[CT Birds] Is anybody looking for warblers?

David Provencher davidprovencher at sbcglobal.net
Sun Aug 22 08:11:36 EDT 2010


I just got back from NH where I was camping with my daughter in the White
Mountains. This is definitely the time of the start of the Warbler movement
and I heard many moving groups of migrant warblers in the trees at our camp
in the southern Whites, including many Blackpolls which seemingly have now
all moved off their breeding grounds on the peaks. The coolest thing however
was at Crawford Notch State Park in the middle of the Whites. My daughter
and I were catching dragonflies when a noisy mixed flock of migrants moved
close to us. So I pished to see what was in the group and out popped a
Connecticut Warbler close enough for us to see naked eye. There was also a
Philadelphia Vireo in the group but that could have been a local breeder. So
the warblers are definitely moving our way.

Dave Provencher

Naturally New England
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Subject: [CT Birds] Is anybody looking for warblers?

Warblers are being reported in many areas nearby with at least 12 species
noted in Central Park over the past week, but I haven't noticed too many
reports from CT yet.

On 8/19/10 ~

Cove Island Bird Sanctuary, Stamford - early morning:
Warblers: Black-throated Green, Black-and-White, American Redstart (2), one
bright Nashville.
A brief evening stop today after birding elsewhere, 8/20 - Bobolink (2),
empid (1), Indigo Bunting (1, juv), several kingbirds.

Also 8/19 - continuing at Cummings Park, Stamford:
Snow Goose in the company of many Canadian friends.  Yesterday he was
preoccupied by the challenge of eating an almost whole apple.  Silly goose!

Stamford Avenue, LI Sound, 8/19 2:30 pm:
I watched one Black Tern feeding, with good views, for at least 15 minutes
then, to my surprise, two more showed up and they started chasing each other
while feeding as well, all keeping fairly close to the surface; a real treat
after having seen many during trips north this summer.

In reference to recent posts about insect populations, I have also noticed
fewer bugs this year, most noticeably the biting type and even spiders that
I've been looking for.  While camping with Tom Fiore this summer in northern
New England and, later, the Adirondacks along with visits to many coastal CT
sites there was an obvious absence in overall numbers at most locations
compared to the same areas last year.  Often not needed were mosquito coils
and bug repellent, except for areas where Black Flies were a nuisance.  And
during a recent weeklong (non-birding) trip to Ohio, there was also a lack
of mosquitoes and other insects in general.  Although it's been nice to
enjoy outdoor activities without the annoyance of being eaten alive, I would
think it's had some kind of affect on birds and other insect-loving
creatures.  I haven't been able to locate much information about the topic
online, but in talking with experts, lack of moisture this summer means
fewer flowers and thriving plant life which means fewer insects and possibly
fewer offspring due to reduction of food sources.  And with fewer insects
this year (to deposit eggs), I wonder what influence it will have on the
crop next year as well as bird populations overall and migration in general.
Who knows!

Although not bird related, does anyone know what effect these dry conditions
will have on fall colors?

Brenda Inskeep
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