[CT Birds] CTBirds Digest, Vol 1250, Issue 1

Jan Hamilton janh.2005 at comcast.net
Thu Jul 29 20:38:16 EDT 2010


I have an abundance of chipmunks here in my Old Saybrook yard,but rarely see 
them. Their presence is obvious by mounded ground and many holes, especially 
under and nearby the bird feeders.

A family of groundhogs has taken up residence in my meadow garden as well. 
As far as I'm concerned, they're welcome to the foliage that would otherwise 
find its way to the town mulch pile in the fall!

Jan Hamilton
Old Saybtrook

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>   1. Semi. Sands at Westport (Frank Mantlik)
>   2. Chipmunk scarcity (Carrier Graphics)
>   3. Chipmunks, Hummer and Baby Cardinal (Barbara Garrett)
>   4. Re: Death of a House Finch (jayne.amico at cox.net)
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> Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 19:01:40 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Frank Mantlik <mantlik at sbcglobal.net>
> To: Birds CT <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
> Subject: [CT Birds] Semi. Sands at Westport
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> Before work this morning (7am) I took a quick look for shorebirds at Grace
> Salmon Park, Imperial Ave., in Westport.  It was low tide on the Saugatuck
> River, with extensive mudflats exposed.  I noted the following:
> 630 Semipalmated Sandpipers
> 4 Least Sandpipers
> 1 Semipalmated Plover
> 1 Black-bellied Plover
> 2 Great Blue Heron
> 2 Great Egret
> 4 Snowy Egret
> 160 Mallard
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> Frank Mantlik
> Stratford
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> Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 19:22:12 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Carrier Graphics <carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net>
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Chipmunk scarcity
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> Found this info about Chipmunks interesting to my last post if your
> interested........
>
> At all seasons, chipmunks are diurnal, i.e., leaving their burrows only 
> during
> day light. They are LEAST ACTIVE  during hot, windy, or rainy weather, and
> during some years, may SELDOM VENTURE from their burrows in JULY and 
> AUGUST, a
> response to scarce food and botfly parasitism rather than hot 
> temperatures.
>
> Could this be why I see no more Chipmunks lately? We will see .......
>
>
> Predators: Owls,(must be Barred Owls, for they are I believe the only day 
> time
> hunting owls here ) hawks, coyotes, foxes, martens, fishers, bobcats, 
> raccoons,
> and even red squirrels are some of the predators of the eastern chipmunk.
>
> Paul Carrier
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> Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 06:54:02 -0400
> From: Barbara Garrett <barbaragarrett at optonline.net>
> To: CT Birds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
> Subject: [CT Birds] Chipmunks, Hummer and Baby Cardinal
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> Have to chime in on the chipmunks.  We have at least 50-60 on our 1.5 acre 
> lot, which is surrounded by about 10 undeveloped acres (and I hear many 
> out there too).  This is despite having two red-tailed hawks resident in 
> the back woods.  The munks are frigging everywhere and no reduction is 
> apparent.
>
> Question about hummers:  I've had three coming to my feeder all summer (1 
> male, 1 definite female, 1 immature).  Suddenly within the past two days 
> the immature is chasing the female away from the feeder virtually 
> constantly.  What is the cause of this?  Doesn't it expend too much energy 
> to do this when there's more than enough to go around?
>
> Finally, to my surprise, in the past week a male Cardinal has showed up 
> with a juvenile in tow and constantly whimpering to be fed.  The youngster 
> is clearly not yet feeding on his own, as I see them back in the woods 
> where the male continues to feed him (not just at my feeder).  Isn't it 
> awfully late for there to be a baby?  It is so young that it's difficult 
> to tell whether it's a male or female, although my bet is it's a male.
>
> Barbara
> north Stamford
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> Message: 4
> Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 12:14:58 -0400
> From: <jayne.amico at cox.net>
> To: Susanne Shrader <birdgirrl at comcast.net>,
> ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Death of a House Finch
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> In the future contacting a rehabilitator as soon as you are able to catch 
> the birds would be best.  The bird should always be rescued first placed 
> in a shoe box lined only with a towel with a secure ventilated lid and 
> brought inside and placed in a quite place away from people and pets. then 
> worry about locating a rehabilitator. There are many treatable illnesses 
> that can be resolved. The problem with offering water to a sick, 
> dehydrated animal is it will not help them.  Just like you and I they need 
> an electrolyte solution like unflavored pedialyte when sick and 
> dehydrated. I use lactated ringers what we could get by IV in the 
> hospital.
>
> I would be happy to help locate someone who handles any injured/sick bird 
> in the future.
>
> BTW I am caring for 34 chimney swifts currently .. Have not had a group 
> this big in several years!
> --
> Jayne
>
>
> Jayne Amico
> Southington, CT
> www.mvssanctuary.org
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> ---- Susanne Shrader <birdgirrl at comcast.net> wrote:
>> I have had two sick young House Finches
>
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