[CT Birds] New Haven CBC Area L Highlights - Western Tanager Details

Russ Smiley rsbirder at gmail.com
Sun Dec 20 07:21:26 EST 2015


Western Tanager just heard and seen by John Marshall and me at the Milton
St location, 7:15 am.
Russ Smiley
Marlborough, CT
On Dec 19, 2015 7:48 PM, "John Oshlick via CTBirds" <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> Today I birded the New Haven Harbor are w/ Dan Barvir for the New Haven
> CBC.
>
> The 2 Black Scoters continued in NH Harbor.
> There was a second cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull in the Quinnipiac river.
> The bird was basically under the Q bridge and could be seen from Criscuolo
> Park in New Haven.
>
> The Western Tanager was found at Peat Meadow Park in New Haven. It is a
> beautiful winter adult male (complete with red in the face). I saw a bird
> fly into a brushy area. I swore that the bird I saw was a Baltimore Oriole.
> A minute later a bird flew over our heads. It was the Western Tanager. Dan
> later found a female baltimore oriole so I guess I wasn't wrong!
>
> If you go to Peat Meadow Park you can park along Milton Street. If you look
> NW you will see a white house that is along Burwell St (this house can be
> seen over a large area of low brush). In the back yard is an apple tree.
> The bird was seen in that apple tree. To the SW you can look toward the
> corner of Peat Meadow Rd and Oakley St. On this corner there are multiple
> fruit trees. The bird was also seen in those fruit trees. The bird was
> flying back and forth between these two areas. I suspect that the bird has
> been here for a while and likely will be here for a while longer. Several
> other birders were able to find the bird after we left.
>
> John Oshlick
> Bethany
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