[CT Birds] GBBC Approaching 150 species

Comins, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Tue Feb 21 19:31:57 EST 2012

It looks like we will break the 150 species mark when all is said and done.   Our current preliminary total is 146 species, but I know of at least four species reported over the weekend that were not submitted, including Greater White-fronted Goose, Northern Shoveler, Tree Swallow and Pine Warbler.  If you had any of these species between Friday and Monday, please consider submitting them here: http://gbbc.birdsource.org/gbbcApps/input

We will also be doing a review of the final tally to see if there are species that made it through, but may need additional details.    Additionally, if anyone can get good views (and hopefully photograph) and confirm the adult Thayer's-type gull that was seen on Friday and Monday at the landfill, that could count since it was seen during count period (we don't know for sure that it wasn't a dark Iceland Gull).    You can see the complete results here and if you saw something that wasn't reported, please submit the observation:

A more detailed final analysis will be forthcoming once all of the dust settles.  Thanks for all the interest in the GBBC this weekend!  We even made the national highlights with the two Common Murres that were seen over the weekend. 



Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation

Audubon Connecticut
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Southbury, CT 06488

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From: ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org [ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of Glenn Williams [gswilliams9 at yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 7:17 PM
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Subject: [CT Birds] Mystic Oriole

I had a female Baltimore Oriole at my parent's suet feeder in Mystic today (3 pm).  To be honest, I can't be 100% sure of the ID as I was without binoculars and only had a few seconds of observation.  The uniform yellow underparts rule out Bullock's Oriole.  For some reason I thought of female Western Tanager just before it flew to a nearby tree.  By the time I got my binoculars, it was nowhere to be found.  I stood vigil until dark but never saw it again.  I put out oranges and hope that it shows tomorrow.  My parents are casual feeder birders but I gave them ID points to look for.  Wish I got a better look.  The beak seemed a little thick and yellowish instead of gray on the lower half.  There were no orange tones to the plumage.

Glenn Williams
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