[CT Birds] CTBirds Digest, Vol 2310, Issue 1

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Tue Jul 2 13:59:10 EDT 2013

Hi Everyone . I have a fairly  easy question since I am new to this bird watching , I need some advice on how to attract hummingbirds since nothing I seem to try seems to work , any help would be great thanks in advance !

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Today's Topics:

  1. Milford Point (Kevindoyle01)
  2. Re: Sharp shinned Hawk (jaybrd49 at aol.com)
  3. Milford Point spit (Scott  Kruitbosch)
  4. Out of season Bufflehead (Christopher Loscalzo)
  5. about the Sharpie and the Titmouse (Carrier Graphics)
  6. Birds singing at night (Lisa)
  7. Meriden cicada update (Lori Mott)
  8. Re: Birds and State Parks (Chris Woods)
  9. Re: Greenwich Tod's Point Osprey Chicks Update,    Saturday June
      22 (shootsnaps at aol.com)


Message: 1
Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2013 15:31:56 -0400
From: Kevindoyle01 <kevindoyle01 at charter.net>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Milford Point
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Found by accident in an unprotected area on the sand bars 3 least terns sitting on eggs. No phone number to call Frank at the center to alert. Many people walking way to close. I guarded them for nearly 2 hours then moved. I warned but who knows. One black tern I think and rather large hovering bird like the terns catching fish... Now trying to find it since I believe it did leave way out on the sand bar.

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Message: 2
Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2013 16:12:32 -0400 (EDT)
From: jaybrd49 at aol.com
To: mcavallero1 at comcast.net, holmses at cox.net
Cc: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org, carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Sharp shinned Hawk
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As many on this list must know, sharp-shinned hawk is considered endangered as a breeding species in Connecticut.  Overall, they do not influence the population of chickadees, titmice or other birds in the forest other than perhaps around a feeding station.  At this season, chickadees and their kin have little reason to hang around feeders they way they do in winter, especially when there are young in the nest.  Caterpillars and other soft-bodied insects are much more important with regard to their dietary preferences.  Eliminating feeders will not cause any concern at this time of the year.  It will also keep squirrels, raccoons, and yes, bears away from the house.  If you still want to feed, please bring feeders in late afternoon.

Jay Kaplan

-----Original Message-----
From: Mona Cavallero <mcavallero1 at comcast.net>
To: <holmses at cox.net> <holmses at cox.net>
Cc: ctbirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>; Carrier Graphics <carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Sat, Jun 22, 2013 1:46 pm
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Sharp shinned Hawk

That's what I say too
Sharpies have to eat too and perhaps they are feeding young as well ?
It's hard to witness Hawk attacks but they are only doing what they need to do 
to survive
Mona Cavallero 

Sent from my iPhone

On Jun 22, 2013, at 2:32 PM, <holmses at cox.net> wrote:

> why?
> ---- Carrier Graphics <carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net> wrote: 
>> Was wondering why no Titmice and Chickadees were utilizing my bird feeder. 
Well I now know why. Once again, I saw a male Sharp shinned Hawk take an 
Immature Titmouse right out of the tree who was in with three others there. I 
saw this in May, and now again in June. I believe they have a nest somewhere in 
the back woods, and have been feeding off the Titmouse and Chickadee population 
here in my yard. Several times this month I have seen Titmice feathers under or 
near the feeder I have in a Cedar tree. I am going to stop feeding from this 
>> Paul Carrier - Harwinton
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Message: 3
Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2013 18:13:05 -0400
From: "Scott  Kruitbosch" <skruitbosch at ctaudubon.org>
To: "ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Milford Point spit
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Yes, there are Least Terns in many areas of the spit, including some out of the fencing. Sean Graesser and I counted ~325 nests from about 700 adults on Thursday evening as an official and methodical census in our positions in the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds for CT DEEP and USFWS. More nests will be coming. We cannot fence off or close the entire thing for a multitude of reasons.

PLEASEEEEEEEE stay out and off of the spit if you are only there to bird or photograph. There is absolutely no need to be out there right now. We need all the help we can get from everyone here. There are plenty of random folks who wander out there unknowingly. As birders you can help the situation by not adding to it. This could be a tremendous success if we give them room. There can be plenty of nice viewing opportunities from the Coastal Center's platform and property. This is me begging everyone to please let the birding and photography on the spit go for a month or two and help the birds out.

If you want to become a monitor email ctwaterbirds at gmail.com and you can officially help these birds. If you want to unofficially help please tell folks who are coming down on CACC property about the birds and fencing and reconsider any walks out there. Besides disturbing hundreds of Least Terns there are still several Piping Plover families with 18 young of various ages that are extremely vulnerable right now. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation Technician
Connecticut Audubon Society
2325 Burr St.
Fairfield, CT 06824
CAS blog: ctaudubon.blogspot.com
CAS Twitter: twitter.com/CTAudubon
Email: skruitbosch at ctaudubon.org


Message: 4
Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2013 22:50:28 -0400
From: Christopher Loscalzo <closcalz at optonline.net>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Out of season Bufflehead
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6/22/13, in New Haven, on the Quinnipiac River: one male BUFFLEHEAD.  He was
swimming and diving in a tributary of the main river.  We paddled near him
and he didn't fly.  He had somewhat worn plumage and may be moulting or
slightly injured.  Other birds of interest seen or heard on our two hour
paddle: one singing Seaside Sparrow, one Saltmarsh Sparrow, Spotted
Sandpiper, and 20+ Marsh Wren.

Chris Loscalzo and Marianne Vahey,



Message: 5
Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2013 20:17:26 -0700 (PDT)
From: Carrier Graphics <carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net>
To: "ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] about the Sharpie and the Titmouse
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I would like to take the opportunity here to explain myself better about my last posting about the Sharpie and the Titmouse I talked about. Please don't get the wrong idea of what i was saying. I love and respect hawks and all of nature, and also understand all creatures must eat to survive. What i was intending to say is - I feel my open invitation to continue to feed at my feeders this summer is not the best idea for them, by concentrating their numbers here for the easy taking of them by a natural predator. In fact, the natural food, as Jay Kaplan explained, is available to them in good supply now, and my offerings are really not necessary for their survival at this time. With all the attacks happening at my feeder lately, i just feel a bit responsible for it happening. I am not intending to say i like any one species of bird over another. I'm just not going to make my visitors more susceptible to predation than is natural that's all. Makes me feel
guilty doing so.

Am I now forgiven?

Paul Carrier?


Message: 6
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2013 00:15:22 -0400
From: Lisa <lisagagnon24 at yahoo.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Birds singing at night
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Lisa G. Hi everyone, its been a while since I've been on. I usually have Louisiana Waterthrush singing at night,  however tonight at 12:15 a Chipping Sparrow sang. 6/23/13. 
Sent from my Verizon Wireless Smartphone


Message: 7
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2013 00:59:15 -0400
From: Lori Mott <zoogirl527 at gmail.com>
To: "ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Meriden cicada update
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If anyone is still interested in finding the 17 year cicadas, the colony on
the access road from Hubbard Park to Castle Craig was still very active and
loud yesterday (Friday 6/21).  Once I turned left over the dam I could
start to hear them.  Just past the sharp turn to the left seemed to be the
hotspot.  It was very loud and unmistakable, with insects flying in the
trees above us.  The colony on Gwen Road/Jeffrey Lane area seems to be
gone.  No sound at all, no movement in the trees, and dead insects all over
the road.

Thanks to everyone who responded to me!

Lori Mott


Message: 8
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2013 09:35:37 -0500
From: Chris Woods <chrisw at followup.net>
To: "Esty, Daniel" <Daniel.Esty at ct.gov>,
    <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>,    <tom.tyler at ct>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Birds and State Parks
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Thank you, Dan for listening, your reasoned response and continued consideration.



On Sun 23/06/13 10:26 AM , "Esty, Daniel" Daniel.Esty at ct.gov sent:
> Chris,
> Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns about recent work in
> the parking lot near Meigs Point at Hammonasset Beach State Park. I
> understand your concern, and I want you to know the thought process that
> has gone into this decision.
> As you may know, this area of the park is intensively used by the public
> during the summer, as it is the primary parking area for the popular Meigs
> Point beach, and for the Meigs Point Nature Center. Many people begin a
> life-long love of the outdoors in this park, and it does wonders for public
> awareness of natural resources issues. The parking lot itself is roughly 5%
> paved (in the most frequently used section) with the remainder being grass
> parking spots and gravel ?roadways?.  Park visitors walking to
> the beach or returning to their cars in this lot have been forced to walk
> down the narrow one-way road along with passing cars.  This project has
> been designed to increase public access  (and public safety) by creating a
> walkway for pedestrians to separate them from passing cars.
> The material used to create this walkway and to fill small depressions in
> edge of the parking lot is not impervious asphalt pavement, but rather it
> is recycled road ?millings?, which is pervious ground up
> asphalt chips.  The total area of this new pervious walkway is roughly 3 %
> of the parking area, and we have no plans to pave this area further.  I
> hope this information is helpful in understanding the scope of the public
> safety project that was undertaken at Hammonasset Beach State Park.
> We know many people enjoy the park for its vast array of wildlife, and for
> the many other public amenities that it has provided for almost 100 years. 
> With over 2 miles of public bathing beaches and one of the largest
> campgrounds in the country, it is often a delicate balance to provide these
> services to the almost 2 million annual visitors, while creating and
> maintaining habitat that is so attractive to so many wildlife species.  I
> think we mostly get it right, but we also want to make sure that we hear
> from folks when they think we?ve gotten it wrong on occasion. If you
> have additional questions, or would like to discuss these issues further, I
> would encourage you to contact Tom Tyler, our Director of State Parks.  Tom
> can be reached at 860-424-3099 or tom.tyler at ct
> .gov .
> Sincerely,
> Dan
> ________________________________________
> From: Chris Woods [chrisw at fo
> llowup.net]Sent: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 8:34 AM
> To: Esty, Daniel
> Subject: Birds and State Parks
> Dear Comm. Esty:
> I am writing to voice support for a more circumspect approach to
> maintenance at State parks in regards to conserving bird populations.
> I realize that maintenance and improvements are necessary, and I also
> realize that we can't plan out everything. But there are several seemingly
> small things thatimpact the wildlife considerably (such as paving parking lots where
> potholes do help wildlife when they also present a problem to cars), and I
> support moreconsideration where possible.
> Thank you for your efforts, as always.
> Chris Woods
> Westport, CT


Message: 9
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2013 11:18:19 -0400 (EDT)
From: shootsnaps at aol.com
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Greenwich Tod's Point Osprey Chicks Update,
    Saturday June 22
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The Osprey chicks seem to be developing well. This is my first time observing a breeding cycle: I'm trying to observe closely. It's hard to tell, but it appears to us the coloration of the two is different.

As we arrived around 2:30 pm, an intruder Osprey was chased by the male. It was interesting to see Mr O visit the nest and leave with food without feeding the chicks. Then, both adults left the nest for a short time: Mr O retired to an overlook perch while Mrs O went off to get some exercise. She returned with a large mat of grass for the nest.

Pix @ http://www.libraphotography.com/osprey-hatchlings-2013.html

We visited the hummingbird nest for a few minutes, but it was unoccupied.

AL Scuterud
Old Greenwich


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