[CT Birds] CTBirds Digest, Vol 897, Issue 1

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Mon Aug 10 20:34:31 EDT 2009

Hi all Lisa from stafford 8 10 were @ that rocky hill meadows is everyone see the bobolinks?
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Today's Topics:

   1. Southport Survey #188 (Dennis Varza)
   2. Bridgeport Shore (Dennis Varza)
   3. 2 Glossy Ibis, Silver Sands (Roy Harvey)
   4. Notable Weekend Birds (johnrmarshall at aol.com)
   5. Re: Possible hybrid White-faced x Glossy Ibis also with	flock
      at Silver Sands (Mark Szantyr)
   6. Re: WF Ibis Photos (Mntncougar at aol.com)
   7. On This Day (8/10) (Dennis Varza)
   8. Recent Sighting's (paul cianfaglione)
   9. Cove Island - Stamford 8/10 (Jim Voros)
  10. Wooster Park, Stratford (Brian Webster)


Message: 1
Date: Sun, 09 Aug 2009 13:18:16 -0400
From: Dennis Varza <dennisvz at optonline.net>
Subject: [CT Birds] Southport Survey #188
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Hi Folks

It is that time of year again

Here is the first survey of the season

The highlights include the first immature Laughing Gulls, an immature  
Hooded Merganser at the mouth of Sasco Creak.
The Long-tailed Duck was sitting on the sandbar at Pine Creak Beach

Fairfield, Sunken Island, Pine Creek Beach Sasco Beach, Southport  
Harbor, and Southport Beach
Low Tide, cloudy southwest breeze average waves.

Canada Goose	90
Mute Swan	2
Mallard	60
Long-tailed Duck	1
Hooded Merganser	1
Double-crested Cormorant	28
Great Blue Heron		2
Great Egret	16
Snowy Egret	24
Black-crowned Night-Heron	16
Killdeer	2
Semipalmated Plover	4	Southport Beach
Ruddy Turnstone	3	Sunken Island
Semipalmated Sandpiper	20	Southport Beach
Laughing Gull	39 plus 4 immatures
Ring-billed Gull	67 plus 4 immatures
Herring Gull	112 plus 8 immatures


Message: 2
Date: Sun, 09 Aug 2009 13:35:23 -0400
From: Dennis Varza <dennisvz at optonline.net>
Subject: [CT Birds] Bridgeport Shore
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Hi Folks

It is hard to cover the Bridgeport Shore this time of year. There are  
a lot of people and they require a resident permit. Since I have a  
state vehicle I can get in and report for you.

Dennis Varza

Ash Creek_Black Rock Harbor_Seaside Park 9:20 low tide rising

The surprise of the trip was an Adult Lesser Black-backed Gull

Note: 28/4  means 28 more than one year old / 4 hatched this year

Canada Goose     	2_0_170
Mute Swan            	0_2_0
American Black Duck	1_0_0	
Mallard           		10_53_0
Double-crested Cormorant	24_48_50
Great Blue Heron	1_2_0
Great Egret     	11_3_2
Snowy Egret  	25_2_22
Black-crowned Night-Heron	1_1_2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron	2_0_0
Black-belled Plover	5_0_0
Killdeer                  	0_0_3
Greater Yellowlegs	4_0_0		
Semipalmated Plover	34_0_0
Semipalmated Sandpiper	40_0_0
Laughing Gull	8_4_19/1
Ring-billed Gull	28/4_5/1_220/8
Herring Gull	68/10_28_88/48
Lesser Black-backed Gull	0_0_1
Great Black-backed Gull	2_2_22/7
Common Tern	4_0_10


Message: 3
Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2009 11:43:23 -0700 (PDT)
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey at snet.net>
Subject: [CT Birds] 2 Glossy Ibis, Silver Sands
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Passing this along.

>From Tom & Laura Zawislinski:
08/09 Milford Silver Sands; 2 Glossy Ibis (12:00PM, embedded with Canadian Geese, NorthEast, before main parking lot)

Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT


Message: 4
Date: Sun, 09 Aug 2009 20:16:31 -0400
From: johnrmarshall at aol.com
Subject: [CT Birds] Notable Weekend Birds
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>From John Marshall:
8/8 - Middlebury, Tranquility Rd, 6:15 AM --? RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in the grove above and to the right of the?big house.
???? - Watertown, Linkfield Rd, Gustafson's Orchard 8:00 AM -- YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 22 BOBOLINKs
???? - Litchfield, White Memoria Museum area, noon -- 3 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERs
???? - Simsbury, Great Pond SF, 12:30 PM --?MISSISSIPPI KITE
???? - Madison, Hammonasset SP, Meigs Point, 4:30 PM --? KING EIDER, LITTLE BLUE HERON (Thank you Frank Gallo), Surf Scoter?


Message: 5
Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2009 22:07:31 -0400
From: "Mark Szantyr" <birddog55 at charter.net>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Possible hybrid White-faced x Glossy Ibis also
	with	flock at Silver Sands
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I just got back from a small sojourn in Maine and feel like a summary of the 
Ibis situation is in order.  Granted, this is my take on the situation, but 
I have received feedback from several west coast birders about the birds and 
this is where I am at.

There are two birds there with red eyes.  One has pink facial skin, a bright 
red eye, virtually no white around the facial skin, is a paler rusty color 
than the Glossy Ibis's that are present, and shows less contrast between the 
rusty coloration and the darker flight feathers.  The tertials and coverts 
tend to show a reddish vilet irridescence compared to the dull greenish to 
no irridescence of the Glossies.  These characters lead me to believe this 
is a second year White-faced Ibis and not a fading adult, though I guess 
that is not completely ruled out.

Bird two as shown in the photos by Fran Zygmont shows a bird with a grey 
face, a duller red eye, whitish around the facial skin in a pattern most 
like a Glossy but with some variation that make the outline look like the 
pattern shown by some young White-faced.  Also, the white appears to have a 
pinkish cast to it, another WF feature.

The rusty color is like Glossy as is the amount of contrast between the 
flight feathers and the rusty color.  The tertials and coverts show some 
reddish violet irridescence and some greenish.  My best gues ( which is 
supported by feedback from west coast guys) is that this is a hybrid Glossy 
X White-faced...likely an adult.

While I feel that bird one is likely a WF Ibis, the presence of a likely 
hybrid suggests that we should study the first bird more closely for hybrid 

Mark S. Szantyr
80 Bicknell Road #9
Ashford, Connecticut 06278
Birddog55 at charter.net 


Message: 6
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 03:19:50 EDT
From: Mntncougar at aol.com
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] WF Ibis Photos
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I have now seen at least 2 references to photos of a  White-faced Ibis 
taken by Fran Zygmont, but If they were posted to  this list I can't find them.  
Could someone please point me to a  link/location at which they can be seen?
Don Morgan


Message: 7
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 06:31:25 -0400
From: Dennis Varza <dennisvz at optonline.net>
Subject: [CT Birds] On This Day (8/10)
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1919	Ruddy Duck Meriden, Mt. Higby Res.
1949	Northern Pintail Guilford
1988	Hudsonian Godwit Milford, Milford Pt.
1991	Wilson's Storm-Petrel Old Lyme
1996	Caspian Tern Milford, Milford Pt.
1996	Nashville Warbler Madison, Hammonasset St. Pk.
1996	Northern Parula Madison, Hammonasset St,. Pk.
1997	110 Wood Duck Middlebury, Long Meadow Pond
1998	5000 Milford, Milford Pt.
1999	Anhinga Woodbury


Message: 8
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 07:52:25 -0400
From: "paul cianfaglione" <pcianfaglione at hotmail.com>
Subject: [CT Birds] Recent Sighting's
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8/8 Rocky Hill, Rocky Hill Meadows  -    3  PECTORAL SANDPIPER
8/8 Bloomfield, Reservoir # 3   -    2 adult VIRGINIA RAIL and 3 downy (black) young. 

Paul Cianfaglione


Message: 9
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 05:27:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jim Voros <voros at sbcglobal.net>
Subject: [CT Birds] Cove Island - Stamford 8/10
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If you havent been to the cove IBA lately, the wildflowers are all blooming, its really beautiful now, probably the best it's been since being redone, almost overgrown in some spots.

Willow Flycatcher (4)
Osprey (2)
Immature Black Crowned Night Heron (1) at entrance at waters edge
Baltimore Oriole (1)
Goldfinch (2)
Cardinal (2)
Crow (2) - quiet, assuming american
Mockingbird (4)
scruffy Great Blue Heron (1)
Great Egret (6)
Snowy Egret (1)
Tree Swallow (5)
Rough Winged Swallow - possible but not 100% sure
DC Cormorant (1)
Song Sparrow (1)
House Sparrow
Starling (40)
Monk Parakeet (8)
Herring Gull 
Greater Black backed Gull (1)
Blue Jay (1)
Turkey (heard)

Also very fat Woodchuck and Deer (1 each)
Monarch Butterfly?(3)
Tiger Butterfly (1)


Message: 10
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 10:54:39 -0400
From: Brian Webster <b.webster at hotmail.com>
Subject: [CT Birds] Wooster Park, Stratford
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8/10, Wooster pond/trails in woods (7:50-9:30a)-
I came upon a nice little warbler wave up the first small path going to the right when going down the trail behind the pond, and I finally got some decent photos of Worm-eating warblers. The Waterthrush was seperate from the group.
(3) Chipping Sparrows
(1) E. Towhee (in open-er area on top of hill in woods)
(2) Warbling Vireo
(1) Baltimore Oriole
(1) Green Heron
(1) Great Egret
(3) Wood ducks (1 adult male, 2 juv.)
(2) Worm-eating Warblers 
(2) Black-and-white Warblers
(1) Yellow Warbler
(1) Blue-winged Warbler
(3) Yellowthroats
(1) Northern Waterthrush  (Thanks to Charlie B's help on a recent LAWT I had, I was able to ID this one fairly easily as a NOWT.)

Everyone besides the Vireo and Yellow warbler was up some photo modeling.  
Something interesting I was watching were several goldfinches landing on the exposed mud-flats on the real marshy part (right end) of the pond, and drinking form tiny puddles.  It made for some really nice reflection photos.
There was also a Northern watersnake (I think one of the reddest coloring I've seen on one), a 15"+ snapping turtle and a few red-eared sliders.

(Twan, I bet your tiny duck was one of the woodies.)
-Brian Webster-
Stratford, CT
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