[CT Birds] Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker Bethany

Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net
Mon Jul 4 19:22:50 EDT 2016

'Had an adult male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the yard today.  Their range is indeed heading southward, and/or some immediate post-breeding dispersal?  

And speaking of dispersal, there has been a male and female Red-winged Blackbird visiting the feeders for the past 1 1/2 weeks.  The nearest suitable breeding habitat is at least a couple kilometers away.  

Other Bethany musings:  Downs Road, historical habitat for Northern Goshawk, held an adult Red-tailed Hawk, today  The logging of white pines and other trees has drastically changed that forested area to a park-like setting.  There were also 2 Pileated Woodpeckers.  Eli Whitney Forest modification has been extensive in Hamden, Bethany and Woodbridge, over the past several years.  Although observer coverage isn't extensive, it will be interesting to see if SBC results pick up the changes in composition of breeding birds.  

Turkey poults are everywhere!  Several family groups were observed from the roadsides, as was one Red Fox, at 6 pm.  

Steve MayoBethany

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