[CT Birds] Boston Hollow/Yale Forest update
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Wed Jul 19 22:36:51 EDT 2017
Lots of changes. Some species gone or completely quiet. But still some
interesting finds. About a week ago I found a Broad-winged Hawk's nest with 1
chick in it. Bird is still quite young, had white downy head and neck when
I first saw it, though most of the down is gone now. Body plumage looks
pretty much like juvenile though. The nest is right next to a road but at
least 100 feet up and very difficult to see even when you know it's there. Mom
stands guard from trees about 100 feet away and screams when anybody goes
near the nest tree.
Orioles are gone as in GONE! Haven't seen or heard one in over a week.
Before that, for a week it was males only, no females or juveniles. They had
already left. Seems backwards. But the early departure happens every year.
Had a Sharp-shinned Hawk today and several this summer, which is unusual.
Talked to a friend of mine this AM about Worm-eating Warblers, which I'm
sure I've been hearing for the last few weeks but not seeing. Saw him again
at noon and he had found one, and following his directions I did too. This
bird was not shy at all. I only get to see a few every year. Got pics and a
recording. Only saw and heard 1 Least Flycatcher today. Been less every
time I go lately. I'm guessing they're into their nesting cycle now. The last
few weeks I've been seeing pairs chasing. No sign of Acadians now but if
they found mates, could be nesting also. But I never saw a pair together this
The Waterthrushes, both species, are completely quiet now and I'm not even
sure they are still there. Their nesting cycles are over and juvies
fledged. Still Canada Warblers around but hardly ever singing. haven't heard the
Winter Wren much lately, but I believe they are year-round residents, so
maybe nesting too.
Several Blackburnian Warblers still singing, 1 Magnolia, and quite a few
BT Greens still singing also. Lots of Scarlet Tanagers yet, too. Lots of
birds singing only partial or very lazy songs now.
Indigo Bunting and Field Sparrow again today. Thankfully, most of the Bh
Cowbirds have suddenly disappeared.
Even with the fungus I am seeing gypsy moth egg masses, and found both
male and female moths today.
Overall, pretty quiet but still some interesting birds to find.
Boston Hollow/Yale Forest, Windham, Connecticut, US
Jul 19, 2017 7:25 AM - 12:40 PM
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 3 Including a bird at a nest with 1 nestling
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 9
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 10
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Blue-headed Vireo 4
Red-eyed Vireo 10
Blue Jay 15
Tree Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 15
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
Brown Creeper 1
Veery 10 Only one singing his song, the others only the veer call.
Hermit Thrush 4 All 4 singing
American Robin 15
Gray Catbird 12
Cedar Waxwing 4
Worm-eating Warbler 2 1 heard only, one seen, heard, recorded and
photographed thanks to a friend
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 8
Magnolia Warbler 1
Blackburnian Warbler 5
Yellow Warbler 1 seen, not heard
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Pine Warbler 4
Black-throated Green Warbler 15 1 seen foraging in road. Most are
only singing a couple of notes of their song now.
Chipping Sparrow 15
Field Sparrow 1 same location as a week ago - logging cut on Kinney
Hollow Rd, Union
Song Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 10
Scarlet Tanager 8 Many singing only partial song phrases now.
Northern Cardinal 4
Indigo Bunting 1 Same location as Field Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 2 Heard only - all of a sudden they've
American Goldfinch 10
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