[CT Birds] Greenwich Tod's Point Eagle Pond Osprey nest - update

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Tue May 21 16:37:48 EDT 2013

We've been out of town for two weeks. Today returned to Tod's Point to observe the Ospreys' status. From a distant overlook, Mrs. O is low in the nest. On eggs? Not moving much. From a lower, closer look, head on, barely see her head.  Mr. O approached with a catch which he 'sampled' nearby for a few minutes before delivering to the nest.  
Updated pix at http://www.libraphotography.com/osprey-nesting-2013.html .

Also saw:
1 Black Bellied Plover on Sand Island (low tide)
1 Semi Palmated Plover in Eagle Pond
3 Snowy Egrets in the flats near the Holly Grove

AL Scuterud
Old Greenwich

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   1. Seabird & Whale Tales Excursion ? June 9, 2013 - Tickets
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   2. BIWMA Wilson's Phalaropes (rsbirder at gmail.com)
   3. Big Weekend Tally (Comins, Patrick)
   4. Sand Hill Cranes (William Young)
   5. Sunday Broad winged hawk (Dan Rottino)
   6. Sunday Purple SP at Hammo (Dan Rottino)
   7. Bolton Backyard (Ernest Harris)
   8. White-rumped sand (elphick at sbcglobal.net)
   9. common nighthawk Avon (Susanne Shrader)


Message: 1
Date: Tue, 21 May 2013 06:50:05 -0400
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Subject: [CT Birds] Seabird & Whale Tales Excursion ? June 9, 2013 -
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Seabird & Whale Tales Excursion ? Tickets still available!

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Date: Tue, 21 May 2013 08:55:08 -0400
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Subject: [CT Birds] BIWMA Wilson's Phalaropes
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Barn Island WMA 5/21 AM - Wilson's phalaropes in 3rd impoundment with greater 
yellowlegs. Lots of fog. Did not see to where they flew.
Russ Smiley
Marlborough, CT

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Date: Tue, 21 May 2013 13:28:13 +0000
From: "Comins, Patrick" <PCOMINS at audubon.org>
To: CT Birds List <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Big Weekend Tally
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My list for the weekend ended up at 176 +2 (complete list below).  The +2 were 
the hybrid Little Blue X Tricolored Heron and a Gray-cheeked/Bicknell's Thrush.  
Added to this list were four species that others on team Audubon got, but that I 
missed, Sora, Virginia Rail, Cooper's Hawk and Black-billed Cuckoo.

As for the full weekend tally of birds recorded in CT over the 3 days, I heard 
reports of the following:
Pacific Loon, Horned Grebe, Sandhill Crane, Iceland Gull, Orange-crowned Warbler 
and Summer Tanager.

This would bring the tally to 186 +2.   Did anyone have any additional birds 
that aren't listed above or below, as I'd like a tally of all of the birds 
recorded in the state over the weekend.   Thanks!  The ones not marked with an * 
below were recorded on Friday, the first day of the effort.

Species that strike me as "misses" (some long-shots) include:
Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, either scaup, Surf or Black Scoter, 
Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Ruddy Duck, 
Ruffed Grouse, Ring-necked Pheasant, Red-necked Grebe, Northern Gannet, Great 
Cormorant, Tricolored Heron, Mississippi Kite, Northern Goshawk, Broad-winged 
Hawk, Common Gallinule, American Coot, American Golden-Plover, Upland Sandpiper, 
Whimbrel, Red Knot, Pectoral Sandpiper, Purple Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, 
Wilson's Snipe, any phalaropes, Laughing Gull, Bonaparte's Gull, Lesser 
Black-backed Gull, Caspian Tern, Black Tern, Roseate Tern (unfortunately no one 
was at Falkner), Forster's Tern, Black Skimmer, Parasitic Jaeger, Yellow-billed 
Cuckoo, Long-eared Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Eastern Whip-Poor-Will, 
Red-headed Woodpecker, Merlin, Olive-sided Flycatcher (there may have been one), 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Philadelphia Vireo, Horned Lark, 
Red-breasted Nuthatch, either Gray-cheeked or Bicknell's id'd to 
 species, Hermit Thrush, American Pipit, Lapland Longspur, Golden-winged Warbler 
or either hybrid, Prothonotary Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Mourning Warbler, 
Kentucky Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Palm Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, 
Clay-colored Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Nelson's Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak (or was 
that on Friday?), Yellow-headed Blackbird, Rusty Blackbird, any crossbills or 
redpoll (frustratingly, I had a finch doing a chatter call flying over the East 
River Marsh on Sunday, but I couldn't figure out which one because it was so 
distant, if I had to choose i'd say likely WwCr).

Please let me know if you had any of those or other species not listed below.   

Also, I'd be interested to hear what other's tallies for the weekend were if you 
participated...otherwise I win, and you shouldn't let me get off that easy ;)


Connecticut, US, US-CT
May 18, 2013 4:00 AM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:     Big weekend birdathon.  Many locations, 3 days.
176 species (+2 other taxa)

Brant  X
Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  X
Wood Duck  X
Gadwall  X
American Black Duck  X
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  X     Photographed at Hammo.
Ring-necked Duck  X
Common Eider  X     At least 12 off Ocean Beach Park, Waterford 5/19 *
White-winged Scoter  X *
Common Merganser  X
Red-breasted Merganser  X
Wild Turkey  X
Red-throated Loon  X
Common Loon  X
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Great Blue Heron  X
Great Egret  X
Snowy Egret  X
Little Blue Heron  X
Little Blue x Tricolored Heron (hybrid)  X     Photographed at Hammo.
Cattle Egret  X *
Green Heron  X
Black-crowned Night-Heron  X
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  X
Glossy Ibis  X
White-faced Ibis  1     Many observers, Guilford Salt Meadows Sanctuary 5/19 *
Black Vulture  X *(but Ken had Friday) #
Turkey Vulture  X
Osprey  X
Northern Harrier  X
Sharp-shinned Hawk  X
Bald Eagle  X *
Red-shouldered Hawk  X
Red-tailed Hawk  X
Clapper Rail  X
King Rail  1     Heard at Station 43 5/18, also, probable in north part of East 
River Marsh 5/19 *
Black-bellied Plover  X
Semipalmated Plover  X
Piping Plover  X
Killdeer  X
American Oystercatcher  X
Spotted Sandpiper  X
Solitary Sandpiper  X
Greater Yellowlegs  X
Willet  X
Lesser Yellowlegs  X
Ruddy Turnstone  X
Sanderling  X #
Semipalmated Sandpiper  X
Least Sandpiper  X
White-rumped Sandpiper  X
Dunlin  X
Short-billed Dowitcher  X
American Woodcock  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Least Tern  X
Common Tern  X
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  X
Eastern Screech-Owl  X
Great Horned Owl  X #
Barred Owl  X
Common Nighthawk  X #
Chimney Swift  X
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  X
Belted Kingfisher  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  X
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  X
Downy Woodpecker  X
Hairy Woodpecker  X
Northern Flicker  X
Pileated Woodpecker  X
American Kestrel  X
Peregrine Falcon  X
Monk Parakeet  X
Eastern Wood-Pewee  X
Acadian Flycatcher  X *
Willow Flycatcher  X
Least Flycatcher  X
Eastern Phoebe  X
Great Crested Flycatcher  X
Eastern Kingbird  X
White-eyed Vireo  X
Yellow-throated Vireo  X
Blue-headed Vireo  X
Warbling Vireo  X
Red-eyed Vireo  X
Blue Jay  X
American Crow  X
Fish Crow  X
Common Raven  X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  X
Purple Martin  X
Tree Swallow  X
Bank Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  X
Cliff Swallow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
White-breasted Nuthatch  X
Brown Creeper  X *
House Wren  X
Winter Wren  X
Marsh Wren  X
Carolina Wren  X
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  X
Golden-crowned Kinglet  X *
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  X     Heard by me, Russ Naylor and Ken Elkins at Bent. #
Eastern Bluebird  X
Veery  X
Gray-cheeked/Bicknell's Thrush  X (Connan and Andy were there, not sure if they 
Swainson's Thrush  X  (Connan and Andy were there, not sure if they heard)
Wood Thrush  X
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
Northern Mockingbird  X
Brown Thrasher  X
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  X
Ovenbird  X
Worm-eating Warbler  X
Louisiana Waterthrush  X
Northern Waterthrush  X *
Blue-winged Warbler  X
Black-and-white Warbler  X
Nashville Warbler  X *
Common Yellowthroat  X
Hooded Warbler  X #
American Redstart  X
Cerulean Warbler  X *
Northern Parula  X
Magnolia Warbler  X
Bay-breasted Warbler  X *
Blackburnian Warbler  X
Yellow Warbler  X
Chestnut-sided Warbler  X
Blackpoll Warbler  X
Black-throated Blue Warbler  X
Pine Warbler  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X
Prairie Warbler  X
Black-throated Green Warbler  X
Canada Warbler  X
Wilson's Warbler  X
Eastern Towhee  X
Chipping Sparrow  X
Field Sparrow  X
Savannah Sparrow  X
Grasshopper Sparrow  X *
Saltmarsh Sparrow  X
Seaside Sparrow  X
Song Sparrow  X
Lincoln's Sparrow  X *
Swamp Sparrow  X
White-throated Sparrow  X
White-crowned Sparrow  X
Dark-eyed Junco  X *
Scarlet Tanager  X
Northern Cardinal  X
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  X
Indigo Bunting  X
Bobolink  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Eastern Meadowlark  X #
Common Grackle  X
Boat-tailed Grackle  X     At Sikorsky
Brown-headed Cowbird  X
Orchard Oriole  X
Baltimore Oriole  X
Purple Finch  X *
House Finch  X
Pine Siskin  X #
American Goldfinch  X
House Sparrow  X

Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation

Audubon Connecticut
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488

Phone: (203)264-5098 x308

Fax: (203)264-6332

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Message: 4
Date: Tue, 21 May 2013 06:43:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: William Young <wcy888_2000 at yahoo.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Sand Hill Cranes
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Spotted, on the way to work, two Sand Hill Cranes flying over Bristol 8:45am.

William Young


Message: 5
Date: Tue, 21 May 2013 09:49:39 -0400
From: Dan Rottino <rottino at hotmail.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Sunday Broad winged hawk
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Patrick there was a broad winged hawk on the NHBC walk at Barn island. 
Dan Rottino


Message: 6
Date: Tue, 21 May 2013 09:52:54 -0400
From: Dan Rottino <rottino at hotmail.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Sunday Purple SP at Hammo
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Patrick,  I saw a purple SP with Paul Desjardins at Hammo early Sunday afternoon 
on the rocks off the jetty.

Dan Rottino


Message: 7
Date: Tue, 21 May 2013 10:15:38 -0400
From: Ernest Harris <pdlqlt at mac.com>
To: CTBirdsDigest <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Bolton Backyard
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5/21/13-Bolton Backyard- 6:30-7:30AM-WILSON'S WARBLER. Ernie


Message: 8
Date: Tue, 21 May 2013 10:49:26 -0400
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Subject: [CT Birds] White-rumped sand
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2 with large peep flock at Barn Island. Also 2 dunlin.  

Chris Elphick
Storrs, CT


Message: 9
Date: Tue, 21 May 2013 11:18:11 -0400
From: Susanne Shrader <birdgirrl at comcast.net>
To: "ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] common nighthawk Avon
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today at 11 AM I heard the Nighthawk peenting sounds from different locales as 
if it were chasing insects.  This happens for 10 seconds and then got fainter as 
it left.  Is this unusual?
Susanne Shrader
birdgirrl at comcast.net


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