[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club Schedule of October Activities

Larry Bausher LPBausher at comcast.net
Sun Sep 28 20:25:00 EDT 2014


Here is the New Haven Bird Club’s schedule of activities during October:

Indoor Meeting:

Thursday, October 9, 2014 — Theresa Feo.  Feather Development and  
Differentiation. Whitney Center Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill  
Drive, Hamden, CT. Free and open to the public.  Social half-hour at  
7:00, program begins at 7:30.  For more information: 203-230-1697 or  
Clothes may make the man, but feathers make the bird. Birds sport  
thousands of feathers that come in myriad shapes and sizes for  
various uses including flying, attracting a mate, and even carrying  
water. The diversity of feathers is stunning but it is not always  
clear how the different feather shapes are produced. Teresa Feo will  
present her ongoing research to uncover how feathers grow into  
different shapes. She is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in Richard Prum's  
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Yale. Through her  
focus on feather development she has worked extensively with Chris  
Clark (a previous speaker for the NHBC) on a project to document  
hummingbird courtship displays and feather sounds.

Field Trips:

First Wednesday Walk: Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven. Wednesday,  
October 1, 2014 8:00 am.  Free and open to the public. Join us on a  
visit to this premier local birding location, renowned for its  
migrating raptors and passerines.  If the weather conditions are  
favorable, we may see hundreds of hawks in flight over the park. Meet  
at the hawk watch site inside the park. Leader: Frank Mantlik,  
203-984-9410.  Lighthouse Point Park is part of the New Haven Parks  

Kellogg Environmental Center/Osbornedale State Park, Derby.   
Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 am. Free and open to the public.  
Here’s a chance to visit an outstanding birding spot that boasts a  
variety of habitats—open fields, woodlands, and ponds. We’ll look for  
fall migrants, including warblers, sparrows, flycatchers, and vireos.  
Meet at the Kellogg Center parking lot at 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby.   
Leader: Maria Stockmal: 203-488-3876 or m.stockmal at snet.net.

Beginners’ Bird Walk at Griswold Point, Old Lyme.  Saturday, Oct.  
4th, 2014, 12:00 pm. Free and open to the public  Griswold Point,  
located at the mouth of the CT River, provides important stopover  
habitat for shorebirds and songbirds in the fall.   On this walk, we  
will scan the coastline for late migration shorebirds, and look for  
Saltmarsh and Nelson's Sparrows along the edges of the marsh. The  
Saltmarsh Sparrow is globally vulnerable and fall migration offers a  
great opportunity to glimpse this species. This walk is geared to  
beginners but families and birders of all levels are welcome. More  
advanced birders not only can enjoy a day out but also provide  
support and inspiration to the newcomers. We will meet at the town  
parking lot at the end of White Sands Beach Road.  Please note: We  
will walk about 2 miles  during  this  trip.   Leader:  Corrie   
Folsom-O'Keefe:  203-630-9640 or cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org

THE BIG SIT!®  Sunday, October 12, 2014. Free and open to the  
public.  Established by NHBC, The Big Sit!® has become an  
international event, with birders participating on four continents.  
The object is to record as many species of birds as possible in a  
single day from one 17-foot diameter circle. The circles for the  
event are located strategically at a number of birding hotspots in  
the state. Join other birders in one of these circles or create one  
of your own! You don’t have to be a hard-core birder to join in the  
fun. The event is now run by Bird Watcher’s Digest. For details, go  
to the Bird  Watcher’s  Digest  website: <birdwatchersdigest.com> or  
contact—John Triana: 203.758.7203, jtriana1 at sbcglobal.net.

Hammonasset State Park, Madison. Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8:00 am.  
Free and open to the public.  Visit one of Connecticut's best fall  
birding spots, where the abundance of some migrants and sightings of  
less common species can make for a truly memorable trip. The walking  
is easy, as it is on level ground.  Meet at the park entrance (I-95  
to exit 62).  Leader: Flo McBride: 203 288-6777 or jmcbride at yale.edu.

Branford Supply Ponds, Branford.  Saturday, October 25, 2014, 8:00  
am. Free and open to the public.  Visit this fine local birding  
location to look for fall migrants and resident species.  A variety  
of waterfowl can be found in the ponds.  There is varied habitat,  
with woods and shrubby areas.  The walking is easy, although it is  
hilly in some areas.  Meet at the Supply Ponds parking lot on  
Chestnut Street in Branford.  Leader—Maria Stockmal:  203-488-3876 or  
m.stockmal at snet.net

Larry Bausher, West Haven
NHBC Publicity Director

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