[CT Birds] NHBC Family Bird Walk - Saturday March 17th, 9am at Brooksvale Park

Folsom-O'Keefe, Corrie cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org
Tue Mar 13 08:22:50 EDT 2012

Just a reminder that there is a New Haven Bird Club Family Bird Walk this Saturday March 17th at 9am at Brooksvale Park in Hamden.  If you would like to attend, please park in the larger lot to the south of the baseball field and barn.  The walk will last for ~1.5 hrs.  We will focus on learning to identify over wintering songbird species and familiarizing ourselves with their songs so as to better be able to pick out migrants in a few weeks.

Thank you!


New Haven Bird Club
Education Chair

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Today's Topics:

   1. New Britain update (busterggi at aol.com)
   2.  Mount Vernon Songbird Sanctuary (jayne.neville at cox.net)
   3. BirdCallsRadio Archive | James Currie,	Host of Birding
      Adventures TV (Mardi Dickinson)
   4. HRLT East Hartford (ctbirding at mail.com)
   5. Tree Swallows back at Hammo (Jerry Connolly)
   6. Menunkatuck Audubon Society Meeting Wednesday (Dennis Riordan)
   7. Stratford, Green Winged Teals / Gull Question (Donna Caporaso)
   8. Windsor (Paul Desjardins)
   9. Griswold Point (Glenn Williams)
  10. Black-headed Gull (DBOBOLINK at aol.com)
  11. Yellow-throated Warbler Monday Day 16 (Janis LaPointe)


Message: 1
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:14:08 -0400 (EDT)
From: busterggi at aol.com
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] New Britain update
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A small group of Grackles ( 4 - 6) visited the yard this weekend joining my regulars.  Also spotted my first 2 Robins in my neighbor's yard this morning.  In the ongoing feeder war the news is bad - squirrels 2, me 0 but I'll keep on trying.  

Got a great look at a Red-Tailed Hawk on the way to work this morning as it took off from the ground on the median on 91-S.  Also got to see 3 Ravens in New Haven, they don't seem completely comfortable on lightposts.

For those who are good with identifying calls - there was a bird in my other neighbor's yard this morning which I couldn't get a good look at but its call sounded sort of like "tippie-toe, tippie-toe", can anyone tell me what this was?

Bob Jase


Message: 2
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:18:57 -0400
From: <jayne.neville at cox.net>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds]  Mount Vernon Songbird Sanctuary
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CT birders --

I thought I better  respond to all the inquiries regarding MVSS Annual Benefit Dinner and Auction.  

Due to the strain of a very poor economy resulting in an extremely reduced amount of funds we will not be holding the Benefit Dinner and Auction.  In lieu of attending the event it is my fervent hope that you will consider making a monetary donation instead. Your generous support has made it possible for me to carry out my mission all these years, and I am hopeful to carry it out for another busy breeding season with the return of all our wonderful migrants!  

I also have some great news!!

The sanctuary will soon legally own 4 ? acres which will be permanently preserved from development!! This includes the nesting pavilion and chimney for swifts and swallows, a large barn, an easement to a pond, and wooded and open grassy habitats. 
While still rehabilitating small numbers of specific species, my focus has turned toward education in songbird conservation and habitat preservation. I will be doing this by presenting educational programs to the public and wildlife rehabilitators, and will continue to manage the sanctuary land to support songbirds and also assist private land owners in conservation.

These days the sanctuary is full of bird song and activity with these warmer than usual temps in March. The Eastern bluebirds have already begun nest building! American woodcocks are very much present with movement , displaying and peenting at dusk each day. The pond has awakened with mallards present,  and wood frogs and spring peepers calling. The Northern mockingbird is non -stop singing and is already mimicking Great crested flycatchers and other May arriving migrants!!! I have observed the Carolina wren male feeding the female and  believe they may be nesting in the barn that MVSS will also soon own.

Please visit the website for updates, photos and sanctuary happenings! www.mvssanctuary.org And as always your support of my songbird conservation efforts is very much appreciated!!!

Happy Early Spring everyone!!!!


Jayne Neville
Mount Vernon Songbird Sanctuary


Message: 3
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:23:42 -0400
From: Mardi Dickinson <mardi1d at gmail.com>
To: CT Birds  Birds List <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] BirdCallsRadio Archive | James Currie,	Host of
	Birding Adventures TV
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Birders et al,

BirdCallsRadio archive is now available of March 11 show with our wonderful guest James Currie, Host of Nikon's 
Birding Adventures TV

Mardi Dickinson
Norwalk, CT


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Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 18:43:10 +0100 (CET)
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Subject: [CT Birds] HRLT East Hartford
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  While observing the Red-headed Woodpecker today at around 12:20 p.m. I also spotted a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the same area. 

Ed Dettore

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Message: 5
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:39:03 -0400
From: Jerry Connolly <birdshop at sbcglobal.net>
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Subject: [CT Birds] Tree Swallows back at Hammo
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As reported to Janet Connolly of the Audubon Shop via Margie and John Haggerty
3/12/12 Hammonasset, Meig's Point area -- Numerous TREE SWALLOWS, our first report of them. 

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Message: 6
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:41:55 -0400
From: Dennis Riordan <driordan at snet.net>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Menunkatuck Audubon Society Meeting Wednesday
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Creating Habitat Oases for Migrating Songbirds

Wednesday, March 14, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT

Michelle Frankel, a Conservation Biologist with Audubon Connecticut, will present Creating Habitat Oases for Migrating Songbirds on March 14.

Audubon chapters can play an important role in monitoring and providing critical habitat for declining species of migratory songbirds. The goal of Habitat Oases is to identify, improve, and conserve important stop-over habitat for migrating songbirds all along the Atlantic Flyway, focusing on urban areas and other landscapes where there is limited quality habitat. The program engages volunteer birdwatchers, aka citizen scientists, in migratory songbird surveys of urban green spaces and rural forest remnants.

The results of the surveys will be used to

Promote the protection of critical stop-over habitats by helping government agencies, corporations, land trusts, and other landowners make informed land use and land protection decisions.
Improve the quality of public and private lands as stop-over habitat for migrating birds by guiding the management and landscaping practices of natural resource managers, private landowners, and professional landscapers.
Develop regionally-specific lists of ?bird-friendly? native plants that may be used to guide landscaping practices in parks, gardens, and backyards.
(Menunkatuck?s Native Plant Sale for the Birds offers our members and friends the opportunity to begin making their yards Habitat Oases.)


Message: 7
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:46:17 -0400 (EDT)
From: Donna Caporaso <donnacap at aol.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Stratford, Green Winged Teals / Gull Question
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Sunday there were 5 mail Green Winged Teals and 3 females at Wooster pond in Stratford between 1-130 p.m.  Also present were few mallards and gulls.  Not a goose to be seen.

Pond behind office building on Access Road had 8 juvenile Herons that I believe were Black Crowned as well as one small Blacked Crowned  that I would guess is very young from his size.

Also, photos #4 and # 5 in link below are two pink legged Gulls.  The one on the right in photo 5 is much smaller and has a more roundish head (very pink beak and legs). He stood out and caught my eye. I have more photos I could send if anyone wants to take a look. The plumage from what I understand from my Northern American Gull book, is probably 2nd winter going into 3rd year and would be similar for Herring and Thayers (and a few others).  I think it is way too small to be a Herring Gull but there are so many other variables to take into consideration.


Thank you

Donna Caporaso
Stratford, CT


Message: 8
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 15:44:23 -0400
From: Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2 at gmail.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Windsor
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This afternoon over the landfill 2 Black Vultures. Also a Morning Cloak at Northwest Park.


Message: 9
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 15:35:35 -0700 (PDT)
From: Glenn Williams <gswilliams9 at yahoo.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Griswold Point
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from Glenn Williams:
3/12 - Old Lyme, Griswold Point -- 2 AMERICAN PIPTS
Also three Piping Plover, an Osprey, and a freshly dead or well-winter preserved Painted Turtle on?a sand?bar?near a small salt pond on the land side of the dunes east of the point.? I had to pick it up to realize it was dead.? I assume it washed down the Connecticut River from parts unknown.? Since it looked so alive, I wonder if it didn't survive the journey until the end.
Glenn Williams


Message: 10
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 19:44:14 -0400 (EDT)
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Subject: [CT Birds] Black-headed Gull
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>From Robert Dixon
3/12 - Stonington-Barn Island - BLACK-HEADED GULL continues on east side of 
 boat launch 3:00-3:30pm.
Robert Dixon
179 Main St.
Sterling. Ct. 06377


Message: 11
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 20:02:32 -0400
From: "Janis LaPointe" <sunbirdjan at cox.net>
To: "ctbirds" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Yellow-throated Warbler Monday Day 16
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Yellow-throated Warbler in Enfield Day 16.   Visited throughout the day from early morning through ater 5 p.m.   Here is a link to two videos     http://www.flickr.com/photos/65348928@N04/sets/72157629208235416/


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