[CT Birds] Brief Report From West Rock
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Tue May 3 18:50:42 EDT 2016
From Steve Broker (Cheshire):
All pertains to West Rock Ridge, ridge top and surrounding lowlands, Woodbridge/Hamden -
04/27/16 - Common Raven (7, including both adults and 5 near-fully-grown nestlings; the adult female was in the nest with the five nestlings)
04/28/16 - Three young have fledged, and two remain in the nest.
05/03/16 - Empty nest, almost entirely destroyed by the nestlings during their wing-flapping period (large and small sticks, moss, bark shavings, deer hair lining all gone, with 10-12 sticks left on the outer edge of the nest ledge). The adult male and one fledgling were observed this late afternoon. The fledgling seen has the characteristic pink coloration at the gape and was perched in the sentinel tree. The adult male was in close attendance. The adult female and four other fledglings were off somewhere. Also: estimated 2,000 swallows low over Konold’s Pond, Woodbridge; at least one drake Ring-necked Duck continues; 10-11 Great Blue Heron nests on the KP island occupied by incubating adults; 60 Chimney Swifts foraging at ridge top; 2 Yellow-throated Vireos in close association near the power line cut.
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