[CT Birds] CTBirds Digest, Vol 1830, Issue 2

Dave Cribbins davecel at sbcglobal.net
Wed Feb 29 21:41:14 EST 2012

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Subject: CTBirds Digest, Vol 1830, Issue 2
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Date: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 12:00 PM

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Today's Topics:

   1. Re: East Hartford RHWP + (carpist)
   2. YT Warbler (Jan Collins)
   3. Barnacles-a-commin (Dennis Varza)
   4. Re: CTBirds Digest, Vol 1830, Issue 1 (Donna Caporaso)
   5. West Rock & Konold's Pond, Woodbridge (Stephen Broker)
   6. Shrike continues (Dana Campbell)


Message: 1
Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 09:31:56 -0500
From: carpist <carpist at charter.net>
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Subject: Re: [CT Birds] East Hartford RHWP +
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I found the woodpecker on Monday and hew was chasing a downy out of " 
his " territory. Perhasp by spring his head will be completely red ?  A 
picture of the little guy at the link below.

Chris  " Carpist "

Ludlow, MA



Message: 2
Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 09:32:55 -0500
From: "Jan Collins" <jgcollins at cox.net>
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Subject: [CT Birds] YT Warbler
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2/29  Enfield, 0830 thanks to Janis LaPointe for her hospitality, I had the 
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, a life bird, at her feeders.  Cheery little bird 
considering the forecast for the day ahead!

Jan in Somers 


Message: 3
Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:07:21 -0500
From: Dennis Varza <dennisvz at optonline.net>
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Subject: [CT Birds] Barnacles-a-commin
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Hi Folks

Here is the general overview of the Phenomenal phenomenon

When the Phenomenon occurs one will see thousand of gulls sitting on  
the water feeding heavily. The birds are pecking at the water. They  
are not diving as for fish. Although most of the gulls are Herring  
and Ring-billed, all other regular species have been found at one  
time or another. Although, Great-Black-backed Gulls don't seem to  
participate much. In addition to Gulls one can see Brant, Scaup and  
the puddle ducks, including Blue-winged Teal and Northern Shovelers.  
The mix of species depends upon the time of the year.

The phenomenon has been observed since the turn of the century. I  
don't recall it occurring in the 80's

Due to Geology, rocky coast and narrow Sound, the phenomenon  is  
confined to wester Connecticut, nowhere else on the east coast (as  
far as I can tell from communications). The same species of Barnacle  
is found and europe and it is know to have synchronized reproduction  
over there. The western most observation I have of them is the  
Norwalk Islands, but I suspect that it could be found in Stamford.  
The eastern most observation I have is Morningside in Milford, But, I  
imagine it could be occurring off New Haven Harbor and perhaps the  
Thimble Islands.

I have seen it occur any time from late February to early May over  
the years. Full and new moons increase the probability of it  
occurring but we have seen it at other times, particularly in heavy  
years. Some years it has been spotty with patches here and there.  
Other years it has been intense. and thousands of birds could be seen  
feeding on them from horizon to horizon.

The weather makes a difference in the availability of the larvae to  
the birds. For organisms as small as the larvae water is more like  
molasses. Wind and wave action are more important in dispersal that  
actual swimming. During days of low wind, the water becomes flat and  
traps the larvae at the surface. That is when big flocks of birds are  

I tried communicating with people at the marine lab at Avery Pt. At  
first they were attempting to be helpful. When I told them about the  
part about gulls feeding on them, they did not believe it and thought  
I was seeing the birds going after fish feeding on the larvae. They  
soon lost interest.

Conclusions: The synchronized reproduction of the Barnacles is an  
annual event. The actual mechanism has yet to be determined and needs  
a study of the barnacles themselves. But, the combination of time of  
year and weather conditions determine how available the larvae are to  
the birds.

Dennis Varza


Message: 4
Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:21:44 -0500 (EST)
From: Donna Caporaso <donnacap at aol.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] CTBirds Digest, Vol 1830, Issue 1
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Hockanum River Linear Park, East Hartford.  What segment of the park is the RHWP seen? 
Per their website there are 7 segments to the Park
What other trails would people recommend for birding?
Thank you,
Donna Caporaso


Message: 5
Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:41:24 -0500
From: Stephen Broker <LS.BROKER at COX.NET>
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Subject: [CT Birds] West Rock & Konold's Pond, Woodbridge
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>From Steve Broker (Cheshire):
02/29/12 - Woodbridge, West Rock Ridge and Konold's Pond from the ridge top (9:20 A.M.-9:50 A.M.) -- A not quite full adult Bald Eagle was perched on the Konold's Pond island near last year's Great Blue Heron nests, then flew to and landed on a mud flat in the northwest portion of the pond, kicking up 50 American Black Ducks in the process.  A pair of Mute Swans was present on the pond, but the TRUMPETER SWANS were not seen.  (The west margins of the island and the extreme southern portion of Konold's Pond are not visible from this ridge top area.  The trumpeters were reported at the south end of the pond on Saturday, February 25 and were present in the north end on Sunday, February 26.)  The 200+ Ring-necked Ducks apparently are gone, with just 3 drake and 1 hen Ring-necked Ducks seen on Konold's.  The Common Raven nest is close to or at completion, lined with deer hair.  (This nest is hidden and inaccessible.)


Message: 6
Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:23:19 -0500
From: Dana Campbell <dana.l.campbell at gmail.com>
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Subject: [CT Birds] Shrike continues
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2/29 - South Windsor - Donnelly Preserve - Northern Shrike continues.
Visible looking West from the platform down the trail.  Being "accompanied"
by Blue Jays.

Extralimitally, spent Monday at Plum Island MA and enjoyed seeing three of
the four or five Snowy Owls hanging out there. Seemed to be two adults and
one juvenile.  Lovely.

Dana Campbell, Interim Rector
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Meriden
dana.l.campbell at gmail.com

*"*I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."
- Emily Dickinson


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