[CT Birds] Boreal Chickadees on Connecticut CBCs

Mark Szantyr birdinggeek at gmail.com
Wed Dec 18 19:18:20 EST 2013


Certainly i meant remnant  vestigial wintering population. 

I am not sure If any of them were banded. I do know genetic material exists from members of the group. 

And i also know that it was not a gradual disappearance. It was here one winter, gone the next.

Mark 


> 
> On Wednesday, December 18, 2013, Mark Szantyr wrote:
> 
>> And also, conversation st the time centered around this being some
>> vestigial remnant population that was holding on in this area. I believe
>> this conversation was driven by birders working at CT Audubon at the time.
>> Perhaps more info can be found there.
>> 
>> Mark
>> 
>> On Dec 18, 2013, at 6:30 PM, Mark Szantyr <birddog55 at charter.net> wrote:
>> 
>>> If my recollection serves and I can  likely find my notes, that number
>> or a similar number occurred several years in a row not just in that one
>> year. I remember seeing them in at least 2 consecutive years, maybe three
>> until they no longer were present.
>>> 
>>> Mark
>>> 
>>> On Dec 18, 2013, at 6:05 PM, "David F Provencher (Generation - 4)" <
>> david.f.provencher at dom.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> Frank as you know, when Black-capped Chickadees move (irrupt) in decent
>> numbers they often do so in groups. This is observable at hawkwatches or
>> Morning Flight spots like Bluff Point. The 10 Boreals in 1981 were way
>> before I started birding but I would hazard the guess that those birds
>> (similarly to Black-capped) likely travelled together (or were part of a
>> couple or so groups) and ended up wintering together. My experience with
>> winter Boreal Chickadees is mostly in the White Mountains at elevations
>> that are still quite high. The three I saw on 12/08/13 were above 4,000
>> feet. Based on my experience of population densities I'd have to say that
>> 1981 must have been a remarkable year in which a very significant portion
>> of the population in the northeast irrupted. I can't imagine finding 10 in
>> CT!
>>>> 
>>>> Dave
>>>> 
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: CTBirds [mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf
>> Of Frank Mantlik
>>>> Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 5:32 PM
>>>> To: Stephen Broker; ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
>>>> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Boreal Chickadees on Connecticut CBCs
>>>> 
>>>> 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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