[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club June Activities

Larry Bausher LPBausher at comcast.net
Mon May 24 11:40:25 EDT 2010


Here is the schedule for the New Haven Bird Club's June activities.

Larry Bausher, West Haven
NHBC Publicity Director

First Wednesday Walk: Brooksvale Park & Farmington Canal Greenway.   
Wednesday, June 2, 8:00 AM.  Free and open to the public.
We’ll meet in the barn area, then walk through the woods looking for  
nesting warblers and other species. Some possibilities include  
Eastern Bluebird, Ovenbird, Scarlet Tanager, and Baltimore and  
Orchard Oriole. Walking the canal, we may see Blue-winged and Prairie  
Warbler, cuckoos and, with luck, Yellow-breasted Chat. Directions:  
 From the Hamden Town Hall go 4.2 miles north on Whitney Avenue to  
Brooksvale Avenue. Turn left, go 1.1 mi. and turn left into the  
Brooksvale parking lot near the barn.  Leader, Carol Zipp.  Contact-  
Tina Green: 203.247.2660, tina at renaissancestudios.com.

West Rock Ridge : Hamden, New Haven, Woodbridge, & Bethany. Saturday,  
June 5, 7:00 AM. Free and open to the public.
West Rock Ridge State Park is a breeding bird hotspot in CT, with  
more than 100 species being confirmed or probable breeders. West Rock  
ranks only behind the state forests, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs of  
northwestern CT for its diversity of nesting birds. This trip will be  
a warm-up for the NHBC Summer Bird Count next week. We’ll walk and  
drive the ridge top in search of the avian diversity of West Rock,  
emphasizing “birding by ear.” Along the way, we view the water birds  
of Konold’s Pond far below us and the deep forest birds of the ridge  
top and slopes. Our list of expected species includes diurnal  
raptors, cuckoos, woodpeckers, flycatchers, vireos, ravens, swallows,  
thrushes, warblers, tanagers, and orioles. Meet at the West Rock  
Nature Center parking  lot  along  Wintergreen  Avenue.
Leader—Steve Broker: 203.272.5192 and 203.747.6843, ls.broker at cox.net

Nineteenth Annual Summer Bird Count.  Saturday, June 12 and Sunday,  
June 13. Free and open to the public.
This is a wonderful opportunity to work on your birdsong  
identification skills and to see what birds are nesting in your area.  
For the names of area captains and other information, contact leader  
Steve Mayo: 203.393.0694, smayo at sikorsky.com.

Monday, June 14 - Birds in Words book discussion group. 7:00 PM,  
Hamden Miller Senior Center, 2901 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, behind the  
Hamden Public Library.
Free and open to the public.
The next selection for the Birds in Words discussion group will be  
Olivia Gentile's book, Life List.  This book is a biography of Phoebe  
Snetsinger, the person who had seen over 8,400 species of birds at  
the time of her death in 1999, more than any other person in history.  
She was inspired to start birding when she saw her first Blackburnian  
Warbler, but did not seriously pursue birding until she was diagnosed  
with terminal melanoma in 1981 when she was in her late forties.  
Rather then taking to her bed to convalesce, she set off for Alaska  
and then on to all parts of the world to see as many birds as she  
could before she died. Her book, Living on Borrowed Time, describes  
her journeys and her strict recordkeeping of birds seen. Gentile's  
biography takes a look at the woman who was obsessed with birding and  
the tensions and challenges her pursuit of birds caused to her family  
and some of the horrifying events that occurred to Snetsinger in her  
travels around the world. "By documenting the tension between the  
obligation to others and the obligation to oneself, Gentile has  
written a book as much about the life of women as about a woman’s  
life.”—Christian Science Monitor.   Contact Sara Zagorski,  
860-275-0322, szagorski at daypitney.com.

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