[CT Birds] Willow or Alder?

Greg Hanisek ghanisek at rep-am.com
Wed Jun 4 18:43:20 EDT 2008

Hi Glenn,

It looks like we're getting a pretty decent discussion going on the status 
of Alder Flycatcher in the state. I'm aware from others' reports that there 
are some Alders in the northeast part of the state (such as Pomfret). I 
recall Mark Szantyr (he may want to chime in) mentioning a site somewhere 
out east. I also recall him saying he had very limited contact with them out 

Clay Taylor told me that there were Alders at Durham Meadows many years ago. 
I'm not aware of any established territorial birds that far south now, but 
someone out there may have info that hasn't been disseminated. Zeranski & 
Baptist mention possible (but not confirmed) breeding in the Conn R Valley 
south of Hartford. Again, I'm not aware of any territorial birds in that 
area now.

It's possible (totally specualtive on my part) that various attempts by 
Alder to extend its range in CT have failed because of the dominance of 
Willow Fly where they occur together (from Birds of N.A. Online).

It's also good to note that Alder is probably the latest migrant among CT's 
breeding species, so birds heard singing Alder songs even now in southern 
areas may be migrants (as Frank Gallo noted in a post on one from the recent 
Stratford Bioblitz).

Greg Hanisek

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Glenn Williams" <gswilliams9 at yahoo.com>
To: "Greg Hanisek" <ghanisek at rep-am.com>; "Jim Zipp" <jimzipp at sbcglobal.net>
Cc: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2008 5:09 PM
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Willow or Alder?

> I don't have my records handy at the moment, but there
> was a bird fairly south in Rhode Island determined to
> be an Alder Flycatcher a few years back.  It returned
> for at least two breeding seasons.  Does anyone
> remember where?  There were also several Alder
> Flycatchers in Pomfret during the breeding season back
> when I used to bird that area in the late 90's.  Are
> they still there?
> Glenn Williams
> Mystic, CT

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