[CT Birds] Durham Meadows & Coginchaug River, Durham

Stephen Broker ls.broker at cox.net
Tue May 23 15:33:19 EDT 2017

Durham Meadows & Coginchaug River, Durham

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 3:00 pm

We explore this pristine freshwater marsh and riverine system at four different access points and for target species:  (1) Durham Skating Pond, Route 68 (Virginia Rail, Swamp Sparrow, American Kestrel); (2) Frederick White Farm, Durham Fairgrounds vicinity off Maple Street (Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, Savannah Sparrow, Spotted Sandpiper); (3) south Durham Meadows, Route 17 (Virginia Rail, Willow Flycatcher); (4) Coginchaug River, Route 147 (Least Bittern, Virginia Rail, Sora).  Along the way numerous other species are to be encountered, including vultures, woodpeckers, flycatchers, vireos, swallows, wrens, wood warblers, and sparrows.  This trip is geared in part to photographers, as later afternoon light augments the beauty of the meadows and adjacent agricultural lands.  

Directions from coastal Connecticut:  Route 17 Middletown Avenue north from New Haven, Route 77 from Guilford, Route 79 from Madison - the three roads converge (as Route 17) just south of Durham Center.  Route 17 also comes south from Middletown.  At Durham Center and Durham Public Library, turn West onto Route 68 and drive to the bottom of the slope, pulling in to the gravel parking lot at the Durham Skating Pond.  We begin our birding here.

Leader:  Steve Broker:  203-272-5192, 203-747-6843, or LS.Broker at cox.net 

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