[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club April Schedule

Larry Bausher LPBausher at comcast.net
Tue Mar 23 10:13:10 EDT 2010


Here is the schedule for the New Haven Bird Club's April activities.

Larry Bausher, Publicity Director

Indoor Meeting:

Thursday, April 8—Christopher Clark, Ph.D.
How and why birds 'sing' with their feathers.  The Jones Auditorium  
of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, 123 Huntington  
St., New Haven, CT.
Like humans, birds produce sounds to communicate both through  
vocalizations and also mechanical sounds; the latter being similar to  
human instrumental music.  Whereas bird vocalizations have been  
scientifically studied for decades, the mechanics and function of  
mechanical sounds has received relatively little scientific  
attention.  This talk will present the results of  recent research on  
the tonal sounds (so-called 'whistling' sounds) that birds such as  
snipe, doves, and hummingbirds produce during flight.  Birds can  
produce a a diverse array of sounds with their feathers, which  will  
be demonstrated with high-speed video and sound recordings of the  
courtship displays of several species of Hummingbirds.  Moreover, the  
physics of how these sounds are produced yields insight into why  
birds produce them.
Social half-hour at 7:00, program begins at 7:30.  For more  
information call 203.488.3876 or visit www.newhavenbirdclub.org.

Field Trips:

First Wednesday Walk.  Milford Audubon Coastal Center, Milford.   
Wednesday, April 7, 8:00 AM.  Free and open to the public.
Today we visit this well-known hotspot on Long Island Sound to look  
for waterfowl, shorebirds, and raptors, including Northern Harrier  
and early-arriving Osprey. We should see loons, grebes, and goldeneye  
in the Sound and shorebirds, herons, and ducks in the marsh.  Meet at  
the Center parking lot.  Leader, Renee Baade.  Contact— Tina Green:  
203.247.2660, tina at renaissancestudios.com.

East Rock Birding and Trail Maintenance.  Saturday, April 10, 8:00  
am. Free and open to the public.  Meet at the Eli Whitney Museum  
parking lot for a bird walk from 8 to 9 am.  Then join Park Ranger  
Dan Barvir and help with light trail maintenance along the river from  
9 am to 12 pm. A great chance to enjoy birds and help preserve their  
habitat. Bring work gloves and pruning shears if you have them.   
Leader: Dan Barvir: 203 946-6086.

Lighthouse Point to the Richard English Refuge.  Sunday April 18,  
8:30 AM. Free and open to the public.  Meet in the Lighthouse Point  
Hawk Watch parking lot and bird the harbor shore for gulls, loons,  
ducks and early returning shore birds. We will then proceed to the  
Richard English Refuge in Killingworth and finish at Hammonasset  
State Park. Bring lunch for this all day trip and dress warmly.  
Leaders: Dick English 203-865-8610 and Mike Horn 203-288-1891 or  
mfhorn at att.net

Beginner’s Bird Walk: Brooksvale Park, Hamden.  Saturday, April 24,  
8:00 AM
Get a jump on spring migration and see some early migrants such as    
Palm,  Pine,  and  Yellow-rumped   Warblers,  Ruby-crowned Kinglets,  
and Eastern Phoebes. We should see nesting Eastern Bluebirds. The  
walk will be oriented to the beginning birder. Directions: From the  
Hamden Town Hall go 4.2 miles north  on Whitney Avenue to Brooksvale  
Avenue. Turn left and go 1.1 miles and turn into the Brooksvale  
parking lot near the barn.  Leader—Chris Loscalzo: 203.389.6508,  
closcalz at optonline.net. 

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