Date: 4/16/17 4:51 pm From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Boston Hollow/Yale Forest: 2 FOY, Super Sapsucker!
FOY Broad-winged Hawk, Black-and -white Warbler. Numbers of other regulars are increasing. I only got the Black-and -white because I stopped to talk to someone on the way out and the bird sounded off literally right next to us. Been looking for 1 for 2 weeks now. 39 species high for the season so f ar.
I always stop at the beginning of Boston Hollow Rd (dirt portion) to get my gear out for the day. A few days ago I had just opened the car door when I almost hit the dirt because it sounded like a machine gun had opened up on me. It wasn't till I recognized the uneven rat-tat-tat of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that I realized what it was. But what a sound - like no Sapsucker you ever heard! I looked directly across the road and there is a metal sign that says "no hunting", and I finally found him on the tree trunk just below the sign. And when he did it again all hell broke loose as he pounded on the bottom of the sign. And today, he got me again. I think he was lying in wait. Hope all the local Sapsucker honeys are as impressed as I was. That racket must carry a quarter mile. I suppose it could have been worse - a Pileated. By the way, I think the number of Sapsuckers in the Yale Forest has been increasing since I started going there. I'm sure they are now the most numerous woodpecker, with Downy a distant second.
Boston Hollow/Yale Forest, Windham, Connecticut, US Apr 16, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Protocol: Traveling 8.0 mile(s) 39 species
Wood Duck 3 2 m 1 f at pond crossing on Kinney Hollow Rd, Union Mallard 1 Wild Turkey 1 Great Blue Heron 1 Turkey Vulture 1 Broad-winged Hawk 1 FOY Red-tailed Hawk 1 Mourning Dove 7 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 9 Downy Woodpecker 1 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 4 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Eastern Phoebe 20 Blue-headed Vireo 8 Blue Jay 16 American Crow 1 Common Raven 1 Tree Swallow 6 Black-capped Chickadee 25 Tufted Titmouse 12 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Brown Creeper 4 Winter Wren 2 Eastern Bluebird 2 American Robin 15 Louisiana Waterthrush 9 Black-and-white Warbler 1 Stopped on my way out to talk to someone and he sounded off literally right next to us. Been looking for 1 for 2 weeks now. I don't believe this is rare for the date in this area. Pine Warbler 25 Pretty much all the birds or at least the males are back now and pretty much every mature white pine has one singing. This is a major breeding area for Pine Warbler. 25 is a very, very low estimate Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 Chipping Sparrow 7 Dark-eyed Junco 3 Song Sparrow 3 Northern Cardinal 4 Red-winged Blackbird 6 Common Grackle 2 Brown-headed Cowbird 12 American Goldfinch 10