[CT Birds] [NOSbird] Boston Hollow/Yale Forest; Interesting day today

Anamani, Denise denise.anamani at uconn.edu
Sun Jul 17 14:39:37 EDT 2016

Great report. Nature shows very clearly just how fleeting summer around here is...
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Subject: [NOSbird] Boston Hollow/Yale Forest; Interesting day today

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 still singing.
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 Acadian Flycatcher.
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
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
Comments:     The  area is quieting down now, less birds around and most not singing. But still a good number of species.
60 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
Veery  10
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

Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct.
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