[CT Birds] NW Hills, Dec. 23
brnpelican at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 25 01:12:09 EST 2007
I'm trying to squeeze in some birding while visiting
family. I've been following w/ interest the great
birds being seen in Conn. so far this season.
On Sunday I braved the drizzle and fog to look for
northern goodies in the NW Hills, from Litchfield to
North Canaan. The highlights:
RING-NECKED PHEASANT, 1 male
RUFFED GROUSE, 1
These 2 birds were seen w/in a minute of each other in
Canaan along Barnes Rd. 1/2 mile E of Rte. 63, or
about 1 mile W of Under Mountain Rd. This spot is
just E of the "dangerous curve" sign. I wonder if the
pheasant is truly wild or a recent introduction? It
was walking parallel to the road just a few feet off
the S side of the road. The grouse flushed from the
woods on the other side of the road.
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 1 imm. near the intersection
of routes 43 and 63 in Cornwall.
FOX SPARROW, 1 under feeders near the bird blind w/
2 at office feeders at White Memorial Foundation in
Litchfield. They were mixed w/ House Finches and
Goldfinches. There may have been more than 2
I stopped at Hageman Shean Rd. in Goshen in dense fog.
At the first stop, I heard at least 3 redpolls just
into the woods on the N side of the road. I could not
find these birds despite the fact that they were not
far into the woods. This was at the second telephone
pole on the right side as you drive W from East Street
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