Listing of some of the great CT birding spots. Connecticut has more than its share of great birders , but the one area of the state that receives less attention than it deserves is the northeast quarter. I'll define this area as anywhere east of the Connecticut River and North of Willimantic (Windham), although, of course, I may stretch the boundaries at any time. 2013 - I'm traveling more - to the SW so far, and I'll add some info about my adventures there.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Boston Hollow and Barlow Mill Roads, and the surrounding Yale Forest area
This area is in Ashford, Ct, in a section known as Westford. To get there you can take Ct Rt 89, either east from I-84, exit 72 or west (north) off US Rt 44 at a traffic light in the center of Ashford. When you reach an old white church at a stop sign with a flashing light, you have reached Boston Hollow Road, straight ahead if from I-84, a right turn if from US 44. Here is a link (which hopefully will continue to work) to a Google map of the area: Boston Hollow, Ashford, Ct . In about 1/3 mile you will reach the point where the road turns to dirt (very well maintained), and that's where the birding begins. In the spring this is a great location for migrants of all kinds, and the birding continues well into the early summer because many migrants nest there. The road is narrow, but little traveled, and you can pull over pretty much anywhere to look and listen. Often I shut off the car but don't get out because the car is a great blind, and the valley is very narrow. Once the leaves are out, more birds are seen than heard, but with patience you can find alot of them. This year I have found 18 varieties of warblers there, and most of them nest there. Here is a Wikipedia article on Boston Hollow, which is fairly accurate. wikipedia, Boston_Hollow .
Boston Hollow runs 1.7 miles, until you reach a one lane wooden bridge. Just before the bridge, Barlow Mill Road, also dirt, goes off to the left and is a little over 2 miles long, paved at the far end. Another great spot for migrants with a somewhat different variety.
If you go to Boston Hollow, it helps alot to know your bird songs. Its quite cool there, and a great place to bird on a hot day.