[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.
--
Jayne


Jayne Amico
Southington, CT
www.mvssanctuary.org

---- 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  
> development.
> 
> A shock a first, yes, I agree!
> 
> Chris
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> On Apr 2, 2010, at 16:25, "zellene sandler" <zellene at earthlink.net>  
> wrote:
> 
> >
> > 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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