[CT Birds] Cedar Waxwings

Boletebill boletebill at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 10 12:30:50 EDT 2013


Yesterday collecting cicadas in a field of 1,000s the only birds I noticed was a Cuckoo and a Catbird.
 
Bill Yule

"For those who hunger after the earthly excrescences called mushrooms."
 

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 From: "Comins, Patrick" <PCOMINS at audubon.org>
To: Arthur Shippee <ashippee at snet.net> 
Cc: CT Birds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> 
Sent: Sunday, June 9, 2013 8:53 PM
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Cedar Waxwings
  

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.

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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.
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> On Jun 9, 2013, at 8:21 PM, pwolter6 at earthlink.net wrote:
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>> 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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