[CT Birds] West Rock Birds

Stephen Broker LS.BROKER at COX.NET
Thu Jan 10 18:47:24 EST 2013

From Steve Broker (Cheshire):
01/10/13 - Woodbridge/Hamden, West Rock Ridge, from the ridge top and also the edge of Konold's Pond -- 14 Black Vultures kettling over the ridge at 2:30 P.M..  This is the greatest number of Black Vultures I've seen at West Rock.  Their white wing tips flashed brilliantly in the sunlight.  No Trumpeter Swans were observed on Konold's Pond, which is largely iced over.  Two Mute Swans were in the open water West River inlet area.  Six Ring-necked Ducks were at the outflow to the pond.  There also is a small patch of open water in the extreme northeast part of the pond.  Other ducks at Konold's were not noted.  Lake Dawson and Lake Watrous are almost completely iced over.  Two Mute Swans were on open water at the north end of Watrous.  

Any observations of Trumpeter Swans in the West River/West Rock system over the next week or so would be appreciated.  The appearance of a pair of Trumpeter Swans at Cranberry Bog Pond, Stratford in 2010 was from March 28 to April 1.  The first appearance of a pair of Trumpeters at Konold's Pond, in 2011, was from March 21 to at least March 30.  Presumably the same pair returned to Konold's in 2012 and remained from February 5 through March 15.  All three of these sightings are accompanied with photographic evidence.  The recent report of two Trumpeter Swans at Konold's Pond on January 6 raises interesting questions as to their phenology in the state.  Let's get some more reports.  

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