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8 Mar Hamden: Siskins, Brown Creeper, no Rusties. [Arthur Shippee via CTBirds ]
7 Mar Such a bad bird winter up here... [Carrier Graphics via CTBirds ]
7 Mar Tufted Duck, etc. [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
8 Mar dead waterfowl [Glenn Williams via CTBirds ]
7 Mar Bridgeport Tufted Duck, Barrow's Goldeneye [Jack Swatt via CTBirds ]
7 Mar Fairfield Pine Siskins [Aidan Kiley via CTBirds ]
7 Mar Tufted Duck. Yes [Rick Gedney via CTBirds ]
7 Mar Hamden Eagles - "Late Birds" [Mike Horn via CTBirds ]
7 Mar Tufted duck [Stephanie Stewart via CTBirds ]
7 Mar Snow Geese, Greenwich [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
7 Mar Surf Scoter, Old Saybrook [Russ Smiley via CTBirds ]
7 Mar Hammo Bonaparte's Gull [Russ Smiley via CTBirds ]
7 Mar Re: Question about dead geese [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
7 Mar Rusty Blackbirds, Colchester [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
7 Mar Barrows Goldeneye Madison [Russ Smiley via CTBirds ]
7 Mar Re: to the duck replies... [charles barnard jr via CTBirds ]
7 Mar Re: Question about dead geese [Paul Fusco via CTBirds ]
7 Mar Red-Shouldered Hawk eating a squirell [Rick Gedney via CTBirds ]
7 Mar Burying Hill Beach Redhead , dead geese ["Meredith, Leslie via CTBirds" ]
06 Mar To the duck replies thank you [Kevin Doyle via CTBirds ]
7 Mar Transition to Spring Forecast ["Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" ]
7 Mar Tufted Duck continues at Captain's Cove, Fairfield [Paul Smith via CTBirds ]
6 Mar OT: BBC News: DNA reveals bird shift surprise [Arthur Shippee via CTBirds ]
6 Mar Red-shouldered Hawk eating a FISH; Kingfisher, Pine Siskins [Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds ]
6 Mar Bringing back the Heath Hen ... [Carrier Graphics via CTBirds ]
6 Mar Hoary polls [Carrier Graphics via CTBirds ]
6 Mar Stamford Redpoll [Michael via CTBirds ]
6 Mar Charter Oak Landing, Hartford [Paul Cianfaglione via CTBirds ]
6 Mar COA Annual Meeting... all bird enthusiasts welcome! [Lisa Wahle via CTBirds ]
6 Mar Westport Redhead [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
05 Mar Re: Ducks please [Keith Mueller via CTBirds ]
05 Mar Ducks please [Kevin Doyle via CTBirds ]
5 Mar Old Greenwich deck feeders 3/5/2015 - Lots of activity! [Lynnette via CTBirds ]
5 Mar Re: Pine Creek Redpoll [Paul Desjardins via CTBirds ]
5 Mar Re: Pine Creek Redpoll [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
5 Mar Re: Pine Creek Redpoll [greg hanisek via CTBirds ]
5 Mar Re: Pine Creek Redpoll [Mark Szantyr via CTBirds ]
5 Mar Pine Creek Redpoll [Alex Burdo via CTBirds ]
5 Mar Hamden: Siskins [Arthur Shippee via CTBirds ]
5 Mar Peregrine Falcons continue in New Britain [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
5 Mar redpoll in Guilford [Amy Hopkins via CTBirds ]
5 Mar Canvasback at Barnes continues [Jan Collins via CTBirds ]
5 Mar Hungry Cooper's observation [Micky Komara via CTBirds ]
5 Mar Merlin in Norwich [David Provencher via CTBirds ]
5 Mar New Westport yard bird [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
5 Mar Re: PEANUTS [Arthur Shippee via CTBirds ]
5 Mar PEANUTS [Pat Barnett via CTBirds ]
5 Mar Yard/feeder birds [Barbara Garrett via CTBirds ]
5 Mar New Feeder Birds Milford [Winie Wirth via CTBirds ]
5 Mar Re: Peanuts For the birds Follow up [Thomas Owsiany via CTBirds ]
5 Mar Siskins [Beverly Propen via CTBirds ]
5 Mar Winter birds [Jane Olsen via CTBirds ]
5 Mar Peanuts For the birds Follow up [Alan Scuterud via CTBirds ]
5 Mar COMMON REDPOLL Stratford yard [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
5 Mar Highlights so far today [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
4 Mar Juvenile Redheaded Woodpecker [Parrot via CTBirds ]
4 Mar Hamden Eagles on Eggs [Mike Horn via CTBirds ]
4 Mar Peanuts- can they harm birds [Susanne Shrader via CTBirds ]
4 Mar Hoary Redpoll -no [Andrew Block via CTBirds ]
4 Mar Stamford Barrows (2) [Michael Moccio via CTBirds ]
4 Mar CACC [Beverly Propen via CTBirds ]
4 Mar Re: Peanuts are for the birds! [Jerry Connolly via CTBirds ]
4 Mar Norwalk Pine Siskin [Mike VanValen via CTBirds ]
4 Mar Barnes Boat Launch [Jan Collins via CTBirds ]
4 Mar Meriden Red-throated loon [Melissa Baston via CTBirds ]
4 Mar Tufted Duck [Dave via CTBirds ]
4 Mar Eagles [John A Calogero via CTBirds ]
4 Mar COA Annual Meeting & T-shirt Reminder [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
4 Mar COA Annual Meeting & T-shirt Reminder [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
4 Mar Re: Peanuts are for the birds! [SOPHIE ZYLA via CTBirds ]
4 Mar Peanuts are for the birds! [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
4 Mar Young Naturalists Woodcocks & Owls April 25th Bent of the River [SOPHIE ZYLA via CTBirds ]
4 Mar Young Naturalists Beginner Birding May 16th at Bent of the River [SOPHIE ZYLA via CTBirds ]
4 Mar Bent of the River Bird Walk May 2nd [SOPHIE ZYLA via CTBirds ]
04 Mar eagle changing of the guard [Mary Mushinsky via CTBirds ]
3 Mar Re: green woodpecker [Amy Hopkins via CTBirds ]

Subject: Hamden: Siskins, Brown Creeper, no Rusties.
From: Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2015 01:21:02 -0500
Quiet days at our feeders, Fri. & Sat. Some Siskins (8 & 3) along with 
Goldfinch, but no Rusty Blackbirds. Brown Creeper, even creeping across the 
snow. 


A Red-tailed Hawk may be a factor in the lower counts. We've had 2 or 3 strikes 
in the last weeks, more than usual. 


From Arthur Shippee:
03/07/15 - Hamden, North Lake Dr. -- 3 Pine Siskins;  Brown Creeper

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - 72 North Lake Dr., Mar 7, 2015
> Date: March 8, 2015 at 1:11:25 AM EST
> To: ashippee AT snet.net
> 
> 72 North Lake Dr., New Haven, US-CT
> Mar 7, 2015 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
> Protocol: Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz
> 0.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Again, casual looks out at our feeders (suet, sunflower, nyjer, 
millet on ground) from time to time, laurel & oak, &c. in water co. property. 

> 13 species
> 
> Red-tailed Hawk 1 11:20, & hung out for at least a quarter hour -- maybe why 
things a bit quiet? 

> Mourning Dove 12 Not counting the remaining pile of feathers from a recent 
strike. 

> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Hairy Woodpecker  1     2 PM
> Northern Flicker  1     3:15
> Black-capped Chickadee  3
> Tufted Titmouse  2
> Brown Creeper 1 Several times throughout the day, sometimes hopping over the 
snow, too. 

> White-throated Sparrow  2
> Dark-eyed Junco  2
> Northern Cardinal 3 first & last birds observed -- so much a twilight bird. 

> Rusty Blackbird  0     Haven't seen the couple in the last few days.
> Pine Siskin  3
> American Goldfinch  7
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22224427 

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

& 72 North Lake Dr., New Haven, US-CT
Mar 6, 2015 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz
0.0 mile(s)
Comments: Occasional looks to our feeders out back, between us & water co. 
property. 

12 species

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Rusty Blackbird  0
House Finch  1
Pine Siskin  8
American Goldfinch  11

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Subject: Such a bad bird winter up here...
From: Carrier Graphics via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 18:00:44 -0800
I like to mention once again on how bad this winter has been here inland in N 
West CT for birds this winter. In fact for me, it has been not one of, but the 
worst of 40 plus years I've ever encountered birding up here! For an average 
winter, this area is usually full of birds throughout the winter. This comes 
from our abundance of food availability, esp from seed trees such as Spruce, 
Pine, Hemlock and other pines. Also we often have a fantastic tree and bush 
seed winter from the Birches and others as well. From my early survey in 
November, i saw this lack of tree cones and seeds and thought it was going to 
be a sparse winter for birds - But I did not realize how bad it would be. Also 
the berry crop was a normal to good one. However, the absence of other foods 
availability, the birds consumed the berries well before the first snows. And 
with snow depth and cold temps beyond the norm, this also did not help keep the 
birds here throughout this winter. When 

 I do see the few birds left here eating the remainder of the Japanese 
Bittersweet and ornimental alien fruit trees, I know it's been a bad winter for 
birds here in the North Western corner. Seems our feeders are the only chance 
to see some birds, but that is not what birding is about up here. 


Paul Carrier - Harwinton 
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Subject: Tufted Duck, etc.
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 20:14:50 -0500
From Frank & Linda Mantlik,
3/7. Bridgeport, Captain's Cove (1 Bostwick), with Mike & Wanda Moccio- it took 
2 visits to locate the female TUFTED DUCK among a large flock of Greater & 
Lesser Scaup. Also seen here were 9 REDHEADS (6 males), 1 CANVASBACK (sparse 
this icy winter), pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS (which flew away), 13 Horned 
Grebes. 

Bridgeport, St. Mary's by the Sea, w/ the Moccios - large flock of 500+-feeding 
Greater & Lesser Scaup contained 1 male REDHEAD, 1 male CANVASBACK. 

Stratford, Birdseye St boatramp - 2 adult Bald Eagles, usual ducks, grebes, 
harriers, gulls, coots. 

Stratford, Shakespeare Theater (Elm St)- Merlin.
Stratford, Raven Pond (East Main  AT  Brookside)- male Wood Duck, male Northern 
Pintail. 



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Subject: dead waterfowl
From: Glenn Williams via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2015 00:36:12 +0000 (UTC)
There have been a number of dead waterfowl on the Mystic River over the latter 
half of this winter, mostly Canada Geese.  None seem to last more than a day, 
presumably scavenged by birds of prey or coyotes.  My family and I watched a 
Bald Eagle take a Canada Goose from one of the few small and crowded open water 
spots north of Route 1 about two weeks ago.  The next day there was nothing 
but blood and feathers remaining.  The ones apparently succumbing to the 
conditions disappear without a trace. 

Glenn WilliamsMystic
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Subject: Bridgeport Tufted Duck, Barrow's Goldeneye
From: Jack Swatt via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:27:01 -0800
Late post, I was at Captain's Cove earlier today and did have the Tufted Duck, 
but it was in a different spot than previously seen. The area in front of the 
pavillion was mostly iced over with broken ice and a lg mixed flock congregated 
further south west past the docks. The Tufted duck was seen from the public 
peir near the shops. Also 15 Canvasback, 5 Redheads, 2 female Ring-necked Duck 
and 6 Horned Grebe. 

Also at St Mary's by the Sea - male Barrow's Goldeneye

Jack Swatt
Wolcott

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Subject: Fairfield Pine Siskins
From: Aidan Kiley via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 18:23:52 -0500
Today- 3 Pine Siskins at Larsen Sanctuary in Fairfield.  They were at the
large feeder by parking lot as you pull in.

Aidan Kiley
Fairfield, CT
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Subject: Tufted Duck. Yes
From: Rick Gedney via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:56:30 -0500
Captains Cove. 4:00 pm. 
In close near inner  ice edge 
Nice afternoon light
Thanks everyone

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Subject: Hamden Eagles - "Late Birds"
From: Mike Horn via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 15:49:40 -0500
Hi All. I spent loads of time out there today (Sat 3/7/15) with my spotting
scope. They may not be on eggs yet as I and others have previously reported.
Both adults are indeed present but neither is doing nest duty yet. They are
still fussing with sticks in the nest but then taking off. Other folks have
got nice pictures of them sitting together. Even Princess Ann (Class of
2013) may have put in an appearance but no setting behavior. They have a
reputation as "Late Birds". To be continued - Mike Horn - Hamden

 



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Subject: Tufted duck
From: Stephanie Stewart via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:42:09 -0500
3/7: captain's cove, Yes!!!!  AT 1:30 pm

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Subject: Snow Geese, Greenwich
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 09:31:23 -0800
Passing this along.


 From Ted Gilman - March 7, 2015
Greenwich, Audubon Center - At 10:15AM I first heard and then saw, at close 
range, approximately 75 SNOW GEESE (including one 'blue phase') flying NW over 
Audubon Greenwich at treetop level. 



Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT


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Subject: Surf Scoter, Old Saybrook
From: Russ Smiley via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:46:54 -0500
Former Dock & Dine lot beside CT River, Old Saybrook, CT 11:15 AM 7 March 2015: 
About 15 surf Scoter diving about 100 yds out. One black Scoter female seen 
earlier with half dozen common loon, red-breasted merganser, some common 
goldeneyes, and one horned grebe. 

Russ Smiley
Marlborough, CT

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Subject: Hammo Bonaparte's Gull
From: Russ Smiley via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 10:13:11 -0500
Hammonasset Beach SP, Madison, CT 10:00 7 March 2015: One Bonaparte's gull to 
east of Meigs Point jetty. 

Russ Smiley
Marlborough, CT

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Subject: Re: Question about dead geese
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 07:07:51 -0800
Paul,
What location were you at yesterday?
At Birdseye in Stratford, I have been seeing lots of dead Canada Geese, 
Gadwall, and one male Mallard with a band (that the apparent owner of 
Harborside Bait & Tackle retrieved with his fishing rod. Don't know what he was 
going to do with it.) 

I assume they have been starving, or have been killed by various predators 
(birds of prey, etc.) 

Hopefully this harsh winter is on its way out.

Frank Mantlik
Stratford


On Saturday, March 7, 2015 7:06 AM, Paul Fusco via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

 


This has been an absolute brutal winter for waterfowl. The sub zero nighttime 
temps and lack of food availability due to the ice and snow have left many 
ducks and geese starving and unable to cope with the weather. On the plus side, 
it means some hungry hawks and other predators have some food available to help 
them thru this winter. 

Paul

Yday 5-ish the Redhead gave great looks in the channel. Lots of mergansers, a 
couple Gadwalls. But what's with all the dead geese on the ice? About 6 
carcasses. Sent from my iPhone 



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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds, Colchester
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 06:49:42 -0800
Passing this along.


 From Annie and Mike Perko, Colchester
Rusty Blackbirds continue under backyard feeders for the 60th day from 3 to 8 
of them. This morning 5 at 7:30A.M 



Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT


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Subject: Barrows Goldeneye Madison
From: Russ Smiley via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:53:51 -0500
Middle Beach, Madison, CT, 8:40 AM 7 March 2015: Adult male Barrows Goldeneye 
seen with 20 COGOs at east rocks off shore (binocular distance). Walk from 
small parking area to east end of sidewalk for best viewing. 

Russ Smiley
Marlborough, CT

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Subject: Re: to the duck replies...
From: charles barnard jr via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:35:02 -0500
Kevin,

The land mass across the harbor from the gazebo at Captain's Cove is
Bridgeport's former landfill. It runs along the northwestern edge of
Seaside Park in Bridgeport. Deer have been in there for quite a few years.
I believe that a portion of the former landfill is supposed to be the site
of a solar energy project in the not too distant future, although I have
not kept up with the news on that proposed project.

Charlie Barnard
Stratford
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Subject: Re: Question about dead geese
From: Paul Fusco via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 07:06:17 -0500
This has been an absolute brutal winter for waterfowl. The sub zero nighttime 
temps and lack of food availability due to the ice and snow have left many 
ducks and geese starving and unable to cope with the weather. On the plus side, 
it means some hungry hawks and other predators have some food available to help 
them thru this winter. 

Paul

Yday 5-ish the Redhead gave great looks in the channel. Lots of mergansers, a 
couple Gadwalls. But what's with all the dead geese on the ice? About 6 
carcasses. Sent from my iPhone 



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Subject: Red-Shouldered Hawk eating a squirell
From: Rick Gedney via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 06:55:45 -0500
From Rick Gedney, Madison:

chiming in on recent posts about RSHA finding food...

My feeding station amped up a couple days ago when a RSHA took a squirrel. 
Dragged under a spruce tree and ate it over the course of two days. We have had 
them nesting in the wooded swamp behind us for years. They usually gorge on 
amphibians coming from all the vernal pools so we'll see if other food sources 
hold them over. The amphibians could be late. I can think of only a few times 
in 20 years that the peepers and wood frogs were not sounding off by St. 
Patrick's day here. 


It will interesting to see in various count numbers if this weather event in 
the winter of 2015 will knock back the numbers of our "southern" birds (feeders 
are a bit of a wild card here). 


In a more (unfortunately) predictable feeding event a Red-tailed Hawk took one 
of our chickens last week Usually the canopy provides some free range 
protection but my wife watched from the house as the Red-tail nailed it, the 
hen briefly escaped under the coop where the hawk cornered it like a 
velociraptor and dragged it out. The eyes, crop and some other parts were 
consumed by the time she went out there. 


Tough winter.
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Subject: Burying Hill Beach Redhead , dead geese
From: "Meredith, Leslie via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:33:04 +0000
Yday 5-ish the Redhead gave great looks in the channel. Lots of mergansers, a 
couple Gadwalls. But what's with all the dead geese on the ice? About 6 
carcasses. 


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Subject: To the duck replies thank you
From: Kevin Doyle via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 22:38:59 -0500
To all who pointed me in the right direction for ducks thank you. I found St. 
Mary's but not with any help from the Fairfield cops. I stutter and it was 
difficult getting the words out and the cop being a punk & probably half my age 
made a few wise cracks ... debating whether to report him ... plenty of ducks 
but way to far out ... very harsh light also. Several mature eagles also. 
Scouted to get on the other side no luck. Captains Cove found by mistake and 
the ice house. Again plenty of ducks just a little to far out. Think I 
saw/found the tuffted duck. Distance again. Many female ring neck duck, 
canvasbacks and grebes. Who knows what else because I just couldn't see. Also 
what is the land mass across from the gezbo ... saw 2 female deer and one buck 
seemingly being chased by a red fox ... how did they access this spit? 


Over at Birdseye one canvasback up close & personal ... numerous American 
Wiegon, green winged teal ( at last good captures) grebes, black ducks but 
oddly no hoodies. A few common mergansers. 


Did spot a few more tragedies of the harsh winter ... 2 Canadian gesse ... 
possibly broken wings or missing feet ... very difficult to deal with but the 
reality is that the strongest survive. I can't see how they will make it 
through the night ... high tide will surely drown them. 


Over at Long Beach the parking lot road is flooded not only with water but ice 
... took a gamble with the car ... scanned quickly for Long tail ducks didn't 
see any. Beat feet to get out. Car has less than 4 inches ground clearance. 


Hudson ... Saturday may truly be the last day of the season ... warm weather 
right around the corner ... 


New Milford
Kevindoyle01 AT charter.net

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Subject: Transition to Spring Forecast
From: "Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 02:53:02 +0000
The latest Winter Bird Forecast is a transition to spring birds:

http://wxedge.com/2015/03/05/change-is-seasons-bringing-plenty-of-birds/?

[https://lintvwxedge.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/feature-benting-stretch.jpg?w=640&h=371&crop=1] 


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Subject: Tufted Duck continues at Captain's Cove, Fairfield
From: Paul Smith via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 01:16:24 +0000 (UTC)
Tufted duck relocated at Captain's Cove.
She moves around quite a bit and dives.  I didn't pick her up until the 4th 
pass. 

Much less ice this week.  Ducks are spread out.  
Paul SmithNew Haven
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Subject: OT: BBC News: DNA reveals bird shift surprise
From: Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:45:52 -0500
Speaking of the difficulties of id'ing birds.... I saw this story on the BBC 
News iPhone App and thought you should see it: 


DNA reveals bird shift surprise

DNA samples reveal two species of forest-dwelling birds on remote Indonesian 
islands are actually members of the ground-dwelling pipit and wagtail family. 


Read more:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31714230


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Subject: Red-shouldered Hawk eating a FISH; Kingfisher, Pine Siskins
From: Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 11:58:31 -0500
from Angela Dimmitt
3/6 New Milford yard - just saw a flash of wings and 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS - 
one landed on a branch and began eating what through bins turned out to be a 
fish! It had been hanging out over the stream (as well as the feeders) but its 
last catch there was a small rodent. Twice before that it snatched prey from a 
Cooper's hawk and a sharp-shinned hawk, so it is enjoying a varied diet. 


The male KINGFISHER is also here every day now - the Housatonic is completely 
frozen and my stream is not. Also 6 PINE SISKINS showing much variation in 
plumage. 

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Subject: Bringing back the Heath Hen ...
From: Carrier Graphics via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 07:51:57 -0800
Bringing back the Heath Hen ! 
You might want to read this - interesting but disturbing as well........


http://vineyardgazette.com/news/2015/03/05/heath-hen-project-advances-quickly?k=vg54f9cb5bcfcc8&r=1 



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Subject: Hoary polls
From: Carrier Graphics via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 07:42:41 -0800
Hi Alex - I too felt they were probubly not Hoarys but didn't get in on it. 
Being pale looking can still be both. 

I have had them here in Harwinton in years past, but in 40 years here, only had 
them twice in with Commons. I did not like the slight blush of pink on breast, 
and some commons seem to have clean under tails as well. Also, the Common has 
many degrees of varience in color and contrasts. From very contrasty to very 
pale (frosty) as well. For sure they are a difficult bird to spec out. To me, a 
Hoary must show a clear rump, not just under tail, and be very frosty all over. 
And i believe the Hoary, if a male, has a bit smaller red cap as well. Males 
are much better to compare than females. I believe females of both get very 
difficult to ID. 


Paul Carrier - Harwinton 
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Subject: Stamford Redpoll
From: Michael via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 09:43:16 -0500
3-7-15 Stamford
1 Common Redpoll coming to my feeder with 15 Pine Siskins which have been 
around for about a week now. 


Mike Moccio
Stamford



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Subject: Charter Oak Landing, Hartford
From: Paul Cianfaglione via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 09:26:49 -0500
3/6 Hartford, Charter Oak Landing - The flock of GREAT CORMORANT has now
risen to 8.
Also, 1 PEREGRINE FALCON perched under and near the Charter Oak Bridge. A
probable nester from the past couple years.

Paul Cianfaglione and Jamie Meyers
Both from Canton
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Subject: COA Annual Meeting... all bird enthusiasts welcome!
From: Lisa Wahle via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 09:11:24 -0500
Don't miss the Annual Meeting of the CT Ornithological Association (COA)
Saturday March 21st.
Middlesex Community College, Middletown CT
All birders and bird enthusiasts are welcome!  You need not be a COA member.
See details at http://www.ctbirding.org/news.htm. 
The COA meeting is a great opportunity to visit with fellow birders, hear 
informative and inspirational speakers, shop from vendors, and participate in 
the COA raffle. This year's exciting raffle highlights include Puffin tour 
tickets to Eastern Egg Rock in Maine from Hardy Boat Cruises, original artwork 
by Sean Murtha and Mark Szantyr, a turned wood owl by AJ Hand as well as a 
photography workshop, and a day trip to Mount Auburn Cemetery with Sunrise 
Birding. 


Our speakers and their topics this year are:
Norman Smith - Snowy Owls to Saw-whet Owls, 

Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle - The Overlooked ID Points that Make 
Identifying Warblers Easy, and 


David Sibley - The Psychology of Bird Identification.





Reduced pricing for admission ends March 7th (but you can still register after 
that or at the door). Lunch reservations end on March 13th. The new cafeteria 
at the College will accommodate everyone for lunch. We will again be serving 
bird friendly coffee donated by Birds & Beans. 


For meeting details and registration form, go to 
http://www.ctbirding.org/news.htm. 

Hope to see you there!

Lisa Wahle
COA Annual Meeting Committee
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Subject: Westport Redhead
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 08:51:32 -0500
3/6/15- Westport-Burying Hill Beach- adult Redhead very close in the creek. 
This bird was found yesterday by AJ Hand. 


Tina Green
Westport
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Subject: Re: Ducks please
From: Keith Mueller via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:02:28 -0500
Kevin, with the severe winter this February, accessing good waterfowl  
concentration areas may be tough. I would always suggest a few spots  
in Rhode Island such as Beavertail SP in Jamestown, Sachuest NWR in  
Middletown, Point Judith, Galilee Harbor in Narragansett, Newton Ave  
along the Narragansett shoreline, Narragansett Town Pier, Cliff Walk  
in Newport, Brenton Point in Newport, Fort Adams in Newport, Fort  
Getty in Jamestown, Fort Wetherill in Jamestown, Quonnie Breachway in  
Charlestown, and when not frozen try Trustom Pond, Ninigret Pond, in  
the Harbor areas of the Providence area and Wickford area. You should  
find just about any species you would want in these areas. Beavertail  
is my absolute favorite...especially if you want good close-up shots  
of Eiders, Harlequins and other Sea Ducks and Sea Birds.

Good Luck,

Keith Mueller
Killingworth


Quoting Kevin Doyle via CTBirds :

> I would appreciate it greatly if any of the experts on the list  
> could point me in the right direction to see & photograph ducks. I  
> have been to Birdsye ... Long Beach ... Mondo Pond (thank you Jim )  
> the red head duck was there yesterday with numerous ring neck ducks   
> ... hoodies & mallards ... I will be hitting the Croton River below  
> the dam in NYS as well the Croton River where it merges into the  
> Hudson ... both in the past have been shown to show ducks.  But CT  
> is home   .... would really like to see Long tailed ducks. Thanks.
>
> New Milford Kevin
> Kevindoyle01 AT charter.net
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Subject: Ducks please
From: Kevin Doyle via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:36:13 -0500
I would appreciate it greatly if any of the experts on the list could point me 
in the right direction to see & photograph ducks. I have been to Birdsye ... 
Long Beach ... Mondo Pond (thank you Jim ) the red head duck was there 
yesterday with numerous ring neck ducks  ... hoodies & mallards ... I will be 
hitting the Croton River below the dam in NYS as well the Croton River where it 
merges into the Hudson ... both in the past have been shown to show ducks.  
But CT is home   .... would really like to see Long tailed ducks. Thanks. 


New Milford Kevin
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Subject: Old Greenwich deck feeders 3/5/2015 - Lots of activity!
From: Lynnette via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:35:26 -0500
These birds visited today:
Red Bellied woodpeckers
Downy woodpeckers
Northern Cardinals
Bluejays
Carolina Wrens
Chickadees
Tufted Titmouse(s)
Nuthatches
Juncoes
Pine Siskens - a first
American goldfinches - don't get them very often
Eastern Starlings
Mourning Doves
House Sparrows
White Throated Sparrows

Lynnette Clemens, Old Greenwich

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Subject: Re: Pine Creek Redpoll
From: Paul Desjardins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:28:31 -0500
Alex. Don’t feel bad. We all make mistakes. In fact even professional 
ornithologists have been known to misidentify museum specimens! 


Paul Desjardins
Windsor Locks
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Subject: Re: Pine Creek Redpoll
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:55:38 -0500
Alex, 
I agree with Mark and the others. You are a great birder and your pursuing the 
correct identification of what we all thought was a Hoary Redpoll shows that 
you are also an honorable birder. And many people got to discover another area 
of Pine Creek! 

It's all good and another learning experience.

Tina Green
Westport
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> On Mar 5, 2015, at 6:39 PM, Mark Szantyr via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

> 
> Great job, Alex. The kind of work you did on this ID is worth years of field 
experience and its these efforts that further all of our knowledge in bird 
identification. 

> 
> You did a really good and brave thing and you should be very proud of 
yourself. 

> 
> Anybody need an eraser?
> 
> Mark
> 
> Mark Szantyr
> 
>> On Mar 5, 2015, at 6:26 PM, Alex Burdo via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

>> 
>> Hi All,
>> 
>> In the days following the finding of the supposed "Hoary Redpoll" at Pine
>> Creek, I began to have second thoughts about the bird's identity. Others
>> too, had their doubts, and a few days of discussion and thorough review of
>> photos have revealed that this was in fact a case of mistaken identity.
>> Unfortunately, although apparently on the paler side for Common Redpoll,
>> this bird is just that, and not a Hoary as it was originally identified.
>> 
>> I hate to have to send this email, and am very sorry to all of those that
>> ticked this bird for their year, state, and/or life lists. If you have any
>> questions about the process that took place to sort out this bird's
>> identity, feel free to email me.
>> 
>> Alex Burdo
>> Fairfield
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Subject: Re: Pine Creek Redpoll
From: greg hanisek via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:18:54 -0800
Alex, I second everything said here by Mark. We all knew you were a good birder 
already, but I know this has elevated you in the eyes everyone who takes this 
craft seriously, but not so seriously that getting it right ever takes a back 
seat to the path of least resistance. 


By the way, there's a reason some taxonomists doubt that Hoary Redpoll is a 
separate species. 


Greg


On Thursday, March 5, 2015 6:39 PM, Mark Szantyr via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

 


Great job, Alex. The kind of work you did on this ID is worth years of field 
experience and its these efforts that further all of our knowledge in bird 
identification. 


You did a really good and brave thing and you should be very proud of yourself. 


Anybody need an eraser?

Mark

Mark Szantyr

> On Mar 5, 2015, at 6:26 PM, Alex Burdo via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

> 
> Hi All,
> 
> In the days following the finding of the supposed "Hoary Redpoll" at Pine
> Creek, I began to have second thoughts about the bird's identity. Others
> too, had their doubts, and a few days of discussion and thorough review of
> photos have revealed that this was in fact a case of mistaken identity.
> Unfortunately, although apparently on the paler side for Common Redpoll,
> this bird is just that, and not a Hoary as it was originally identified.
> 
> I hate to have to send this email, and am very sorry to all of those that
> ticked this bird for their year, state, and/or life lists. If you have any
> questions about the process that took place to sort out this bird's
> identity, feel free to email me.
> 
> Alex Burdo
> Fairfield
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Subject: Re: Pine Creek Redpoll
From: Mark Szantyr via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:39:13 -0500
Great job, Alex. The kind of work you did on this ID is worth years of field 
experience and its these efforts that further all of our knowledge in bird 
identification. 


You did a really good and brave thing and you should be very proud of yourself. 


Anybody need an eraser?

Mark

Mark Szantyr

> On Mar 5, 2015, at 6:26 PM, Alex Burdo via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

> 
> Hi All,
> 
> In the days following the finding of the supposed "Hoary Redpoll" at Pine
> Creek, I began to have second thoughts about the bird's identity. Others
> too, had their doubts, and a few days of discussion and thorough review of
> photos have revealed that this was in fact a case of mistaken identity.
> Unfortunately, although apparently on the paler side for Common Redpoll,
> this bird is just that, and not a Hoary as it was originally identified.
> 
> I hate to have to send this email, and am very sorry to all of those that
> ticked this bird for their year, state, and/or life lists. If you have any
> questions about the process that took place to sort out this bird's
> identity, feel free to email me.
> 
> Alex Burdo
> Fairfield
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Subject: Pine Creek Redpoll
From: Alex Burdo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:26:58 -0500
Hi All,

In the days following the finding of the supposed "Hoary Redpoll" at Pine
Creek, I began to have second thoughts about the bird's identity. Others
too, had their doubts, and a few days of discussion and thorough review of
photos have revealed that this was in fact a case of mistaken identity.
Unfortunately, although apparently on the paler side for Common Redpoll,
this bird is just that, and not a Hoary as it was originally identified.

I hate to have to send this email, and am very sorry to all of those that
ticked this bird for their year, state, and/or life lists. If you have any
questions about the process that took place to sort out this bird's
identity, feel free to email me.

Alex Burdo
Fairfield
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Subject: Hamden: Siskins
From: Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:16:08 -0500
A quiet day around the feeders, & only a couple of inches of snow or so (unlike 
Madison, I hear) -- I didn't watch every minute, but only saw the RUBL pair 
briefly, & didn't have the sparrow flock at all so far as I saw. But a good 
number of Siskin, high for season I think, and roughly an equal number of 
Goldfinch, who did a good job on the seed. 


From Arthur Shippee:
03/05/15 - Hamden, North Lake Dr. -- 8 Pine Siskins, 2 Rusty Blackbirds

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - 72 North Lake Dr., Mar 5, 2015
> Date: March 5, 2015 at 6:07:26 PM EST
> To: ashippee AT snet.net
> 
> 72 North Lake Dr., New Haven, US-CT
> Mar 5, 2015 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 11 species
> 
> Mourning Dove  7
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Blue Jay  1
> Black-capped Chickadee  5
> Tufted Titmouse  1
> White-breasted Nuthatch  1
> Dark-eyed Junco  1
> Rusty Blackbird  2     Seems to be the same couple.
> Pine Siskin  8
> American Goldfinch  5     Probably more, but not many more.
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22186807 

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

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Subject: Peregrine Falcons continue in New Britain
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:02:56 -0800
Passing this along.


 From SH Johnston:
03/05/2015 -- New Britain - PEREGRINE FALCON pair continues in downtown New 
Britain. In the past week I have seen the male (smaller and lighter grey) and 
female (larger and darker grey) in various spots in and around downtown. This 
afternoon (3/5) I saw the male on top of a utility pole **in the parking lot** 
at Stop and Shop on Corbin Avenue. Last Sunday I saw the male atop antennae, 
etc., at the Stanley works plant behind Stop and Shop. A few days earlier, I 
saw the female atop the old police station. Male prefers the satellite dish 
atop the new police station. Other spots to look: top of spire of South Church 
(male), top of Trinity-on-Main (either). There seem to be far fewer pigeons and 
starlings downtown than there were several weeks ago. :-) 



Roy Harvey
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Subject: redpoll in Guilford
From: Amy Hopkins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:12:32 -0500
I FINALLY got a redpoll here! I've been jealous all winter of everyone else. I 
never get redpolls. SO delighted to have one! I haven't had a pine siskin all 
winter, but I'll definitely take a redpoll! 


Amy Hopkins
Guilford
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Subject: Canvasback at Barnes continues
From: Jan Collins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:09:43 -0500
3/4/15  8:45 AM  the male CANVASBACK continues at Barnes Boat Launch in 
Enfield sleeping at the ice edge right at the landing.

Jan in Somers 


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Subject: Hungry Cooper's observation
From: Micky Komara via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:00:55 +0000 (UTC)

Just witnessed an incredibly hungry Cooper's Hawk fling itself while flying at 
force into a large tangle of bittersweet and wild rose stems, the go-to place 
where all my feeder birds scurry to avoid being picked off. Usually the 
Cooper's just waits on a tree branch for an unsuspecting victim. I can only 
assume how desperate it is to risk so much injury flying at that force into and 
eventually through 6-8 feet thick of tangle. I had 20 blue jays screaming. What 
a winter. 

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Subject: Merlin in Norwich
From: David Provencher via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:31:12 -0500
Immature Merlin (appears male) on transmission lines that cross Rte 82 just
west of Walmart/Big Y entrance.

 

Dave Provencher

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Subject: New Westport yard bird
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:48:16 -0500
3/5/15- Westport- my yard which is not far from LI Sound- 3 Common Redpolls(new 
yard bird),15 Pine Siskins,45 American Goldfinch, and several House Finches- a 
finch feeding frenzy! 


Tina Green
Westport
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Subject: Re: PEANUTS
From: Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:31:05 -0500
Surely there are many bulk sources for material, but among our own birders on 
this list, a number have stores, supplying all our birding needs, including 
expertise. I'm proud to support my birding friends & colleagues. 


I was going to list some, but there are quite a number around the state.  

On Mar 5, 2015, at 11:58 AM, Pat Barnett via CTBirds 
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> You can get granulated or split peanuts from bulk foods 
> 
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Subject: PEANUTS
From: Pat Barnett via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:58:33 -0500
 You can get granulated or split peanuts from bulk foods 

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Subject: Yard/feeder birds
From: Barbara Garrett via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:37:49 -0500
50+ Pine Siskins, 30+ American Goldfinches, one pair Common Redpoll, 1 White 
Throated Sparrow, 2 Carolina Wren, 10+ Juncos, 2 Pair American Cardinals, 
numerous House Finches, pair Hairy Woodpeckers, One male Downy Woodpecker, one 
Red Bellied Woodpecker, one Pileated Woodpecker heard but not seen, 2 Blue 
Jays, a few Chickadees. It’s a real food fight out there! 


Barbara Garrett
Shelton
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Subject: New Feeder Birds Milford
From: Winie Wirth via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:24:16 -0800
Milford yard. FOY Pine Siskin-one-where are its compatriots? Making the 
chickadees look enormous. It sat on the feeder and ate for over 5 minutes. 
Undisturbed by the the chickadees, titmice and nuthatches flying in and out. 
Just got in from Canada and really hungry? 


The other birds fly 30 feet in to get one seed, fly back to the tree and 
hatchet at the seed for half a minute, then repeat. How does all that work for 
each seed result in a net energy gain? Not like the Blue Jays who make off with 
15 seeds at a time. 


Yesterday morning I thought I saw a Redpoll on the feeder, just before the sun 
came up so it was a little dark. It flew off just as I raise my Bins to my 
eyes, of course. Frank has Siskins and a Redpoll in Stratford just to the west, 
so it's possible... 


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Subject: Re: Peanuts For the birds Follow up
From: Thomas Owsiany via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:56:01 -0500
I throw out the peanuts shell and all. The squirrels, jays, titmouse and 
woodpeckers fight for them. A few handfuls go in a few minutes. 

Tom Owsiany
Shelton

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> On Mar 5, 2015, at 10:41 AM, Alan Scuterud via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

> 
> 
> We've been buying the two pound bags of peanuts (roasted/unsalted) in the 
shell from Fairway market for ~$3, and doing the shelling (altho' the bluejays 
will take them before the squirrels get them shell and all and open them up). 
Takes some time, but doing it while watching TV makes it go fast. 

> AL Scuterud
> Old Greenwich
> 
> Message: 11Date:Wed, 4 Mar 2015 08:16:30 -0500From: 
Mntncougar AT aol.comTo:ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.orgSubject: [CT Birds] Peanuts are 
for thebirds!Message-ID: Content-Type: 
text/plain;charset="US-ASCII"For years I've put shelled peanuts out on my 
feeders, andthey are a favorite of many birds. But the price of them has gone 
up and upand up till I've had to ration them. I used to get whole raw peanuts 
fromAgway, but they were very hard and only a few birds could really eat 
them,most notably Bluejays. I once watched a Jay stuff 15 peanuts in his 
mouthwithout stopping. I like Bluejays, but not that much! Other birds 
likeTitmice and even Chickadees would take them and fly off, but I wondered 
howthey could eat them. I tried to chop them up in a food processor and 
itbroke; they were just too hard. Carolina Wrens love peanuts more 
thananything, but they don't have the technique down for eating them like 
somebirds do. They don't hold them down with a foot, just rare back and pound 
atthem with their beaks. Invariably the peanut squirts away and they have 
toretrieve it and try again. More recently I have been able to get 
roastedpeanuts, mostly halves, and they are much softer. To make them go 
farther Itried a food processor again and it works beautifully. Just don't 
grind toolong or you can end up with oily dust. And now all the birds are 
happy! Eachcan select just the size piece they like best, and I've seen birds 
take themthat never touched them before. In the past few days I've seen both 
male andfemale Cardinals eating pieces and flying off with more. Now the Wrens 
takethe tiniest crumbs, wolfing them down one after another. I have one 
thatspends 10 minutes at a time, eating them like a sewing machine. I'm not 
surebut I think even the Goldfinches take the crumbs too, although they come 
forthe millet. There is no loss from chopping them up; at the end of the 
daythere is not a trace of peanut left on the feeder.Only birds that 
areprobably not as happy are the Bluejays; it takes a lot more time and 
effortfor them to get their fill and usually they don't stay that long. But 
thebest part is, now the peanuts last a lot longer on the feeder and 
everyonegets a share. And since they are high in calorie and fat content I 
think theyare an excellent food to tide them over through the winter. Don 
Morgan,Coventry, 
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Subject: Siskins
From: Beverly Propen via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:11:54 -0500
​3/5  Orange backyard
8 Pine Siskins have joined the expanding flock of American Goldfinches and
my regular customers.  Plus 2 Fox sparrows.
Bev Propen, Orange
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Subject: Winter birds
From: Jane Olsen via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:53:04 -0500
At my feeders in Ridgefield I have had juncos, titmice, chickadees,
downies, cardinals, and house finches daily all winter.  A couple of
starlings come and go, and I occasionally see a hairy woodpecker and a
couple of local redbellies.  But what really interests me is the variation
that comes with temperature and conditions.  When it snows (like today), I
have bluebirds.  They are never there unless it is snowing.  Today there is
one pair; earlier this week there were two pairs.  And yesterday, when the
temperature rose to 40 degrees, my pine siskins disappeared and we were
overwhelmed by gold finches and I saw the first mourning doves I had seen
in weeks.  This morning (23 degrees), the pine siskins are back (maybe
30-40 of them), and I haven not seen a gold finch yet today.  They seem to
be so temperature sensitive, and it also makes me wonder where they are
when they aren't coming to the feeders.  Birds are so interesting!

Jane Nicklin Olsen
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St. Luke's School
New Canaan, CT 06840
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Subject: Peanuts For the birds Follow up
From: Alan Scuterud via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:41:25 -0500
We've been buying the two pound bags of peanuts (roasted/unsalted) in the shell 
from Fairway market for ~$3, and doing the shelling (altho' the bluejays will 
take them before the squirrels get them shell and all and open them up). Takes 
some time, but doing it while watching TV makes it go fast. 

AL Scuterud
Old Greenwich

Message: 11Date:Wed, 4 Mar 2015 08:16:30 -0500From: 
Mntncougar AT aol.comTo:ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.orgSubject: [CT Birds] Peanuts are 
for thebirds!Message-ID: Content-Type: 
text/plain;charset="US-ASCII"For years I've put shelled peanuts out on my 
feeders, andthey are a favorite of many birds. But the price of them has gone 
up and upand up till I've had to ration them. I used to get whole raw peanuts 
fromAgway, but they were very hard and only a few birds could really eat 
them,most notably Bluejays. I once watched a Jay stuff 15 peanuts in his 
mouthwithout stopping. I like Bluejays, but not that much! Other birds 
likeTitmice and even Chickadees would take them and fly off, but I wondered 
howthey could eat them. I tried to chop them up in a food processor and 
itbroke; they were just too hard. Carolina Wrens love peanuts more 
thananything, but they don't have the technique down for eating them like 
somebirds do. They don't hold them down with a foot, just rare back and pound 
atthem with their beaks. Invariably the peanut squirts away and they have 
toretrieve it and try again. More recently I have been able to get 
roastedpeanuts, mostly halves, and they are much softer. To make them go 
farther Itried a food processor again and it works beautifully. Just don't 
grind toolong or you can end up with oily dust. And now all the birds are 
happy! Eachcan select just the size piece they like best, and I've seen birds 
take themthat never touched them before. In the past few days I've seen both 
male andfemale Cardinals eating pieces and flying off with more. Now the Wrens 
takethe tiniest crumbs, wolfing them down one after another. I have one 
thatspends 10 minutes at a time, eating them like a sewing machine. I'm not 
surebut I think even the Goldfinches take the crumbs too, although they come 
forthe millet. There is no loss from chopping them up; at the end of the 
daythere is not a trace of peanut left on the feeder.Only birds that 
areprobably not as happy are the Bluejays; it takes a lot more time and 
effortfor them to get their fill and usually they don't stay that long. But 
thebest part is, now the peanuts last a lot longer on the feeder and 
everyonegets a share. And since they are high in calorie and fat content I 
think theyare an excellent food to tide them over through the winter. Don 
Morgan,Coventry, 
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Subject: COMMON REDPOLL Stratford yard
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:33:46 -0500
From Frank Mantlik,
3/5. Stratford yard and feeders- one COMMON REDPOLL just joined the 16 PINE 
SISKINS and 70+ American Goldfinches at the feeders. 


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Subject: Highlights so far today
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:11:44 -0500
3/5/15 - Westport- Burying Hill Beach- Lesser Black-backed Gull "Ms. Burying 
Hill" continues 

Southport-Southport Beach- adult male Eurasian Wigeon in close to shore 
 
Tina Green
Westport
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Subject: Juvenile Redheaded Woodpecker
From: Parrot via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:31:28 -0500
Greetings,
A friend from Ashford (427 Turnpike Road) reported to me on Feb 22 an unknown 
woodpecker. I did some research thinking is was a juvenile Redheaded 
Woodpecker. My friend studied more images on the web and found those that best 
matched his bird. Confirmed as a redhead. He has a few okay pictures but the 
bird disappeared soon after his report. 


Ron
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Subject: Hamden Eagles on Eggs
From: Mike Horn via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:27:50 -0500
Hi Folks. This just in. On the way home this afternoon, I stopped by the
State St Hamden Eagle Nest - YES - As of today (Wed 3/4/15) - They are
setting on eggs ! ! ! This makes 35 days from now about 4/8/15 for hatching.
The river is now somewhat unfrozen so they don't have to go to the harbor
for food. Now the bad news. The eagles have added sticks to the nest and
made it about 6" higher. Regards to all, Mike Horn - Hamden, CT

 



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Subject: Peanuts- can they harm birds
From: Susanne Shrader via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:15:02 -0500
I have Heard from many sources that because most peanuts have some amount of 
aspergillosis which creates a toxin, that they should never be given to birds. 
It is a very small amount and does not hurt mammals. Apparently the toxins can 
build up and the shorten the life of birds. I've heard this from veterinarian 
technicians who have seen it firsthand. So to be safe I never put peanuts out. 


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Subject: Hoary Redpoll -no
From: Andrew Block via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 20:53:34 +0000 (UTC)
Went to look for the Hoary Redpoll in Fairfield today at around 12pm or so and 
saw nothing except usual birds, a imm. Red-shouldered Hawk, and a small flock 
of 3 Common Redpolls and 3 American Goldfinches. 

Andrew Andrew v. F. Block
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Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629
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Subject: Stamford Barrows (2)
From: Michael Moccio via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:50:40 -0500
3-4-15. Stamford

2 Female Barrows Goldeneye off Shippan Ave to the right.  2:45 PM

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Subject: CACC
From: Beverly Propen via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:10:59 -0500
​3/4  Milford, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center  10am-12:30PM
rainy, sleet, early with overcast skies and then stopped raining...38F-42F.
The marsh is covered with ice and snow, But very far out it is open.
Viewed from windows facing marsh:
American crow, 2 cardinals(male 7 female), 6 American Tree sparrows, 2 Song
sparrows,
house sparrows, 7 Mourning doves, (far out) 2 Great black backed gulls, Red
Breasted mergansers,
35+ Buffleheads, Canada Geese & Brant.
Bev Propen, Orange
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Subject: Re: Peanuts are for the birds!
From: Jerry Connolly via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:04:14 -0500
For those of you within driving distance, we do sell bags of shelled peanuts 
(aka peanut splits) at The Audubon Shop here in Madison. 

Not sure what other suppliers sell them for, but prices have been consistent 
for a few years at 4.95 for 3 lbs, 8.95 for 5 lbs, and 16.95 for 10 lbs. 


I would add that we are confident in our supplier that these are fresh and not 
dried out, and we get frequent deliveries. 

Also, we sell a "peanut feeder" that is basically a tube made out of a sort of 
mesh. The birds that can cling (Titmouse, etc) do so and sort of chop the 
splits into bite sized bits themselves. You don't have to grind anything down, 
and the seed actually lasts a little longer because birds have to work at it. 
It's a more specific-bird type feeder. Our small mesh feeder (about 8" tall) 
conveniently hangs on a suction cup type arm on our kitchen window. This size 
feeder is large enough to accommodate Red-bellieds. 


Just fyi.
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Subject: Norwalk Pine Siskin
From: Mike VanValen via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:46:51 +0000 (UTC)
Just had around 20 siskin visiting a neighbors feeder among the resident house 
sparrows.  Mike Van Valen, Norwalk 

 

  
   
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Subject: Barnes Boat Launch
From: Jan Collins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 12:25:02 -0500
 3/3/15  Barnes Boat Launch in Enfield 10 AM  1 CANVASBACK sleeping on the 
ice with several Mallards until a Bald Eagle cruised over disrupting 
everyone's siesta!

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Subject: Meriden Red-throated loon
From: Melissa Baston via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:39:02 -0500
I just released a juvenile Red-Throated Loon into the Quinnipiac River, near
the Cheshire/Meriden line.  I gave him a quick exam and consulted with Jayne
Neville before release.  Once in the water he swam away, took a sip, preened
then started diving.  He was found in the puddled parking lot of the Meriden
Town Garage.

 

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Subject: Tufted Duck
From: Dave via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:34:39 -0500
11:30 the Tufted Duck is just off the sea wall at St Mary's by the Sea. Great 
views. There are large rafts of Scaups etc. 

Dave Alpeter

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Subject: Eagles
From: John A Calogero via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:32:28 -0500
An adult bald eagle was sitting on the ice at the edge of a small, and 
otherwise unpopulated patch of open water on the Farmington River in Avon at 10 
AM. It was perhaps 150 feet south of the route 44 bridge, counting cars. As I 
write, the first hairy woodpecker of the year, a female, hit my suet. 


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Subject: COA Annual Meeting & T-shirt Reminder
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 08:24:23 -0800
Maybe this version will be readable!   8-)


Don't miss the COA Annual Meeting
Saturday March 21st.
Middlesex Community College, Middletown CT 

The COA Annual Meeting is less than three weeks away. Reduced pricing for 
admission ends on March 7th; lunch reservations end on March 13th. Middlesex 
has a new expanded cafeteria to accommodate everyone for lunch. We will again 
be serving bird friendly coffee donated by Birds & Beans. 


Today is the last day to order t-shirts - See details below!

The annual meeting is a great opportunity to visit with fellow birders, hear 
informative and inspirational speakers, shop from vendors, and participate in 
the COA raffle. Some of this year's exciting raffle highlights include Puffin 
tour tickets to Eastern Egg Rock in Maine from Hardy Boat Cruises, original 
artwork by Sean Murtha and Mark Szantyr, a turned wood owl by AJ Hand as well 
as a photography workshop, and a day trip to Mount Auburn Cemetery with Sunrise 
Birding. 


Our speakers and their topics include:  

Norman Smith - Snowy Owls to Saw-whet Owls, 

Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle - The Overlooked ID Points that Make 
Identifying Warblers Easy, 


David Sibley - The Psychology of Bird Identification  


Today is the last day to order t-shirts! At this time we are only offering the 
shirts to those attending the COA Annual Meeting, for pickup at the meeting. 


Here are the links:
General info: http://ctbirding.org/news.htm. Order form: 
http://www.ctbirding.org/2015docs/RegForm2015.pdf 

Sizing: see below

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. 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 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! 



See you there!


Tina Green
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Annual Meeting Co-chair
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Subject: COA Annual Meeting & T-shirt Reminder
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:31:24 +0000




















Don't miss the COA Annual Meeting at Middlesex Community Collegein Middletown 
CT on Saturday March 21st. The COA Annual Meeting is less than three weeks away 
and reduced pricing for admission ends on March7th and lunch reservations end 
on March 13th.Middlesex has a new expanded cafeteria to accommodate everyone 
for lunch. We will again be serving bird friendly coffee donated by Birds & 
Beans.Today is the last day to order t-shirts.Here's the link: 
http://www.ctbirding.org/2015docs/RegForm2015.pdf The annual meeting is a great 
opportunity to visit with fellow birders,hear informative and inspirational 
speakers,and shop from vendors and the COA raffle. Some of this year's exciting 
raffle highlights include Puffin tour tickets to Eastern Egg Rock in Maine from 
Hardy Boat Cruises,original artwork by Sean Murtha and Mark Szantyr,a turned 
wood owl by AJ Hand as well as a photography workshop,and a day trip to Mount 
Auburn Cemetery with Sunrise Birding.Our speakers and their topics include: 
Norman Smith - Snowy Owls to Saw-whet Owls , Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle - 
The Overlooked ID Points that Make Identifying Warblers Easy,and David Sibley - 
The Psychology of Bird Identification 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 
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Subject: Re: Peanuts are for the birds!
From: SOPHIE ZYLA via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 05:29:37 -0800
Don, 

Grinding the peanuts is such a great idea! I've also, in past years, put them 
out and the Blue Jays sure do love them! I bet the woodpeckers would like the 
peanut butter that results from grinding too long! 


Sophie Zyla
Beacon Falls, CT



On Wednesday, March 4, 2015 8:16 AM, Don Morgan via CTBirds 
 wrote: 

 


For years I've put shelled peanuts out on my feeders, and they  are a 
favorite of many birds. But the price of them has gone up and up and up  till 
I've had to ration them. I used to get whole raw peanuts from Agway,  but they 
were very hard and only a few birds could really eat them, most notably  
Bluejays. I once watched a Jay stuff 15 peanuts in his mouth without stopping. 
I  like Bluejays, but not that much! Other birds like Titmice and  even 
Chickadees would take them and fly off, but I wondered how they could eat them. 

I tried to chop them up in a food processor and it broke; they  were just 
too hard. Carolina Wrens love peanuts more than anything, but they  don't 
have the technique down for eating them like some birds do. They don't  hold 
them down with a foot, just rare back and pound at them with their beaks.  
Invariably the peanut squirts away and they have to retrieve it and try again. 
More recently I have been able to get roasted peanuts, mostly  halves, and 
they are much softer. To make them go farther I tried a food  processor 
again and it works beautifully. Just don't grind too long or you can  end up 
with oily dust. And now all the birds are happy! Each can select just the size 

piece they like best, and I've seen birds take them that never touched them 
before. In the past few days I've seen both male and female Cardinals 
eating  pieces and flying off with more. 
Now the Wrens take the tiniest crumbs, wolfing them down one  after 
another. I have one that spends 10 minutes at a time, eating them like a sewing 

machine. I'm not sure but I think even the Goldfinches take the  crumbs too, 
although they come for the millet. There is no loss from chopping  them up; 
at the end of the day there is not a trace of peanut left on the  feeder.
Only birds that are probably not as happy are the Bluejays; it  takes a lot 
more time and effort for them to get their fill and usually they  don't 
stay that long. But the best part is, now the peanuts last a lot longer on the 

feeder and everyone gets a share. And since they are  high in calorie and 
fat content I think they are an excellent food to tide them  over through the 
winter. 

Don Morgan, Coventry,  Ct
mntncougar AT aol.com
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Subject: Peanuts are for the birds!
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 08:16:30 -0500
For years I've put shelled peanuts out on my feeders, and they  are a 
favorite of many birds. But the price of them has gone up and up and up  till 
I've had to ration them. I used to get whole raw peanuts from Agway,  but they 
were very hard and only a few birds could really eat them, most notably  
Bluejays. I once watched a Jay stuff 15 peanuts in his mouth without stopping. 
I  like Bluejays, but not that much! Other birds like Titmice and  even 
Chickadees would take them and fly off, but I wondered how they could eat them. 

I tried to chop them up in a food processor and it broke; they  were just 
too hard. Carolina Wrens love peanuts more than anything, but they  don't 
have the technique down for eating them like some birds do. They don't  hold 
them down with a foot, just rare back and pound at them with their beaks.  
Invariably the peanut squirts away and they have to retrieve it and try again. 
More recently I have been able to get roasted peanuts, mostly  halves, and 
they are much softer. To make them go farther I tried a food  processor 
again and it works beautifully. Just don't grind too long or you can  end up 
with oily dust. And now all the birds are happy! Each can select just the size 

piece they like best, and I've seen birds take them that never touched them 
 before. In the past few days I've seen both male and female Cardinals 
eating  pieces and flying off with more. 
Now the Wrens take the tiniest crumbs, wolfing them down one  after 
another. I have one that spends 10 minutes at a time, eating them like a sewing 

machine. I'm not sure but I think even the Goldfinches take the  crumbs too, 
although they come for the millet. There is no loss from chopping  them up; 
at the end of the day there is not a trace of peanut left on the  feeder.
Only birds that are probably not as happy are the Bluejays; it  takes a lot 
more time and effort for them to get their fill and usually they  don't 
stay that long. But the best part is, now the peanuts last a lot longer on the 

feeder and everyone gets a share. And since they are  high in calorie and 
fat content I think they are an excellent food to tide them  over through the 
winter. 
 
Don Morgan, Coventry,  Ct
mntncougar AT aol.com
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Subject: Young Naturalists Woodcocks & Owls April 25th Bent of the River
From: SOPHIE ZYLA via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 04:56:40 -0800
Young Naturalists Program (Ages 5-8 & 9-12) Saturday April 25th 7:00 – 9:00 
pm – Woodcocks and Owls in the Night – at Audubon Bent of the River in 
Southbury – Come listen as the American Woodcock winds up for take-off and 
see if you 

can track his course to the sky and back down to the ground! Not an easy task 
at first! As darkness sets in we will listen and see if we can 

spot any owls that may be wandering about the woods. Naturalist Donna 
Rose Smith, Sophie Zyla, Jeff Ruhloff and possibly a few other assistants will 
be 

there to guide your steps through the night. *Please let us know you are 
joining us so we can be sure to have enough handouts - BUT don't let 

that stop you from joining us at the last minute!

Hosted by Naugatuck Valley Audubon Society
email: nvaseditor AT mail.com

Hope to see you there!
Sophie Zyla
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Subject: Young Naturalists Beginner Birding May 16th at Bent of the River
From: SOPHIE ZYLA via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 04:53:58 -0800
Young Naturalists Program (ages 5-8 & 9-12) Saturday May 16th 9 – 10:30 am 
– Beginner Birding – at Audubon Bent of the River in Southbury – Bent of 
the River is a lovely place to find a wide assortment of birds 

fluttering and flying about. Bring your binoculars if you have them and 
you will be guaranteed to find some birds and brush up on your 
identification skills. Naturalist Donna Rose Smith is excellent at 
calls, songs, silhouettes, and will have Sophie Zyla, Jeff Ruhloff, and 
possibly a few other assistants on hand to help you 

explore and learn to be a birder even if you are already an amateur! 
*Please let us know you are joining us so we can be sure to have enough 
handouts - BUT don't let that stop you from joining us at the last 
minute!

Hosted by Naugatuck Valley Audubon Society
email: nvaseditor AT mail.com

Hope to see you there!

Sophie Zyla
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Subject: Bent of the River Bird Walk May 2nd
From: SOPHIE ZYLA via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 04:49:13 -0800
Saturday May 2nd 7-10:00 am – Birds, Birds, and More Birds! 


There is none better to explore the fields, shrub, and woodlands of Bent of the 
River with than Ken Elkins. Since he works here and this is a 

property he loves and knows well, he is up-to-date on who may have  
arrived, has stayed in their favorite habitat, or may have left to  
continue on their migratory journeys. Ken also has excellent hearing  
when it comes to all those calls and songs, even those out in the  
distance, which helps to differentiate species and help to locate a  
bird! Bring your binoculars, scope, camera, and notebook to record all  
the many varieties of species we may hear and see! While geared toward adults 
and teens, someone will be available to lead the Young Naturalists so bring 
them 

along!

Hosted by Naugatuck Valley Audubon Society
Email nvaseditor AT mail.com

Hope to see you there!

Sophie Zyla
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Subject: eagle changing of the guard
From: Mary Mushinsky via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:37:16 -0500
State St., Hamden bald eagles did a "changing of the guard" exercise 
Tuesday Mar 3 at 3:25 p.m. Male flew low into nest, landed; female took 
off for a well-earned break.
Mary Mushinsky, Wallingford

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Subject: Re: green woodpecker
From: Amy Hopkins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:45:47 -0500
Actually, the full story regarding the green woodpecker is that a baby weasel 
was on its back trying to kill it: 



http://www.buzzfeed.com/tasneemnashrulla/the-tale-of-the-weasel-and-woodpecker#.npDee19b0e 


About as bizarre as it gets!

Amy Hopkins
Guilford, CT
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