[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club Activities in April

Larry Bausher LPBausher at comcast.net
Thu Mar 28 11:37:54 EDT 2013


Here is the schedule of activities of the New Haven Bird Club for April.

Indoor Meeting:

Monthly Meeting, Thursday, April 11. Robert DeCandido — The Vultures  
and Migratory Raptors of Nepal.  Free and open to the public. Whitney  
Center Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden.
Nine vulture species occur on the Indian Subcontinent, five of which  
are globally endangered because of the widespread use of a chemical  
that treats arthritis in cattle. This evening’s program will show  
images of eight of the vulture species of Nepal, both in-flight and  
feeding on the ground. Dr. DeCandido himself has discovered one new  
vulture species that had never before been seen in Nepal. He’ll  
discuss conservation efforts that include “Vulture Restaurants” where  
animal carcasses free of deadly chemicals are provided for  
consumption by healthy vultures to help insure the precarious future  
of these huge birds. Our speaker will also cover Steppe Eagles and  
other raptors making an east to west migration across Asia toward  
Saudi Arabia and presumably, Africa. The eagles were often just a few  
meters above the camera,  providing  photos  with  excellent   views   
that  show  the birds’ ages and molt patterns. In addition to  
studying vultures in Nepal, Robert and photographer Deborah Allen  
have worked on many raptor, migration, and other bird projects in  
Malaysia, Borneo, Thailand, and other Southeast Asia countries as  
well as in Israel. They helped discover a raptor migration watch site  
of global importance in Thailand. Come prepared for an evening of  
big, graceful birds and snow-capped mountains.  Social half-hour at  
7:00, program begins at 7:30. For more information:  
www.newhavenbirdclub.org. or call 203-230-1697.

Please Note: As per the Club’s by-laws, the April meeting is  
traditionally the Annual Meeting, which includes presentation of a  
slate of officers and their election.

Field Trips:

First Wednesday Walk: CT Audubon Coastal Center, Milford.  Wednesday,  
April 3, 7:30 a.m. Free and open to the public.  Enjoy an early  
spring walk at this fine coastal birding location. We’ll be looking  
for early spring migrants such as Yellowlegs, Plover, and more. The  
park is an excellent place to see rare gulls, waterfowl, sparrows and  
other species.  Rare shorebirds, such as Ruff and Godwits, sometimes  
show up in April and wintering sea ducks will still be around and  
should be in breeding plumage.  Leader—Tina Green: 203.247.2660,  
tina at renaissancestudios.com.

Richard English Memorial Bird Walk.  Saturday April 6, 8:30 a.m. Free  
and open to the public.  Meet in the Lighthouse Point Hawk Watch  
parking lot and bird the harbor for gulls, loons, ducks, and early  
returning shorebirds. We will then proceed to the Richard English  
Bird Sanctuary on Deer Lake in Killingworth and then finish our  
birding tour with a visit to Hammonasset State Park in Madison. This  
is an all-day trip so bring lunch and dress warmly.  Leader—Mike  
Horn: 203.288.1891, mfhorn at att.net

East Rock Birding and Trail Maintenance.  Saturday, April 13, 8:00  
a.m. Free and open to the public.  Meet at the Eli Whitney Museum  
parking lot for a bird walk from 8 to 9 am.  Then join Park Ranger  
Dan Barvir and help with light trail maintenance along the river from  
9 am to 12 pm.  Bring work gloves and pruning shears if you have  
them.  Leader: Dan Barvir: 203 946-6086.

Ansonia Nature Center, Ansonia.  Saturday, April 20, 8:00 a.m.  Free  
and open to the public. Join our past-president as she leads a walk  
at this fine birding site. The nature center has a small pond,  
wetlands, thickets, grassy fields, and woods. The woods have had  
Northern Goshawks and Great Horned Owls nesting there and there are  
often other surprises.  Meet at the nature center parking lot on  
Deerfield Lane (off Benz Road) in Ansonia.  Leader—Maria Stockmal:  
203 488-3876, m.stockmal at snet.net.

Bird Walk for Kids at East Rock Park, New Haven.  Saturday, April 27,  
9:00 a.m.  Free and open to the public.  On this walk by the park's  
Mill River, children, accompanied by adults, will search for warblers  
and other spring migrants. Other interested adults are also welcome  
to join the walk in this famous spring birding site. Meet at the Eli  
Whitney Museum parking lot. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you  
have them.  Leader-Florence McBride: 203.288.6777, j.mcbride at yale.edu.

West Rock Ridge State Park:  New Haven, Hamden, Woodbridge. (“Aves  
Antagonistes:  The Intertwined Lives of Peregrines and Ravens”)   
Sunday, April 28, 8:00 am. Free and open to the public.  We focus on  
just two species for this trip to West Rock Ridge State Park:  the  
Peregrine Falcon and Common Raven.  A pair of Peregrines selected  
West Rock as their home in 1999, becoming one of the first breeding  
pairs in CT in the post-DDT era.  Since then, 5 different females and  
5 different males have occupied the ridge in a collage of  
combinations.  We’ll observe their cliff site with the expectation of  
seeing flying, perching, preening, feeding, antagonistic interactions  
with the nearby nesting ravens, and incubation of eggs. Common Ravens  
were confirmed as breeders at West Rock in 2002, and the presumed  
same pair has nested here annually since then, producing 4 to 5 young  
in most years.  We observe them from unusually close range as they  
soar, perch, bring in cached food, fight with the peregrines, and  
attend their young in the cliff nest.  Bring binoculars, cameras, and  
two extra layers of clothing (really!). The wind and cold at cliff  
top often bear no relation to conditions 450 feet below in the West  
River valley.  Meet at the West Rock Nature Center parking lot on  
Wintergreen Street, Hamden/New Haven border.  Leader—Steve Broker:   
203.272.5192 (cell: 203.747.6843) or ls.broker at cox.net.

Larry Bausher, West Haven
NHBC Publicity Director

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