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24 Oct Western Kingbird, Bridgeport [Tom Murray via CTBirds ]
24 Oct Broad Brook and Ellington [Paul Desjardins via CTBirds ]
24 Oct Sherwood Island SP Highlights [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
24 Oct Waterford yard: 2 Purple Finches [Carolyn via CTBirds ]
24 Oct Waterford Blue-headed Vireo, WT Sparrow [Carolyn via CTBirds ]
24 Oct Finch Invasion ["Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" ]
24 Oct Yellow Rumped Warblers - Stamford [Jim Voros via CTBirds ]
24 Oct crossbills [julian hough via CTBirds ]
24 Oct Wallingford geese [Nick Bonomo via CTBirds ]
24 Oct crossbill at feeder??? in guilford [Carolyn Johns via CTBirds ]
24 Oct Goshawks - problems and pitfalls [julian hough via CTBirds ]
24 Oct Sherwood Island SP Feeder info [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
24 Oct Westport Horned Grebes [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
23 Oct Interuppted Service [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
23 Oct Seymour Goshawk [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
23 Oct Quaker Ridge 10/23: 52 Raptors inc 10 Harriers. Great hawkwatching forecast for tomorrow [Ryan Maclean via CTBirds ]
23 Oct Final ID on my Grosbeak sighting last week [Chuck Imbergamo via CTBirds ]
23 Oct ID'ing House and Purple Finches [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
23 Oct test [Paul Desjardins via CTBirds ]
23 Oct Farmington and South Windsor [Paul Desjardins via CTBirds ]
23 Oct Off subject - dead groundhog [Claudia via CTBirds ]
23 Oct East Shore Park [Nancymeyerlustman via CTBirds ]
23 Oct East Shore Park [Nancymeyerlustman via CTBirds ]
23 Oct Westport Lapland Longspur [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]
23 Oct Extralimital: MA BBC pelagic Nov 22 [Nick Bonomo via CTBirds ]
23 Oct Greenwich point [Fulvio Montanari via CTBirds ]
23 Oct Fort River Trail opening (Hadley, MA) ["Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" ]
22 Oct Quaker Ridge 10/22: 138 Raptors inc new daily high for Black Vulture [Ryan Maclean via CTBirds ]
23 Oct Greenwich, Bruce Park [Annette via CTBirds ]
22 Oct Re: Purple finch [Nick Bonomo via CTBirds ]
22 Oct Ducks at Saugatuck Reservoir, Redding [Brian Roach via CTBirds ]
22 Oct Fwd: Purple Finches: Interesting Ebird sightings map, etc. links that work [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
22 Oct Purple finch ["minor.craig via CTBirds" ]
22 Oct Purple Finches: Interesting Ebird sightings map and Finch forecast [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
22 Oct CACC [Beverly Propen via CTBirds ]
22 Oct Stratford GOLDEN EAGLE [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
22 Oct American Coot in Wethersfield [Sara Zagorski via CTBirds ]
21 Oct TEST [Jory Teltser via CTBirds ]
21 Oct White-crowned Sparrows, East Granby [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
21 Oct New yard birds and a few friends. [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
21 Oct Black Vultures - Manchester [Katherine Kuckens via CTBirds ]
21 Oct Hamden Eagles at Play [Mike Horn via CTBirds ]
21 Oct Carolina wren at hummingbird feeder [Amy Hopkins via CTBirds ]
21 Oct Wilson's Warbler-Greenwich [Stefan Martin via CTBirds ]
21 Oct Siskins and Sparrows: Sharon Audubon Cetner [Zachary Adams via CTBirds ]
21 Oct Bishops Pond Meriden [Paul Desjardins via CTBirds ]
21 Oct Sherwood Island 10/20/14 [Preston Lust via CTBirds ]
21 Oct Stratford, "Ipswich" race Savannah Sparrow [charles barnard jr via CTBirds ]
21 Oct Greenwich Point [Annette via CTBirds ]
21 Oct woodpecker problem [Beverly Propen via CTBirds ]
21 Oct Shelton Lakes Recreational Trail - birds galore [James Winkelmann via CTBirds ]
21 Oct Silver Sands - Vespers and Nelson's Sparrows [John Oshlick via CTBirds ]
21 Oct Meadowlarks flew East [Chuck Imbergamo via CTBirds ]
21 Oct Hammonasset Meadowlarks [Chuck Imbergamo via CTBirds ]
21 Oct Eastern Meadowlarl ["Batsford, William via CTBirds" ]
21 Oct Woodpecker problem [Susan Edwards via CTBirds ]
21 Oct Purple Finches, Coventry yard. [Don Morgan via CTBirds ]
21 Oct How to attract birds to your yard – Naturally – WOW! [Carrier Graphics via CTBirds ]
21 Oct 18 Wood Ducks at A.W. Stanley this morning! [Don Crockett via CTBirds ]
21 Oct Strat Pt BLACK SCOTERS, Forster's [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds ]
21 Oct Enfield Juncos [Janis LaPointe via CTBirds ]
21 Oct Re: Greenwich point park [Justin Lawson via CTBirds ]
21 Oct Greenwich point park [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
21 Oct Gathering of 50+ WOOD DUCKS [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
20 Oct Re: Stratford Short-eared Owls [greg hanisek via CTBirds ]
20 Oct LHP 10-20-14 Harriers [greg hanisek via CTBirds ]
20 Oct Re: Stratford Short-eared Owls [Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz via CTBirds ]
20 Oct Stratford Short-eared Owls [Chris Harrison via CTBirds ]
20 Oct The Feathered edge: A lecture series on current scientific trends. [Frank Gallo via CTBirds ]
20 Oct Greenwich Highlights [Stefan Martin via CTBirds ]
20 Oct Uncasville Snow Geese [Scott Besade via CTBirds ]
20 Oct Pine Siskins [Roy Harvey via CTBirds ]
20 Oct Madison [Paul Desjardins via CTBirds ]
20 Oct Sterling yard [Robert Dixon via CTBirds ]
20 Oct Harkness sparrows [Glenn Williams via CTBirds ]
20 Oct Westport Meadowlarks [Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds ]

Subject: Western Kingbird, Bridgeport
From: Tom Murray via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:54:08 -0400
Seen on private property on Bridgeport Harbor at 4:30 pm. Tom Murray
, Stratford
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Subject: Broad Brook and Ellington
From: Paul Desjardins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:40:09 -0400
This afternoon at Mill Pond 4 Cackling Geese in with a good number of Canadas. 
There was also what I believe to be a cross between Canada and Greater White 
Fronted Goose. I first noticed it as it was swimming away from me. It was about 
the size of a Canada but the back of the head was tan. It’s back and wings 
resembled a Canada. But when it perched on a downed tree I was able to see that 
the legs were orange. Also, it was blackish in front of the eye and tan behind 
it. It had a white front shield over the bill and the bill itself was a 
combination of a dark and pale color. I hope it sticks around so someone can 
photograph it! In Ellington there were 2 flyover Rusty Blackbirds seen from 
Green Road. 


Paul Desjardins
Windsor Locks
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Subject: Sherwood Island SP Highlights
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:20:26 -0400
 I spent almost 7 hours at Sherwood Island SP today,in part with AJ and Sue 
Hand covering the entire park except for the west woods and the 911 Memorial 
area.We tallied 65 species including the following highlights. 


10/24/14-Westport-Sherwood Island SP- 4 Horned Grebe,6   
raptor species including Osprey,7 Northern Harriers & a 1st year Bald 
Eagle,Clapper Rail & Sora flushed together at high tide while walking the edge 
of the marsh,5 gull species including Lesser Black-backed & Laughing 
Gull,American Kestrel,Merlin,&Peregrine Falcon,14 American Pipits,7 eastern 
Towhee(2f),9 White-crowned Sparrows(2 adults),200+ White-throated 
Sparrows(conservative count and clearly the bird of the day)and 1 Eastern 
Meadowlark. 


Tina Green
Westport
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Subject: Waterford yard: 2 Purple Finches
From: Carolyn via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:27:09 -0400
In addition to the birds I previously mentioned as yard birds today , I just 
had 2 f. Purple Finches come to my feeder. 


Carolyn Cimino
Waterford

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Subject: Waterford Blue-headed Vireo, WT Sparrow
From: Carolyn via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:56:39 -0400
Waterford yard: I had my FOS yard WT Sparrow this morn, and just a few minutes 
ago I had a Blue-headed Vireo nice and low in my butterfly bush. That was 
certainly a surprise as well as a yard first. 


Also just had a squirrel somehow manage to drink all the sugar water out of my 
recently replenished hummer feeder. That is going to be one hyper creature by 
late afternoon. 


Carolyn Cimino
Waterford

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Subject: Finch Invasion
From: "Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:35:40 +0000
A slideshow about the finch invasion that is underway and hopefully 
forthcoming: 

Finch invasion! http://wxedge.com/articles/20141024beautiful_invasion_


Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation
President, Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

Audubon Connecticut
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488

Phone: (203)405-9115
Fax: (203)264-6332

pcomins AT audubon.org
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Audubon Connecticut is on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AudubonCT
The Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds is on Facebook: 
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Our blog: http://ctwaterbirds.blogspot.com/
Friends of Conte is on Facebook: 
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Subject: Yellow Rumped Warblers - Stamford
From: Jim Voros via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:28:49 -0700
Great view of two yellow rumps eating berries in the tree directly outside my 
office in Stamford (near exit 35 Merritt). 

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Subject: crossbills
From: julian hough via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:04:47 -0700
If the bird is pink with two bright white wing bars it sounds like a 
White-winged Crossbill - does it have obvious white chevron-shaped tips to the 
tertials and a black tail? 

Cone crop in the north may result in one or two birds making their way south, 
perhaps as part of the Purple Finch movement we are seeing at the moment. 


Julian Hough 
New Haven, CT 06519 
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Subject: Wallingford geese
From: Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:03:11 -0400
10/24 - Wallingford, Whirlwind Hill Rd - GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Wallingford, MacKenzie Res - CACKLING GOOSE

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT
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Subject: crossbill at feeder??? in guilford
From: Carolyn Johns via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:33:22 -0400
I have a "male purple finch" with a definite crossbill coming to my window 
feeder. Is it possible that it is crossbill? Beautiful light pink body and 
small white wingbar. 


Carolyn Johns
Guilford
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Subject: Goshawks - problems and pitfalls
From: julian hough via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:37:02 -0700
We are getting into that time of year where well-manned hawk watches begin to 
see the occasional Northern Goshawk. They are a late migrant, generally 
occurring in late October into November - all reports are typically of 
juveniles and not adults (I've never seen an adult away from the breeding 
grounds in CT). 


Our in-state watchpoints (Lighthouse Pt. and Quaker Ridge) are manned everyday, 
all day, at this time of year and there are few reports of Northern Goshawk. 
The math is easy. Goshawks are obviously very uncommon. 


Goshawks are a big buteo-like bird, almost frightening in size and impressive 
to see both during breeding and in migration. They are also frequently 
misidentified. The time-honored identification pitfall being big Cooper's Hawk, 
and it is these birds that you are likely to see in at Hawkwatches in 
September; in your backyard, attacking birds at your feeders; or just hanging 
out at Hammonassett in winter. Could you see a Northern Goshawk in September, 
in your backyard, or at Hammonasett in winter. Sure, it's possible…but 
really, it's just a big Cooper's Hawk. 


We've all made that mistake, been spooked initially by that huge female Coop's, 
but when you see a Goshawk at Lighthouse, it's often a case of "You know it 
when you see it" scenario. 



http://freidaybird.blogspot.com/2012/11/fri-d-coopers-hawk-vs-northern-goshawk.html 


 
Julian Hough 
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Subject: Sherwood Island SP Feeder info
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:20:36 -0400
FYI,we have started filling the bird feeder near the nature center and will 
shortly put up the other feeders in the pine grove. Be sure to check them out 
when you visit the park. There is lots of activity,even this morning,with adult 
White-crowned Sparrows and a Red-breasted Nuthatch there now. Lots of birds 
around including 2 juvenile Northern Harriers and an Eastern Meadowlark giving 
its distinctive "zeet" call. 

 And BTW,the porches on the 
Nature Center and the east beach bathhouse are great for scoping in the rain!

Tina Green
Westport
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Subject: Westport Horned Grebes
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:58:38 -0400
10/24/14-Westport-Burying Hill Beach-5 Horned Grebes together swimming 
west,Lesser Black-backed Gull 


Tina Green
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Subject: Interuppted Service
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:46:18 -0700
Late this afternoon (Thursday) the server that runs the CTBirds list was 
temporarily unavailable for a while. At least one message to the list - a test 
message I sent to see if it was working - was lost. 


There is no way for me to know if anything else was missed, but if you sent 
something in the late afternoon that is not in the archive 
(http://lists.ctbirding.org/pipermail/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org/Week-of-Mon-20141020/date.html) 
it will be up to you to re-post it. 


Life is like that sometimes.


Roy Harvey
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Subject: Seymour Goshawk
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:33:18 -0700
Passing this along.


 From Amy Wallace Seymour.
Sighted a Northern Goshawk on my backyard trellis this morning.


Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

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Subject: Quaker Ridge 10/23: 52 Raptors inc 10 Harriers. Great hawkwatching forecast for tomorrow
From: Ryan Maclean via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:41:57 -0400
Today wasn't exactly the most bearable of hawkwatching days
conditions-wise, but 10 Harriers (4 Males) made the howling wind and rain
more tolerable. Once the clouds parted around 3:30 a decent amount of
Sharp-Shins started working their way up the valley from the coast as well.
With the winds expected to die down to a slightly more stable 10-20 mph out
of the NW tomorrow, we're in for a stellar day of hawkwatching. No matter
where you are in CT tomorrow, it'd be well worth it to spend some time at
Quaker Ridge, Lighthouse Point, Boothe Park or even your own backyard
looking up for hawks cos the river's about to flood again. Who knows if
something crazy will show up as a result of this storm as well (we've had 2
sp of Jaegers at QR before).

*Quaker Ridge Greenwich, Connecticut, USA Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
------------------------------------------------------------------- Species
Day's Count Month Total Season Total ------------------ -----------
-------------- -------------- Black Vulture 0 29 33 Turkey Vulture 18 433
436 Osprey 2 147 581 Bald Eagle 0 32 165 Northern Harrier 10 73 150
Sharp-shinned Hawk 16 1002 2661 Cooper's Hawk 3 227 386 Northern Goshawk 0
1 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 57 66 Broad-winged Hawk 0 101 7043 Red-tailed
Hawk 0 9 12 Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0 Golden Eagle 0 2 2 American Kestrel 0
178 525 Merlin 0 37 89 Peregrine Falcon 0 25 32 Unknown Accipiter 0 4 8
Unknown Buteo 0 1 2 Unknown Falcon 0 4 12 Unknown Eagle 0 0 0 Unknown
Raptor 2 51 131 Total: 52 2413 12335*
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Subject: Final ID on my Grosbeak sighting last week
From: Chuck Imbergamo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:31:44 -0400
Since I showed so many birders my pictures of what I thought was a Blue 
Grosbeak (and posted about last week), I wanted to update the CT birds group on 
the final ID. 


I saw the bird in two brief sightings, interrupted by a non-birder, so my time 
to note all of the bird's features was very limited. The bird showed itself in 
response to a Blue Grosbeak recording and exhibited behavior typically 
associated with the Blue Grosbeak (tail flicking). I got an overall impression 
but didn't have as much time as I would have liked to observe all the bird's 
features (and I was busy taking pictures when I saw it). I tried for 40 minutes 
to relocate the bird to get a better look after it moved, but I was unable to 
see it again, unfortunately. I was one of many birders who looked later and the 
following day also. 


Most birders that saw my pictures initially thought that it was a Grosbeak or 
said it was too tricky to ID. I sent the pictures to expert Frank Mantlik who 
had concerns when he saw them and I learned from Frank that the Indigo Bunting 
also sometimes exhibits the tail-flicking behavior. Frank reviewed and passed 
the pictures on to other knowledgeable birders, one of whom is a contributor to 
major birding publications. I also carefully reviewed the photos today with the 
very knowledgeable Jerry Connolly. 


The conclusion of all is that the bird I photographed was an Indigo Bunting and 
not a Blue Grosbeak, so I have edited my eBird report accordingly. This in no 
way reflects on the earlier sightings; I understand that the other birders got 
good looks and were very solid on their ID. I just wasn't as lucky as they were 
to see the Grosbeak! 


In retrospect, my initial ID was influenced by the response and behavior of the 
bird together with the earlier sightings. Even though the final ID wasn't what 
I thought it would be, it's a credit to the CT birding community to spend time 
on a careful review, and most importantly for the ID to be correct! Thanks to 
all who looked at my pictures and helped. 


Chuck Imbergamo
Madison
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Subject: ID'ing House and Purple Finches
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:53:29 -0400
The differences are really fairly obvious if you  see them side by side. In 
the album HERE:
 
 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lt5x9vceewwmken/AAAJE03jt9Yhiab0mBUU2T9ba?dl=0
 
are pictures of male and female (M and F) of both  species. Pictures 5 and 
6 are House Finches and 9 through 14 are Purple  Finches.
 
As you will see, the streaking on the female H. F. is finer  and darker 
than the P. Finch female. But the Purple finch does have the 2 bold  white 
lines on the face which are absent on the House finch. The house finch F  
appears darker overall. 
 
The males are actually easier to confuse, but there are a few  obvious 
points to look for. The M House finch has brown streaking on the lower  body 
where the red color ends, but the Purple finch is pretty much white, with  no 
streaking, below the "purple" (though there may be a stray brown mark here  
and there). Also, the M Purple Finch shows the same 2 head stripes as the F  
does, but they are pinkish instead of white. 
The House Finch M is more of a true red than the Purple  Finch M, which has 
been described as raspberry colored, and more of the body  is actually 
colored in adult P F males. The back and the wing bars are reddish, as well as 

the breast, while on House Finches those are always  whitish with no red 
cast. 
 
Hope this helps,
 
Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct  
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Subject: test
From: Paul Desjardins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:54:07 -0400
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Subject: Farmington and South Windsor
From: Paul Desjardins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:49:59 -0400
This afternoon at Batterson Pond 3 Pied Billed Grebes, adult Bald Eagle, Ruddy 
Duck and my f o s 2 hen Common Mergansers. At stn 43 seen along the Connecticut 
River north of Vibert Road Vesper Sparrow. 


Paul Desjardins
Windsor Locks
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Subject: Off subject - dead groundhog
From: Claudia via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:49:21 -0400
The only apparent injury is a small hole above the eye. Is it possible that it 
was killed by a hawk ? 

Claudia longmore
Wethersfield 

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Subject: East Shore Park
From: Nancymeyerlustman via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:31:19 -0400
12 Brant

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Subject: East Shore Park
From: Nancymeyerlustman via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:31:19 -0400
12 Brant

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Subject: Westport Lapland Longspur
From: Tina and Peter Green via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:01:45 -0400
10/23/14-Westport-Compo Beach- 
At 1:10pm,1st winter female Lapland Longspur on the beach near the cannons 
along with 2 Semipalmated Plovers and 12 Ruddy Turnstones.The longspur is still 
here. 


Tina Green
Westport
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Subject: Extralimital: MA BBC pelagic Nov 22
From: Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:48:19 -0400
Hi all, see below for details:

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT
www.shorebirder.com

Space is available on the Brookline Bird Club’s Dedicated pelagic trip  NOV
22,  2014 from 7AM t0 3PM: to the Nantucket Shoals Area for thousands of
Sea ducks, Loons, Shearwaters, Fulmar, Alcids,  Phalaropes, Jaegers,
Gulls,  possible Skua and passerine hitchhikers. Also a good variety of
critters seen on these trips such as Whales, Dolphins, sharks, Sea turtles,
etc…We have Master birders Jeremiah Trimble, Nick Bonomo and  others
leading the trip. Our boat, the Helen H, is a very comfortable, fast, 100
foot fishing boat with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic Captain and crew.
We use gallons of chum to attract the birds. There is a full galley with
excellent food at reasonable prices. Parking is free. Cost:  $95  BBC
members,  110  Non-members To reserve a space, send a check for the full
amount made out to the 'BROOKLINE BIRD CLUB AGENT' along with a signed
waiver to: Ida Giriunas, 83 Summer Ave., Reading, MA, 01867 and include
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instructions and further information.For the information, a Waiver Form and
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Subject: Greenwich point
From: Fulvio Montanari via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:31:24 -0400
2 Ravens yesterday

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Subject: Fort River Trail opening (Hadley, MA)
From: "Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:26:44 +0000
OK, this is over the border, but I suspect this place will become well-known 
among CT and New England birders in the years to come. This Saturday at 11 AM 
the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge will celebrate the grand 
opening of the new universal access trail at the Fort River Division in Hadley, 
MA. The Refuge is located on Moody Bridge Road in Hadley. 


Region 5 director Wendi Weber will be present for the ceremony, followed by a 
hike along the new trail. The birding habitat is excellent there, from the 
nesting grassland birds (Bobolink, Savannah Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, 
American Kestrel, possibly Northern Harrier), to great stopover and wintering 
habitat, this trail will certainly host some rarities in the coming years. For 
more information: 


https://www.facebook.com/121976791147545/photos/a.890454764299740.1073741827.121976791147545/890453950966488/?type=1&relevant_count=1 



Patrick M. Comins
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President, Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

Audubon Connecticut
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488

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Our blog: http://ctwaterbirds.blogspot.com/
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Subject: Quaker Ridge 10/22: 138 Raptors inc new daily high for Black Vulture
From: Ryan Maclean via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:48:44 -0400
With the incoming NorEaster it didn't seem like much hawk migration would
be happening today. But a fair number of birds, especially Vultures, used
this as an opportunity to evacuate. Thanks to 2 separate groups of 5 and 13
Black Vultures, we've set a new daily high record for Quaker Ridge. A few
Red-Shoulders in the morning made the winds a little bit more bearable as
well. Possibly the coolest sighting of the day though occurred around 3:15
when a male Kestrel caught a mouse...only to be pursued by an envious
Red-Tail 10 seconds later. The Kestrel ducked into a stand of cedars out of
fear for its life and the RT seemed to get away empty-handed.

No big surprise that 96 wind-swept Herring Gulls were counted today as
well. The Rusty Blackbird and White-Crowned, Lincoln's & Savannah Sparrows
continue

Tomorrow morning looks like a washout but it looks like the rain will clear
by afternoon. Who knows what could blow in behind this storm.

*Quaker Ridge Greenwich, Connecticut, USA Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2014
------------------------------------------------------------------- Species
Day's Count Month Total Season Total ------------------ -----------
-------------- -------------- Black Vulture 18 29 33 Turkey Vulture 66 415
418 Osprey 1 145 579 Bald Eagle 0 32 165 Northern Harrier 1 63 140
Sharp-shinned Hawk 36 986 2645 Cooper's Hawk 7 224 383 Northern Goshawk 0 1
1 Red-shouldered Hawk 4 56 65 Broad-winged Hawk 0 101 7043 Red-tailed Hawk
0 9 12 Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0 Golden Eagle 0 2 2 American Kestrel 2 178
525 Merlin 0 37 89 Peregrine Falcon 0 25 32 Unknown Accipiter 0 4 8 Unknown
Buteo 1 1 2 Unknown Falcon 1 4 12 Unknown Eagle 0 0 0 Unknown Raptor 1 49
129 Total: 138 2361 12283
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Subject: Greenwich, Bruce Park
From: Annette via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:17:25 +0000
10/22/14 - I also had an American Coot with mallards. In the pond by the tennis 
courts. 


Annette Cunniffe
Greenwich 		 	   		  
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Subject: Re: Purple finch
From: Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:08:36 -0400
Hi Craig,

For a field guide I recommend The Sibley Guide to Birds. Referencing a
field guide like that would tell you exactly what you need to know. A good
field guide is a must-own for a birder. They pack a whole lot of
identification info into a surprisingly small space. It sounds like the
book you have does not provide much in the way of identification info.

In the meantime, the internet can be a useful resource. I just did a quick
Google search on identifying purple finches and, sure enough, several
potentially useful links were displayed on the first page of results.

Best,
Nick


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On Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 4:13 PM, minor.craig via CTBirds <
ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> Could someone tell me how to tell the difference between a purple finch
> and a house finch ?  In the book I have the difference I see from the
> picture is the purple finch has redish colored feathers all the way to its
> tail the house finch only on its head and part of its chest . Is this
> correct ? I have had a bird common the feeders the past few days that has
> redish coloring all the way down to its tail front and back .   Craig
> vernon
>
>
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Subject: Ducks at Saugatuck Reservoir, Redding
From: Brian Roach via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:28:12 +0000
At the north end of Saugatuck Reservoir in Redding, CT, this afternoon there 
were a number of small, scattered groups of Ring-necked ducks feeding in the 
shallow water along the shoreline and one "raft" of about 200 of them floating 
in the middle of the lake. Also spotted several isolated pairs and one flock of 
about 50 Green-winged teal close to shore. 


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Subject: Fwd: Purple Finches: Interesting Ebird sightings map, etc. links that work
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:28:11 -0400

http://tinyurl.com/qdsr9tm
 
 
 
 

or
 
http://ebird.org/ebird/map/purfin?neg=true&env.minX=-99.2314560774405&env.mi
nY=37.49219276657444&env.maxX=-64.0752060774405&env.maxY=49.10975427062413&z
h=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=8-11&bmo=8&emo=11&yr=cur&byr=2014&eyr=2014
 
http://10000birds.com/2014-2015-winter-finch-forecast.htm
 
From the Ebird sightings it is obvious that the  northeastern states are 
being overrun with Purple Finches. The forecast does  not exactly predict 
this, but it says that the spruce cone crop is poor in the eastern provinces of 

Canada and northeastern US states, which would  certainly lead to a heavy 
migration.  
The map shows that so far the birds have not gone farther  south than 
Washington DC in any numbers. 
I'd like to think some will stay around here, but I've been  looking at 
spruce trees in the area and I see relatively few and very small  cones on 
them. Time will tell. 
 
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Subject: Purple finch
From: "minor.craig via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:13:31 -0400
Could someone tell me how to tell the difference between a purple finch and a 
house finch ?  In the book I have the difference I see from the picture is the 
purple finch has redish colored feathers all the way to its tail the house 
finch only on its head and part of its chest . Is this correct ? I have had a 
bird common the feeders the past few days that has redish coloring all the way 
down to its tail front and back .   Craig vernon  



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Subject: Purple Finches: Interesting Ebird sightings map and Finch forecast
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:14:03 -0400
 
 
_eBird  Range Map--Purple Finch_ 

(http://ebird.org/ebird/map/purfin?neg=true&env.minX=-99.2314560774405&env.minY=37.49219276657444&env.maxX=-64.07520607 

74405&env.maxY=49.10975427062413&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=8-11&bmo=8&emo=11&y
r=cur&byr=2014&eyr=2014)  
 
 
_10,000 Birds  | 2014-2015 Winter Finch Forecast_ 
(http://10000birds.com/2014-2015-winter-finch-forecast.htm)  
 
From the Ebird sightings it is obvious that the northeastern  states are 
being overrun with Purple Finches. The forecast does not exactly  predict 
this, but it says that the spruce cone crop is poor in the eastern provinces of 

Canada and northeastern US states, which would certainly lead to  a heavy 
migration/irruption. 
The map shows that so far the birds have not gone farther  south than 
Washington DC in any numbers. 
I'd like to think some will stay around here, but not too  many or I'll be 
having BOSS delivered to me by the truckload.  I've been  looking at spruce 
trees in the area and I see relatively few and very small  cones on them, so 
this may not  be the area they're looking for  though. Time will tell. 
 
Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct 
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Subject: CACC
From: Beverly Propen via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:52:27 -0400
​10/22  Milford, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center   10-1PM, 55-60F, high
tide receding,  rainy, overcast.
The bushes around the back windows of the building were very "birdy" today.
1 EASTERN TOWHEE, 4 RUBY CROWNED KINGLETS, WHITE THROATED SPARROWS, SONG
SPARROWS, HOUSE FINCHES,TITMICE, CARDINALS.  A Rock Dove fly over.
On the marsh:  1 NORTHERN HARRIER, D.C. CORMORANTS, CANADA GEESE, 4 BLACK
DUCKS.
A crow flyover and in the front trees- 2 EASTERN PHOEBES (late?).
Bev Propen, Orange
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Subject: Stratford GOLDEN EAGLE
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:46:35 -0400
From Frank Mantlik,
10/22 - Stratford yard - With overcast skies and strong NE winds, I stepped 
outside to look for migrating raptors or geese. I was rewarded when at 1:25 an 
adult GOLDEN EAGLE soared overhead and to the SW. 

Also, I saw our continuing RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD in the garden.

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Subject: American Coot in Wethersfield
From: Sara Zagorski via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:41:16 -0700
10/22 - There is an American Coot hanging out with the mallards at Spring St 
Pond in Wethersfield. First time I think I have seen a coot in this location in 
the past 14 years. 


Sara Zagorski
Wethersfield
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Subject: TEST
From: Jory Teltser via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:00:59 -0400
TEST

-- 
Jory Teltser
Westport
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Subject: White-crowned Sparrows, East Granby
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:54:35 -0700
Passing this along.


 From Chris Fisher
Date - 10/21/2014
Place - East Granby Yard Feeder
Species - White-crowned Sparrow has been at our feeder all day.


Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

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Subject: New yard birds and a few friends.
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:49:28 -0400
Purple finches at my feeder:
 
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lt5x9vceewwmken/AAAJE03jt9Yhiab0mBUU2T9ba?dl=0
 
Single click first pic to see all.
 
 
Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct  
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Subject: Black Vultures - Manchester
From: Katherine Kuckens via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:30:13 -0400
Driving  at 4:30 this evening, just a  hundred yards from where Rte 6 meets
384 west, 4 black vultures were perched on the guardrail, overlooking a
steep drop into some grass and shrubs.  They looked HUGE to me, maybe
because they were so close.  Their pose was upright, their heads scrunched
down  into their shoulders, very flat-top, darkish beak with slight hook at
the tip,  no white showing , very black, ruffled up feathers along the
neck.  But just to help me out, one of them lazily flexed its wings to show
me its white wing tips.

Kat Kuckens
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Subject: Hamden Eagles at Play
From: Mike Horn via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:08:38 -0400
Hi All. First the 6:10 PM snap shot of the State St, Hamden Eagles: The
mated pair of adults (Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip), last year's
fledge (Princess Anne) and the twins from this year (Will and Kate) were all
sitting in plain sight together right next to each other with two new first
year birds sitting next to each other in back in the sentry tree. This is a
total of seven. Princess Anne and one of the twins decided to get into a
shoving match which lasted for almost a minute. Anne - the second year bird
- finally got shoved off by one of the twins. Two or three minutes later
Anne came back and landed on a branch just in back of the family out of
reach of the twin that shoved her off. Mother bird - a few minutes after
that - landed on the branch next to the winner and shoved it off. This all
looked like really rough play - anthropomorphizing. Regards to all, Mike
Horn

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Subject: Carolina wren at hummingbird feeder
From: Amy Hopkins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:44:11 -0400
Well this is a new one for me. A Carolina wren just landed at my window suction 
cup hummingbird feeder and took a drink. He also drank from the surrounding ant 
moat. Too dark to take a pic, unfortunately. 


Amy Hopkins
Guilford
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Subject: Wilson's Warbler-Greenwich
From: Stefan Martin via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:43:58 -0400
Greenwich Audubon- 1 Wilson's Warbler feeding on Poison Ivy berries at the 
entrance to the teenage forest boardwalk. OC and Rusty still present as well. 


Stefan Martin
Stamford

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Subject: Siskins and Sparrows: Sharon Audubon Cetner
From: Zachary Adams via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:06:33 -0400
Throughout the month of October, I have seen and heard over sixty species of 
birds at the Sharon Audubon Center. This week alone I have had Lincoln's 
Sparrows, White-crowned sparrows, and Pine Siskins on the preserve as well as 
Swainson's thrush, ruddy duck, and over 300 Ring-necked ducks. There have been 
some very suspicious thrushes and sparrows as well that I did not see long 
enough to identify. All in all, the birding has been great, and every day 
brings new species. I will also include a link to one of my recent ebird 
checklists from the preserve. 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20287115 

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Subject: Bishops Pond Meriden
From: Paul Desjardins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:08:26 -0400
This morning Northern Shoveler in with 54 American Wigeons among other 
waterfowl. 


Paul Desjardins
Windsor Locks
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Subject: Sherwood Island 10/20/14
From: Preston Lust via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:43:46 +0000 (UTC)
2 FIELD SPARROWS, 1 AMERICAN PIPIT, 1 BALD EAGLE, 2 VESPER SPARROWS, and one 
rather mysterious bird with a blue color, turning grayish towards the top. A 
very distinctive white rump, but no ID could be given.  

Preston LustWestport
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Subject: Stratford, "Ipswich" race Savannah Sparrow
From: charles barnard jr via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:16:42 -0400
The bird was on the 1st beach section beyond the parking lot at Long Beach.
Also seen were 3 Nelson's Sparrows on the marsh side. Much farther out,
where the cottages used to be, were a Vesper Sparrow and 3 juvenile
White-crowned Sparrows.

Charlie Barnard
Stratford
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Subject: Greenwich Point
From: Annette via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:14:35 +0000
10/21/14 - Annette Cunniffe w/Meredith Sampson - BROWN CREEPER, 8 Eastern
Towhee, Great Cormorant, Brant, few Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 1 Eastern Phoebe,
2 Hermit Thrush, 2 Common Yellowthroat, 10+ Yellow-rumped Warblers, 1 Palm
Warbler, 1 Chipping, 8 Swamp, 5 Field, 1 Savannah, 4 WHITE-CROWNED (including
1 adult), Sparrows.  

Greenwich yard - 4 Purple Finches

Annette Cunniffe
Greenwich 		 	   		  
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Subject: woodpecker problem
From: Beverly Propen via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:08:38 -0400
​Hi Susan,
We had similar issues with our woodpeckers, where one side of my house
looked like Swiss cheese.
We also filled with wood putty for awhile.
What we did find helpful was attaching long silver streamers (like aluminum
ones) (I think we got at Party City) and a few
pie tins, which would flap around in the breeze and which definitely
discouraged the woodpeckers.
After a few years we replaced those wood boards and continued to put the
streamers and pie tins up.
Someone had mentioned to me that possibly we had bugs in the siding, but we
had it checked out and there were none.
Good luck,
Bev Propen, Orange
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Subject: Shelton Lakes Recreational Trail - birds galore
From: James Winkelmann via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:41:01 -0400
Shelton Lakes Recreational Trail, Shelton, CT
Oct. 21, 2014, 09:30-12:00

Very birdy mid-morning on the Shelton Lakes trail, from the Pine Lake / Rt.
108 parking area southwest to the power cut. Numerous times standing along
the path with dozens of birds all around, mixed flocks in the canopy, hard
to keep up, surely missed a few, and just learning the sparrows so surely
missed a few there as well.

Blue-headed Vireo:  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet: 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 25+
Tufted Titmouse: dozens
Black-capped Chickadee:  dozens
White-breasted Nuthatch:  15+
N. Cardinal:  7
Blue Jay:  15+
Canada Goose:  3
Great Blue Heron:  1
American Robin:  30+
Red-tailed Hawk:  6  (1 perched in a clearing, 5 soaring overhead at the
power cut)
Cooper's Hawk:  1 (perched about 30 ft away, 6 ft up, offering great views
for about 5 minutes)
Turkey Vulture:  5
Downy Woodpecker:  8
Red-bellied Woodpecker:  6
Northern Flicker:  2
Pine Siskins:  5 or 6 in a tree, unknown add'tl # overhead, at least 10
White-throated Sparrow:  15+
Song Sparrow:  8
Field Sparrow:  5
Eastern Towhee:  2
Missed sparrows:  oh, dozen or more
Hermit Thrush:  2
Palm Warbler:  8
Yellow-rumped Warbler:  20+
Eastern Phoebe:  5
American Goldfinch:  6-8 overhead
American Crow:  8
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Subject: Silver Sands - Vespers and Nelson's Sparrows
From: John Oshlick via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:38:54 -0400
Silver Sands State Park - Milford -- at least 4 Vesper Sparrows (most were
right around the parking lot). 1 Nelson's Sparrow. 14 White-crowned
Sparrows. Sparrow Numbers are increasing.

Many birders present including Tina Green, Sara Zagorski, Steve Specter,
and Denise Jernigan.

- John Oshlick
Bethany
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Subject: Meadowlarks flew East
From: Chuck Imbergamo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:27:07 -0400
A nice golfer named Michelle waited for Micky Komara and I to confirm the count 
and get even better looks until a Cooper's Hawk arrived and all 7 departed. 


The Meadowlarks flew East; possibly moving to the Nature Center or Willard 
Island area. 


Chuck Imbergamo
Madison
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Subject: Hammonasset Meadowlarks
From: Chuck Imbergamo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:50:09 -0400
Now getting good scope views of SEVEN Eastern Meadowlarks in location reported 
by Bill Batsford at Hammonasset. 


Chuck Imbergamo
Madison

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Subject: Eastern Meadowlarl
From: "Batsford, William via CTBirds" <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:02:55 +0000
10/21 - three Eastern Meadowlark on field west o Swan Pond at Hammonasset at 12 
noon. 


Bill Batsford
New Haven

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Subject: Woodpecker problem
From: Susan Edwards via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:35:55 -0400
A downy woodpecker is drilling a hole in my house siding. Have covered with 
wood filler which hardens and woodpecker returns & drills through. Inserted 
moth balls in hole but not a deterrent. Any suggestions? Susan Edwards, 
rowayton 


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Subject: Purple Finches, Coventry yard.
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:11:34 -0400
This is a big year for migrating Purple Finches. There have  been many 
local reports of them on feeders and flocks of them are migrating  through 
Lighthouse Point in New Haven, hundreds per day. Yesterday I had my first ever 

in my yard, a female, and today 2 adult males and what looked to be  an 
immature male, about 2 minutes after I refilled my empty feeder. 
Seems to be an early feeding frenzy at the feeders this year  too, although 
I don't know why, certainly not the weather. I have Titmice taking  turns 
at my suet feeders, emptying them in a day or two, and sometimes not  moving 
aside even for the woodpeckers. I don't remember Titmice even using the  
suet feeders consistently before. I'd say it's my yummy special mix, but I made 

 and used part of this batch last year. 
 
Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct  
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Subject: How to attract birds to your yard – Naturally – WOW!
From: Carrier Graphics via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:10:35 -0700
How to attract birds to your yard –
Naturally – WOW!

Years ago, I wanted to have an area of
my yard that would stay wild and also have plants that would attract
birds. Just behind a rock wall in the back where my pond is I let the
wild come in and it sure did. 
This morning at 9:00am was the best
example of attracting birds yet! My planted New England Asters plus
the 15 foot Wild Lettuces plants attracted 25 Goldfinch and 15 Pine
Siskin. The wild Poke Berry and Grape plants had 12 Bluebirds, 3
Robin and 2 Hermit Thrush eating the plump berries. On the unraked
lawn -birds feel safer there – I counted 60 plus Chipping Sparrow
with only 3 Adults and 1 Clay colored Sparrow as a wonderful
surprise. Also by the stone wall in the grass were 20 plus Junco and
7 White T Sparrow. Interesting, they were both in separate groups. At
the feeder where the usual locals plus 6 Purple Finch. Though our
feeders do attract birds to our yards, I feel augmenting them with
safe, welcome Natural habitat is the best way to do it. Today it
payed me back big time!

Paul Carrier - Harwinton 
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Subject: 18 Wood Ducks at A.W. Stanley this morning!
From: Don Crockett via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:18:28 -0400
I swung by the lower pond of A.W. Stanley Park in New Britain this
morning on my way to the commuter lot across from Target and counted 18
Wood Ducks as they flushed from the northeast corner near the traprock
ridge! Wow! That's the most I've ever counted at A.W. I scanned the pond
naked eye from the dock when I first got to the pond and didn't see
anything until I was looking at that corner. Just as my gaze approached
the corner 7 or so Wood Ducks dropped into the water coming from the
direction of the traprock ridge. I'm guessing they were looking for acorns
on land under the oaks directly in front of the ridge and the other
ducks' aggitation at seeing me caused them to fly back to the pond. Just a
guess based on previously observed behavior. When I got over to that corner
at the opening in front of the traprock ridge all I saw was Mallards until
Wood Ducks started flying out from underneath the brush cover over the edge
of the pond. And they kept coming out in small groups until I had counted a
total of 18! Very cool! I saw of the small flocks fly out the north end of
the pond. Some may have stuck around though.

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Subject: Strat Pt BLACK SCOTERS, Forster's
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:06:53 -0400
From Frank Mantlik
10/21. Stratford, Stratford Point - 2 female BLACK SCOTERS swimming off bluff, 
fly by FORSTER'S TERN, GREAT CORMORANT, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. 


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Subject: Enfield Juncos
From: Janis LaPointe via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:03:32 -0400
FOY Juncos today at my feeder.     Regulars continue: a few Purple Finches 
still, White-throated Sparrows, and the residents.
Janis LaPointe
Enfield 


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Subject: Re: Greenwich point park
From: Justin Lawson via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:31:25 -0400
I saw this on ebird alerts last night. He has a photograph on Flickr. The
photo is of a make Common Yellowthroat.
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3950/15588821992_9cabc35ca9_n.jpg

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, Roy Harvey via CTBirds <
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> Passing this along.  (No, I do not have anything more.)
>
>
>  From Fulvio Montanari
> Sent Oct 20 at 9:50 PM
> Greenwich point park - Yellow throated warbler
>
>
> Roy Harvey
> Beacon Falls, CT
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Subject: Greenwich point park
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:28:03 -0700
Passing this along.  (No, I do not have anything more.)


 From Fulvio Montanari
Sent Oct 20 at 9:50 PM
Greenwich point park - Yellow throated warbler


Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

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Subject: Gathering of 50+ WOOD DUCKS
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:23:41 -0700
Passing this along.


 From: Ted Gilman and Margaret Lechner:
October 19, 2014 ; Greenwich, Audubon Center - At dusk at Mead Lake bird blind 
at Audubon Center a steady flow of WOOD DUCKS flew in to the north end of the 
lake until there was a minimum of 50 actively calling and chasing each other 
about. 



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Beacon Falls, CT

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Subject: Re: Stratford Short-eared Owls
From: greg hanisek via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:48:49 -0700
My favorite Short-eared Owl:

About a decade ago I was at Lighthouse Point with Neil Curry. It was a slow Oct 
(maybe even Nov day) and Neil told me was going to leave. He was going to Hammo 
to look for a Short-eared Owl. We were doing the watch from the lower parking 
lot. As Neil pulled away I stepped across the road and took one step into the 
grassy area. Boom! I almost stepped on the S-e Owl, which circled up lazily as 
I watch Neil's taillights disappear onto Lighthouse Road. 

No cell phones at the time. I watched it circle up and drift SW as Neil 
continued on his way. 


Greg Hanisek
Waterbury


On Monday, October 20, 2014 9:17 PM, Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz via 
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That is amazing, especially considering how rare SEOs have become!  

In the early 1990s, Short-eareds would occasionally be seen at Hammo in the 
winter. And they'd be rarely seen, mobbed by crows, mid-morning, flopping away 
towards the southwest, at the Lighthouse Point Park Hawk Watch in late October 
(then, located just east of the butterfly garden). SEOs were actually counted 
in Hawk Count as diurnal raptors. 


In the 1990s, one bright freezing winter day (I keep horrible notes) I walked 
Long Beach towards Pleasure Beach and had 3 Short-eared Owls flush from the 
dunes, about 25 meters apart, and fly away, like huge, gangly, tawny moths. 


I don't ever expect to experience a similar encounter, again in Connecticut.

Unfortunately, you and I and a few other CT residents, are privileged, Chris.

Steve Mayo
Bethany





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10/20.  Stratford Point.
At around 6:00 PM I accidentally flushed 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS. The first one flew 
down the path I was on and landed. I got a decent photo with my phone and 
observed it for a minute. When I started walking again, the second one, which 
had been about 10 feet from me, flushed as well. They flew around together for 
a while, and appeared to land again in a nearby field. 


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Subject: LHP 10-20-14 Harriers
From: greg hanisek via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:24:18 -0700
From Greg Hanisek

10-20-14 New Haven, Lighthouse Point hawk watch - 118 raptors but surprisingly 
c 25% (27) were N. Harriers. 


Also on the move: 60 Brant, 3 C. Loons, 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, 350 Blue 
Jays, 250 Tree Swallows, 650 American Robins, 30 American Pipits, 80 Cedar 
Waxwings, 2600 Red-winged Blackbirds, 30 Rusty Blackbirds, 170 Purple Finches, 
1100 Pine Siskins (flocks probably averaged about 30 birds), 3 Eastern 
Meadowlarks. A lot of sparrows (especially Chipping), G-c Kinglets, Y-r 
Warblers around the Point. Red-bellied Woodpeckers very active and conspicuous 
as they've been for a few weeks. Very small numbers of woodland birds (Downy 
Woodpeckers, Tufted Titmice, Black-capped Chickadees, White-breasted 
Nuthatches) apparently on the move. 


Thanks for help from Bill Banks, Sol Satin, Sara Zagorski, Frank Gallo, Ed 
Sadowski, John Oshlick, Steve Karsh and whomever I forgot. 

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Subject: Re: Stratford Short-eared Owls
From: Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:16:52 -0700
That is amazing, especially considering how rare SEOs have become!  

In the early 1990s, Short-eareds would occasionally be seen at Hammo in the 
winter. And they'd be rarely seen, mobbed by crows, mid-morning, flopping away 
towards the southwest, at the Lighthouse Point Park Hawk Watch in late October 
(then, located just east of the butterfly garden). SEOs were actually counted 
in Hawk Count as diurnal raptors. 


In the 1990s, one bright freezing winter day (I keep horrible notes) I walked 
Long Beach towards Pleasure Beach and had 3 Short-eared Owls flush from the 
dunes, about 25 meters apart, and fly away, like huge, gangly, tawny moths. 


I don't ever expect to experience a similar encounter, again in Connecticut.

Unfortunately, you and I and a few other CT residents, are privileged, Chris.

Steve Mayo
Bethany





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 wrote: 

 


10/20.  Stratford Point.
At around 6:00 PM I accidentally flushed 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS. The first one flew 
down the path I was on and landed. I got a decent photo with my phone and 
observed it for a minute. When I started walking again, the second one, which 
had been about 10 feet from me, flushed as well. They flew around together for 
a while, and appeared to land again in a nearby field. 


Chris Harrison
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Subject: Stratford Short-eared Owls
From: Chris Harrison via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:31:58 -0400
10/20.  Stratford Point.
At around 6:00 PM I accidentally flushed 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS. The first one flew 
down the path I was on and landed. I got a decent photo with my phone and 
observed it for a minute. When I started walking again, the second one, which 
had been about 10 feet from me, flushed as well. They flew around together for 
a while, and appeared to land again in a nearby field. 


Chris Harrison
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Subject: The Feathered edge: A lecture series on current scientific trends.
From: Frank Gallo via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:31:08 -0400
Hi Folks,


I want to invite everyone to the first of our three-part fall lecture series, 
The Feathered edge: A lecture series on current scientific trends. The talks 
will be at the Connecticut Audubon Society's Coastal Center at Milford Point. 
Our first lecturer, Jacob Musser, is well known to many of you, and as you may 
also know, he's a tremendous speaker. I encourage everyone to stop by. Jake's 
work on the evolution of feathers is fascinating. Please RSVP to Louise Crocco, 
our office manager, at 203-878-7440. I look forward to seeing everyone on 
Sunday. 



Frank Gallo, Milford  


The Feathered Edge: A lecture series on current scientifictrends
“Feathers Make the Bird, but What Makes the Feather?”
 
Sunday, October 26, 2:30 p.m.
Lecturer: Jacob Musser, Yale University,Ph.D. student in Ornithology
 
Feathers are integral to the lives of birds, endowing themwith the capacity for 
flight, precise control over body temperature, and ashowy plumage for use in 
displays of aggression and affection. But where do feathers come from and how 
didthey evolve their impressive ability to vary in size and shape? In this 
talk, Jacob Musser, Yale University,Ph.D. student in ornithology, will discuss 
how his recent investigations on thegenetic instructions for growing feathers 
have shed new light on their earlyevolution, and how this research has led him 
from the laboratory to Emu farmsand Alligator-filled swamps in Louisiana. 

 
Please RSVP for The Feathered Edge lecture series or an individuallecture, by 
contacting our office manager, Louise Crocco, at 203-878-7440 x502. To see the 
complete list of lectures, please visit our webpage at www.ctaudubon.org and 
click on the Coastal Center's page. 

 
Fee: $5 suggested donation (free for CAS members, $3seniors)
 


Frank Gallo
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Coastal Center at Milford Point
1 Milford Point Road
Milford, CT 06840
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Subject: Greenwich Highlights
From: Stefan Martin via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:12:37 -0400
Another good day of birding! The season has definitely switched to sparrows now 
with 11 species observed (including Towhee and Junco). 

Greenwich Audubon- 11 species of sparrow with highlights being --- FOF Fox 
sparrow, 6 WC sparrows including 3 adults, 7 or so Lincoln's sparrows (seems 
like a good year for them). 

1----OC Warbler giving great views while feeding on Goldenrod throughout the 
day. 

The most unusual bird of the day had to be a single female Rusty BB visiting 
the seed on the Quaker Ridge Hawkwatch lawn. If you feed them, they will come! 
She stayed around for the remainder of the day once she put down. Also, all 
birds except for the Fox Sparrow were observed from the Hawkwatch lawn! Not too 
shabby for sitting comfortably in an Adirondack chair counting migrating hawks. 


I imagine tomorrow could be a good day as well. 

All the best, 
Stefan Martin


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Subject: Uncasville Snow Geese
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Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:44:34 -0400
Snow Geese 200+ over house barking at 5:00 pm heading south 

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Subject: Pine Siskins
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Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:30:33 -0700
Passing this along.


 From Judy Richardson 10/20/14, HY Pine Siskin at my nyger feeder this 
afternoon. 

10/19/16 Winter Wren, in a mixed flock at Mianus River Gorge in Stamford.


Roy Harvey
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Subject: Madison
From: Paul Desjardins via CTBirds <ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:27:28 -0400
This morning at the Bauer Farm 9 sparrow species including an immature White 
Crowned. Also there was an absurdly tame Cooper’s Hawk allowing an approach 
of about thirty feet! And 3 Blue Headed Vireos as well as about 10 Pine Siskins 
enlivened the morning. Seen at the Meigs Point section of Hammonasset were 2 
White Winged Scoters, about 10 Black Scoters, both loons and a Horned Grebe. 


Paul Desjardins
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Subject: Sterling yard
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Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:13:06 -0400
From Robert Dixon
10/20/14 - Sterling yard - SNOW GOOSE ( 14 high flying migrants heading west 
/second record for yard), PURPLE FINCH ( 5 at feeders /8 flyovers), 
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (adult female), HERMIT THRUSH, EASTERN TOWHEE (1m) and 
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (6 flyovers). 

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Subject: Harkness sparrows
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Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:02:58 +0000 (UTC)
from Glenn Williams:10/20/14 - Waterford, Harkness Memorial State Park, brush 
dump -- LINCOLN'S SPARROW, 3 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, PURPLE FINCHES 

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Subject: Westport Meadowlarks
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Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:56:16 -0400
10/20/14- Westport-Sherwood Island SP-6 Eastern Meadowlarks in a tight flock on 
the east side of the park. 


Tina Green
Westport
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