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK

Griswold Pt, PEREGRINE FALCON PAIR on exposed gravel bar with gulls, black 
ducks and brant all around but neither seemed concerned with the other for the 
30 minutes I watched.,,,,until dog walker flushed the birds. 

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Subject: Tods Point - Saturday morning
From: Lynnette via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:47:54 -0500
- long tailed ducks
- horned grebe
- red breasted merganser

I have clear photos of all

Lynnette C - OG, Cat

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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon
From: Andrew Gullberg via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:35:15 -0500
Today at 11:20 am two Eurasian Wigeons at Seaside park  Bridgeport in the
pond by P.T. Barnum statue.
Andrew Gullberg
Oakville Ct
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Subject: Granby
From: Paul Desjardins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:24:30 -0500
This morning at Holcomb Farm male American Kestrel. Also, a Ring Necked Duck at 
Bantam Lake Litchfield. 


Paul Desjardins
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Subject: 28 buffleheads Southport harbor
From: "Meredith, Leslie via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:15:14 +0000

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Subject: Re: Westport pre-CBC Highlights
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:13:12 -0500
Forgot to mention the Bald Eagle spotted by Jory Teltser at Sherwood Island 
seen in flight with a fish in its' talons,Peregrine Falcon at Compo Beach. 


Tina Green
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> 
> Today while scouting for tomorrow's CBC in Westport:
> 
> 12/20/14-Westport-Sherwood Island SP- Northern Pintail drake,16 Black 
Scoters,1 White-winged Scoter,Lesser Black-backed Gull,Chipping Sparrow,2 Swamp 
Sparrows,Brown Thrasher 

> 
> Longshore Club Park-Great Egret,Winter Wren
> 
> Tina Green
> Westport
> In part with Jory Teltser & 
> AJ & Sue Hand
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Subject: Mass Ross's Goose
From: "Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:41:57 +0000
Extralimital, but an adult Ross's Goose was seen in Gill Massachusetts today. 
From the rt 2 boat launch, but has apparently moved to the bridge to Turners 
Falls. 


Patrick Comins, Meriden 

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Subject: Westport pre-CBC Highlights
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:25:27 -0500
Today while scouting for tomorrow's CBC in Westport:

12/20/14-Westport-Sherwood Island SP- Northern Pintail drake,16 Black Scoters,1 
White-winged Scoter,Lesser Black-backed Gull,Chipping Sparrow,2 Swamp 
Sparrows,Brown Thrasher 


Longshore Club Park-Great Egret,Winter Wren

Tina Green
Westport
In part with Jory Teltser & 
AJ & Sue Hand
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Subject: Flicker and hermit in Burlington
From: Jonathan Schwartz via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:53:29 -0500
Among the dozens of robins stripping my winterberries, and dozens of juncos
at the seed are a hermit thrush, and a male flicker at the suet.

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Subject: Little Blue Heron Hammo
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Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:27:17 -0500
Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison, Ct 12/20/14 11:10 am: little blue heron 
in restoration marsh just east of circle. 

Russ Smiley
Marlborough, CT

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Subject: Re: 4Snow Geese....
From: John Graham via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:25:30 -0800
Still there Saturday morning  AT  10am
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Subject: Southbury Iceland Gull
From: "Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:48:55 +0000
One first cycle Iceland Gull at Mitchell Farm among ~1000 gulls. American 
Pipit, Horned Lark, 3 Hermit Thrush, 2 Wood Ducks, 3 Winter Wrens, 4 Bald 
Eagles, Brown Creeper along river. 3 Field Sparrows, 2 Purple Finch, 1 Winter 
Wren at the Bent. northern Harrier at Cassidy Road. Ken Elkins had a Lapland 
Longspur there and an Eastern Phoebe at the Bent. 


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Subject: Peregrine
From: Paul Fusco via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:02:47 -0500
12/20 Shelton, Route 8 over Housatonic River - peregrine falcon flying south of 
bridge. 

Paul

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Subject: Hartford Gulls
From: Paul Cianfaglione via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:30:35 -0500
12/20 Hartford, 143 Murphy Road (behind All Waste Recycling) - 1
first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL, 1 dark first-cycle ICELAND GULL.

Paul Cianfaglione
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Subject: Quinnipiac River State Park
From: Martin Moore via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:03:47 -0500
Steve: The land at the end of Banton Street in North Haven has been Quinnipiac 
River State Park for at least a few decades. Maybe it was Quinnipiac State 
Forest before that. But no matter what the name, right now it is a mess. 



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Subject: Eurasian Wigeons, etc.
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Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:11:52 -0800
From Frank Mantlik
12/19 Stratford, Motil Place Pond - an apparent female EURASIAN WIGEON 
continues with a female Am Wigeon and 40+ Gadwall. 

Stratford, Raven Pond Park (East Main St. = Rt 110) - male Wood Duck.
Stratford, Boothe Memorial Park - adult Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 2 Red-winged 
Blackbirds at orchard and stream/pond thickets at north end. 

Milford, Lawman Rd., Jonathon Law HS Pond - male EURASIAN WIGEON continues with 
70 Am Wigeons. 

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Subject: Bald Eagle Shot
From: Paul Desjardins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:47:38 -0500
Just learned that a Bald Eagle was shot and killed in Rocky Hill recently. So, 
what else is new. Just hope they arrest the - - - - 


Paul Desjardins
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Subject: Re: Un kept State Parks!
From: Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:40:16 -0500
Paul wrote, "Anyone know whats going on???" Well, budget cuts and "deferred" 
maintenance, mainly, i.e., lack of state & public support. 


A friend with professional background in environmental work wrote me: "DEEP 
funding seems to always be cut when cuts need to be made--so now we are seeing 
the effects of many years of deferred maintenance. CT's parks are not the only 
ones suffering in this way. I spoke to someone recently who was at a lovely 
state park in New Jersey, but mentioned the contrast of the beautiful setting 
and the park buildings with blue tarps covering the roofs--probably because 
they couldn't afford needed repairs. Speak to your state rep--that's the best 
way to make sure the parks (and DEEP) receive funding." 


Have you talked to your state rep. about park maintenance?

	Ta!  

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> 
> I agree Martin, seems Smaller less used State parks are being neglected. Here 
in NW CT several parks come to mind. Nepaug State park use to be a well kept 
park, but now the roads are never worked on, and they are all a mess from the 
off roaders who chew them up and erosion is everywhere incl the trails. Even 
walking them is impossible. This place is a gold mine for birds, esp residents. 
Anyone know whats going on??? 

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Subject: Un kept State Parks!
From: Carrier Graphics via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:21:10 -0800

I agree Martin, seems Smaller less used State parks are being neglected. Here 
in NW CT several parks come to mind. Nepaug State park use to be a well kept 
park, but now the roads are never worked on, and they are all a mess from the 
off roaders who chew them up and erosion is everywhere incl the trails. Even 
walking them is impossible. This place is a gold mine for birds, esp residents. 
Anyone know whats going on??? 


Paul Carrier - Harwinton
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Subject: Trumbull - Rufous Hummingbird continues
From: Brian O'Toole via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:03:55 +0000
Still coming daily to feeder at private residence. Assuming it would be part of 
the Stratford-Milford CBC. 


Brian O'Toole
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Subject: 4Snow Geese....
From: Keith Mueller via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:29:05 -0500
Still at Lyman's pond Middlefield now in corn field close to road(2 adults 2 
juv) 

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Subject: Goodwin Park
From: "Batsford, William via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:22:01 +0000
12/20- greater white-fronted and cackling goose continue at golf course
Bill Batsford 
New Haven

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Subject: Stratford sightings 12/18
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Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:07:19 -0500
From Frank Mantlik
12/18. Stratford, private residence - RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continues coming to 
feeder. 

- Wooster Park Pond (Freeman Ave)- 13 Green-winged Teal.
- Birdseye St boatramp - SNOWY EGRET, 13 Am Coots.
- Frash Pond - 1 Canvasback, 1 male Lesser Scaup.
- Access Rd. - 3 Black-crowned Night-Herons.
- Bridgeport, Johnson Creek (right off northbound exit 30 of I-95)- male 
EURASIAN WIGEON, 2 Pied-billed Grebes. 


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Subject: Re: State Parks Upkeep
From: Mark Szantyr via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:10:56 -0500
Be careful what you wish for. 

Mark Szantyr

> On Dec 18, 2014, at 5:33 PM, Martin Moore via CTBirds 
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> 
> Is it only here in Central Connecticut or are our smaller State Parks in 
terrible condition. There has been no State maintenance at Quinnipiac River 
State Park in North Haven this year. The trails are a mess. Same goes for 
Cromwell Meadows State Park where the main trail has finally been cleared after 
being impassable in many places. Side trails remain overgrown and wild. In my 
30 years of birding these parks they were always well maintained until now. The 
large parks, especially the money makers, seem OK. But something very negative 
appears to have happened at the new Energy Department that now contains the old 
DEP, at least in this part of Connecticut. 

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Subject: State Parks Upkeep
From: Martin Moore via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:33:49 -0500
Is it only here in Central Connecticut or are our smaller State Parks in 
terrible condition. There has been no State maintenance at Quinnipiac River 
State Park in North Haven this year. The trails are a mess. Same goes for 
Cromwell Meadows State Park where the main trail has finally been cleared after 
being impassable in many places. Side trails remain overgrown and wild. In my 
30 years of birding these parks they were always well maintained until now. The 
large parks, especially the money makers, seem OK. But something very negative 
appears to have happened at the new Energy Department that now contains the old 
DEP, at least in this part of Connecticut. 



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Subject: Woodpeckers Cromwell
From: Martin Moore via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:20:09 -0500
Cromwell Meadows today had Downies, Hairies, Sapsuckers, Red-bellies and 
Flickers in abundance. 



Marty Moore
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Subject: Middlefield Snow Geese
From: "Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:42:15 +0000
Two adult and two juvenile Snow Geese in the field at Lyman Orchards this 
evening. They flew up and landed on the pond near the Apple Barrel store. 

Patrick Comins 
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Subject: Rufous Hummingbird
From: Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:26:34 -0500
12/18/14, Stratford, private residence: the female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was
seen again today visiting the feeder there.  This makes it a "count week"
bird for the Stratford/Milford CBC.  We'll be sure to look for it again on
the count day, this Sunday!

 

Chris Loscalzo and Marianne Vahey,

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Subject: Odd buteo east river Guilford
From: "Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:02:14 +0000
I had brief looks at what I thought was a Rough-legged Hawk over a farm field 
near the Guilford Salt Meadows Sanctuary. I noted the dihedral flight style, 
but could only get edge on looks. I got it in my scope and just before it 
dropped below the tree line it banked and I got a brief dorsal view. What was 
striking was the white tail outlined in black or dark brown and a rich and 
extensive rufous color on the upper wing coverts. Struck me as too big for R-s 
Hawk. 


Probably will remain a mystery, but worth checking any large buteos in the 
area. Unfortunately no photos. 


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Subject: Greater white fronted and cackling goose continue
From: Michaelene Komara via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:35:05 -0500
One each at Goodwin park golf course; among 1000+ Canada geese

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Subject: Greenwich/ Stamford CBC Results
From: Michael Aurelia via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:26:19 -0500
Gary Palmer asked me to help him post the Greenwich/Stamford Christmas Bird 
Count Results. 

The count was held on 12/14/14.
"Total species 111 with some reports and feeder counts outstanding. Highlights: 
one White-fronted Goose (imm) IN WESTCHESTER County PORTION OF COUNT, one 
Short-eared Owl, one Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Bald Eagles. 3 Peregrine's, 2 
Great Egrets, Common Yellowthroat, several Merlin and Red-shouldered hawk, and 
high count of Fish Crow". 

Gary Palmer - Co Compiler

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Subject: Winter Birds Forecast
From: "Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:26:18 +0000
The first installment of the "Winter Birds Forecast" brought to you by Audubon 
Connecticut and The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI). 
There is a new format on WXEdge with larger photos that are clickable for full 
resolution. This is a slideshow, so there are several pages. See the "Check out 
the next page by clicking 
here" at the 
bottom of each page. 


http://wxedge.com/2014/12/17/cloudy-with-a-chance-of-snowys/

Patrick

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Subject: Coventry Lake, 12-17-14
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:55:22 -0500
 
I did a 360* around Coventry Lake between about 12:15 and  2:30. I stopped 
at 7 locations, 3 of them twice, and I can see just about every  nook and 
cranny of the lake from the combination. 
 
 
American  Coot                 8
Ruddy  Duck                   56+
Bufflehead                8
Mallard                          4
Common Merganser  116 - Best count - lowest was 97. Since  they dive 
constantly 
                                                   an  exact count is 
almost impossible
I saw NO Hooded Mergs, although there have been a few (6 or  less) around 
in recent weeks.
 
The C Mergansers started out in large groups but split up while  I was 
there into groups of 5 - 20. The wind was from the northwest, which is  right 
down the length of the lake. They would fly to the northwest end  and some 
would drift almost to the southeast end before doing it over  again. Other 
groups went about half way and paddled back. The Ruddys were all in  the 
northeast cove, most off the town beach on Rt 31.
 
 
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Subject: Goodwin Park Golf Course
From: Paul Cianfaglione via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:48:27 -0500
12/18 Hartford/Wethersfield, Goodwin Park. Golf Course - 1 GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, 1 CACKLING GOOSE.

Paul Cianfaglione
Canton
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Subject: New Haven Palm Warbler
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:48:50 -0500
From Frank Mantlik
12/17 New Haven, East Shore Park, 2:30 - (western) PALM WARBLER and 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet in same vine-covered pine tree along border with adjacent 
sewage plant. Also at least 18 Lesser Scaup among flock of 215 Greater Scaup in 
nearby harbor. 


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Subject: Assorted Reports
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:38:51 -0800
Passing these along.


 From Annie and Mike Perko:
Between 11:30 A.M. and 12:30 P.M. at the Monhegan Park Pond in Norwich
mixed in about 200 Canada Geese was one immature Snow Goose.  At the same
time about 3 dozen Fish crows flew over calling as we were watching the
goose.


 From Aidan Kiley:
12/17/14 - Fairfield, yard -- 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker near feeders


Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

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Subject: Broad Brook
From: Paul Desjardins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:50:44 -0500
This afternoon at Mill Pond 24 Northern Pintails.

Paul Desjardins
Windsor Locks

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Subject: East Granby
From: Paul Desjardins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:46:15 -0500
This morning at East Granby Farms Pine Siskin. 

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Subject: No luck with shrike nor chat
From: "Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:10:58 +0000
Tried for the chat in Old Lyme and the Haddam shrike with no luck, There was a 
Gray Catbird and a Great Egret at DEEP Marine Headquarters. With Russ Smiley 
and Joseph Cala at times. 


Patrick Comins, Meriden

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Subject: Quinnipiac CBC summary
From: "Folsom-O'Keefe, Corrie via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:51:15 +0000
?Hi all,


 Here is a quick summary of the Quinnipiac Valley CBC. While we are still 
waiting on some datasheets, we are currently at 93 species for Count day with 
one additional count week species. Highlights include: 



A Common Loon on Lake Quonnipaug (still there as of Monday morning, we've only 
had the species 5 times in 44 years) 


A greater White-fronted Goose on Whirlwind Hill in Wallingford (only 3rd time 
in count history) 


A Northern Shoveler at Bishop's Pond - Research Parkway Meriden (only 5th time)

Two Redheads on Hanover Pond (Only 3rd time, still there as of Monday morning)

Two Peregrine Falcons chasing an Bald Eagle at Hanover Pond

Two Eastern Phoebe (one was along Woodhouse Ave by Coyle Field)

New high count for Common Raven - 21 birds

A House Wren (only 6th time on 44 years) in powerlines by Wildlife Drive in 
Wallingford 


A Common yellowthroat (7th time) near Quonnipaug Pond (still there on Monday)


Best of luck on the upcoming CBCs!


Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe

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Meriden, CT
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Subject: Haddam Meadows - Northern Shrike - video footage
From: Mona Cavallero via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:03:34 +0000 (UTC)
Hello Birders: 
I am posting this note on behalf of Mike Berzenski,  who spotted and filmed 
the Northern Shrike yesterday (Monday 12/15) between 8 and 9 am at Haddam 
Meadows in a tree in the vicinity of the boat launch where it has been sighted 
recently. 

If you are interested in viewing the video,  click on the link below: 

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FqC67DphoXU&feature=em-uploademail 
Enjoy! 
Mona Cavallero / Mike Berzenski 
  
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Subject: Snow goose location correction
From: Michaelene Komara via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:17:40 -0500
Many apologies. Meant to type Research Parkway. It is in Bishops Pond in 
Meriden, along with 200+ Canada geese, a dozen gadwall, and four mute swan as 
of dark. Again, sorry for the mistype. 


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Subject: Westbrook
From: Hank Golet via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:16:26 -0500
From Hank Golet
12/16 Westbrook, Menunketesuck mud flats.
DUNLIN 130+
RUDDY TURNSTONE  75+
BLACK BELLIED PLOVER 5
SANDERLING 7
PURPLE SANDPIPPER 4
BALD EAGLE 2  Both adults were out on Menunketesuck Island
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Subject: Hartford CBC Results
From: Jay Kaplan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:44:42 -0500
Highlights from Sunday's December 14th Hartford Christmas Bird Count - 
White-fronted, snow and cackling goose; gadwall, American wigeon, shoveler, 
northern pintail, green-winged teal, bufflehead, ruddy duck; common loon, black 
vulture, merlin, peregrine, American woodcock, Iceland gull, eastern phoebe, 
red-breasted nuthatch, marsh wren, gray catbird, American pipit, eastern 
towhee, snow bunting and purple finch. Total species at 96 is the second 
highest count total. Notable misses; wood duck, fox sparrow. 


Jay Kaplan, Co-Compiler
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Subject: Snow Geese Durham
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:37:11 -0500
Passing this along.


 From Mike DiGiorgio:
Saw 6 Snow Geese feeding in a field at the Durham Fairground at about 10:00AM. 
There was 4 adults and 2 juveniles. 



Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT


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Subject: Snow goose, Reservoir Rd Meriden
From: Michaelene Komara via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:35:00 -0500
One feeding on ground with 200+ Canada geese

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Subject: Little Blue Heron, Hammo
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Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:58:37 -0500
Juvenile Little Blue Heron seen at Swan Pond 12:55. Tom Murray, Stratford
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Subject: Comments on Connecticut Christmas Bird Count Snowy Egrets
From: Stephen Broker via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:25:06 -0500
Snowy Egret has been sighted on Connecticut Christmas Bird Counts 8 times in 
the last 30 years. Of these sightings, all were made in coastal count circles 
except for Hartford’s (northern) report on the 1987-88 CBC. Here are the 
Statewide CBC records for Snowy Egret: 


1987-88:  New London - 1, 01/02/88
1987-88:  Hartford - 1, 01/02/88
1998-99:  Stratford-Milford - Count Week, 12/27/98
2003-04:  Napatree - 1, 12/21/03
2005-06:  New Haven - 1, 12/17/05
2005-06:  Stratford-Milford - 1, 12/26/05
2006-07:  New London - Count Week, 12/30/06
2009-10:  New Haven - 1, 12/19/09

The Snowy Egret presently at Stratford’s Birdseye Boat ramp is 2 days away 
from joining this list. 


Steve Broker
Cheshire
  


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Subject: 12/14 CBC
From: Jonah Cohen via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:45:30 -0500
I was in Wallingford/North Branford for the Quninipiac count on Sunday... and 
it was pretty darn quiet (and, in places, swampy). In the power lines area I 
did scrounge up 1 snow bunting (near Honeywell) and 1 house wren (near Wildlife 
Dr.) 


Remember: starting tonight, the tufted titmice aren't saying 
"peter-peter-peter", they're saying "dreidl-dreidl-dreidl". 


Merry Christmas Count, Bedford Falls!
Jonah Cohen
Newington

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Subject: Pine Warbler
From: judy moore via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:24:13 -0500 (EST)
A Pine Warbler showed up in the grass near my feeders, actively 
searching for food.  I hope it sticks around for the CBC Saturday!


Judy Moore
Woodbridge



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Subject: Snowy Egret
From: William Banks via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:02:12 -0500
Continues at Birdseye boat ramp. Now sitting on rocks on Sewer plant outfall 
will 14 American Coot. 

Bill Banks 

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