[CT Birds] Boston Hlw/Yale Forest, 4/28/17; 5 FOY, Looking like a record year
Mntncougar at aol.com
Mntncougar at aol.com
Fri Apr 28 19:14:41 EDT 2017
I think this is already the best birding year I've had in the Yale Forest
and many of the species aren't back yet or are just arriving. Ebird
questions the numbers but I am trying to keep careful count, particularly on the
Waterthrushes, and remember, for every singing male there is a mate. Biggest
problem is, they are so loud you can hear them a long ways off, and now
I'm sometimes hearing 4 or 5 of a species at one time to it's hard to keep
track. I don't think all the BT Greens are back yet and there are already a
5 FOY's today, including 1 Yale Forest first for me, and probably LOY too,
a White-throated Sparrow that decided to sing in my ear. Probably a late
migrant on his way north.
Prairie Warbler is unusual for me there, and this one is in odd habitat I
think, a swamp, but it's the 2nd one I've found there and this one gave me
a great look today.
I think my first Blackburnian is an old friend because I've had one in the
same spot for several years, and it always sings the same "alternative"
Ticks are still terrible though probably not quite as bad as a few weeks
ago. Don't go off the road if you don't have to.
Boston Hollow/Yale Forest, Windham, Connecticut, US
Apr 28, 2017 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Comments: Numbers of birds and species increasing daily. More
Waterthrushes in the YMF than I have ever found before. For the most part my count
is only singing males, but I assume there is a mate for every one. (1 F
NOWA included today)
Great Blue Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 1
Broad-winged Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 13
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Least Flycatcher 4
Eastern Phoebe 20
Blue-headed Vireo 17 More every day. Best year I've ever had for
them in BHYF already
Blue Jay 15
Common Raven 2 2 adults at the nest. When one comes in with food there
is such a ruckus I have to assume I'm hearing the nestlings also
Tree Swallow 7
Black-capped Chickadee 25
Tufted Titmouse 15
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 4
Winter Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6 FOY for me. I always have trouble finding the
first one but today I heard them in several locations.
Eastern Bluebird 2
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 18
Louisiana Waterthrush 17 More every day. Best year I've ever had for
them in BHYF already. Some in locations I've never found them in before.
Northern Waterthrush 10
Black-and-white Warbler 11
Common Yellowthroat 1 FOY
Blackburnian Warbler 1 FOY I've heard an early bird in this spot for
several years and he always sings the alternative song.
Pine Warbler 30 Another best year ever for me. The pines are just
loaded with them. This is a fraction of the actual number present, just in the
area I cover.
Yellow-rumped Warbler 25
Prairie Warbler 1 FOY very rare bird in BHYF. I think only the third
or 4th I've had. Good looks at this 1 in the swamp on Barlow Mill Rd.
Black-throated Green Warbler 15 More every day. Starting to look like
a great year for BT Greens But there are always lots in BHYF
Chipping Sparrow 25
White-throated Sparrow 1 FOY and first ever for me in BHYF must be a
late migrant going north.
Song Sparrow 6
Eastern Towhee 10
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 12
Common Grackle 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 25
Purple Finch 2
American Goldfinch 20
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