Date: 4/8/17 7:24 pm From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Boston Hollow/Yale Forest and NE Ct.
I have been going to the Yale Forest area in Ashford/Union now for several weeks, and while it has been overall fairly quiet (as expected this time of year) it is slowly waking up, with some interesting observations. 2 singing male Winter Wrens Friday and what I believe was a female a week ago. (Responded to a call but did not sing). An Osprey about 3 weeks ago almost on the Ashford/Union line. Three Red-shouldered Hawks, 2 at the nest that was built 3 years ago and active last season and fledged three juveniles. I didn't observe any breeding behavior but one bird was sitting in the nest, though it flew when the other called from 200 feet away. Ebird below.
Also, 3 of the 4 osprey have now returned to the 2 Osprey nests I am monitoring for CT Aud. in Ashford and Eastford. The Ashford birds are back and very active, including mating. 1 bird present at the Eastford marsh, sitting on a snag, but no sign of the mate. Possibly the female because I believe the male would be on or around the nest, working on it. Hopefully mate will return or be replaced. A troubling observation. I believe a pair of Ravens have built a nest on the Ashford cell tower about 5 feet almost directly below the Osprey nest. Hard for me to believe there will not be conflict between these 2 species.
NOTE: I see many Osprey in other locations in Eastern Ct, but the only other nests known (to CT Aud) are in Brooklyn. I am certain there are others around and if anyone knows of other nests or an area where OS are frequently seen please let me know.
Re: Brown Creeper song. What I take for the Creeper's call note is really the 1st note of the song, I believe. Similar to the way BT Green Warblers use parts of their song as a call. Probably lots of other birds as well.
Boston Hollow/Yale Forest, Windham, Connecticut, US Apr 7, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Protocol: Traveling 8.0 mile(s) 31 species
Wood Duck 4 Turkey Vulture 2 Osprey 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 3 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Mourning Dove 6 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Downy Woodpecker 1 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 2 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Eastern Phoebe 17 Blue Jay 12 American Crow 2 Common Raven 2 Black-capped Chickadee 12 Tufted Titmouse 4 Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 White-breasted Nuthatch 5 Brown Creeper 2 Winter Wren 2 Eastern Bluebird 2 American Robin 4 European Starling 1 Chipping Sparrow 1 Dark-eyed Junco 7 Song Sparrow 3 Northern Cardinal 3 Red-winged Blackbird 8 Brown-headed Cowbird 2 American Goldfinch 2