[CT Birds] Boston Hollow/Yale Forest; Interesting day today
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Sat Jul 16 23:26:57 EDT 2016
Like just about everywhere this time of year, Boston Hollow is quieting
down. Lots of birds still there but some have left, and relatively few are
In particular, there are very few Waterthrushes of either species, only
one of each that I'm sure of now. In past years I've found them into late
August. I think the dry weather may be part of the reason. In particular,
Louisianas are normally found along streams and rivers, and during June Boston
Hollow Brook was essentially dry.
I have seen/heard several Yellow-billed Cuckoos this year, and after
today, I think it's a good bet a pair is nesting there.
I can now say there hasn't been a year so far that i have not at least
heard a Barred Owl in the area.
This is the first year in a while that I haven't had either an Alder or
All year I have been hearing only 1 Winter Wren in Boston Hollow, except
for once when I had one up near the Union line. Today a Heard the 1 in the
Hollow and the one up toward Union again, just south of the first time.
Found my first accipiter today, and it was a Sharp-shinned Hawk. In the
past I have often had Coopers but almost never Sharp-shinned.
60 species. Ebird report with annotations below:
Boston Hollow/Yale Forest, Windham, Connecticut, US
Jul 16, 2016 7:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Comments: The area is quieting down now, less birds around and most
not singing. But still a good number of species.
Wild Turkey 10 2 adult females, 8 poults
Great Blue Heron 2 Beaver dam on BH Rd, mill ponds on Barlow Mill
Turkey Vulture 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1st accipitor for the season at BHYF - at mill
ponds. Usually see Coops; not this year so far.
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 "Baby," screaming his head off as usual.
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 Kow kow kow call, not cuckoo. Just north of
beaver dam, heard in that area twice before, this year.
Barred Owl 1 Heard in heart of BH. 1st for this year, I'd almost
given up for the season
Belted Kingfisher 1 Barlow Mill mill ponds
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 5
Downy Woodpecker 8
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 6
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Blue-headed Vireo 4
Red-eyed Vireo 8
Blue Jay 15
Tree Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 25
Tufted Titmouse 6
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
Brown Creeper 1
Winter Wren 2 Only second time this year I've heard 2 the same day.
One in the middle of BH (bird I hear every day) and one north of the Barlow
Mill mill ponds. Previously heard one about 200 yards north from there just
once this year.
Eastern Bluebird 1 39 B M
Hermit Thrush 4
Wood Thrush 2 1 bird has been calling almost daily at south end of
(dirt) BH Rd, 2nd at extreme N end of my route on Kinney Hollow Rd in Union,
across from upper Hull house.
American Robin 12
Gray Catbird 10
Cedar Waxwing 1 Only 1 is odd, because I've been seeing and hearing
them regularly, in numbers.
Ovenbird 2 Really quieted down, but lots of juveniles in the woods.
Louisiana Waterthrush 1 1st one in two weeks. Most Waterthrushes
of both species seem to have left the area, probably because it was so dry
in June. At beginning of BH dirt rd.
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 4
Magnolia Warbler 1
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 3
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 10
Canada Warbler 2
Chipping Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 6
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Common Grackle 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 7 2 adult males, 1 adult female, 4 juveniles
American Goldfinch 25
House Sparrow 2
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