[CT Birds] Last Weekend and an idea.

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Tue Oct 25 11:20:12 EDT 2011

After doing a quickie review of the weekend, I decided to go back and  
do a more thorough list. 130 Species were reported. I am sure there  
were more that were not reported. A while ago I sorted my records so  
that I could calculate percentage of times I have seen them in a  
particular time period. That is how I present the list. At the top  
are the common birds and the bottom are the rare birds. I also  
include the species that were missed in case someone wants to report  

This brings me to an Idea I had a while back. I gave it to the major  
organizers, they said it was a good idea but were too busy to  
implement it. Perhaps someone out there would like to pick it up.

The idea was to have a birding day, where as many birders go out on  
the same weekend to see as many birds as possible. All the bird clubs  
would have field trips, there would be several roving teams, and a  
gathering of yard and feeder reports. There would not be the limits  
of a sit, or a Christmas Count. No Time limits of a Big Day. Just a  
lot of birders going out at the same time to have a good time. It  
would improve the probability of meeting other birders. I could  
Imagine several lunch time gathering places where people could get  
together. And, maybe a couple of evening dinners as well. It could  
take place 2 times a year, once in spring, once in autumn.

Dennis Varza

Birds Reported During the weekend of 22-23 October

Species recorded at least 50%
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Black Duck
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Pied-billed Grebe
Black-bellied Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Morning Dove
Monk Parakeet
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
House Finch
House Sparrow
Red-throated Loon
Northern Harrier
Horned Lark
American Goldfinch

Recorded between 30 and 50% of the time
American Wigeon
Common Loon
Snowy Egret
American Kestrel
Carolina Wren
Hermit Thrush
American Pipit
Field Sparrow
Green-winged Teal
Brown-headed Cowbird

Recorded between 15 and 30%
Wood Duck
White-winged Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Great Cormorant
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
American Oystercatcher
Lesser Yellowlegs
Pectoral Sandpiper
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Eastern Bluebird
Palm Warbler
Eastern Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Purple Finch
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Semipalmated Plover
Western Sandpiper
Cedar Waxwing
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Pine Siskin

Recorded between 5 and 15%
Ring-necked Duck
Horned Grebe
American Bittern
Cooper's Hawk
Wilson's Snipe
Bonapart's Gull
Forster’s Tern
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow
Brown Creeper
House Wren
Winter Wren
Swainson's Thrush
Common Yellowthroat
Chipping Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Snow Goose
Greater Scaup
Old Squaw
Ring-necked Pheasant
Ruffed Grouse
Wild Turkey
Bald Eagle
Clapper Rail
American Golden Plover
Hudsonian Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Common Tern
Piliated Woodpecker
Red-breasted Nuthatch
American Tree Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Rusty Blackbird

Recorded less than 5%
White-fronted Goose
Cackling Goose
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Brown Pelican
Tricolored Heron*
White-faced Ibis
Red-Shoulder Hawk
Golden Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Virginia Rail
Royal Tern
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Eastern Screech Owl
Calliope Hummingbird
Red-headed Woodpecker
Blue-headed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Common Raven
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black and White Warbler
American Redstart
Scarlet Tanager
Clay-colored Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Indigo Bunting
Baltimore Oriole

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