[CT Birds] Route 44 Powerlines: Devastation

Phyl Wood phylwood at charter.net
Fri Apr 2 20:12:45 EDT 2010


All the power company cares about is whether the shrubbery will reach the power wires in the next few years.  Habitat for anything is entirely incidental.  At least they don't use herbicides as the used to in the 1960's.
Phyl Wood


---- jayne.amico at cox.net wrote: 
> 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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