[CT Birds] Belated entry from CAS Croft Preserve, Goshen & amazing Woodcock behavior on video!

twan leenders tleenders at ctaudubon.org
Thu May 6 09:54:36 EDT 2010

A quick run into the Connecticut Audubon Society Croft Preserve in Goshen early yesterday morning (5/5/2010 - 6:30-8AM) resulted in a good list of species and many FOYs for me. Highlights were the presence of too-many-to-count-accurately BLACK-THOATED GREEN WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER and OVENBIRD. My first of the season LEAST FLYCATCHER, RED-EYED VIREO, LINCOLN'S SPARROW and CANADA WARBLER, the latter singing on last year's breeding grounds already. The full list of species observed is below.

The most amazing thing I observed though was a synchronized dance by two AMERICAN WOODCOCK taking place in the road at the entrance of the preserve. I had just gotten in my car and started driving when I noticed two birds interacting with one another on the road. Two woodcock, one slightly larger than the other, were performing a seemingly choreographed bird walk in a very deliberate back-and-forth manner, slowly making their way across the street. I managed to get a big lens on my camera and shoot a bit of video, which can be found on our blog (ctaudubon.blogspot.com). I have never experienced anything like it. Based on their interactions and size difference I am assuming that we are looking at an adult with a chick, but this could also be some type of courtship behavior or even territorial. I'd love to hear if anyone out there has any insights or similar experiences!

Canada Goose     4

Wood Duck     5

Hooded Merganser     3

Great Blue Heron     1

Red-shouldered Hawk     1

Solitary Sandpiper     1

American Woodcock     2

Mourning Dove     1

Belted Kingfisher     1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker     6

Downy Woodpecker     1

Hairy Woodpecker     2

Northern Flicker     1

Least Flycatcher     2

Blue-headed Vireo     2

Red-eyed Vireo     1

Blue Jay     2

American Crow     1

Tree Swallow     17

Black-capped Chickadee     4

Tufted Titmouse     1

White-breasted Nuthatch     1

Brown Creeper     1

Winter Wren     2

Golden-crowned Kinglet     1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet     1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     2

Veery     2

Hermit Thrush     4

Wood Thrush     1

American Robin     5

Gray Catbird     1

Northern Parula     2

Yellow Warbler     3

Chestnut-sided Warbler     2

Magnolia Warbler     1

Black-throated Blue Warbler     18+

Yellow-rumped Warbler     6

Black-throated Green Warbler     11+

Blackpoll Warbler     1

Black-and-white Warbler     9

American Redstart     3

Ovenbird     15+

Louisiana Waterthrush     1

Common Yellowthroat     3

Canada Warbler     1

Scarlet Tanager     2

Eastern Towhee     4

Chipping Sparrow     1

Song Sparrow     1

Lincoln's Sparrow     1

White-throated Sparrow     3

Dark-eyed Junco     2

Northern Cardinal     1

Rose-breasted Grosbeak     1

Red-winged Blackbird     7

Common Grackle     2

Brown-headed Cowbird     3

Baltimore Oriole     3

American Goldfinch     5

Twan Leenders
Conservation Biologist
Connecticut Audubon Society
2325 Burr Street
Fairfield, CT 06824
Tel. (203) 259 6305 ext. 114
Email: tleenders at ctaudubon.org<mailto:tleenders at ctaudubon.org>

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