[CT Birds] Boreal Chickadees on Connecticut CBCs

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Wed Dec 18 17:31:33 EST 2013


Thanks, Steve.
Of particular note is the total of 10 Boreal Chickadees recorded on the 12/27/81 Westport CBC.  These, and the totals from other years in that time-frame, were birds that often wintered at the Smith-Richardson Sanctuary (Christmas tree farm) of CT Audubon. For some reason, a disjunct population appeared there in Nov. through March or so. That particular total, as I recall, was reported by the young birding brothers Steven and David Sibley (along with father Fred, and others?).
Unfortunately, none have been found there in decades.

Frank Mantlik
Stratford
(former Westport CBC Compiler)







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 From: Stephen Broker <ls.broker at cox.net>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org 
Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 5:17 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] Boreal Chickadees on Connecticut CBCs
 

From Steve Broker (Cheshire):

Inspired by Roy Harvey's posting of Boreal Chickadee records in Connecticut since the late 1990s, I've pulled together the Connecticut Christmas Bird Count records for Boreal Chickadee for the period 1950-51 through the present.  The published CBC data (Audubon Field Notes, American Birds) do not list specific localities for these sightings - just the count circle where the species was reported.  Any submitted rare record forms received by National Audubon or also in CT CBC compiler hands would contain greater detail.

Here are 38 records ranging from calendar dates December 16 to January 2.  As I noted in a post yesterday, there were 23 Boreal Chickadees reported on the 1969-1970 Connecticut Christmas Bird Count.  Also, there were 14 Boreal Chickadees seen on count days plus one count week report on the 1975-1976 CT CBC.  The 1961-1962 CT CBC was another good year for sightings of Boreal Chickadees, with 13 reported. 

Boreal Chickadee Records from Connecticut Christmas Bird Counts, 1950-51 through the Present.  Note:  Prior to the 5th edition of the AOU Check-List of North American Birds (1957), Boreal Chickadee was known as Brown-capped Chickadee.  CW stands for Count Week, three days before and three days after the scheduled CBC.

December 22, 1951 (1, “Paul C. Spofford”) – Port Chester, NY CBC (Greenwich-Stamford)


December 26, 1954 (1) – Hartford CBC


December 26, 1954 (CW before or after this date) – Port Chester, NY CBC (Greenwich-Stamford)


December 21, 1958 (1, “Peter M. Isleib”) – Litchfield Hills CBC


December 26, 1961 (3, “2 at feeder all month”) – Storrs CBC


December 30, 1961 (1, “at feeder 1 week”) – Greenwich-Stamford CBC


December 30, 1961 (7) – Hartford CBC


December 30, 1961 (2) – Litchfield Hills CBC


December 29, 1962 (1) – Hartford CBC


December 28, 1963 (3) – Hartford CBC


December 29, 1963 (CW before or after this date) – Greenwich-Stamford CBC


January 2, 1966 (1, “at feeder all month”) – Westport CBC


December 26, 1966 (1) – Westport CBC


December 30, 1967 (1) – Hartford CBC


December 20, 1969 (7, “2 groups of 3 and 4”) – New Haven CBC


December 21, 1969 (3, “one party”) – Greenwich-Stamford CBC


December 21, 1969 (4) – Lakeville-Sharon CBC


December 21, 1969 (2) – Litchfield Hills CBC


December 22, 1969 (1) – Old Lyme-Saybrook CBC


December 28, 1969 (5) – Hartford CBC


December 28, 1969 (1) – New London CBC


December 26, 1970 (1, “daily at feeder”) – Westport CBC


December 27, 1970 (1, “Gus Daniels”) – Greenwich-Stamford CBC


December 20, 1975 (4) – New Haven CBC


December 20, 1975 (5) – Westport CBC


December 21, 1975 (4) – Greenwich-Stamford CBC


December 21, 1975 (1) – Hartford CBC


December 21, 1975 (CW before or after this date) – Lakeville-Sharon CBC


December 17, 1977 (1) – New Haven CBC


December 17, 1977 (2) – Westport CBC


December 16, 1978 (3) – Westport CBC


December 30, 1978 (1) – New London CBC


December 21, 1980 (CW before or after this date) – Westport CBC


December 27, 1981 (10, “[!-Ed.]” – Westport CBC


December 17, 1983 (1) – New Haven CBC


December 19, 1987 (CW before or after this date) – New Haven CBC


December 16, 1989 (CW before or after this date) – New Haven CBC


December 31, 1993 (1) – Pawling, NY/Hidden Valley, CT CBC

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