[CT Birds] Window crash- too close

Dreton, Christine - Middlebury, CT Christine.Dreton at chemtura.com
Tue Sep 21 08:50:28 EDT 2010


When I lived on LI I had a window that was a magnet for birds - no amount of window decoration seemed to help.  I kept a large mesh sieve or colander handy and when I'd hear that awful "bang" and would see a hurt bird, I'd put the sieve over the bird and wait about 20 minutes to see if the bird recovered.  I'd then lift the sieve and watch to see if the bird was able to fly away, which I'm happy to say - 90% of the time he was.  I always kept watch over the bird under the sieve in case a cat or other animal was nearby but it made it possible for me to help the bird without touching it and adding to it's fright.  It received plenty of fresh air and wasn't prey to hawks while it was "incapacitated".

Christine Dreton


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Today's Topics:

   1. Lighthouse Point Migration Festival this Sunday,  September
      26th (COMINS, Patrick)
   2. Quaker Ridge - 1500 Broadwings and counting
      (streatham2003 at aol.com)
   3. Swallows (Andy Griswold)
   4. Sta. 43 (cekroth at comcast.net)
   5. Fish Crow Fairfield (Jan Hollerbach)
   6. Window crash- too close (eyeflight16 at optonline.net)
   7. 1,419 raptors Boothe Park HW (Scott  Kruitbosch)
   8. Re: Window crash- too close (jayne.amico at cox.net)
   9. OVENBIRD, New Haven (Mark Scott)
  10. Quaker Ridge - 2000+ Broadwings etc (streatham2003 at aol.com)
  11. Greenwich Broadwings (DEIRDRE MURTHA)
  12. LHP Big Day (greg hanisek)


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Message: 1
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 13:41:46 -0400
From: "COMINS, Patrick" <PCOMINS at audubon.org>
To: "ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Lighthouse Point Migration Festival this Sunday,
        September 26th
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The annual Lighthouse Point Park Migration Festival will be this weekend at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven.   Come celebrate the spectacle and mystery of migration at one of the best places to see migrating wild hawks in New England!

* Live Bird Shows featuring Hawks and Owls!
* See wild birds up close at banding demonstrations!
* See and feel Long Island Sound Creatures in touch tanks!
* Children's activities and fun for the whole family!
* Ride the Old-Fashioned Carousel!
* Tour the Historic Lighthouse!
* Live Music by the Blue Trail Band!
* Hands-on Butterfly Tagging!
* Bird walks and more!

For more details and the complete schedule of events please see:
http://www.ctbirding.org/2010docs/2010MigrationFestSchedule.pdf

For photos from past years' events please see:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=98892&id=730539479

Patrick

Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation

Audubon Connecticut
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488

Phone: (203)264-5098 x305
or 203-267-6732 x305
Fax: (203)264-6332

pcomins at audubon.org
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Message: 2
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 13:56:17 -0400
From: streatham2003 at aol.com
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Quaker Ridge - 1500 Broadwings and counting
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 Hi All,

Battling blue skies but the Broadies keep coming - 1500 so far on the day.

Luke Tiller, Greenwich
www.underclearskies.com






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Message: 3
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 14:32:29 -0400
From: Andy Griswold <agriswold at ctaudubon.org>
To: "ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Swallows
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If you have not seen the swallow spectacle that occurs near the mouth of the Connecticut River, you really should do it now. There are currently about 400,000 Tree Swallows (this is no exaggeration!)coming in each night and performing some incredible tornado like spirals, dives, and twists. The renowned ornithologist and artist Roger Tory Peterson who lived in the area of the swallow roost wrote, "I have seen a million flamingos on the lakes of East Africa and as many seabirds on the cliffs of the Alaska Pribilofs, but for sheer drama, the tornadoes of Tree Swallows eclipsed any other avian spectacle I have ever seen." He was talking about the event here in Connecticut!

Connecticut Audubon runs boats out to the swallows (the only way to see the "spectacle") and there still is some space for September 27, 28, and 30. Give us a call at 800-996-8747. Don't miss it!

Cheers,

Andy

Andrew Griswold, Director
Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel
35 Pratt Street, Suite 201
Essex, CT  06426  USA
860-767-0660
agriswold at ctaudubon.org
www.ecotravel.ctaudubon.org




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Message: 4
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 21:01:57 +0000 (UTC)
From: cekroth at comcast.net
To: sightings report <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Sta. 43
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9/20, S. Windsor, Station 43-Vibert Rd.

2 great egrets, 2 imm. bald eagles interacting with each other and in turn being harrased by 2 ravens, 6 broad-wing hawks apparently just? coming up from their night roost, 1 blue-headed vireo, 1 ruby-crowned kinglet and 1 black-throated blue warbler.



Carl Ekroth with Mary Covello


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Message: 5
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 17:06:29 -0400
From: Jan Hollerbach <smilifase at gmail.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Fish Crow Fairfield
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Second time I have seen/heard a Fish Crow on Black Rock Turnpike and
Stillson Avenues in Fairfield, CT, in the morning.


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Message: 6
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 21:15:04 +0000 (GMT)
From: eyeflight16 at optonline.net
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Subject: [CT Birds] Window crash- too close
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As I was scanning the shore from the windows facing the beach at my house here in Fairfield, I was suprised to hear a sudden bang. I looked down in horror to see a Common Yellowthroat lying on the ground, with its beak wide open panting and its neck at an odd angle. I immediatly wanted to help the little guy, but I knew if anything had happened to the bird such as a broken neck there was nothing I could do. I watched helplessly as the bird lowered its neck and closed it's eyes. Then, a miracle happened and after a while of sitting and panting, the bird opened its eyes, alert for danger. It then started moving its head around and preening. Then, the bird slowly started to hop. Then, finally, after about 20 minutes, the bird flew a short distance into a nearby bush, probably to fully recover. I have never had a serious window strike like this before, and I know this yellowthroat got lucky. While I was relieved that it was alright, I know now that I am going to keep the shades down on that door to break the reflection.

James (Randall) Purcell
Fairfield


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Message: 7
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 18:59:53 -0400
From: "Scott  Kruitbosch" <skruitbosch at ctaudubon.org>
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Subject: [CT Birds] 1,419 raptors Boothe Park HW
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To be honest it was a terrible start to the day at Boothe Park in Stratford. With the nice flow behind the cold front and winds enhanced by Igor creating a better gradient and other amazing raptor reports we had next to nothing. The blue sky, 100% clear, hurt as well. All of the observers had other obligations today, including myself, and no one was present from 1:30 to 2:15. When I returned at 2:15 I noted more raptors coming in, and unfortunately, I was alone through 5:30. I had the best hour in the site's short history from 3-4 when the Broads finally descended. Whether they were too high all day, too far to the coast (I noticed more of a westerly component this afternoon) or both, they came in fast. I had about 500 raptors from 3:30-3:45 alone with one ~415 Broad group. Overall, we put in 8.75 hours of observation. Other observers included Charlie Barnard, Frank Mantlik, John Marshall, and Dave Fiske. Tomorrow should be much of the same, a SW flow Wednesday with a weak cold front going through, a good Thursday, a so-so Friday and maybe a good Saturday after a cold front Friday night that may stall just south of our area that we'll have to monitor.

Raptor migrants:
2 Turkey Vulture
12 Osprey
5 Bald Eagle
1 Northern Harrier
102 Sharp-shinned Hawk
10 Cooper's Hawk
1,254 Broad-winged Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
19 American Kestrel
2 Merlin
2 Peregrine Falcon
1 Unknown accipiter
8 Unknown raptor
TOTAL - 1,419

And even more "local" Osprey, Red-tail, Red-shoulder, and Turkey Vulture.

We had two notable resident species in the form of 1 COMMON RAVEN attacking a Bald Eagle and 3 BLACK VULTURE.

Other migrants:
2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL
1 LINCOLN'S SPARROW
1 Palm Warbler
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Magnolia Warbler
12 Chimney Swift
18 Cedar Waxwing
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 House Wren
1 Gray Catbird


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Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation Technician
Connecticut Audubon Society
2325 Burr St.
Fairfield, CT 06824
CAS blog: ctaudubon.blogspot.com
Email: skruitbosch at ctaudubon.org



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Message: 8
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 19:49:43 -0400
From: <jayne.amico at cox.net>
To: eyeflight16 at optonline.net, ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Window crash- too close
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You can help when a bird hits a window.  The best thing to do is get a shoebox, poke holes in the lid, place a small cloth on the bottom so the box will not be slippery and place the bird in the box to recover with the lid securely on. The bird can then rest safely and easily once placed in a small dark place like a shoe box. I recommend waiting 30 minutes and then take the box back outside and open it. If the bird does not immediately fly away it needs a rehabber.

FYI the number one reason for fatal window strikes is fractured skull, not broken necks. Other injuries that occur are fractures to the bill, coracoid, wing or leg, and commonly ruptured air sacs. All can be treatable...
--
Jayne


Jayne Amico
Southington, CT
www.mvssanctuary.org

---- eyeflight16 at optonline.net wrote:
> As I was scanning the shore from the windows facing the beach at my house here in Fairfield, I was suprised to hear a sudden bang.



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Message: 9
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 16:54:18 -0700 (PDT)
From: Mark Scott <tillercat at yahoo.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] OVENBIRD, New Haven
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>From Mark Scott: 9/20/10 -- New Haven yard -- OVENBIRD
?
Also

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Message: 10
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 20:12:28 -0400
From: streatham2003 at aol.com
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Quaker Ridge - 2000+ Broadwings etc
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 Hi All,

A decent start to the day didn't quite pan out for late afternoon numbers of Broad-winged Hawks - weird to have 2000 hawks and feel a little disappointed. Surprised no one else seems to be mentioning much about last nights flight. Audubon Greenwich was absolutely littered with warblers this morning and even though variety was somewhat poor numbers were pretty impressive. I literally had roving parties of Chestnut-sideds, Magnolias, Blackburnians, REV's (including 8 in one small Japanese Maple). In total 12 species of warbler. What was notable was the influx of later fall migrants including a number of Blue-headed Vireos and Ruby-crowned Kinglets as well as a smattering of White-throated Sparrows and a Yellow-rumped Warbler or two. Also notable was the decline in American Redstarts and other early migrants in the mix- just one or two today. Good numbers were still moving through later in the day when I had already packed it in and headed for the hawkwatch. Also overhead today and around the grounds quite a number of Red-breasted Nuthatches and Purple Finches. At the weekend we had our first Dark-eyed Junco of the year - it's getting late early it seems!

Luke Tiller, Greenwich
www.underclearskies.com




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Message: 11
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 17:49:06 -0700 (PDT)
From: DEIRDRE MURTHA <sdmurtha at sbcglobal.net>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Greenwich Broadwings
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Upon leaving work in downtown Greenwich at 4:30 pm sharp, I looked up to a sky full of Broadwings. ?I counted a kettle of at least 150 birds, and shortly after a second forming up of comparable size. ?Gave me quite a thrill after a fairly hawk-free season so far. I couldn't linger to watch the show, but upon reaching home in Norwalk, I spied another 5 Broadwings, low and flying WSW, at about 5:30.
-Sean Murtha

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Message: 12
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 18:09:46 -0700 (PDT)
From: greg hanisek <ctgregh at yahoo.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] LHP Big Day
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>From Greg Hanisek
?
9/20 New Haven, Lighthouse Point hawk watch - 2111 diurnal raptors. Totals included 1324 SS, 289 AK, 196 BW, 136 Coop, 51 Osp, 29 NH, 18 ML, 11 BE, 3 Perg., 1 RT and assorted U
?
Also noted in migration: 19 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, 45 Chimney Swifts, 7 C. Nighthawks, 1 (late) E. Kingbird, c 8000 Tree Swallows, 480 Cedar Waxwings
?
Blue skies but unrelenting powerful NW winds produced a great day with lots of help from Bill Banks, Frank Mantlik, Frank Gallo, Lynn James, Dori Sosensky, Don Morgan, Marty Moore, Judy Moore, John Oshlik, et al. Total as of 5 PM, when Steve Mayo remained and probably added a few more

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