[CT Birds] Boston Hollow/Yale Forest, 4-21-12 Notes on Winter Wrens

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Sat Apr 21 19:12:31 EDT 2012

Heard and saw briefly a second Northern Waterthrush today, and heard Winter 
 Wrens singing in several locations.See my thoughts below.
For the third time in 4 days I saw a Barred Owl this morning, and  it has 
been seen a total of 4 out of the last 5 days, always less  than half a mile 
in from the beginning of the dirt road.  
In addition to the 2 Broad-wings I reported, I saw a kettle of about 18  
birds, definitely hawks but too far to ID, north of the open field with the  
cellar hole on Barlow Mill Rd. I'm convinced they were Broad-winged Hawks,  
because I never see other species in kettles during spring migration and the 
way  they were circling and flying was very reminiscent of Broad-wings 
during fall  migration. But they'll have to go as "buteo species".
EBird report is below. 
Boston Hollow Winter Wrens:
I started going to Boston Hollow early this year, mostly because I was  
anxious to see if there would be any Winter Wrens. Last year there were none,  
apparently having been wiped out by the snows of the previous winter. (I 
heard  one sing, just once, last year). I was very relieved to hear one sing on 
an  early trip, and on most all subsequent ones up to the present. 
Eventually I  heard a second bird sing as well, but I could not reliably hear both 
of them on  the same day, and I began to believe that one had left and even 
though I heard  the song in different locations from day to day, there was 
only a single bird  present. 
However, in the last few weeks I've heard songs more and more  frequently, 
and began to realize there must be more than one, even though the  songs 
sounded almost identical. But I still had no real idea of how many,  and I had 
only had one brief sighting in all that time. I did think that perhaps  the 
one I saw was a female, because it never sang, and to that time I had never  
heard one near that location. 
But in the last week or two it seems the birds have become much less shy,  
and I saw them several times, and in different locations on the same day, so 
I  was sure there were more than I'd thought. 
Then, a few days ago, I saw TWO PAIRS on the same day, almost a mile  
apart, so I had no doubt they were different birds. I watched one of the  females 
busily collecting bills full of nesting material! The next day I found  one 
pair again in the same location, and one bird in the other location, and in 
 addition, I saw a singing male about half way in between the 2 spots. And  
today I heard what I believe was a total of 4 different singing males, 
although  I saw only one bird. 
There is no doubt the Wrens are back! Not in the numbers of 2 years ago and 
 so far, none at all out on Barlow Mill Rd, where there were several 
before.  Nevertheless, I'm overjoyed to know our wonderful little singers  are 
present once again. 
Boston Hollow/Barlow Mill, Windham, US-CT
Apr 21, 2012 7:30 AM - 11:00  AM
Protocol: Traveling
9.0 mile(s)
Don Morgan
29 species

Turkey Vulture 4
Broad-winged Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 2
Barred Owl 1
Yellow-bellied  Sapsucker 4
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue-headed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 4
Common Raven  1
Tree Swallow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 8
Winter  Wren 4
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 7
Louisiana Waterthrush  7
Northern Waterthrush 2
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Palm Warbler  3
Pine Warbler 6
Eastern Towhee 8
Chipping Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal 2
American Goldfinch 5

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