[CT Birds] CTBirds Digest, Vol 1824, Issue 1

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Thu Feb 23 13:36:02 EST 2012


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>Today's Topics:
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>   1. Harris' sparrow, Trumpeter Swans - yes (Janis LaPointe)
>   2. northern shrikes (Chris Elphick)
>   3. Red-headed Woodpecker - East Hartford (louise tucker)
>   4. Fwd: Wind Eagle Take Permit Not Justified - Bird-Smart Wind
>      Petition Alert (mcavallero1 at comcast.net)
>   5. Misc. Highlights from this week     Keith Mueller
>      (kmueller at ntplx.net)
>   6. Stratford point razorbill ( Joseph Cala )
>   7. First sign of spring (John Ogren)
>   8. Common Ravens - just an observation (Mntncougar at aol.com)
>   9. Re: Common Ravens - just an observation (Steve Mayo)
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>Message: 1
>Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2012 20:03:28 -0500
>From: "Janis LaPointe" <sunbirdjan at cox.net>
>To: "ctbirds" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
>Subject: [CT Birds] Harris' sparrow, Trumpeter Swans - yes
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>Went to Woodbridge and found the two Trumpeter Swans at Knolds Pond, Warren Road.   I left a 3:30 p.m. and they were mostly resting with heads tucked.   Also present, many Ring-necked ducks, two Mute Swam, Ring-billed Gulls and two male, 4 female, Hooded Mergansers.  Another Hooded Merg. looked like a juv. male, though I don't know if this could occur at this time of year.   I have photo if anyone would like to see it.    This bird had a silvery patch at the back of its head, and the hint of darkening on front of head.
>The Harris's Sparrow  was observed from 4:40 to 5:10 p.m. at Norwich Rd, Lebanon.   Beautiful bird.     Song sparrows and White-throated Sparrows were also still feeding that late in the day.
>Janis LaPointe
>Efield, CT
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>Message: 2
>Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2012 17:36:18 -0800 (PST)
>From: Chris Elphick <elphick at sbcglobal.net>
>To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
>Subject: [CT Birds] northern shrikes
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>I don't know about the Donnelly shrike, but the one at UConn was seen by several 
>students in the UConn bird group this morning.  I did not see it at dusk, but I 
>only had a few minutes and got there after it had started to get dark.  There is 
>relatively little shubbery in the spot where it has been seen, but I gather it 
>still took a little patience.
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> Chris Elphick
>Storrs, CT
>elphick at sbcglobal.net
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>Message: 3
>Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2012 17:48:31 -0800 (PST)
>From: louise tucker <louise40pt at yahoo.com>
>To: CTlist <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
>Subject: [CT Birds] Red-headed Woodpecker - East Hartford
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>Louise P. Tucker:
>2/22/12 - Hockanum Linear Trail off Elm Street, East Hartford, CT-? I paid another visit to the park. Red-headed Woodpecker still hanging out by 2 bridges of trail that goes to the right. His head is indeed red. He's maturing fast. Very quiet otherwise.
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>Louise Enfield
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>Message: 4
>Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2012 02:10:44 +0000 (UTC)
>From: mcavallero1 at comcast.net
>To: CT BIRDS <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
>Subject: [CT Birds] Fwd: Wind Eagle Take Permit Not Justified -
>	Bird-Smart Wind Petition Alert
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>Hi everyone - 
>i thought this email below might be of interest to this birding community so i am just passing it along as an FYI for everyone. 
>Mona Cavallero 
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>----- Forwarded Message ----- 
>From: Steve Holmer <sholmer at abcbirds.org> 
>Subject: Wind Eagle Take Permit Not Justified - Bird-Smart Wind Petition Alert 
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>Wind Eagle Take Permit Not Justified 
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>American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) voicing strong concerns about the first-ever application for a special permit that would allow Golden Eagles to be incidentally killed. The proposed ?programmatic incidental take permit,? submitted under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, would allow Oregon?s West Butte Wind Project to kill, harm, or disturb up to three Golden Eagles over five years, as long as certain conservation measures were implemented. 
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>ABC?s letter states that the data upon which an FWS decision would be based are markedly deficient, and that the federal government is not meeting standards prescribed in its own regulations published less than three years ago. ABC also cites emails, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, between senior Department of Interior staff casting doubt on the whether the project could ever be safe for birds, including Golden Eagles. 
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>ABC supports bird-smart wind energy that is properly sited, constructed, and operated to minimize bird impacts, with appropriate compensatory mitigation for unavoidable losses. This includes permitting, which would allow FWS to advance good projects while preventing bad ones. It is vital that we get the first permit right since it will likely be used as a model for future similar permits. But more information is needed to determine the actual risk to Golden and Bald Eagles, and the permit should not be issued without that information. 
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>Specifically, the project has failed to provide adequate data on the Golden Eagle population and Golden Eagle prey abundance in the area, and has not performed sufficient avian-use surveys. 
>The take permit application was submitted by West Butte Wind Power LLC. FWS subsequently prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment. The project, if built, would be a 104 MW wind facility located on private land in Crook and Deschutes Counties, Oregon. Necessary infrastructure for the project, including power lines and an access road, would be located on public land administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. 
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>ABC?s comment letter is available here ( http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/collisions/pdf/ABC_eagle_take_permit_comments_2-17-12.pdf ) 
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>Action Alert: Support Bird-Smart Wind Petition 
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>American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has petitioned the U.S. Department of the Interior to protect millions of birds from the negative impacts of wind energy by developing regulations that will safeguard wildlife and reward responsible wind energy development. The more than 100-page petition for rulemaking , prepared by ABC and the public interest law firm of Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal, calls for establishing a mandatory permitting system for the operation of wind energy projects and mitigation of their impacts on migratory birds. 
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>Now we are asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to open a public comment period so that the public can weigh in. Please go to http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5400/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9510 to send your comment. 
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>Thus far 75 organizations http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/collisions/pdf/petition_endorsements022112.pdf have endorsed the petition. To sign on your organization please send sholmer at abcbirds.org your name, organization, city and state. 
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>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated in 2009 that approximately 440,000 birds were killed each year by collisions with wind turbines. The massive expansion of wind power in the United States will likely result in the deaths of more than one million birds each year by 2030. Wind energy projects are also expected to adversely impact almost 20,000 square miles of wildlife habitat. 
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>ABC filed the petition because it is clear that the voluntary guidelines the government has drafted will neither protect birds adequately nor give the wind industry the regulatory certainty it has been asking for. Voluntary guidelines have been in place since 2003, and yet preventable bird deaths at wind farms keep occurring. This includes thousands of Golden Eagles thought to have died at Altamont Pass in California and recent mass mortality events that killed more than 500 songbirds in West Virginia. 
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>The petition is available online at: http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/collisions/pdf/wind_rulemaking_petition.pdf 
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>ABC?s petition proposes a model rule that would allow the government to consider impacts of wind farms on all bird species, as well as bats and other wildlife. This proposal contrasts sharply with the voluntary guidelines that allow the industry to police itself and continue to disregard harm to birds and other wildlife. 
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>Steve Holmer 
>Senior Policy Advisor 
>American Bird Conservancy 
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>202/234-7181 ext 216 
>202/744-6459 cell 
>sholmer at abcbirds.org 
>www.abcbirds.org 
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>Director, Bird Conservation Alliance 
>www.birdconservationalliance.org 
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>Message: 5
>Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2012 22:55:34 -0500
>From: kmueller at ntplx.net
>To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
>Subject: [CT Birds] Misc. Highlights from this week     Keith Mueller
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>Saturday's Rhode Island birding group- (most birds observed in extreme  
>scope views)
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>Common Eider- 700+/-
>Black/Surf Scoters- 1500 +/- (65% Surf)
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>White-winged Scoter- 23
>Oldsquaw- 17
>Harlequin Duck- 23
>Red-breasted Merganser- 130
>Bufflehead- 76
>Common Goldeneye- 39
>Black Ducks- 65
>Canada Geese- 450 +/-
>Brant- 350 +/-
>Gannet- 3
>Common Loon- 16
>Red-throated Loon- 13
>Iceland Gull- 1
>Razorbill- 1
>Great Cormorant- 17
>Horned Grebe- 75+/-
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>Monday-
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>Iceland Gulls-2 Circle Beach, Madison
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>East Shore Park- New Haven-
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>Red-shouldered Hawk-1
>Palm Warbler-5
>Pine Warbler- 3
>Yellow-rumped Warbler- 6
>Northern Rough-winged Swallow-2
>Field Sparrow- 1
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>Wednesday (today) Gloucester, Mass.-
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>Jodrey's Fish Pier-
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>Iceland Gull- 17
>Glaucous Gull- 1 (posssibly 2)
>Very possible Slaty-backed Gull-1 (good distant view before lost in a  
>huge cloud of flushed Gulls-thanks to the resident pair of  
>Peregrines). Unfortunately, no images taken.
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>Niles Pond-
>Iceland Gulls (all adults)- 5
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>My last two weeks of birding will be posted on my blog in a few days,  
>keep an eye out.
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>Keith and Jen Mueller    Killingworth
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>Message: 6
>Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2012 07:59:53 -0500
>From: " Joseph Cala " <joejr14 at aol.com>
>To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
>Subject: [CT Birds] Stratford point razorbill
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>At least one razorbill off the point this am.  Fishing boat spooked it and it flew off towards the milford side of the mouth.  
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>Sent from my HTC Inspire? 4G on AT&T
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>Message: 7
>Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2012 05:24:58 -0800 (PST)
>From: John Ogren <northernrail at comcast.net>
>To: "ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
>Subject: [CT Birds] First sign of spring
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>I saw what I consider my first sign of spring today-a male Red Wing Blackbird singing and displaying his "epaulets".
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>John Ogren
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>Message: 8
>Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2012 08:37:11 -0500 (EST)
>From: Mntncougar at aol.com
>To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
>Subject: [CT Birds] Common Ravens - just an observation
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>It seems to me that at the moment there is a very sharp uptick  in the CT 
>population of Ravens. I am out and about in the woods pretty much  all over 
>the state, and it is a very rare day when I don't see, or at least  hear, one 
>or more. I've spent some time this last week in the Killingworth area,  and 
>I can honestly say I've seen and heard as many Ravens as  Crows there. And 
>anywhere in the state that there is a ridgeline or good sized  hill the 
>sight and sound of a Raven is to be expected. On this list, sightings  of Ravens 
>are an every-day occurence.
>I just wonder if I'm alone or if others have noticed this.
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>Don Morgan
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>Message: 9
>Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2012 05:49:39 -0800 (PST)
>From: Steve Mayo <rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net>
>To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org, Mntncougar at aol.com
>Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Common Ravens - just an observation
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>Connecticut Ravens have really come a long way since the late 1980s, when HAS Field Trippers might stumble upon a low nest in Boston Hollow.? Or, NW CT Big-Dayers would wait patiently on John McNeely's picnic table, simultaneously?enjoying a visit?to?Veedor the?Andean Condor's enclosure, and hoping for a?Raven's croak on the Mountain above...?
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>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17knSPsZnMs
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>Steve Mayo
>Bethany
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>--- On Thu, 2/23/12, Mntncougar at aol.com <Mntncougar at aol.com> wrote:
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>From: Mntncougar at aol.com <Mntncougar at aol.com>
>Subject: [CT Birds] Common Ravens - just an observation
>To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
>Date: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 8:37 AM
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>It seems to me that at the moment there is a very sharp uptick? in the CT 
>population of Ravens. I am out and about in the woods pretty much? all over 
>the state, and it is a very rare day when I don't see, or at least? hear, one 
>or more. I've spent some time this last week in the Killingworth area,? and 
>I can honestly say I've seen and heard as many Ravens as? Crows there. And 
>anywhere in the state that there is a ridgeline or good sized? hill the 
>sight and sound of a Raven is to be expected. On this list, sightings? of Ravens 
>are an every-day occurence.
>I just wonder if I'm alone or if others have noticed this.
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>Don Morgan
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