[CT Birds] E. Haddam and Salem Birds, including ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS, CERULEAN WARBLERS
sailcarm at aol.com
Mon May 21 17:59:33 EDT 2012
One of the nicest and most tranquil days of birding I have had in a long time. I spent the day in my local patch exploring some spots I seem to rarely get to: West Rd. in Salem and Devil's Hopyard SP in E. Haddam.
West Rd., off of RT. 82 in Salem:
6 CERULEAN WARBLERS, possibly more
1 Blue-winged Warbler, in nearby meadow
1 Indigo Bunting, meadow
2 Scarlet Tanagers, meadow
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Yellow-throated Vireo
1 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Great-crested Flycatcher
Flock of Cedar Waxwings
Several ovenbirds, redstarts, towhees, wood thrushes, B. orioles, chipping sparrows, blue gray gnatcatchers. Red-eyed vireos singing incessantly.
Devil's Hopyard SP off RT 82 in E. Haddam:
2 ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS, one in the park, the other on the entrance road, much closer to Rt. 82
Several Black-throated Green Warblers
2 Worm-eating Warblers
1 Scarlet Tanager
Several Wood Thrush and Ovenbirds
Small flock of Chimney Swifts overhead
Red-eyed Vireos everywhere
And 1 Barred Owl somewhere in the hinterlands of eastern CT, with great looks!
Interesting experience with a bird song-- As I was leaving Devil's Hopyard, I was stopped dead in my tracks by a song with which I was not familiar, two notes clear and fairly loud. I left the main road and followed a trail into the woods for a bit, and then I clearly heard the WHOLE song:
Zee zee ZOO ZOO zee
Which meant from my car on the road from a distance I was only able to hear a partial song. And further along down the road, the same thing happened again. Oh human frailty and aging ears!
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