Date: 4/13/17 5:50 pm From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Bston Hollow/Yale forest, Ashford/Union % FOY in the area today
Windy, cloudy and cold, rather nasty day to be out of the car. But 5 new species for the year in the area today. 1st Mallard (odd, usually a few around) 1st Great Blue Heron, which are now pretty much back in their breeding areas (7 nests occupied in Eastord at the marsh with the Osprey). FOY for me were 1 Palm Warbler, 1 hermit Thrush and 2 singing Blue-headed Vireos, which EBird says are still rare in the area. Not sure I've ever had them any earlier in CT. However, I did report 2, FOY for April 15, 2015 and I don't think EBird found that rare then. These could possibly have been there on the 12th, since I was not.
Boston Hollow/Yale Forest, Windham, Connecticut, US Apr 13, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM Protocol: Traveling 8.0 mile(s) Comments: Windy and cold. Some species less vocal and or harder to hear than usual 33 species
Mallard 1 FOY in BHYF Great Blue Heron 1 FOY in BHYF Turkey Vulture 5 Red-shouldered Hawk 2 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Mourning Dove 8 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 7 Downy Woodpecker 3 Eastern Phoebe 15 Blue-headed Vireo 2 FOY 2 singing In Ashford near Barlow Mill Rd. Possibly the earliest I've found them in Ct Blue Jay 10 American Crow 3 2nd time I've found them in the area this year. Uncommon there, because the Ravens don't like to share their territory I think. Common Raven 2 Tree Swallow 2 Black-capped Chickadee 15 Tufted Titmouse 15 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Brown Creeper 3 Winter Wren 2 Eastern Bluebird 2 Hermit Thrush 1 FOY American Robin 18 Louisiana Waterthrush 6 Palm Warbler 1 FOY Pine Warbler 12 Dark-eyed Junco 2 39 Barlow Mill. Most of them are gone now. Song Sparrow 1 Northern Cardinal 2 Red-winged Blackbird 7 Common Grackle 1 Brown-headed Cowbird 15 Mostly calling in the woods near Boston Hollow Rd American Goldfinch 3