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, July 27, 2010
Specifically, both sets of birds were in an area which has been basically clear cut, either by Yale forestry or Hull Forest Products. Clear cutting is a dirty word (phrase?) to many people, including me on occasion, but both entities have really done it right! They cut relatively small sized parcels and left a number of mother trees, mostly white pine, but a few deciduous trees as well. Both areas appear to have been mined for gravel sometime before the cutting - in the case of the Yale property, probably a long time before. As a wild guess, the Yale cut was about 15 years ago, Hull more recently. These sections have become absolute meccas for migrant birds!! Young pines are growing in impenetrable stands, other young trees and brush of all types abound, and there are still considerable more open, weedy areas. The mature pines (150 feet or more tall, I'm sure) seem to serve as sky islands for some species such as Pine Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Cedar Waxwings. Of course the brushy areas are havens for many songbird species, including many of our warblers. Birds such as Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Pine, Yellow-rumped and Yellow Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, Ovenbirds, Chipping Sparrows, Eastern Towhees, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Downy Woodpeckers, Baltimore Orioles, Eastern Phoebes, etc., absolutely ABOUND in May and June! If you think I am exaggerating or kidding, LISTEN TO THE SOUND FILES BELOW. When I was recording the files my hearing was absolutely on overload, so I could not begin to ID everything I heard. See what you can come up with. The only place I have possibly seen/heard the warblers in greater numbers is Magee Marsh in Ohio. In addition, I heard and finally was able to see a Cerulean Warbler there, although he was on the more wooded side of the road. (I heard a second bird in the same area, and another 1 not too far away that I'm sure was a Cerulean). This is my first year of really exploring the area (only from the roads) and I'm sure many more species are to be found there than I have yet discovered.
WHEN YOU FINISH LISTENING TO A FILE, HIT THE BROWER'S "BACK" BUTTON, OR YOU WILL CLICK OUT OF THE BLOG!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
UPDATE: I first used my sound recorder on June 21st, and made a large number of recordings that day, trying to get the hang of using the thing. I discarded alot of the bad ones, but conditions were excellent that day, there was almost no wind and the birds were still singing quite lustily in places, so I still had quite a few decent tracks. I have been trying to catch up with editing my recordings now that the birds are not giving me as much new material, and when I went back to that day I found one recording with the faint but clear sound in the background of a Red-breasted Nuthatch calling. At the time, my ears were so overloaded with sound that I hadn't noticed it! It was in the same area, so it seems likely that it was the dad of the 2 juvies I just spotted!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Next, Adults calling and fledglings adding their 2 cents, then a little discussion
Barred_Owls_By_Stream_juvie_screams, adult chatter
I have lots more I want to mention, but I want to get this post out. More files, coming soon.
Friday, July 9, 2010
I found 3 fledglings all jammed together on a branch, waiting for mom and dad to fill them up. While they were waiting, a Veery stopped by to welcome new arrivals. (see videos).
Here are links to a couple of Videos of the Phoebes:
Today (7/9/10) I pulled over and stopped to listen, and heard a loud chip note, which I thought sounded like a La Waterthrush. I searched for the bird and didn't see anything at first, but then an Ovenbird came out of the grass on the side of the road, chipping loudly and doing a sort of broken wing act. At the same time, I realized I was hearing a whole lot of chipping, alot of it from the trees above. A quick look showed me 5 more Ovenbirds flitting around and making a racket. I didn't even realize that Ovenbirds make that sound.
Here's a link to a sound file:
The odd thing was, the birds didn't look like fledglings, all were flying just fine, high in a tree, and appeared to have adult plumage. Obviously they were upset with my presence, but I really don't know why.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
(see if you can hear the Ravens in the background)
I'd love to know what you think of these.
By the way, my cumulative count for birds in Boston Hollow year-to-date is 82. That is not a very impressive number, but there is little if any opportunity to find shorebirds, waterbirds, or ducks and geese, etc. there. I have now found a couple of places that might produce a duck or two in season this fall or next year. Also, I did not know the area well enough or spend enough time there to exhaust all the possibilities for migrants this spring. I figure a realistic total to shoot for is about 100 birds that could reasonably be expected to be seen there.
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