[CT Birds] Ovenbird
carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net
Sun Apr 15 10:34:10 EDT 2012
I was told, and forgot to give better details on the early sighting I had on
Talcott MT Avon April 14th of the Ovenbird.
I looked up my old records, and we had an early Ovenbird seen at Talcott Mt,
Penwood Park at the Hawkwatch there back in April 27, 1985. My earliest before
that was May 1st several times.
When I arrived at the Talcott Mt Science center's west facing sundial- (950 ')
at 9:00 and was getting set up for the Hawk watch, i noticed a Thrush like bird
in a flowering Maple tree eye level overhanging the talus slide below. I looked
through the nocks and was surprised to see a neat looking Ovenbird. But here is
what i saw. My first instant impression was Ovenbird, being an easily recognized
bird. First was noticed a prominent white eye ring, than an orange crest
bordered with black., and a bold black mustache, all alleviating any Thrush.
The bold black breast stripping was clear, and not bold spotting as a Woodthrush
would have. To me, this bird was unmistakable, and it stayed in the tree for a
good 20 seconds as I studied it. Then it flew down into the talus rocks covered
with leaves to i presume look for food. Then I proceeded to Hawk watch
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