[CT Birds] CTBirds Digest, Vol 1771, Issue 4

Candace ladyonthefly at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 2 10:10:06 EST 2012


Hi looking for directions to short beach ..down here looking for snowy owl. Any recent sightings?

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>   1. GH Owls (pfavreau at cox.net)
>   2. Fwd: GH Owls (pfavreau at cox.net)
>   3. Short Beach/Milford Pt Snowy (PJDEGENNARO at aol.com)
>   4. Hartford County goodies (Cackler, RH Woodpecker, etc)
>      (Jamie Meyers)
>   5. Chester, 12/31 and 1/1: catbird (teustis at killingworthlibrary.org)
>   6. family shooting bb guns in smith richardson preserve
>      (Meredith, Leslie)
>   7. Windham County birds (DBOBOLINK at aol.com)
>   8. Re: family shooting bb guns in smith richardson preserve
>      (Tina and Peter Green)
>   9. Westbrook Iceland gull lives (LCWahle)
>  10. Re: family shooting bb guns in smith richardson preserve
>      (Meredith, Leslie)
>  11. FW: eBird Report - Bantam Lake - Pt. Folly, Jan 1, 2012
>      (Dave Rosgen)
>  12. Rusty Blackbird (wingsct at juno.com)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:41:56 -0500
> From: <pfavreau at cox.net>
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] GH Owls
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>> From Patrice Favreau:
> 1/1/12 first of year for me were 2 Great Horned Owls heard calling back & forth when I stepped outside at 6:50AM to meet Jan Collins & drive to Hammo to help with the CBC today.
> --
> Patrice
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> Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2012 17:07:46 -0500
> From: <pfavreau at cox.net>
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Fwd: GH Owls
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> Location was South Windsor for the GH Owls.
> --
> Patrice
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>> Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:41:56 -0500
>> From:  <pfavreau at cox.net>
>> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
>> Subject: GH Owls
>> 
>> From Patrice Favreau:
>> 1/1/12 first of year for me were 2 Great Horned Owls heard calling back & forth when I stepped outside at 6:50AM to meet Jan Collins & drive to Hammo to help with the CBC today.
>> --
>> Patrice
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> Message: 3
> Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2012 17:23:07 -0500 (EST)
> From: PJDEGENNARO at aol.com
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Short Beach/Milford Pt Snowy
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> 1/1/12 - Short Beach, Stratford - I spotted the Snowy Owl on one of  the 
> sand bars between Short Beach and Milford Pt at around 3:00. Charlie Barnard  
> later came with a scope, which was needed to get some good views of  it.
> 
> Happy New Year
> Peter DeGennaro
> Naugatuck
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> Message: 4
> Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2012 22:44:41 +0000 (UTC)
> From: Jamie Meyers <ctredbird2 at comcast.net>
> To: ctbirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
> Subject: [CT Birds] Hartford County goodies (Cackler, RH Woodpecker,
>    etc)
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>> From Jamie Meyers:
> 1/1/2012 -- Bloomfield, Filley Pond -- CACKLING GOOSE mixed in with ~ 200 Canadas around 2 PM
> East Hartford, Hockanum River Trail -- imm. RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues just beyond where the boardwalk noted in previous posts turns sharply right.  
> Wethersfield, Wethersfield Cove -- first winter ICELAND GULL and COMMON LOON (unexpected in the cove itself), at first light
> Hartford, Traveler's Tower -- PEREGRINE FALCON, also at first light
> 
> Other notable local oddities for the date include a coot at West Hartford Res 6 and 4 Gadwalls in a small pond off busy Terry's Plains Road in Bloomfield.  The latter were present for the Hartford CBC a couple weeks ago.  I saw the coot last weekend.  
> 
> The woodpecker showed after about 15 minutes of waiting this morning and was on the right side of the boardwalk a touch further down from where I reported it last week.  I suspect this bird does a lot of moving around in that grove, which is fabulous habitat for woodpeckers in general.  I noticed some red feathering coming in on its head.  The loon was very near the edge of the parking area in the Wethersfield Cove.
> 
> I tried for the Riverside Park (Hartford) loons with no luck.  I was also unable to locate the Snow Geese which were in Bloomfield recently.  However, there is a LOT of open greenery in the Bloomfield/Windsor corridor and thousands of geese around all over the place so there may well be other goodies in the area.
> 
> My first bird of the year was Eastern Screech-Owl, a most satisfactory species to start things off with.
> 
> Jamie Meyers
> Canton CT
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> Message: 5
> Date: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 23:01:26 +0000
> From: teustis at killingworthlibrary.org
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Chester, 12/31 and 1/1: catbird
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> Chester, 12/31 & 1/1/12: While it wasn't my first bird of the year, I was thrilled to have a GRAY CATBIRD show up at our feeders this weekend - just in time for both Cornell's Project Feederwatch and the CBC! It had been teasing me for a couple of weeks, calling from the neighbor's yard across the street (obviously, where it roosts at night, since I hear it over there at first light). But it finally showed up when it "counted" most. Top species count for the New Year so far: 19 MOURNING DOVES congregate at our feeders each day around noon.
> ~ Tammy Eustis, Chester
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> Message: 6
> Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2012 18:15:02 -0500
> From: "Meredith, Leslie" <Leslie.Meredith at simonandschuster.com>
> To: "ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
> Subject: [CT Birds] family shooting bb guns in smith richardson
>    preserve
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> Passing by Smith Richardson today at 445 I thought I'd try for some last species of the day after a great morning at Greenwich Point and a distant sighting of the Snowy Owl from Short Beach. One other car was there so I hoped another birder was onto something. First went for bluebirds in the field across from the Xmas trees without success.  Next went into the Xmas tree farm and heard odd noises, but wasnt close enough to tell what was going on; saw a kid and an adult in the middle of the trees up the main path as I was going over by the wall where the sparrows (one song sparrow stirring).  When I retraced my steps, the car had been moved across the street and a family of four, 2 young sons, was inside the preserve to the left of the gate. With my bins i could see that all four had bb guns that they were firing.  As I crossed the street, the man left the group and met me just outside the gate, as I asked, "Are you shooting birds?!" He made a dismissive face and said, No, we're shooting trees.  We're not shooting birds. I turned to leave, took their license plate, went down to Southport beach (mallards, swans, great blue heron) came home, called the Westport police.  At first Westport said it wasnt their jurisdiction and referred me to Fairfield who, after telling me it isn't illegal to shoot trees, referred me back to Westport.  An officer has just visited to take my complaint.
> 
> BB or not BB, isn't it obvious that no one should be shooting in a nature preserve?
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> Message: 7
> Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2012 18:36:29 -0500 (EST)
> From: DBOBOLINK at aol.com
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Windham County birds
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>> From Robert Dixon
> 1/1/12 -  spent the day birding in Windham County and found 52 species  
> with the following highlights - Plainfield - Quinebaug Fish Hatchery - adult  
> BALD EAGLE, BROWN CREEPER, GRAY CATBIRD (2), SWAMP SPARROW (3), AMERICAN 
> KESTREL  ( also had one on Ekonk Hill in Sterling), AMERICAN TREE SPARROW (25), 
> GREAT-  BLUE HERON (11), WINTER WREN (2) and EASTERN BLUEBIRD (7).
> Moosup -Moosup Pond - RING - NECKED DUCK (45), AMERICAN COOT (4) and  
> BUFFLEHEAD (2).
> Sterling yard - FOX SPARROW, BROWN --HEADED COWBIRD (160), NO Yellow-headed 
> Blackbird today.
> My 2011 Big Yard Year total was 134 species.
> 
> Robert Dixon
> 179 Main St.
> Sterling, Ct. 06377
> 860-564-4638
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> Message: 8
> Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2012 23:38:10 +0000
> From: Tina and Peter Green <petermgreen at hotmail.com>
> To: <leslie.meredith at simonandschuster.com>, ct birds
>    <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] family shooting bb guns in smith richardson
>    preserve
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> Thanks for making us aware of this incident. Smith Richardson Preserve is one of my usual morning stops and I'm very troubled that someone would be there with any type of gun. I would not hesitate to call the police. Is it under the Westport PD's jurisdiction? I can't believe it's legal to shoot even a BB gun anywhere except maybe on your own property if it's large enough,and even then,there are probably restrictions. 
> 
> Tina Green
> Westport
> 
> 
> 
> 
>> From: Leslie.Meredith at simonandschuster.com
>> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
>> Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2012 18:15:02 -0500
>> Subject: [CT Birds] family shooting bb guns in smith richardson preserve
>> 
>> Passing by Smith Richardson today at 445 I thought I'd try for some last species of the day after a great morning at Greenwich Point and a distant sighting of the Snowy Owl from Short Beach. One other car was there so I hoped another birder was onto something. First went for bluebirds in the field across from the Xmas trees without success. Next went into the Xmas tree farm and heard odd noises, but wasnt close enough to tell what was going on; saw a kid and an adult in the middle of the trees up the main path as I was going over by the wall where the sparrows (one song sparrow stirring). When I retraced my steps, the car had been moved across the street and a family of four, 2 young sons, was inside the preserve to the left of the gate. With my bins i could see that all four had bb guns that they were firing. As I crossed the street, the man left the group and met me just outside the gate, as I asked, "Are you shooting birds?!" He made a dismissive face and said, No, we're shooting trees. We're not shooting birds. I turned to leave, took their license plate, went down to Southport beach (mallards, swans, great blue heron) came home, called the Westport police. At first Westport said it wasnt their jurisdiction and referred me to Fairfield who, after telling me it isn't illegal to shoot trees, referred me back to Westport. An officer has just visited to take my complaint.
>> 
>> BB or not BB, isn't it obvious that no one should be shooting in a nature preserve?
>> 
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> Message: 9
> Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2012 18:39:43 -0500 (EST)
> From: LCWahle <lcwahle at aol.com>
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Westbrook Iceland gull lives
> Message-ID: <8CE96F5C57FEA02-4BC-3809 at webmail-m028.sysops.aol.com>
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> We missed this bird last year and thought he/she may have passed on to the eternal gull hunting grounds, but today the Iceland gull showed beautiful adult plumage.  This bird has been seen on Christmas Bird counts at Middle Beach in Westbrook since 1995 per Arne Rosengran and Joe Morrin, who both got to see it again today (around 12:30 PM and again at 3 PM)
> 
> Some pix: http://www.flickr.com/photos/73301877@N07/6615606587/
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> 
> 
> Lisa Wahle, Chester
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> Message: 10
> Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2012 18:41:31 -0500
> From: "Meredith, Leslie" <Leslie.Meredith at simonandschuster.com>
> To: Tina and Peter Green <petermgreen at hotmail.com>
> Cc: ct birds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] family shooting bb guns in smith richardson
>    preserve
> Message-ID:
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> It is Westport jurisdxn. Officer said he'd run plate and would stop by the person's house. I will follow up.
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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> On Jan 1, 2012, at 6:38 PM, "Tina and Peter Green" <petermgreen at hotmail.com<mailto:petermgreen at hotmail.com>> wrote:
> 
> Thanks for making us aware of this incident. Smith Richardson Preserve is one of my usual morning stops and I'm very troubled that someone would be there with any type of gun. I would not hesitate to call the police. Is it under the Westport PD's jurisdiction? I can't believe it's legal to shoot even a BB gun anywhere except maybe on your own property if it's large enough,and even then,there are probably restrictions.
> 
> Tina Green
> Westport
> 
> 
> 
>> From: Leslie.Meredith at simonandschuster.com<mailto:Leslie.Meredith at simonandschuster.com>
>> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org<mailto:ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
>> Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2012 18:15:02 -0500
>> Subject: [CT Birds] family shooting bb guns in smith richardson preserve
>> 
>> Passing by Smith Richardson today at 445 I thought I'd try for some last species of the day after a great morning at Greenwich Point and a distant sighting of the Snowy Owl from Short Beach. One other car was there so I hoped another birder was onto something. First went for bluebirds in the field across from the Xmas trees without success. Next went into the Xmas tree farm and heard odd noises, but wasnt close enough to tell what was going on; saw a kid and an adult in the middle of the trees up the main path as I was going over by the wall where the sparrows (one song sparrow stirring). When I retraced my steps, the car had been moved across the street and a family of four, 2 young sons, was inside the preserve to the left of the gate. With my bins i could see that all four had bb guns that they were firing. As I crossed the street, the man left the group and met me just outside the gate, as I asked, "Are you shooting birds?!" He made a dismissive face and said, No, we're shooting trees. We're not shooting birds. I turned to leave, took their license plate, went down to Southport beach (mallards, swans, great blue heron) came home, called the Westport police. At first Westport said it wasnt their jurisdiction and referred me to Fairfield who, after telling me it isn't illegal to shoot trees, referred me back to Westport. An officer has just visited to take my complaint.
>> 
>> BB or not BB, isn't it obvious that no one should be shooting in a nature preserve?
>> 
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> Message: 11
> Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2012 18:52:08 -0500
> From: "Dave Rosgen" <dave at whitememorialcc.org>
> To: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
> Subject: [CT Birds] FW: eBird Report - Bantam Lake - Pt. Folly, Jan 1,
>    2012
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>> From Dave Rosgen:
> Litchfield, N. Shore Rd. (White Memorial's & Bantam Lake's Pt. Folly)
> Jan 1, 2012;  3:20 PM - 4:20 PM
> Protocol: Traveling; 1.0 miles
> 20 species
> 
> Canada Goose  280
> Mute Swan  6
> American Black Duck  6
> Mallard  66
> Ring-necked Duck  7
> Lesser Scaup  7
> Bufflehead  18
> Common Goldeneye  17
> Hooded Merganser  9
> Common Merganser  625
> Bald Eagle  5
> American Coot  104     
> Ring-billed Gull  300
> Herring Gull  12
> American Crow  85
> Black-capped Chickadee  15
> Tufted Titmouse  7
> White-throated Sparrow  7
> Dark-eyed Junco  6
> Northern Cardinal  2
> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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> Message: 12
> Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2012 00:10:37 GMT
> From: "wingsct at juno.com" <wingsct at juno.com>
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Rusty Blackbird
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>> From Meredith Sampson:1/112 - Old Greenwich, Old Greenwich marsh (by Civic Center) -- RUSTY BLACKBIRD.Addendum to Razorbill sightings at Greenwich Point this morning:  there may havebeen as many as 7 Razorbills total - 2 southeast off the beach, and the rest viewedfrom the picnic area at the SW part of the park. 
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