[CT Birds] Route 44 Powerlines: Devastation
ctlovell at gmail.com
Fri Apr 2 16:17:03 EDT 2010
As upsetting and disturbing as it may seem, in some ways it's a good
thing. I doubt there would be any Brown Thrashers, Yellow-breasted
Chats, Golden-winged Warblers or any other birds which depend on early
successional scrub habitat and over-grown fields. These powerline
cuts, with their clearing every 15-20 years, keeps this valuable and
very limited habitat available in a manner which is not prone to
A shock a first, yes, I agree!
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On Apr 2, 2010, at 16:25, "zellene sandler" <zellene at earthlink.net>
> I hadn't been up the powerlines since last year, but it was so
> beautiful I
> thought I'd see what was around. I don't know if this is old news,
> but CL&P
> has clear-cut every tree, shrub and vine for maybe 50 yards on each
> side of
> the powerlines except for a small piece at the start. Brush is piled
> up on
> the sides...it will take a long time for anything to grow here again.
> Inexplicably, they carefully avoided cutting the large areas of
> phragmites...did they think this was good habitat or something?
> I walked up as far as the stream..couldn't get across the high, fast
> But with my bins I could see that up the hill the clear cut
> continued. Oh,
> and by the way, you now have excellent views of the gigantic
> next to the cut.
> Don't expect many prairie or blue-winged warblers...or much else
> this year.
> Long ago they did the same thing on the powerline in back of the
> Ave reservoir. I wrote a piece for the Courant about it. I found out
> the reason they clear-cut is that it makes it easier for CL&P to
> the powerlines from the air. After some years, the vegetation came
> but not the same as before.
> I don't know if I am more sad or angry right now! Birds seen today:
> song sparrow and one American crow.
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