[CT Birds] Watertown Northern Shrike

greg hanisek ctgregh at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 10 12:35:53 EST 2010

>From Greg Hanisek
2/10 Watertown, Bunker Hill Road - NORTHERN SHRIKE
To sharpen up the info I gave to Roy, the spot is just under 2 miles west of the intersection with Rt 63 (Straits Turnpike). The stalled development with just 2 houses, both unoccupied,  is on the right as you head west. As you look across the fields on the left you see Sand Bank Road, site of last year's cooperative adult N. Shrike. I didn't get a great look at this one because it dived into fencerow tangles across from the development, probably after a small bird, but it looked like an immature. It could easily move down closer to the good habitat along Sand Bank, which is accessile from roads both east and west of this spot. 

--- On Wed, 2/10/10, Roy Harvey <rmharvey at snet.net> wrote:

From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey at snet.net>
Subject: [CT Birds] Watertown Northern Shrike
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 11:17 AM

Greg Hanisek took advantage of the slow arrival of the snow to do a bit of birding.  He just called to report he had a Northern Shrike in Watertown.  He was on Bunker Hill Rd, a "couple of miles west" of the intersection with Rt 63.  He described it as being in a development where development stopped and there are mostly empty lots on a cul-de-sac.  The spot is almost within view of where last year's Northern Shrike (also found by Greg, of course) was hanging out on Sandbank Rd; Greg said he would not be surprised if the bird moved over to that spot.

Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

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