[CT Birds] So. Windsor Sedge Wrens

Fritz and Sheila fritzandsheila at gmail.com
Fri Jul 17 16:20:46 EDT 2009

Thanks to those who sent us detailed directions.  We had a great view of it from the parked farm equipment about 150 yards north along the first road west of Main Street. There do not appear to be any signs restricting access and a couple of farmers drove by us without apparent concern.
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  Today's Topics:

     1. more Wilson's Storm-Petrels (Nick Bonomo)
     2. So. Windsor Sedge Wrens (Fritz and Sheila)
     3. Common Nighthawk (Mark Aronson)
     4. On This Day (7/17) (Dennis Varza)
     5. [SHOREBIRDS] James Bay Report # 1 (semismart9 at aol.com)
     6. ruddy duck (greg hanisek)
     7. Segde wren, Sta. 43, Cabella's (Brian Webster)
     8. Re: iPod birding software (Mardi W. Dickinson)


  Message: 1
  Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2009 17:15:46 -0400
  From: Nick Bonomo <nbonomo at gmail.com>
  Subject: [CT Birds] more Wilson's Storm-Petrels
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  >From Andy Griswold, Jim Denham, Glenn Williams, Nick Bonomo:
  7/16 - Eastern Long Island Sound, offshore between Niantic Bay and Thames
  River - 10 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS (CT waters, but many likely crossed the
  line back and forth).

  These birds came right in to our chum slick, just off the stern! They were
  really too close to 'digibin', so I just used the 4x zoom on my
  point-and-shoot camera to get a couple halfway-decent pics and a brief


  We also had a few peeps and dowitchers migrating south while we were out
  there, plus a fresh juvenile Ring-billed Gull (my first of the season).

  Here are some migration notes from today. The shorebirding is still slow:
  Old Lyme, Watch Rock - 1 Semipalmated Plover, 16 Least Sandpipers, 1
  Semipalmated Sandpiper, 3 SB Dowitchers.
  Old Lyme, Griswold Pt - 4 Semipalmated Plovers, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 7
  Least Sandpipers, 15 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 18 SB Dowitchers (incl. one
  'hendersoni'), 2 Ruddy Turnstones, 1 Roseate Tern, Common Terns (mostly
  adults, many fresh juveniles, 2 first-summer, 2 second-summer)
  West Haven, Sandy Pt - 3 Least Sandpipers, 3 SB Dowitchers, 1 Black Skimmer,
  only two Common Terns

  Nick Bonomo
  Orange, CT


  Message: 2
  Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2009 20:27:33 -0400
  From: Fritz and Sheila <fritzandsheila at gmail.com>
  Subject: [CT Birds] So. Windsor Sedge Wrens
  To: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
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  Can anyone provide some detail on where these birds are other than some field on Strong Rd?  We plan on going to look for them tomorrow morning.
  Harold Moritz
  Sheila Gleason
  fritzandsheila at pobox.com


  Message: 3
  Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2009 21:17:27 -0400
  From: Mark Aronson <markaronson at gmail.com>
  Subject: [CT Birds] Common Nighthawk
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  >From Mark Aronson
  16 July - New Haven - Common Nighthawk, Cottage at Whitney, calling right
  now (9:15PM)


  Message: 4
  Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2009 06:34:44 -0400
  From: Dennis Varza <dennisvz at optonline.net>
  Subject: [CT Birds] On This Day (7/17)
  To: Posting Bird List <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
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  1944 Greater Scaup Guilford
  1949 Blue-winged Teal Guilford with 3 young
  1972 Wilson's Storm Petrel Bridgeport-Port Jefferson Ferry
  1996 White-rumped Sandpiper Old Lyme, Griswald Pt.
  1996 Black-legged Kittiwake Madison, Hammonasset St. Pk.
  1997 Stilt Sandpiper Madison, Hammonasset St. Pk.
  1998 White-winged Scoter Bridgeport, Pleasure Beach
  1999 Sandhill Crane Greenwich, Audubon Center
  2000 Ring-necked Duck Wallingford, North Farm's Reservoir


  Message: 5
  Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2009 08:36:36 -0400
  From: semismart9 at aol.com
  Subject: [CT Birds] [SHOREBIRDS] James Bay Report # 1
  To: ghanisek at Rep-am.com, nbonomo at gmail.com,
  ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
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  -----Original Message-----
  From: Jean Iron <jeaniron at SYMPATICO.CA>
  Sent: Thu, Jul 16, 2009 3:02 pm
  Subject: [SHOREBIRDS] James Bay Report # 1

  Jean Iron phoned me this morning from Moosonee before flying out to?
  the James Bay coast. A crew headed by Mark Peck of the Royal Ontario?
  Museum (ROM) will be surveying migrating shorebirds with a particular?
  focus on Red Knots. Jean is a volunteer with the ROM. The crew?
  comprises Mark Peck, Amy Whitear, Gerry Binsfeld, Doug McRae, Don?
  Shanahan and Jean Iron. This morning (16 July) they flew by?
  helicopter to Longridge Point about 60 km north of Moosonee on the?
  southwestern coast of James Bay. They are camping and surveying there?
  until 3 August. See map link below.?
  Yellow Rail: ROM crews from 1 - 11 July found 300+ birds including 5?
  seen in sedge marshes at 5 survey sites along coast between the?
  Quebec border to Attawapiskat.?
  Shorebird Migration: only small numbers of southbound adults reported?
  to date possibly due to a delayed onset of nesting because of below?
  normal temperatures in May and June and a late snow melt. Numbers of?
  adults expected to increase soon. Juveniles to follow in August.?
  Hudsonian Godwit: 60 adults along coast south of Attawapiskat on 15?
  July fide Stacy Gan et al.?
  Marbled Godwit: One in early July in vast graminoid peatland 10+ km?
  inland from Hannah Bay by Don Sutherland et al. 20 adults along coast?
  south of Attawapiskat on 15 July fide Stacy Gan et al. A small?
  isolated population of about 1500 Marbled Godwits breeds in James Bay?
  where the wide coastal marshes are very prairie-like.?
  Little Gull: Five adults, some performing courtship flight displays,?
  in coastal fen southeast of Moosonee by Don Sutherland et al. Most?
  Little Gulls in North America probably breed in the Hudson Bay?
  Lowlands between Moosonee and Churchill, Manitoba.?
  Map link below of southern James Bay. Note yellow marker showing?
  location of Longridge Point where the ROM group is camped. Ontario?
  borders the west coast of James Bay and Quebec borders the east?
  coast. However, the provincial boundaries extend only to the high?
  water marks on James Bay. Offshore islands are in Nunavut Territory?
  whereas the waters and seabed of James Bay are under federal jurisdiction.?
  Jean will be calling me by satellite phone from Longridge and I'll?
  post several updates over the next three weeks.?
  Acknowledgements: Thanks to Mark Peck of the Royal Ontario Museum?
  (ROM) and Don Sutherland and Stacy Gan of the Ontario Ministry of?
  Natural Resources (OMNR). Thanks also to the other ROM and OMNR crew?
  members (sorry if your names were omitted) who surveyed Yellow Rails?
  and Species At Risk in early July.?
  Ron Pittaway?
  Minden and Toronto?
  Ontario, Canada?


  Message: 6
  Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2009 07:43:05 -0700 (PDT)
  From: greg hanisek <ctgregh at yahoo.com>
  Subject: [CT Birds] ruddy duck
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  >From Greg Hanisek
  7/17 Wolcott, Scovill Res. -adult make RUDDY DUCK all by itself in middle of reservoir


  Message: 7
  Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2009 11:51:17 -0400
  From: Brian Webster <b.webster at hotmail.com>
  Subject: [CT Birds] Segde wren, Sta. 43, Cabella's
  To: CT Birding <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
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  7/17, Strong Rd., South Windsor (7:20a)-
  (1) Sedge wren seen and photographed 
  I think I heard the 2nd wren off in the distance, but I'm not sure.  The one I did see was much more photogenic than I had expected.  I actually had to decide that I had enough photos... usually when I photograph birds it is the bird who decides when I've had enough photos.
  Also several Bobolinks and Savannah Sparrows, 10+ Killdeer, a Great Blue heron in the small creek running through the first field (on left when walking in), yellowthroats and redstarts in trees before fields, swallows, one swift, and a coyote.
  On the corner of Main and Strong Rd. I had a fly-over Osprey vocalizing.
  7/17, Station 43, South Windsor (8:50a)-
  (3) Least Bittern (2 seen, one heard....lifer!)
  (2) Green Herons
  (3) Marsh Wrens
  (1) female Wood duck
  (3-4) Willow Flycatchers
  (1) Veery (heard)
  (2) Wood thrush (heard)
  Also waxwings, Swamp and Chipping sparrows, swallows, House wrens, E. Tiger Swallowtail, and dozens and dozens of Ebony Jewelwings. 
  7/17, Rentschler field, East Hartford (10:00a)-
  (3) Green Herons
  (1) Great Blue Heron
  (1) Grasshopper Sparrow
  (4-5) E. Meadowlarks
  (11) Least Sandpipers
  Also about 8 Savannah sparrows, 10+ Killdeer, a couple swifts, Barn/Bank/Rough-winged/Tree swallows, Kingbirds and one single unidentified peep.
  When I left there were about 20-25 swallows (mostly Rough-winged, a few Tree and Barn mixed in) were flying low over the pond and skimming the surface ever so slightly.  To me, it looked like they were drinking.  They would zoom in and drop to about 1-2" above the water, lower their bottom mandible, and scoop/slurp up a mouthful of water.  Really cool to watch.
  7/17, Rt-15 @ exit 58 (11:00a)-
  (1) Sharp-shinned Hawk
  -Brian Webster-
  Stratford, CT
  b.webster at hotmail.com

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  Message: 8
  Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2009 12:17:17 -0400
  From: "Mardi W. Dickinson" <mardi1 at optonline.net>
  Subject: Re: [CT Birds] iPod birding software
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  Here is my 2 cents about bird software and tools.

  I think there are two types of Bird software that I have worked with  
  and are very good.

  BirdJam http://www.birdjam.com and  iBird Explorer Pro only by Mitch  
  Waite's http://www.ibirdexplorer.com

  I do like Birdjam and have used it on my ipod before the iphone,  
  Itouch came out. I loaded it myself. I found it to be
  for my needs abit clunky but the overall concept was great for many  
  others. I would suggest using it for only the birds
  software as it tends to get mixed up with music I had on my ipod. I  
  then found it a pain to zoom all over trying to find what
  I was looking for either birds or music. The photos were helpful but  
  found that they also messed up the order even more.
  Perhaps they have fixed the issue by now.

  I decided to go another route. I have a iphone 3G 2nd (generation)  
  since last year. The IBird Explorer Pro out of all the individual
  IBird software is one of the better ones. its very easy, has a lot you  
  need but lacking in areas of certain Info. The maps, sounds,
  pictures history info. I just love it. With everything new there is  
  always room for improvement.

  I would NOT however replace any of my birding guide book BUT think of  
  these additional tools for a quick access and extra's. They will
  never replace any of my collection of birding guides from the past 30+  
  years. The sounds of bird calls are pretty good with both softwares.
  Its the ease of having all this stuff in one place

  As Nick mentioned too. I use many other apps in addition on my iphone  
  to help with birding too. If you get an iphone it won't disappoint.
  It makes life much easier for us techies and a blast to use. The  
  iphone is a all in one product. Plus the iphone or itouch have many
  other features that are a delight.

  All in all either one is a good software product and devices. Weather  
  you choose an ipod, itouch or an iphone you will be a very happy birder
  with an Apple product. it just depends what your needs are, ease of  
  use, how much you want to spend, limited or more extensive
  services you require from you choice of the tool.

  Mardi Dickinson
  Norwalk, CT


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