[CT Birds] Subject: Re: I sent my Fox Sparrow records to eBird

Heather Campbell heathertee2002 at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 19 20:17:09 EDT 2007


I tried to report my sightings to E Bird and am totally frustrated. We have seen these two birds, also fifty robins,  in the back yard for the last three days (72 hours) and there is no way to report this. I keep getting an error message when I try.
   
  Heather Campbell 
   
  Higganum, CT

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Today's Topics:

1. Re: I sent my Fox Sparrow records to eBird (COMINS, Patrick)
2. More Fox Sparrow and others (Scott Kruitbosch)
3. woodcock in towns (Carrier Graphics)
4. sightings today (Sunshine)
5. Robin eating from suet feeder (Katz1449 at aol.com)
6. Re: odd feeding behaviors (Anthony Zemba)
7. Fw: (Len J Kendall)
8. Rough-legged Hawk (greg hanisek)
9. fox sparrow and other stuff (RUTH STGERMAINE)
10. fox sparrows (RUTH STGERMAINE)


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Message: 1
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 12:33:54 -0400
From: "COMINS, Patrick" 

Subject: Re: [CT Birds] I sent my Fox Sparrow records to eBird
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PS
To make things easier and avoid having to submit records to both eBird and to this list, there is a feature on eBird where you can check a box and get your report send back to you via email..example below. That way you can enter your sightings into eBird and then simply copy and paste the report to post to this list, example:

Location: Smith Neck Road
Observation date: 3/18/07
Number of species: 1

Fox Sparrow 4 Roadside on road to Great Island Boat Launch

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2 (http://www.ebird.org)



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[mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org]On Behalf Of COMINS, Patrick
Sent: Monday, March 19, 2007 11:15 AM
To: Clay Taylor; CTBirds
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] I sent my Fox Sparrow records to eBird


Hi Clay, all:
I would like to second Clay's suggestion of sending in Fox Sparrow and other significant sightings to eBird. I have been excited about the as of yet unrealized potential of eBird since this project started. Imagine how powerful a tool this could be for conservation planning and ornithological data if we all entered our data into this database. Eventually, record of all of the key locations of conservation concern and sightings of significant ornithological importance (early, late or major occurrences) would unfold before our eyes. If we wanted to know where the most important spots for Blue-winged Warbler, Bobolink or Wood Thrush were, we could sort the list for June sightings, find out which sites need more protection or management etc., and have a lot more information on which to base conservation actions. This will be like a spatially explicit all Christmas Bird Count all of the time and could form a strong foundation not only for a new breeding bird atlas, but an
 overall bird occurrence atlas for all seasons. Combine this with the new technology for habitat modeling and remote sensing of on the ground conditions from lidar data, and satellite or aerial photography, and we are at the cusp of a new age of information for conservation planning and ornithological information.

I just completed a list of the bird species of conservation concern in Connecticut, but just as it was completed came word that a new national WatchList is in the works. I will have to revise the Connecticut list based on this information, but will be happy to share the results once it is revised. 

Along these lines, keep an eye out for a new project using eBird to track certain birds of conservation concern using eBird for this coming nesting season...more to follow. 

Finally, to add to the list of Fox Sparrow sightings, 3 in my yard on Friday and 4 roadside near Great Island in Lyme on Sunday. I will be adding these to eBird. 

Sincerely,

Patrick Comins, Meriden, CT

Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation
Audubon Connecticut
pcomins'at'audubon.org

http://iba.audubon.org/iba/viewState.do?state=US-CT

Bent of the River Sanctuary
185 East Flat Hill Road 
Southbury, CT 06488
Phone: (203)264-5098 x305
or (203)264-5180 x305

Fax: (203)264-6332







-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org]On Behalf Of Clay Taylor
Sent: Sunday, March 18, 2007 12:46 AM
To: CTBirds
Subject: [CT Birds] I sent my Fox Sparrow records to eBird


Hi all - 

OK, I walked the walk and reported my two Roadside Fox Sparrows to eBird, in addition to the other residents of the thicket. It was painless - setup and execution took no more than 5 minutes using the Google Maps feature. I also logged in the ducks on Johnson Mill Pond and yesterday's phoebe in my yard.

Greg H. said "a new list that has reports from all around the state inspiring others to report what they've 
seen, and you get what is probably (to date) the biggest and quickest 
assessment of a bird event ever in Connecticut (now that I think of it right 
while I'm typing). As someone who compiles seasonal field notes, I see a new 
era of information dawning right before my eyes. "

Twenty years ago, I did the Field Records for the CT Warbler, compiling from handwritten reports submitted by birders from across the state. I know EXACTLY what Greg is referring to.

Let's all help take it to the next level - everybody that saw a Fox Sparrow in CT this weekend submit the record to eBird http://ebird.org/content/ . Weeks from now, Greg can simply call up all the records and "track" the number and duration of Fox Sparrows as they moved through the state. In point of fact, I saw John Fitzpatrick of Cornell Lab show an "animated map" of Fox Sparrow winter records from a few years ago, and it was really neat watching the "Red Wave" come south, pause, and head back north again. Heck, there is probably a way to animate our little Fox Sparrow Invasion and link it to the COA website. Anybody?

Clay Taylor
Moodus, CT
ctaylor at att.net
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Message: 2
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 12:40:10 -0400
From: "Scott Kruitbosch" 
Subject: [CT Birds] More Fox Sparrow and others
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>From Scott Kruitbosch:
3/19 - Fairfield Audubon Sanctuary - 1 WINTER WREN

Took a brief walk into the Audubon Sanctuary and found a nice sample of
birds:
1 Winter Wren
1 Fox Sparrow (more!)
1 Hermit Thrush
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Pileated Woodpecker (heard while I looked at some of it's very fresh
holes)
And Crows, Blue Jays, Mourning Doves, White-throats, Juncos, White-breasted
Nuthatch, Chickadees, Titmice, and plenty of Robins.


Back at home I found 3 Fox Sparrows under the feeders and 40 or so Robins
still using the yard/driveway. The problem here today is that I have a large
flock (over 100) of Grackles, Redwings, Cowbirds, and Starlings, who all
seem intent on staying, which obviously drives off the other birds. I'll be
putting out some fruit in other places in the yard this afternoon - but the
squirrels seem to be the ones enjoying the raisins the most so far.




-- 
Scott Kruitbosch
Stratford, CT
kbosch at gmail.com


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Message: 3
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 10:01:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: Carrier Graphics 
Subject: [CT Birds] woodcock in towns
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Woodcock are now being seen in towns and suburban areas for some of the following reasons:

They can only feed from mud and open water, where they can get access to worms and other forms of
life. When snow and ice cover the ground, they look for these open water areas wherever to be
found. Roadside ditches, open water from streams and pond edges etc. BUT:...
When these areas are scarce, they often mistake dark wet roads as streams or open water. This is
why Woodcock,( and some other ground seeking birds, such as Robins) are observed occasionally
along open plowed roads and driveways. With luck, some of these plowed areas might eventually
expose soil at their edges, with the chance of finding food there. if not...........?

Paul Carrier 



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Message: 4
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 14:25:13 -0400
From: "Sunshine" 
Subject: [CT Birds] sightings today
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>From Donna Lorello:



3/19 - Branford, 4 Fox Sparrows feeding under niger feeders, white-winged
dove seen this morning around 7:30 am. 



A side note today - I noticed the WW Dove is molting - several new feathers
are appearing on the neck as are the first patches of bright yellow on the
Gold Finches.



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Message: 5
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 15:35:04 EDT
From: Katz1449 at aol.com
Subject: [CT Birds] Robin eating from suet feeder
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I was watching a solitary robin this afternoon in my yard. It was feeding 
on the ground under the suet feeder, picking up bits of the suet which fell as 
the woodpeckers and sparrows were eating from the suet feeder.
It flew up and clung to the suet feeder and started pecking and eating the 
suet.
I haven't ever observed a robin doing that. Is that an unusual feeding 
behavior for the robins? Usually I see them on the ground or in the evergreens 
eating berries.
Bev Propen
Orange



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Message: 6
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 16:00:02 -0400
From: "Anthony Zemba" 
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] odd feeding behaviors
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Along the same lines as Bev's observation with suet-feeding Robins, I have had a Hermit thrush visiting my feeder in Durham off and on since the Feb 14th nor'easter. It appeared again this weekend. THe odd thing is that after watching it for a while it appeared to be eating cracked corn and proso millet. Maybe the suet crumbs originally attracted it? or the general activity around the feeder attracted the thrush for protection in the mixed-species flock. Anyways, this brings up a good point about the importance of "starvation foods" or foods that aren't preferred by any particular species, but may serve a critical function in getting the species through the last grueling months (weeks?) of winter before invertebrate prey becomes accessible again. THere was some discussion awhile back about birdscaping. I see Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) as being a critical addition to the birdscaped yard as may generally not be a preferred food initially but since the berries are
 retained on the branch for a long time they may be available later in the winter when the preferred food resources have been used up, and our feathered friends are scrapping by on whatever is available. 

Anthony Zemba 

>>> 3/19/2007 3:35 PM >>>
I was watching a solitary robin this afternoon in my yard. It was feeding 
on the ground under the suet feeder, picking up bits of the suet which fell as 
the woodpeckers and sparrows were eating from the suet feeder.
It flew up and clung to the suet feeder and started pecking and eating the 
suet.
I haven't ever observed a robin doing that. Is that an unusual feeding 
behavior for the robins? Usually I see them on the ground or in the evergreens 
eating berries.
Bev Propen
Orange



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Message: 7
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 16:41:47 -0400
From: Len J Kendall 
Subject: [CT Birds] Fw:
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Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 15:56:28 -0400


Roger Preston and I had a three falcon day with a Peregrine on the
Travelers tower and 2 Kestrels and a Merlin on Ferry Road in South
Windsor. By the way, the Kestrels were looking at the nest box on the
pole just past the barn, about three quarters up the road. We even
witnessed copulation, or an attempt at such. On the way home we stopped
at the Bradley parking lot off Route 20 and found the large group of
Larks feeding on the plowed ground to the left of the lot and we had one
( 1 ) Snow Bunting in with them. Almost forgot the 2 Eagles on the River
by the boat house at Riverside Park in Hartford.

Len Kendall
Simsbury, CT
lnken at juno.com



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Message: 8
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 14:12:17 -0700 (PDT)
From: greg hanisek 
Subject: [CT Birds] Rough-legged Hawk
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>From Greg Hanisek, Bill Banks, Neil Currie, Randy Domina

3/19 -- Old Lyme: Rough-legged Hawk (dark morph) visible from Dock and Dine in Old Saybrook


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Message: 9
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 14:38:51 -0700 (PDT)
From: RUTH STGERMAINE 
Subject: [CT Birds] fox sparrow and other stuff
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Hi everyone, when i got home today i noticed another fox sparrow here,so that's a total of 2 for me so far. the most i think i have had is 2.I'll have to check my records on ebird.I have a 1st year redwing here to. It's a male. (what do they call them 1st year or juvy?). Also 2 male cardinal's 1 is my resident he is not a happy boy with this other one being here. And the yard is full of birds i think more than the last few day's. A new arrival yesturday 2 male cowbirds showed up. Good Eve.


Lisa Dworak

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Message: 10
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 14:49:00 -0700 (PDT)
From: RUTH STGERMAINE 
Subject: [CT Birds] fox sparrows
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I take back that count of 2 on the fox sparrows, because i just did a quick check and i counted 5!! Maybe 6? Everywhere i look there is a bird. Lisa


Lisa Dworak

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