[CT Birds] Willowbrook Park etc.

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Sun Apr 22 20:22:21 EDT 2007

The Southwick, MA Osprey nesting post is pretty interesting to me since I recently wrote about I think is a nesting attempt in New Britain, CT, which if successful, would represent the first positive nesting effort of that species in Hartford County in decades.  I attended the Rock Cats' game today but left the park during the heat of the day, thankful that there WAS such a thing, and did not see either Osprey on the poles at Willowbrook Park nor soaring around.  I did, however, confirm Monk Parakeet nest building underway, having seen one Monk carrying sticks to the large nest in the far northwest light stanchion of the soccer field.  Another was calling loudly from the nearby streamside area but I never did see that bird, though I did collect a scuffed up major league ball that was launched out of the park during batting practice while looking around.  Later in the day Jay Kaplan demonstrated an impressive knuckleball using this ball, making it dance like an anglewing butterfly. 
 As rare a sighting as most I recorded today, to be sure!

To remain on topicI echo Greg Hanisek's warbler comments, but thought there might be more action today than I noticed.  One thing not mentioned here is the lack of swallows around.  In ten or so hours of active inland CT birding in lots of places over the past two days I only noted 1 Barn and maybe a half dozen Tree Swallows, all ot them in the Durham Meadows area.  A slow start for them, for obvious reasons.  I hope that represents more of a repressed northward migration than the result of early birds getting whacked thanks to our crappy weather of late.

Jamie Meyers
Canton, CT 

-------------- Original message -------------- 
From: "Scott Ricker" <ptbagger at verizon.net> 

> CTBirders & MassBirders 
> About 5:30 this afternoon I walked into the tobacco fields off of Babb's Rd 
> in West Suffield to look for Kestrels'. Struck out on the Kestrels, they 
> have been in these fields at least the last 3 years I have been checking, 
> maybe it’s a bit early? I continued walking south until I reached the swamp 
> where the Great Blue Heron Rookery is. 
> There were 9 nests with at minimum 7 occupied. Unfortunately the off road 
> vehicles have encroached quite close to the swamp, within 20-30'. The entire 
> off road activity that I watched today didn't go to this area but it is 
> evident that they are using this area often. I also had 2 Field Sparrows and 
> a single Broad wing Hawk in the tobacco fields. 
> Earlier in the afternoon My self & a friend walked down to Goose Pond off of 
> Rt 168/Congamond Rd. in Southwick to check the progress of the pair of 
> Osprey that have built a nest on the top of a 150' cell phone tower. Not to 
> be disappointed they were both in the nest and at one point copulated. The 
> male then took to the air and started to hunt Goose Pond. He hit the water 
> six times with success twice. He landed in a dead tree after the first 
> catch, but then he dropped the fish into the brush trying to get a better 
> position on his catch. 
> Also had a pair of Pine Warblers copulating and a pair of White-breasted 
> Nuthatches checking out a hole in a tree. 
> Very nice afternoon! 
> Scott Ricker 
> Southwick, MA. 
> Ptbagger(at)Verizon(dot)net 
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