[CT Birds] CTBirds Digest, Vol 308, Issue 3

Judith Stevens silverbugmom at webtv.net
Sat Dec 29 21:55:59 EST 2007


The Shepaug Dam Eagle Watch in Southbury had seven adult bald eagles and three immatures between 9 a.m. and about 11 a.m.  After that just one lone adult BE.  Flights were spectacular.  Hundreds of common mergansers on the Housatonic and earlier in the morning there were thousands of gulls fishing - several great black backed gulls among the ring billed gulls as well.
Judith Stevens - volunteer   


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Today's Topics:

   1. Tracking the 2008 CT species seen (David Provencher)
   2. Re: Tracking the 2008 CT species seen (Dennis Varza)
   3. CBCs in NYT (REBECCA I HOROWITZ)
   4. Re: CTBirds house finch eye disease (Katz1449 at aol.com)
   5. Common Ravens, East Haddam (p.s.holden at comcast.net)
   6. Sightings (Mark Aronson)
   7. Fw:  Common Ravens, East Haddam (p.s.holden at comcast.net)
   8. Re: Question on Finch Eye Disease? (recoverywing at cox.net)
   9. PG's at Under Mountain Road, Canaan (A W)
  10. Redpolls & Robins (Robert J. Bitondi)
  11. (no subject) (Shllkrnn at aol.com)


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Message: 1
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 12:58:49 -0500
From: "David Provencher" <davidprovencher at sbcglobal.net>
Subject: [CT Birds] Tracking the 2008 CT species seen
To: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
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OK, I'm still picking up the pieces after a very destructive divorce (which
one of us appears to want to go on forever alas) so I'm not making any big
personal birding commitments for 2008. But despite that, I had an idea for
some birding fun next year. While I swore off big years quite some time ago
and dropped listing as well, I never said I wouldn't count up what OTHERS
saw. So I plan on keeping a list of all the species seen and reported in CT
in 2008. So everyone has the chance to help. Here's the deal: I'm going to
track the total number of species seen in CT during 2008 by everyone who
reports to this list, to me directly, or that I get reliable word about. I
am also going to compile the list of exotics/escapes that get seen/reported
in the wild (That means don't let me know what you saw at the zoo!)

 

The only caveat on rarities will be that the report has to accepted by the
Avian records Committee of Connecticut (unless it's an escape or exotic).
That way it will give us a semi-official count on just how many species get
reported during a calendar year in CT. Periodically I will post here what
the list is and the total number of species seen to date. This will give
anyone who wants to contribute an opportunity to add something that hasn't
been reported yet. I do not want people to start posting every species they
see everyday for this project, that would just create a lot of unnecessary
bulk. So if you want to contribute, just check the periodic posting to see
what has NOT been recorded yet and let me know if you have something to add.
REMEMBER: I want to compile a list of exotics/escapes seen as well. So if
you see a Black Swan on Candlewood Lake or a Gray Parrot in Hartford or
anything in between, it goes on the list.

 

Good luck and good birding in 2008 everyone.

 

Dave Provencher



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Message: 2
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 13:13:48 -0500
From: Dennis Varza <dennisvz at optonline.net>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Tracking the 2008 CT species seen
To: David Provencher <davidprovencher at sbcglobal.net>,	Posting Bird
	List <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
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Sounds Interesting,

What about ablinistic, leuchistic, melanistic and other "istic"  birds?
What about Identifiable races and hybrids?
What about the different age and sex combinations?

just kidding about the last one.

Happy New Year

Dennis Varza
Fairfield


On Dec 29, 2007, at 12:58 PM, David Provencher wrote:

> OK, I'm still picking up the pieces after a very destructive  
> divorce (which
> one of us appears to want to go on forever alas) so I'm not making  
> any big
> personal birding commitments for 2008. But despite that, I had an  
> idea for
> some birding fun next year. While I swore off big years quite some  
> time ago
> and dropped listing as well, I never said I wouldn't count up what  
> OTHERS
> saw. So I plan on keeping a list of all the species seen and  
> reported in CT
> in 2008. So everyone has the chance to help. Here's the deal: I'm  
> going to
> track the total number of species seen in CT during 2008 by  
> everyone who
> reports to this list, to me directly, or that I get reliable word  
> about. I
> am also going to compile the list of exotics/escapes that get seen/ 
> reported
> in the wild (That means don't let me know what you saw at the zoo!)
>
>
>
> The only caveat on rarities will be that the report has to accepted  
> by the
> Avian records Committee of Connecticut (unless it's an escape or  
> exotic).
> That way it will give us a semi-official count on just how many  
> species get
> reported during a calendar year in CT. Periodically I will post  
> here what
> the list is and the total number of species seen to date. This will  
> give
> anyone who wants to contribute an opportunity to add something that  
> hasn't
> been reported yet. I do not want people to start posting every  
> species they
> see everyday for this project, that would just create a lot of  
> unnecessary
> bulk. So if you want to contribute, just check the periodic posting  
> to see
> what has NOT been recorded yet and let me know if you have  
> something to add.
> REMEMBER: I want to compile a list of exotics/escapes seen as well.  
> So if
> you see a Black Swan on Candlewood Lake or a Gray Parrot in  
> Hartford or
> anything in between, it goes on the list.
>
>
>
> Good luck and good birding in 2008 everyone.
>
>
>
> Dave Provencher
>
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Message: 3
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 10:58:04 -0800 (PST)
From: REBECCA I HOROWITZ <rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net>
Subject: [CT Birds] CBCs in NYT
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
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Tomorrow's Connecticut Section in the New York Times has 
a lengthy article on birding and Christmas Bird Counts.  
It's titled "The Binocular Brigade - The 108th Annual 
Christmas Bird Count is in Full Swing Across the Region" 
by Barbara Hall.  In addition to comments from NY and 
NJ, there are contributions from Litchfield Hills Audubon,
Sharon Audubon and Greenwich CBC.

And don't forget there are still Counts this weekend!  

Finally, thanks in advance to Dave Provencher for taking 
on that vicarious, electronic Big Year.  It's going to be
really interesting.

Steve Mayo
Bethany

  

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Message: 4
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 14:07:55 EST
From: Katz1449 at aol.com
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] CTBirds house finch eye disease
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org, jgcollins at cox.net
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>From Bev Propen  12/29
 
I have been participating in the Cornell house finch eye  disease survey for 
almost 10 yrs.  The  sneezing, and swollen, oozy,  crusty and sometimes sealed 
shut eyes are the outer manifestation of a systemic  disease for the finches. 
 Over the years, I have had 1 or 2 at a time at my  feeders and I was told to 
clean the feeders thoroughly with hot water and  bleach, at least weekly to 
prevent the spread of the disease.  The other  day I had 3 sick house finches 
in one morning which was the highest count I  have had.  I did bleach the 
feeders and clean them thoroughly.
A few  years ago I did catch one finch which apparently  was totally blind in 
one eye, so I was able to sneak up on it and caught it in a  net.
I brought it over to the Ansonia Nature Center because they  told me they 
will treat the finch with antibiotics.  I called them several  times to check on 
its progress and I was told that the finch recuperated  and they released it.
I have read mixed reports on "curing" the finches.   One report said that if 
they are cured, they remain carriers of the  disease.  Another report I read 
said that if they are cured, that they  cannot spread the disease any further.  
I just felt good that at least one of them was rehabilitated  and released.
I don't know if there is any more recent research into the  disease and if it 
can be cured.



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Message: 5
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 14:38:13 -0500
From: <p.s.holden at comcast.net>
Subject: [CT Birds] Common Ravens, East Haddam
To: "CT Bird List" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
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12/22 - East Haddam property, Millington Rd., (not far from Devil's Hopyard State Park) - 2 COMMON RAVEN

They were croaking up a storm - great fun to listen to until a bunch of crows decided to chase them off.

Pam Holden


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Message: 6
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 15:25:04 -0500
From: "Mark Aronson" <markaronson at gmail.com>
Subject: [CT Birds] Sightings
To: birdlist <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
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Hello from Mark Aronson

12/29 - East Haven, Proto Drive - several Common Redpolls,
New Haven, East Shore Park, above the waste treatment facility, still
around are four NORTHERN ROUGHWINGED SWALLOWS,
two Palm Warblers, and amongst various ducks near the power plant were
a Northern Shoveler and a Common Merganser



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Message: 7
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 15:37:19 -0500
From: <p.s.holden at comcast.net>
Subject: [CT Birds] Fw:  Common Ravens, East Haddam
To: "CT Bird List" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
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The holiday festivities have gone to my brain.  The date on my message 
should have been 12/29, not 12/22....  Let me try again.

> 12/29 - East Haddam property, Millington Rd., (not far from Devil's 
> Hopyard State Park) - 2 COMMON RAVEN

Pam Holden


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From: <p.s.holden at comcast.net>
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Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2007 2:38 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] Common Ravens, East Haddam


> 12/22 - East Haddam property, Millington Rd., (not far from Devil's 
> Hopyard State Park) - 2 COMMON RAVEN
>
> They were croaking up a storm - great fun to listen to until a bunch of 
> crows decided to chase them off.
>
> Pam Holden




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Message: 8
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 16:12:11 -0500
From: <recoverywing at cox.net>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Question on Finch Eye Disease?
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org, Jan Collins <jgcollins at cox.net>
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What you are seeing is actually a bacterial infection that results in conjunctivitis. The birds are quite sick and will eventually not be able to see to find food and water and will die.  It is highly contagious to other birds.

However, this disease is easily treated and since most birds can be caught every attempt should be made to do so. Removing the sick birds, cleaning and disinfecting the feeders and bird baths, removing any debris on the ground will significantly reduce the occurance.

I would be happy to take any bird you catch.

Anyone with a sick or injured bird please note my contact number is 860-276-8433  Please call verses email as phone messages are checked often , email is not.

Happy New Year!

Jayne Amico/Southington

www.therecoverywing.org



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Message: 9
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 13:34:52 -0800 (PST)
From: A W <antpitta8 at yahoo.com>
Subject: [CT Birds] PG's at Under Mountain Road, Canaan
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
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I enjoyed the Pine Grosbeaks in Norfolk today (12-29).  Thanks to all for updates.
  I also checked Under Mountain Road in Canaan @10:30am.  Came across a large flock (200+) of Cedar Waxwings.  While checking for Bohemians (none), 4 Pine Grosbeaks joined the flock.  Location is field south of Under Mountain Road, just to east of Barnes Road and stream.  There is a parking spot just east of stream bridge next to old farm structure.  I asked nearby homeowner for permission to walk field and treeline.  Also seen: am. robin, house finch, eur. starling, tree sparrow, white throated sparrow, RT hawk, RB woodpecker, blue jay, am. goldfinch.
   
  Peace,
  Allan Welby
  Ridgefield

       
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Message: 10
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 13:41:33 -0800 (PST)
From: "Robert J. Bitondi" <rjbitondi at sbcglobal.net>
Subject: [CT Birds] Redpolls & Robins
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
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My yard today:  9 Common Redpolls at the feeders, 75+ American Robins after sunset.

Bob Bitondi
Pomfret Center


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Message: 11
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 17:51:58 EST
From: Shllkrnn at aol.com
Subject: [CT Birds] (no subject)
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
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Would like information on a bird seen in East Lyme this morning, Friday,  
December 28.  Bird was seen in an apple orchard perched on a tree, white  breast, 
golden brown feathers, approx. 18-20+ inches tall, fat like an owl but  head 
was not that of an owl.  Possible falcon family?  Any  ideas?
Shelley Kiernan




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