[CT Birds] West Rock, Woodbridge/Hamden

Stephen Broker ls.broker at cox.net
Fri Mar 23 16:50:50 EDT 2012

From Steve Broker (Cheshire):
03/23/12 - Woodbridge, West Rock ridge top & Konold's Pond -- no Trumpeter Swans; one Great Blue Heron "seated" in island nest, 2-3 others standing in their nests.  Other early nesting, cliff species continue their incubation of eggs or their courtship/nest preparation.  

From Hamden side of ridge, known Northern Black Racer/Northern Copperhead hibernaculum checked for the first time in 2012.  One Northern Copperhead observed and photographed.  This is my earliest record for copperhead at West Rock.  The previous early dates were 26 March 1991 (1), 30 March 1991 (1), 4 April 1991 (1), 5 April, 1991 (1), and 10 April 1992 (2).  (Latest fall date, 16 October 1992.)

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