[CT Birds] late nesters this season
Mntncougar at aol.com
Mntncougar at aol.com
Tue Sep 30 13:02:26 EDT 2014
I've probably stated before that this was the best year for Ct nesting
birds in my area (NE corner) That I've ever seen. In the Boston Hollow/Yale
forest area in the Ashford/Eastford/Union area I'm sure that (excluding
larger birds such as raptors) many of the birds nested twice and I'd bet that
several nested 3 times. Even in mid and late August the woods were bursting
at the seams with birds, mostly juvies, some very young looking. Quite a
few adults of some species were still around as well, at a time when it is
normally difficult to find many birds at all.
In particular, I found 4 very young Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, still
playing and feeding together on the 23rd of August, the last day I birded the
Hollow. But the entire area was still filled with juvenile Sapsuckers and I
do not exaggerate when I say I think there were hundreds of them! This is a
fairly common breeder there, but I've never seen anything like that.
Along with the 4 YBSA I saw together there were 8 RT Hummingbirds in the
same area, and I wondered why until I saw them chasing the Sapsuckers away
from their holes and feeding on the sap and/or associated insects. Again,
that entire area had hummers everywhere; a species I normally see a few
times a season there. And I think by now most realize that this has been an
exceptional year for hummers in terms of both total numbers and the number
still being seen at this relatively late date.
I saw and heard several obviously juvenile-looking and sounding Canada
Warblers through most of August, as well as several other species.
I think this was an ideal breeding season in this part of the state, with
very moderate temperatures and enough rain to keep the pools wet that are
normally bone dry. That lead to more-than-normal insects available late into
the summer, I'm sure. (I went through 3 cans of repellent). I think it
also kept the foliage fresh and thick, with leaves only now even beginning to
turn in many areas,
Also, there were no big storms with either wind or rain that might have
harmed nests or nesting birds.
Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct
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