[CT Birds] Cedar Waxwings

Paul Koker pkoker2011 at charter.net
Mon Jun 10 09:25:34 EDT 2013


Not a cicada in sight here in the NW corner.  But I do have a small flock of
waxwings, 10-12 +/-, that have been hanging around my yard for a few weeks
gorging on the shadblow berries.  

Paul
New Milford

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From: CTBirds [mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of
Comins, Patrick
Sent: Sunday, June 09, 2013 9:02 PM
To: Arthur Shippee
Cc: CT Birds
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Cedar Waxwings

Sorry, NE of that trailhead, not NW.

Sent from my iPhone

On Jun 9, 2013, at 8:53 PM, "Comins, Patrick" <PCOMINS at audubon.org> wrote:

> Yeah, I'm hypothesizing that the waxwings, by their nomadic nature and
often late migration strategy are the best suited to take advantage of this
sporadic bounty.   They seem to be quite abundant in the brood areas.  The
only abnormal sighting I've had was a Scarlet Tanager singing from this
residential area on the first day I investigated it.
> 
> The brood extends from there east to the end of Surrey Lane, north to the
west end of Hubbard Park and over to the area of Exit 4 of 691.   From there
I suspect it connects with the sightings in Southington, along the west
slope of West Peak.   It goes south and west to the electrical transfer
Station on E. Johnson Ave in Southington (or is that Chishire).   It sounded
like the motherlode was in Hubbard Park, just NW of the trailhead off West
Main (west of the Welcome to Meriden sign).  With i had more time to explore
and find the epicenter!  
> 
> Max pointed out that we could hear them from our yard, about a mile east
of the brood, but I couldn't find the source of that in a brief drive around
the area.
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> On Jun 9, 2013, at 8:36 PM, "Arthur Shippee" <ashippee at snet.net> wrote:
> 
>> Yesterday, there was a bunch of them in the trees on Jeffrey Ln in
Meriden, all around the trees with the cicadas.  I imagined they were eating
them -- as we saw a crow grab a few.  
>> 
>> Jeffrey is near Gwen, it's that brood that Patrick has been noting.
>> 
>> On Jun 9, 2013, at 8:21 PM, pwolter6 at earthlink.net wrote:
>> 
>>> Following on from my experience yesterday in Branford where multiple
groups of Cedar Waxwings appeared at every stop, a big contrast to their
relative absence from the state for the first four to five months of the
year. Reading the other listserves the same abundance was noted this weekend
from both the New York Botanical Gardens and Plum Island in Massachusetts.
Did others have the same experience in Connecticut thid weekend?
>>> 
>>> Paul Wolter
>>> Branford
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