[CT Birds] Collinsville Hooded Merganser breeding

David Lawton lawtonesq at gmail.com
Thu May 16 14:12:16 EDT 2013

Nice find. I think they do nest in Hartford County on occasion. A year or
two ago, I had a female Hooded with young (too small to have gone far) in
Avon where Roaring Brook crosses Hollister Drive, just upstream of Henry
Pond #2.

On Thu, May 16, 2013 at 1:32 PM, Jamie Meyers <ctredbird2 at comcast.net>wrote:

> This morning while doing some checking around Canton for the spring census
> I found a female Hooded Merganser on the Farmington River in Collinsville
> with five young. They were all sitting on a small log along the shore of
> the river. I've looked in this area for stuff every day for the past two
> weeks and this is the first time I've seen her there, with or without young
> in tow. I'm not personally aware of any previous Hartford County nestings
> of this species. They have been known to nest in a marsh in Barkhamsted,
> very close to the county line, and I wouldn't be surprised if Hartland has
> a record or two. I'd be interested in knowing if any Hoodeds have nested in
> the county before.
> Sounds like migration was better along the shore this morning than up
> here, though today was the best day I've had in Canton all spring.
> Highlights for me included a Tennessee Warbler, Swainson's Thrush and Alder
> and Willow Flycatchers. The hilly land trust property spots, where lots of
> our less common nesters occur, were not teeming with things but were okay.
> I didn't hear any Magnolia or Canada Warblers in the spot where they nest
> but there are more good pushes to come. We had our first Indigo Bunting,
> which is notable only for the late date of May 16. Usually they've been in
> for a week up here by now. I have yet to see a White-throat in my yard
> today; if that continues to be true this will be the first day all spring.
> They usually split earlier than this. After the bad winter for them,
> happily Barred Owls are noisy and conspicuous right now.
> Jamie Meyers
> Canton, CT
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