[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club June Schedule

Larry Bausher LPBausher at comcast.net
Tue May 26 09:05:36 EDT 2009


Here is the schedule for the New Haven Bird Club's field trips in June.

First Wednesday Walk: Branford Supply Ponds, Branford
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 8:00 AM  Free and open to the public.
Join us as we walk the trails around East and West Ponds.  The  
various habitats provide good birding opportunities for spring  
migration and breeding/nesting areas.  We will look for warblers,  
perhaps prothonatary or yellow-throated and pine as well as other  
species including willow flycatcher, pileated woodpecker, and perhaps  
tanagers and who knows what other species may surprise us there. This  
is the pond where the cackling goose appeared several years ago and  
there are always ducks and geese in the ponds.
DIRECTIONS: From the West, take Exit 54 off I95, turn right onto  
Cedar Street and go south to Route 1.  Turn left and continue on  
Route 1 (about 0.7 miles) to Chestnut Street, turn left and travel to  
the main parking lot just beyond West Pond on the left. From the  
East, take Exit 54 and turn left onto Cedar Street, then follow as  
Contact- Kris Johnson, 203-288-3087, Krisjohnson99 at snet.net

West Rock Ridge : The Ridge Top from New Haven to Bethany
Saturday, June 6, 2009, 7:00 AM  (Rain date: Sunday, June 7, 2009,  
7:00 AM)
West Rock Ridge State Park is a breeding bird hotspot in CT, with  
more than 100 species being confirmed or probable breeders. West Rock  
ranks only behind the state forests, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs of  
northwestern CT for its diversity of nesting birds. This trip will be  
a warm-up for the NHBC Summer Bird Count next week. We’ll walk and  
drive the ridge top in search of the avian diversity of West Rock,  
emphasizing “birding by ear.” Along the way, we view the water birds  
of Konold’s Pond far below us and the deep forest birds of the ridge  
top and slopes. Our list of expected species includes diurnal  
raptors, cuckoos, woodpeckers, flycatchers, vireos, ravens, swallows,  
thrushes, warblers, tanagers, and orioles. Meet at the West Rock  
Nature Center parking  lot  along  Wintergreen  Avenue.
Leader—Steve Broker: 203.272.5192 and 203.747.6843, ls.broker at cox.net

Eighteenth Annual Summer Bird Count.  Saturday, June 13 and Sunday,  
June 14, 2009
This is a wonderful opportunity to work on your birdsong  
identification skills and to see what birds are nesting in your area.  
For the names of area captains and other information, contact leader  
Steve Mayo: 203.393.0694, smayo at sikorsky.com

McLean Game Refuge, Granby.  Saturday, June 27, 2009, 7:30 AM
Don’t miss a chance to visit one of Hartford County’s most beautiful  
birding locations. The Refuge consists of more than 4,200 acres of  
hardwood forest, conifer stands, streams, and wetlands. Birders can  
expect to find species such as Pileated Woodpecker, Blue-headed  
Vireo, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, and Blackburnian Warbler. This  
trip is a joint walk with our friends in the Hartford Audubon  
Society, as part of their centennial celebration. Meet in the parking  
lot at the Rt. 10 Refuge entrance. Call the Hartford Audubon trip  
leader for more details.
Leader—Paul Cianfaglione:  860.836.3443.     NHBC Contact— Chris  
Loscalzo: 203.389.6508,  closcalz at optonline.net

Larry Bausher, Publicity Director

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