[CT Birds] Bstn Hlw/Yale Forest, Ashford, 8-9 thru 8-11-17

Mntncougar at aol.com Mntncougar at aol.com
Sat Aug 12 19:17:58 EDT 2017

Birds quieter now, in what is the post-nesting period for most  of them, 
but still lots around if you look for them. The flocks of  Chickadees and 
Titmice are very active now, foraging all day, and when you find  them they are 
pretty noisy too. But the best part is, if you find a sizeable  flock there 
are almost always other species present too. On Friday along  with a lot of 
those two I had Blue-headed and Red-eyed Vireos, Blue Jays, a  Downy WP,A 
pair of Common Yellowthroats, a White-breasted Nuthatch, 3 B Orioles,  a pair 
of BG Gnatcatchers, a Robin, several Catbirds, Cedar Waxwings, a male AM  
Redstart, and a N. Cardinal. And in the same spot but not with the flock there 
 was a Broad-winged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, 2 Turkey Vultures An RT 
Hummingbird,  Mourning Doves and and E. Wood-pewee. 
I also saw one bird I couldn't Id; it looked like a Warbler and  had 
blackish wings with 2 prominent white wing bars. The top looked kind of  light 
olive and the breast a lighter grayish or greenish color. Closest I can  come 
is a female Cerulean, but I don't see that many and have never had any in  
that area, so I'm certainly not making that call. Maybe something in winter  
plumage or somebody's juvie?
Oh, and 1 other sighting there - the baby porcupine.  
Up in Union on Kinney Hollow Rd there is an open spot that is  the end of 
my normal "route" that has grown up in bull thistles this year, some  as tall 
as 8 feet. It may be a problem in the future but this year it's  
interesting, attracting birds and butterflies. I seen hummers at the flowers and  
Goldfinches at the gone-by ones, picking out seeds. Also tiger and black  
swallowtails and a few others I don't know.
A few misc. pictures here:
I'll include Ebird reports for CTBirds in a separate post to  ease the size 

Don Morgan
Coventry,  Ct

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