[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club Schedule for April

Larry Bausher LPBausher at comcast.net
Sun Mar 29 11:28:59 EDT 2015


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

Indoor Meeting:
Monthly Meeting, Thursday, April 9. Patrick Comins.  Ornithology and Meteorology. Free and open to the public. Whitney Center Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden. No one escapes the weather, least of all birds. Because they basically spend their entire lives outside, weather has a huge influence on their movements and migration. The more that birders understand about the impact of weather on birds, the more productive their birding decisions will be. From something as mundane as knowing to keep feeders full to invite birds during an impending snowstorm to the nearly endless possibilities that a land-falling tropical storm can bring, weather calls the shots. A forecast in autumn for a passing cold front? Watch for south-bound hawks and other migrants heading to their wintering  grounds. A warm front that stalls over the coast on a spring morning? That could mean a fallout of warblers. Lakes to the north of us starting to freeze?  Get ready for migrant or wintering waterfowl. These are just a few of the numerous kinds of birding scenarios Patrick will discuss as he explores the implications of weather patterns for birds—and for birders who want to use weather as a tool for better birding.  Social half-hour at 7:00, program begins at 7:30. For more information: www.newhavenbirdclub.org <http://www.newhavenbirdclub.org/>. or call 203-230-1697.

Please Note: As per the Club’s by-laws, the April meeting is traditionally the Annual Meeting, which includes presentation of a slate of officers and their election.

Field Trips:

First Wednesday Walk: CT Audubon Coastal Center, Milford.  Wednesday, April 1, 8:00 am.  Free and open to the public. Join us on this early spring trip to one of best local birding spots.  We’ll look out into the marsh and along the shore for waterfowl, shorebirds, waders, and raptors. Meet at the coastal center parking lot. Leader: Steven Spector. Contact person: Tina Green: 203-247-2660 or tina at renaissancestudios.com <mailto:tina at renaissancestudios.com>.

Lighthouse Point to the English Bird Sanctuary, Killingworth.  The Richard English Memorial Field Trip.  Saturday, April 4, 8:30 am. Free and open to the public.  Meet in the Lighthouse Point Hawk Watch parking lot and bird the harbor for gulls, loons, ducks, and early returning shorebirds. We will then proceed to the Richard English Bird Sanctuary on Deer Lake in Killingworth and then finish our birding tour with a visit to Hammonasset State Park in Madison. This is an all-day trip so bring lunch and dress warmly.  Leader—Mike Horn: 203.288.1891, mfhorn at att.net <mailto:mfhorn at att.net>
Beginner’s Bird Walk at Little Pond, Litchfield.  Please note recently revised parking location.  Saturday, April 4, 8:30 am. Free and open to the public.  Every spring Rusty Blackbirds, a species recognized as globally vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, use the grounds of the White Memorial Foundation IBA before moving on to their nesting areas.  We will look for this and other species on a walk around Little Pond and enter our sightings into ebird.org <http://ebird.org/> to increase awareness about habitats used by this species during migration.  This walk is geared to beginners but birders of all levels and families are welcome. More advanced birders not only can enjoy a day out but also provide support and inspiration to the newcomers.  Park along the side of White Wood Rd, just north of the intersection with Bissell Rd.  The Little Pond trail head is on the east side of the road.  Hiking boots suggested, some parts of trail might be icy.  Please consider carpooling as parking is limited. Leader: Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe: 203-630-9640 or cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org <mailto:cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org>. 

East Rock Birding and Trail Maintenance.  Saturday, April 11, 8:00 am.  Free and open to the public.  Meet at the Eli Whitney Museum parking lot for a bird walk from 8 to 9:30 am.  Then join Park Ranger Dan Barvir to help with light trail maintenance along the river until noon.  Bring work gloves and pruning shears if you have them.  Leader: Dan Barvir: 203 946-6086.  East Rock Park is part of the New Haven Parks Department.

Ansonia Nature Center, Ansonia.  Saturday, April 18, 8:00 am.  Free and open to the public. Enjoy a walk at this fine birding location. The nature center has a small pond, wetlands, thickets, grassy fields, and woods. The woods have had Northern Goshawks and Great Horned Owls nesting there and there are often other surprises.  Meet at the nature center parking lot on Deerfield Lane (off Benz Road) in Ansonia.  Leader—Maria Stockmal: 203 488-3876, m.stockmal at snet.net.

President’s Walk at Lake Chamberlain, Bethany.  Wednesday, April 22, 8:00 am.  Free and open to the public.  Join club president Bill Batsford to check out this excellent birding area. Lake Chamberlain, a Regional Water Authority property, is surrounded by coniferous forest and it has open fields and thickets. Early spring migrants likely to be seen are Palm and Pine Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Phoebe, and Blue-headed Vireo. Bluebirds and Tree Swallows nest in bird houses. Meet at the RWA parking lot, Sperry Rd.  Leader: Bill Batsford: 203-787-1642 or william.batsford at yale.edu.

Larry Bausher, West Haven
NHBC Publicity Director

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