[CT Birds] Boston Hollow/Yale Forest, Ashford/union, Ct 7-26-14 Acadian Flycatchers.

Mntncougar at aol.com Mntncougar at aol.com
Sat Jul 26 19:28:23 EDT 2014

The majority of the birds have stopped singing now, so it's  harder to find 
them. But the woods are still overflowing with know-nothing  juveniles, 
that make a lot of noise and aren't shy at all. It even seems some of  the 
adults are less reluctant to be seen now that breeding season is over for  them. 
Had a Worm-eating Warbler foraging today, even though I haven't heard one  
sing for weeks now. Also, several Ovenbirds in the last few days, both adult 
and  juvenile. Saw a pair of juvenile Wood Thrushes foraging together 
today,  perhaps from the nest I watched until they fledged.
There have been 2 late-arrival Acadian Flycatchers in the area,  one 
singing consistenlty, including today, and one on and off. But the one in  the 
area where they nested 3 years ago stopped singing about 2 weeks ago, and I  
had never seen any evidence of a mate or nesting, except that he seemed to 
sing  consistently from an area of young hemlocks. However, I have seen one 
foraging  from time to time. 
Today I spotted 1 in a young choke-cherry tree and quickly  noticed it was 
being chased around by something, but I couldn't tell what. I  finally 
realized it was an RT Hummer, which was not much smaller than the  flycatcher. 
Never realized how small they are. 
Best part however, was when the bird was joined by a second one  in the 
tree! So there are two, at least, a pair probably, or adult and juvie or  even 
2 juvies. Pretty good evidence that there was, in fact, a nest though. 
Sadly, I found a dead female or juvenile Scarlet Tanager in the  road 
today, so the attrition has begun.  
Ebird below. Not as many species as earlier, but not bad  considering most 
of them were sighted, not heard, and still a nice mix of  the birds that 
nest in the area. 
Boston Hollow/Yale Forest, Windham, US-CT
Jul 26, 2014 8:00 AM - 12:30  PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
47 species (+2 other  taxa)

Turkey Vulture  1
Broad-winged Hawk  2
Buteo  sp.  2
Mourning Dove  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird   3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern  Flicker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Pileated  Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
Acadian Flycatcher   3
Eastern Phoebe  6
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Blue-headed  Vireo  4
Red-eyed Vireo  6
Blue Jay  4
Common  Raven  1
Tree Swallow  3
Black-capped Chickadee   20
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Brown  Creeper  1
Winter Wren  1
Veery  4
Hermit Thrush   3
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  15
Gray Catbird   8
Cedar Waxwing  2
Ovenbird  1
Worm-eating Warbler   1
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Northern Waterthrush   2
Black-and-white Warbler  6
Common Yellowthroat   6
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Pine  Warbler  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  3
Canada Warbler   2
Eastern Towhee  4
Chipping Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow   3
Scarlet Tanager  5
Northern Cardinal  2
Brown-headed  Cowbird  2
Purple Finch  1
American Goldfinch  6

Don Morgan,  Coventry
mntncougar at aol.com

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