[CT Birds] CTBirds Digest

Orientale, Eugene EOrienta at stfranciscare.org
Sat Nov 6 22:34:00 EDT 2010

I noted Julie Keefer's share from Lyme, and I'd like to report exactly the same thing: a pair of red breasted nuthatches at my feeders today for the very first time. They were feasting on mealworms- something  I have been putting out to for the past two months, without any takers!

Eugene Orientale
Glastonbury, CT
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Today's Topics:

   1. Sherwood Island, Westport (Zagorski, Sara)
   2. Eared Grebe (Jan Collins)
   3. Chester, 11/6: great-blue heron;  maybe cattle egret in
      Centerbrook? (Tammy Eustis)
   4. Marsh Wrens, Hammonasset (Julie Keefer)
   5. Fox Sparrow & Siskins (Robert Bitondi)
   6. Fox Sparrow (Joey Lounsbury)
   7. red-breasted nuthatch, Lyme (Julie Keefer)
   8. LHP Sat. (Randy Domina)
   9. Norwalk Raven (sean at seanmurthaart.com)
  10. Short Beach A. Bittern (Michael)
  11. Stratford (Paul Desjardins)
  12. Stratford Sparrows and Purples (Scott Kruitbosch)
  13. Le Conte's Yes (Dana Campbell)
      Lake, plus more stuff at WMF (Dave Rosgen)


Message: 1
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2010 13:20:14 -0400
From: "Zagorski, Sara" <szagorski at daypitney.com>
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Subject: [CT Birds] Sherwood Island, Westport
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11/6 - Tina Green and AJ Hand did a morning NHBC walk at Sherwood Island SP. Highlights were Bonaparte's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, White-crowned Sparrow.

Sara Zagorski

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Message: 2
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2010 13:35:50 -0400
From: "Jan Collins" <jgcollins at cox.net>
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Subject: [CT Birds] Eared Grebe
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11/6  Noon time.   EARED GREBE continues feeding in the far north end of
Shenipsit Lake in Ellington with a couple of Mallard.

Jan in Somers


Message: 3
Date: Sat, 06 Nov 2010 18:28:23 +0000
From: "Tammy Eustis" <teustis at killingworthlibrary.org>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Chester, 11/6: great-blue heron;    maybe cattle
        egret in Centerbrook?
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Chester, 11/6 - GREAT-BLUE HERON in the Burr Brook stream off of Butter Jones Road. The stream has been bone-dry for a while (unusual), due to the summer drought, but the recent rain has almost returned it to normal. The heron probably would have stayed where it was, if my Mom and I didn't stop and  stare. It flew off downstream - probably didn't go far. (And it may eventually turn up at our water garden one of these mornings.)
Also: I may have seen a CATTLE EGRET in Centerbrook, in the cow fields across the street from Riggio's Garden Center. This was around 9:30 in the morning. I was pulling out of Riggio's and didn't have long to look, but the size and body shape sure said "cattle egret" to me. If anyone is in that neighborhood, it might be worth checking.
- Tammy Eustis, Chester


Message: 4
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2010 14:29:50 -0400
From: "Julie Keefer" <julie.keefer at gmail.com>
To: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Marsh Wrens, Hammonasset
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My husband and I went out to Hammonasset State Park this morning to see what
was out there.  We did see the Northern gannets that were already reported,
lots of Common Loons, and a small flock of Horned Larks in the Meig's Point
parking lot along with the black-bellied plovers and a couple Dunlin.  We
also saw three Marsh Wrens on the trail out to Willard's Island.  They were
on the left before the trail splits.  One was about 6 feet from us, almost
too close to focus our binos on it!  The other two were not much further
away in the reeds.  Only our second sighting of these birds and by far the

Julie Keefer



Message: 5
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2010 14:55:22 -0400
From: Robert Bitondi <rjbitondi at gmail.com>
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Subject: [CT Birds] Fox Sparrow & Siskins
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Single Fox Sparrow yesterday in the yard (11/5), 6 Pine SIskins today.  As
many as 30 Juncos, at least 12 White Throats.

Bob BItondi
Pomfret Center


Message: 6
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2010 16:54:19 -0400
From: Joey Lounsbury <lounsburyd40 at comcast.net>
To: CT Bird Bird <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Fox Sparrow
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Just had 1 Fox Sparrow as well as 1 White-throated Sparrow foraging underneath my feeders.

Joey Lounsbury
Danbury, CT.


Message: 7
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2010 17:50:02 -0400
From: "Julie Keefer" <julie.keefer at gmail.com>
To: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] red-breasted nuthatch, Lyme
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I just had a Red-breasted Nuthatch at my feeder!  That is a new yard bird
for us here in CT.

Julie Keefer



Message: 8
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2010 17:57:28 -0400
From: Randy Domina <rhexp at hotmail.com>
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Subject: [CT Birds] LHP Sat.
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108 Hawks, including 38 Redtails, and 1 Golden Eagle(low enough over the picnic table that it could be identified w/out bins).

With NW wind predicted tomorrow it might be a good day for Buteos.

Randy Domina
Cheshire, CT


Message: 9
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2010 17:57:25 -0400 (EDT)
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Subject: [CT Birds] Norwalk Raven
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I had a single Raven flyover late morning Saturday, over my house in Norwalk.

-Sean Murtha



Message: 10
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2010 18:18:37 -0400
From: Michael <mjpm3 at aol.com>
To: "ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Short Beach A. Bittern
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>From Mike Moccio 11-6-10
Stratford  1 American Bittern behind the tennis courts in the marsh


Message: 11
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2010 18:18:46 -0400
From: Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2 at gmail.com>
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Subject: [CT Birds] Stratford
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Paul Desjardins
Phone: (860) 623-3696
paul.desjardins2 at gmail.com

This afternoon at the Stratford marina a female Northern Pintail. Also
at Hammo 17 Snow Buntings.


Message: 12
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2010 18:25:52 -0400
From: Scott Kruitbosch <kbosch at gmail.com>
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Subject: [CT Birds] Stratford Sparrows and Purples
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  From Scott Kruitbosch:
11/06/10 - Stratford, Great Meadows IBA -- 1 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. Also my
FOS American Tree Sparrow.
Stratford, Boothe Park -- 26 fly-by PURPLE FINCH.
Stratford yard -- 1 FOX SPARROW (day 3) and 5 PURPLE FINCH at feeders.

Hawks were somewhat slow today despite the north wind at the surface partly
because we had all that tropical moisture from Tomas streaming in from the
SSE (the cloud cover, especially early and late). If you watched the sky you
could see low level clouds moving south while everything in the mid to upper
level went straight north. The high to the southwest near Arkansas will not
be able to move in like we'd want since the lows keep coming from south to
north in the Atlantic. One will bomb out a bit and form a coastal storm on
Monday. After that we can clear out the stacked lows and build in a Canadian
high to put the wind north at all levels to get the hawks moving in good
numbers. The models have changed the forecast quite a bit in the last 24
hours, but that should be the general idea.

Scott Kruitbosch
Stratford, CT
Connecticut Audubon Society


Message: 13
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2010 18:30:19 -0400
From: Dana Campbell <dana.l.campbell at gmail.com>
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Subject: [CT Birds] Le Conte's Yes
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>From Lynn James and Dana Campbell:
11/6 - Milford Point - Milford Audubon Center - Great looks at the Sora and
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow.  Less great looks at the Le Conte's Sparrow.
Flyby Clapper Rail.  Lots of Pine Siskins at the feeders.

11/6 - Milford - Silver Sands S.P. - No Harlequin spotted at around 3:30
p.m., but we did see the very conspicuous Cattle Egret.

Dana Campbell, Priest in Charge
Church of the Good Shepherd, Hartford
dana.l.campbell at gmail.com

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trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free margin, and even
vagueness--perhaps ignorance, credulity--helps your enjoyment of these
things."  Walt Whitman in *Birds*, 1881.


Message: 14
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2010 19:05:19 -0400
From: "Dave Rosgen" <dave at whitememorialcc.org>
To: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Cc: mmdoyle at optonline.net
        at Bantam Lake, plus more stuff at WMF
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>From Mike Doyle:

11/6/10 - Litchfield/Morris, N. Shore Rd. (Bantam Lake's Pt. Folly, Central
section, & N. Bay - a.m.) - 1 EARED GREBE, 147 (!) BLACK SCOTERS, 2
Bufflehead, 1 Ruddy Duck, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Mink

Morris, Rt. 209 (Bantam Lake's S. Bay) - 30 Ruddy Ducks

>From Dave Rosgen, w/ John Eykelhoff:

11/6/10 - Litchfield/Morris, N. Shore Rd. (Bantam Lake's Pt. Folly, Central
section, & N. Bay - 5 p.m. until dark) -147 (!) BLACK SCOTERS, 1
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER; Also, 1 Horned Grebe, 10 Wood Ducks, 2 Bufflehead, 1
Common Goldeneye, 20 Common Mergansers, 4 Ruddy Ducks, 21 American Coots,
375 Ring-billed Gulls, 2 Belted Kingfishers

(White Memorial Foundation's Pt. Folly) - 2 American Woodcock, 2 Common
Ravens, 3 Fox Sparrows, 7 Rusty Blackbirds

(Litchfield Town Beach) - 9 Rusty Blackbirds

>From Dave Rosgen, w/ Samantha Foster:

11/6/10 - Litchfield, White Hall Rd. (White Memorial's Museum Area, Pine
Grove 2, & Windmill Hill) - 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 3 Purple Finches, 2
PINE SISKINS; Also, 2 Pileated Woodpeckers, 5 Eastern Bluebirds

>From Dave Rosgen:

11/4 & 5/10 - Winchester, 121 Laurel Way (Rosgen Wildlife Sanctuary) - 2
Red-breasted Nuthatches

11/3/10 - same location - 1 EVENING GROSBEAK, 2 Common Ravens, 2
Red-breasted Nuthatches, 1 Brown Creeper, 1 Fox Sparrow, 1 Purple Finch

Barkhamsted, Rt. 318 (Barkhamsted Reservoir, as viewed from the Saville Dam)
- 1 RED-THROATED LOON, 8 BLACK SCOTERS; Also, 6 Common Loons, 10 Common
Mergansers, 1 Bald Eagle

(Saville Dam's Southeast Parking Lot) - 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1 Fox

(Lake McDonough, as viewed from the Saville Dam) - 27 Hooded Mergansers, 15
Common Mergansers

Dave Rosgen, Wildlife Biologist,

White Memorial Conservation Center,



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