[CT Birds] River Road, Kent

Stephen Broker ls.broker at cox.net
Tue May 14 20:36:59 EDT 2013

From Steve Broker (Cheshire):
05/14/2013 - Kent Village and River Road, 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. scouting in advance of Wednesday, May 15 New Haven Bird Club trip:
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Common Merganser
Double-crested Cormorant (seen 05/13)
Great Blue Heron (Village flyover)
Black Vulture (2, over Village)
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Pigeon (Village)
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift (abundant, Kent athletic field and over river)
Belted Kingfisher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (5 today, incl. 1 on the ground at Kent School; a River Road pair observed copulating on 05/13)
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe (2)
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird (3)
Yellow-throated Vireo (2 - good views)
Warbling Vireo (numerous)
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven (2-3 heard, seen)
Tree Swallow (abundant)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow (abundant, Kent athletic field and over river)
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Winter Wren (singing up a storm)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (3-5)
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler (1)
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Cerulean Warbler (2 - seen and heard well in trees adjacent to and over River Road)
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Louisiana Waterthrush (good view up in tree)
Hooded Warbler (heard from close range and seen fleetingly)
Scarlet Tanager
Chipping Sparrow (Village)
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow (1)
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird (numerous)
Common Grackle
Baltimore Oriole (numerous)
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow (Village and Kent School)

NHBC caravan reaches Kent Station Square/Kent Pizza Garden Pasta & Grill at 8:35 A.M. tomorrow.  We start birding at River Road by 8:50 A.M. for up to four hours of odometer-based birding the length of River Road.  Very slow pace, in and out of cars, some short walks to the banks of the Housatonic River.  The 2 1/2 miles of River Road can be driven directly in 7 minutes.

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