[CT Birds] CTBirds Digest, Vol 1093, Issue 1

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Today's Topics:

1. turkeys (hoatzin1 at optonline.net)
2. West Haven Birds (John  M. Oshlick)
3. Postcard from Florida-Re-Cockaded  Woodpecker
(Tina and Peter Green)
4.  Raven, yet again! (wingsct at juno.com)
5. On This Date (2/22)  (Dennis Varza)
6. sumac (martin swanhall)
7.  Recent Sighting's (paul cianfaglione)
8. Harlequin Duck  present 2/22 8am (Roy  Harvey)


Message:  1
Date: Sun, 21 Feb 2010 19:48:15 +0000 (GMT)
From:  hoatzin1 at optonline.net
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT  Birds] turkeys
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Weigold?Rd., Torrington
105 turkeys in three  flocks in a corn field that they are seen in 
The largest flock  was 55, a second about 200 yards away had 45 and the
smallest held only  five. 
Ray  Belding


Message:  2
Date: Sun, 21 Feb 2010 19:25:55 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
From: "John M.  Oshlick" <joshlic at earthlink.net>
To:  ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] West Haven  Birds
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Savin Rock - 1 first  year glaucous gull

Oyster River - 1 juv iceland gull

John  Oshlick


Message:  3
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2010 01:47:47 +0000
From: Tina and Peter Green  <petermgreen at hotmail.com>
To: ct birds  <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Postcard from  Florida-Re-Cockaded Woodpecker
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2/21-Greetings to all from a warm  and sunny Florida!For anyone coming down 
to do some birding,this should get  you thinking!This is my first visit to 
the state as a birder.Just while  driving in the car,I saw no less than 100 
Cattle Egrets in horse and cattle  country.I was delighted to see 55 
Sandhill Cranes flying and calling while in  the Osceola National Forest.I had 
three life birds today including  unbelievable views of not one,but,two 
Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and two   Brown-headed Nuthatches,also in the Osceola 
National Forest.According to the  newest printing of the ABA "A Birder's Guide to 
Florida",the best time to  possibly see the birds are at dawn or dusk.We 
were going to be in the area  around noon and decided to try anyways.Thanks 
Sara Z. and my hubby,Peter for  encouraging me to go for it!Luck was on our 
side and within minutes after  arriving at the known location,I heard them 
calling.As I was unable to "get on  the birds" that were in the distant pines,I 
played my Ipod 
once.A pair  flew in within 35 feet of us and kept calling,drumming and 
rattling for the  next 25 minutes giving us a show we won't forget.Sibley's 
says the drumming is  infrequent and quiet-not for us!If you're in this area,go 
for it.Also seen  within a mile radius and in about an hour's time,we had 2 
Common Moorhen,2  Wilson's Snipe,2 Osprey,3 Eastern bluebirds,2 Eastern 
towhee,Yellow-rumped  Warblers,Turkey Vultures,Sandhill Cranes,Pine Warbler,2 
Pied-billed Grebes,and  Red-tailed Hawks.We've arrived at our first 
destination this afternoon and are  excited about the coming weeks.So many birds,so 
little time!I plan to see as  many birds as possible while 
walking,kayaking,and driving.And,oh yes,I hope  you're all finding "good birds" in CT.

Tina Green

Westport  & Florida


Message: 4
Date: Mon, 22 Feb  2010 10:48:47 GMT
From: "wingsct at juno.com" <wingsct at juno.com>
To:  ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Raven, yet  again!
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>From Meredith Sampson:
02/21/10  - Old Greenwich, Greenwich Point -- COMMON RAVEN, being chased by 
a couple of  crows.
Possibly the same one seen over my yard the day before, or a second O.G.  

Meredith Sampson
Old  Greenwich


Message: 5
Date:  Mon, 22 Feb 2010 07:31:04 -0500
From: Dennis Varza  <dennisvz at optonline.net>
To: Posting Bird List  <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>,    Jorge de Leon
<ornithology.library at yale.edu>, Susan Hochgraf
<susan.hochgraf at uconn.edu>
Subject: [CT Birds] On This Date  (2/22)
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1875    Common  Redpoll  Portland
1882    10,000 American Crow     Hamden
1924    Black-backed Woodpecker South  Windsor
1935    Tundra Swan Haddam
1949    300  American Coot   Saybrook
1953    Great Egret  Guilford
1954    Loggerhead Shrike    Glastonbury
1954    1500 Common Grackle Glastonbury
1985   Lark Bunting    Beacon  Falls


Message:  6
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2010 07:49:46 -0500 (EST)
From: martin swanhall  <mswanhall at earthlink.net>
To: CT Birds  <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds]  sumac
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Do birds eat sumac 'berries' and if so, what  species of birds.  I have a 
few sumac shrubs/trees in my yard with their  red fruits but have never seen 
a bird eat them.

Marty from  Woodbury


Message:  7
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2010 13:20:30 +0000
From: paul cianfaglione  <pcianfaglione at hotmail.com>
To: Ctbirds Ctbirdslists  <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Recent  Sighting's
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2/20 Enfield, South  River Street Boat Launch  -  2 drake LESSER SCAUP. 

2/22  South Windsor, Vibert Road  -  1 FOX SPARROW, 2 WHITE-CROWNED  

Paul Cianfaglione


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Message:  8
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2010 06:07:41 -0800 (PST)
From: Roy Harvey  <rmharvey at snet.net>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT  Birds] Harlequin Duck present 2/22 8am
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Passing this good news  along.

>From SH Johnston, Farmington
2/22/10 Mill Lane,  Farmington - 1 HARLEQUIN DUCK (drake) continues in the 
mill pond below the  Grist Mill Restaurant at 8:15 am.
LATE REPORT: 2/19/10 - Farmington Meadows  - 1 PEREGRINE FALCON chasing 
rock doves while 1 BALD EAGLE put 700+ Canada  Geese to flight - an amazing 

Reports of the Harlequin Duck's  death have been greatly exaggerated! I 
stopped by the Grist Mill this morning  to see if the Harlequin was there, and 
yes, he looks just fine paddling about  as usual with the domestic geese and 
semi-wild Mallards. Since I first spotted  the bird on Jan 12, I've 
observed three cycles of rising and falling water in  the river: when the water is 
very high, the duck leaves to find more turbulent  water, and may be absent 
for some days. When the water falls, and the falls  re-emerge and the area 
becomes turbulent, the duck returns.  Naturally.

The reports (from non-birders) that the duck had been taken  by an eagle, 
just never sounded right, especially since the "death" was  reported at a 
time of high water. I noticed that the speculation that the bird  MIGHT have 
been taken by an eagle soon became a "fact" that the duck HAD been  taken, and 
pretty soon there was the added information that it had been  awfully 
gruesome. I was also surprised that the people at the grist mill, who  supposedly 
had been watching the duck for weeks prior to the Jan 12 sighting,  had not 
noticed the clear relationship between the water level and the duck's  
movements. In fact, in a post to CT Birds, one person who had talked to the  
restaurant people said that they were hoping the duck would return when the  
water rose - exactly the opposite of what really happens.

Let's hope  that when the time is right, the duck will leave for good and 
find his way  back to his breeding grounds in the north. Though it's been 
great to see it in  Farmington, I hope that next year he migrates to coastal 
waters where he  belongs.

Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls,  CT


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End  of CTBirds Digest, Vol 1093, Issue  1

To Marty of Woodbury
>From Angela Dimmitt
Subject:  Sumac
Years ago when we lived north of Torrington over several winters I saw Pine 
 Grosbeaks eating sumac berries

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