[CT Birds] Route 44 Powerlines: Devastation

Christopher Lovell 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  
> water.
> 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  
> McMansions
> 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  
> Farmington
> Ave reservoir. I wrote a piece for the Courant about it. I found out  
> that
> the reason they clear-cut is that it makes it easier for CL&P to  
> monitor
> the powerlines from the air. After some years, the vegetation came  
> back,
> but not the same as before.
> I don't know if I am more sad or angry right now!  Birds seen today:  
> one
> song sparrow and one American crow.
> Zellene
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