[CT Birds] Ravens in Southcentral Connecticut

Stephen Broker ls.broker at cox.net
Wed Nov 26 19:44:02 EST 2014


Common Raven was confirmed breeding at Sleeping Giant State Park (Mt. Carmel/Hamden) by ca. 1998 (Jim Zipp observation & photos).  Ravens were confirmed as breeders at West Rock Ridge State Park (Woodbridge, 12 miles south of Sleeping Giant) in 2002 and have bred there every year since.  I agree with Greg Hanisek’s comment at the most recent Western Connecticut Bird Club presentation that at least some Common Ravens in Connecticut seem adapted to the human presence.  The raven nesting habitat at West Rock is pervaded by human contact (industrial work, heavy machinery, K-9 center, hikers, bicyclists, inquisitive birders, etc.).  The range spread of this species throughout Connecticut since the mid-1980s has been quite remarkable.  Steve Broker (Cheshire)



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