[CT Birds] Chickadees

Nick Hawvermale nhaw14 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 18 13:28:03 EST 2013


I was recently at a friends house in Sandisfield, MA near Great Barrrington
and his feeders had 20+ gold finches and 10+ BC chickadees with no Tufted
titmice and one lonely American Tree Sparrow.

Nick Hawvermale


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>    1. BC Chickadees (Carrier Graphics)
>    2. Fw: Interesting Snowy Owl report (Phil Asprelli)
>    3. Chickadees v. goldfinches (Katherine Kuckens)
>    4. Chickadees (Freyda Rose)
>    5. Re: BC Chickadees (Kateri Kosek)
>    6. Poecile and Baeolophus (Stephen Broker)
>    7. Re: BC Chickadees (Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz)
>    8. Re: BC Chickadees (Glenn Williams)
>    9. CT Boreal Chickadees (Glenn Williams)
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> From: Carrier Graphics <carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net>
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> If im not mistaken, the periodic southern migration of BC Chickadees
> happens occasionally. Did anyone notice any good movements of them at the
> southern hawk watches this fall? I had a good year of them here in
> Harwinton, and at the feeder they are in good numbers. 1st Tree Sparrow
> today as well.?
>
> Paul Carrier - Harwinton
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> Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:04:48 -0800 (PST)
> From: Phil Asprelli <aspr82 at sbcglobal.net>
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> Subject: [CT Birds] Fw: Interesting Snowy Owl report
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> Hi. Check out this report which speculates on the cause of this year's
> huge irruption in Eastern North America.
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> http://brucemactavish1.blogspot.com/
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> Kurt Muenz
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> From: Katherine Kuckens <katkuckens at gmail.com>
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> Subject: [CT Birds] Chickadees v. goldfinches
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> Yes, I have been amazed at the number of big fat gold finches in winter
> plumage still hanging around.  We have never had them stay in the winter.
>  They are always gone in late fall, and we rejoice when they return in
> spring.  Very interesting observation that they are driving the chickadees
> away.
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> Katherine Kuckens
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> From: Freyda Rose <freydar at me.com>
> To: "Conn. Ornothology" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
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> Clinton, Ct.  I checked my Feeder Watch data, it shows that I had more
> than twice as many chickadees last year, in November and  December,  as I
> have had this year.
> Freyda Rose
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> Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:25:20 -0800 (PST)
> From: Kateri Kosek <katrose at frontiernet.net>
> To: Carrier Graphics <carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net>,
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> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] BC Chickadees
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> I have a good number of chickadees at my feeder here in the Northwest
> corner as well. ?Probably 4 or 5 at a time.?
> One Tree Sparrow this past week. It's very vocal and regularly flies up
> onto the tube feeder, even though there are seeds on the ground--a little
> odd to see a sparrow on a hanging feeder.
>
> There also seem to be a large number of goldfinches. Someone called in to
> the bird show on NPR last week with that observation, and the host
> suggested that goldfinch populations can be somewhat irruptive in the
> winter. I've seen no other winter finches except one female Purple Finch
> last Sunday.
>
> -Kateri Kosek
> Falls Village, CT
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> >Subject: [CT Birds] BC Chickadees
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> >If im not mistaken, the periodic southern migration of BC Chickadees
> happens occasionally. Did anyone notice any good movements of them at the
> southern hawk watches this fall? I had a good year of them here in
> Harwinton, and at the feeder they are in good numbers. 1st Tree Sparrow
> today as well.?
> >
> >Paul Carrier - Harwinton
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> Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:34:50 -0500
> From: Stephen Broker <ls.broker at cox.net>
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> Subject: [CT Birds] Poecile and Baeolophus
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> From Steve Broker (Cheshire):
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> Well, I thought I'd finally get a chance for a bedtime look at the new
> publication, The Birds of New Hampshire (Keith & Fox, 2013.), and I made
> the mistake of skimming Black-capped Chickadee, Boreal Chickadee, and
> Tufted Titmouse species entries first.  What can you do?  In any case,
> here's the definitive word from north of us.
>
> The Birds of New Hampshire
>
> Black-capped Chickadee:  "Status:  A permanent resident statewide,
> breeding in most habitats up to 3000 feet elevation, sometimes wandering
> higher in post breeding flocks.  Some migration both seasonally and
> elevationally in spring and fall with occasional large fall movements.
>
> "Spring:  Changing numbers of birds at fixed locations such as feeders and
> birds seen migrating indicate movement.
>
> "Summer and breeding. Fluctuations sometimes occur either north or south
> of the White Mountains and are associated with severe weather, but the
> overall pattern is consistent.  New Hampshire BBS data showed a small
> increase in the population trend of an average of +1.7% per year in
> 1966-2009 and 1999-2009.  Absolute counts on 22 BBS routes showed a steady
> rise from 200 in 1966 to 500 in 1993.  National BBS reports indicated an
> increase 1966-1979 in the northeast and especially high counts in New
> Hampshire . . . though more recent data show the regional annual increase
> at only 1.8% in 1999-2009.  [See Appendix IV.]
>
> "Winter.  CBC data provide the best winter snapshot of this species.
>  Better coverage in more recent years may have produced slightly higher
> counts.  Statewide CBC data 1990-2009 range from 9045 in 1991 to 15,600 in
> 2005 with a mean of 11,838. . . While there are individual reports from
> across the state throughout the winter period no particular patterns
> emerge.  Occasional large fall migrations usually are not reflected in high
> winter counts, migrants apparently passing farther south.  High winter
> counts are thought to reflect abundance of food in those areas."
>
> Boreal Chickadee:  "Status. Fairly common essentially nonmigratory
> resident in spruce-fir forests above 3000 feet elevation in the White
> Mountains.  Also found regularly at lower elevations in the northern part
> of the state.  Occasionally strays south in winter."
> [If you want to see Boreal Chickadees, best to finagle an invitation to
> hike with Dave Provencher.]
>
> Tufted Titmouse:  "Early reports to 1950. [In the late 1700s, Tufted
> Titmouse] was breeding only as far north as New Jersey, was apparently
> common on Long Island by 1844 (Bull 1974), was first recorded in
> Connecticut in 1872 (Sage et al. 1913), and was first recorded for ME about
> 1890 (Palmer 1949). . . Thus from 1792 through 1956, though it may have
> occurred accidentally, there are no credible reports for New Hampshire.
>
> "1950 to present. Great expansion to virtually statewide distribution
> year-round and widespread breeding.  Listed as increasing in hardwood and
> mixed forest by Hunt (2009b), it tends to avoid heavy conifer forest.
>
> "Winter. The first known successful wintering was in the Connecticut River
> valley 1970-1971 (fide H.C. Anderson).  CBC data illustrate its growing
> distribution. . . Winter census data showed an increase from 68 in 1970 to
> 442 in 1975 (ASNH Newsletter).  Statewide CBC totals were 760 in 1989, rose
> to 1875 in 2004 and fell slightly to 1500 by 2009.  &tc."
>
> [The above would suggest that early winter CBC data for Black-capped
> Chickadee and Tufted Titmouse are pretty similar in Connecticut and New
> Hampshire.  Key factors:  severe weather, abundance of food.  With that, to
> bed and sweet dreams.]
>
>
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> Message: 7
> Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:54:38 -0800 (PST)
> From: Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz <rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net>
> To: Carrier Graphics <carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net>,
>         "ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] BC Chickadees
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> Paul,
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>
> I don't recall unusually large numbers Chickadees moving through
> Lighthouse in October.? And like Blue Jays, they do mill around a bit,
> making counts a bit problematic.? And to think HMANA has added dragonfly
> counting, to the mix!
>
>
> Steve Mayo
> Bethany
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>  From: Carrier Graphics <carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net>
> To: "ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 9:55 PM
> Subject: [CT Birds] BC Chickadees
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>
> If im not mistaken, the periodic southern migration of BC Chickadees
> happens occasionally. Did anyone notice any good movements of them at the
> southern hawk watches this fall? I had a good year of them here in
> Harwinton, and at the feeder they are in good numbers. 1st Tree Sparrow
> today as well.?
>
> Paul Carrier - Harwinton
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> Message: 8
> Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2013 20:00:45 -0800 (PST)
> From: Glenn Williams <gswilliams9 at yahoo.com>
> To: Carrier Graphics <carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net>,
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> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] BC Chickadees
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> Paul,
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> There was not a noticeably significant movement of Black-capped Chickadees
> at Bluff Point this fall, nor at any other coastal locations that I
> witnessed.
>
> Glenn Williams
> Mystic
>
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> Message: 9
> Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2013 20:14:12 -0800 (PST)
> From: Glenn Williams <gswilliams9 at yahoo.com>
> To: CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
> Subject: [CT Birds] CT Boreal Chickadees
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> The last Boreal Chickadee that I remember in Connecticut was at
> Hammonasset around the late fall of 2000.? An observer saw one at the
> western end of the park and came to get a bunch of us at the eastern end.?
> We found a nice mixed flock in the area, but the birds were moving further
> west and out of the park.? One bird flew out and away that only a few got a
> decent look at - a Black-throated Gray Warbler.? I am assuming 2000 because
> it was a year or two later that another Black-throated Gray Warbler settled
> in on Willard's Island at Hammo in November+ in 2002.? Does anyone remember
> another Boreal Chickadee since then?
>
> Glenn Williams
> Mystic
>
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