[CT Birds] Maltby Lakes

Christopher Loscalzo closcalz at optonline.net
Fri Apr 10 12:35:24 EDT 2015

4/10/15:  At Maltby Lakes, in Orange:  an early spring walk in the woods and
around the reservoirs led to the observation of 40 species.  The most
interesting observation was that of two separate flocks of presumably
migratory PINE WARBLERS.  The birds were observed feeding on and near the
ground in the deciduous woods, fairly distant from the pine stands (where a
few resident Pine Warblers were singing on territory). Each flock of
warblers had 10-12 birds, with males outnumbering females by a wide margin.
The observation backs up quite well what Patrick Comins spoke about in his
presentation to the New Haven Bird Club last night (thank you for the talk,
Patrick).  The morning was foggy and misty after an overnight rain.  These
birds were probably knocked down by the rain and were feeding as they waited
for favorable conditions to resume their migration.  The Pine Warblers
weren't alone. Other migrant species seen in the vicinity included Northern
Flickers, Brown Creepers, Golden and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Eastern
Phoebes. There were some nice waterfowl in the reservoirs, including a large
flock of Common Merganser, a Pied-billed Grebe, Ring-necked Duck, and a male
Wood Duck.  Northern Rough-winged Swallows and Tree Swallows were hawking
insects over the water.

The full report is on ebird.  The Maltby Lakes are RWA property.  An
easily-obtained permit is required for access to the property.


Chris Loscalzo and Marianne Vahey,


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