[CT Birds] Route 44 Powerlines: Devastation
jayne.amico at cox.net
jayne.amico at cox.net
Fri Apr 2 17:26:37 EDT 2010
CT Birders -
If I am not mistaken clear cuts are used by Eastern Towhees. There may be other species as well that I am not aware of. You will be surprised by how quickly that area greens up and becomes useful again.
---- Christopher Lovell <ctlovell at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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!
> Sent from my iPhone
> 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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