[CT Birds] 5/28: Indian Council Caves section of Tunxis Trail

John Weeks aerie.john at cox.net
Sun May 28 15:34:16 EDT 2017

Notable among 47 species found along the Tunxis Trail today were a Sharp-shinned Hawk and a pair of Canada Warblers in good nesting habitat.  One Blackpoll was passing through as well.  Full eBird list is below.

John Weeks
North Granby

Indian Council Caves Trail (Tunxis Trail), Litchfield, Connecticut, US
May 26, 2017 9:15 AM - 1:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Observers: John Weeks, Chris Chinni, Katherine Smith, Krehe Ritter
47 species

Turkey Vulture  1
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK  1     Quite unusual at this time of year, but very well observed:  small overall; relatively short tail (compared to Cooper's Hawk's tail); rapid, fluttery wing beats; tight circles in flight; tail corners sharp; curved leading edge to wing (as opposed to straight leading edge of Cooper's); wings relatively short (compared to Cooper's) and wing tips rounded, not pointed.
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Least Flycatcher  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
Brown Creeper  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Veery  10
Hermit Thrush  1
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  1
Ovenbird  4
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  2
Magnolia Warbler  2
Blackburnian Warbler  6
Yellow Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  3
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  6
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
CANADA WARBLER  2     Singing male and female, together in suitable nesting habitat (mountain laurel thicket).
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Eastern Towhee  3
Scarlet Tanager  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Baltimore Oriole  2
Purple Finch  1
American Goldfinch  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37212855 

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