[CT Birds] Lake Bethany - Acadian Flycatcher, Winter Wren, BT Green Warblers

Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz via CTBirds ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Tue May 27 23:17:58 EDT 2014

Although I'm only down in that trail once a year or so, that is the first Acadian Flycatcher report I've heard of in almost a decade.  

Over the years, that West River hemlock ravine and adjacent areas (including power cuts) have held Barred Owl, N Goshawk, all woodpeckers including Pileated Woodpecker, Wild Turkey, BT Green Warbler, Winter Wren, LA Waterthrush, Prairie Warbler, Field Sparrow, Bl Winged Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Pine Warbler, RS Towhee, Veery (nesting at tree roots), Wood Thrush, Wood Pewee, Scarlet Tanager, RB Grosbeak, and others.  Although a common habitat to the north, it is a unique area in the immediate New Haven area (ie, the New Haven CBC/SBC Count Circle).  

Thanks for posting John, it's great to hear that an Acadian Flycatcher returned.  That made my day.

Steve Mayo

On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:37 AM, John Oshlick via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

Lake Bethany - Bethany - Steve Mayo told me that their is a wonderful
ravine below Lake Bethany that has had Acadian flycatcher in the past. I
did not really explore the area until yesterday. If you head south from the
Lake Bethany Parking area off of Hatfield Hill Rd there is a trail that
leads to a beautiful ravine that contains mixed deciduous/coniferous forest
(mostly coniferous). Yesterday I found a singing Winter Wren and three
singing BT Green warblers clutered in an area that looks like possible
breeding habitat. Today I returned and found the BT Green Warblers again
and I also had a singing Acadian flycatcher in the same area.

Lake Chamberlain - 1 Common Loon in basic plumage.

Lake Bethany and Lake Chamberlain are Water Company areas and a pass is
required (Can be obtained from the regional water company website)

Thanks Steve!

John Oshlick
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