[CT Birds] Napatree CBC highlights 12/18/16

Glenn Williams gswilliams9 at yahoo.com
Sun Dec 18 21:30:03 EST 2016


Napatree CBC highlights 12/18/16

Despite less than ideal conditions (but better than the forecast), we were able to tally 124 species plus one presumed released species (Ring-necked Pheasants at two locations).

Notables:
Wood Duck - 10 (RI - Ashaway 8 and CT - Stonington - 2
Red-necked Grebe - 2 (CT - Stonington Point and RI - Watch Hill Light
American Bittern - 1 (CT - private property)
American Kestrel - 1 (RI - Sand Trail, Quonochontaug Beach) 
Razorbill - 10 (RI - Watch Hill Light)
five species of owl, but missed Barred Owl
Eastern Phoebe - 1 (CT - North Stonington, Boombridge Road)
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 16
Brown Thrasher - 3
Eastern Meadowlark - 2 (CT - private property)
Northern Shoveler - 4 -(RI - Watch Hill Light)
Glaucous Gull - 1 (RI - Watch Hill Light)
Iceland Gull - 1 (RI - Quonochontaug)
Bald Eagle - 4
Snow Geese - 7 (RI - Weekapaug, visible from Noyes Rd and Shore Rd)
Snowy Egret - 1 (RI - Weekapaug, Weekapaug Rd)
Northern Goshawk - 1 (RI - Sand Trail, Quonochontaug Beach)
Greater Yellowlegs - 4 (CT - Barn Island and RI - Quonochontaug Marsh)
Red-headed Woodpecker - 1 (RI - Burlingame Campground)
Red Crossbills - 25 (RI - Ninigret, East Beach)
Sharp-tailed Sparrow sp. (CT - Barn Island)
Cackling Geese - 2 (CT - North Stonington, Boombridge Rd)

Other good birds included snipe, woodcock, Peregrine Falcon, and pintail).  Only one warbler species (Yellow-rumped) and a low total of 51 at that.  


Misses besides Barred Owl included: American Wigeon, Pied-billed Grebe,Ruddy Duck, Great Egret (just missed count-week), Killdeer, and Yellow-breasted Chat (the first time this species has been missed).  The rate at which prime thickets are either developed or destroyed for "aesthetic" reasons is alarming.  During the inaugural Napatree CBC, three chats were recorded in just the small Watch Hill territory.  All three locations are gone now - not developed, just leveled for a manicured look.

Glenn Williams and Shai Mitra



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