[CT Birds] 5/11 - Quinnipiac River State Park

Phil Asprelli aspr82 at sbcglobal.net
Sun May 11 09:54:57 EDT 2014

Nick . . . I agree with you on all counts. I live only a mile away and have often walked the trail but have never found it to be very "birdy." It is my understanding that in years gone by it was a great place for owls. In my younger day I had a girlfriend whose aunt and uncle lived in a home right where you were walking. Due to flooding problems the State of Ct. eventually condemned all the homes and the residents had to relocate. Thanks for your posting and if I ever see anything worthwhile I'll let you know . . . Phil Asprelli

 From: Nick Bonomo <nbonomo at gmail.com>
To: CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> 
Sent: Sunday, May 11, 2014 9:16 AM
Subject: [CT Birds] 5/11 - Quinnipiac River State Park

This morning I birded the Q River State Park in North Haven for an hour,
accessed at the end of Banton Street. Being right along Rte 15, highway
noise was a big problem, even on a Sunday morning. The mosquitoes were
swarming. Habitat is really nice, floodplain along the river with tall
shade trees, mostly open understory with some areas of thicket. There is a
stand of planted spruces that should be good for boreal migrants such as
Cape May Warbler, and the floodplain looks beautiful for Prothonotary
Warbler.. If it wasn't for the highway noise, this could be a very good
spring birding location. Unfortunately, the noise was pretty bad, even
along sections of the trail/road that turned away from the highway. Not
sure if I'll be back based on the difficulty hearing the birds.

I tallied 12 warbler species including such migrants as BLACKBURNIAN and

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT
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