Date: 4/19/17 6:06 pm From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Boston Hollow/Yale Forest; Ashford/Union: FOY 3 Eastern Towhees
Slow day, probably because of the March temperatures and the nasty wind. FOY Eastern Towhees, undoubtedly came in last night. No songs but their distinctive calls heard loud and often. I saw 2 of the 3, all up in Union. None of the 4 Black-and -white's I've heard recently today, and either they were silent because of the weather or moved on, which seems unlikely. At least 2 Broad-winged Hawks today, 1 calling, 1 soaring and 1 that flew right down the middle of Boston Hollow road and landed on a branch 15 feet high and about 10 feet from where I slid to a halt. We stared at each other for a minute, then he flew off. I'm guessing it was the 1 I heard calling earlier. Guess he misses me.
Boston Hollow/Yale Forest, Windham, Connecticut, US Apr 19, 2017 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM Protocol: Traveling 8.0 mile(s) 33 species
Wood Duck 1 Mallard 1 There has been a pair of Mallards in the Yale Forest for years and I'm sure this is the male. His mate did not return this year. I see him every day in one of the small ponds or Bigelow Brook, just floating around. I have seen no other Mallards in the area so probably no immediate chance for a new companion. I feel sorry for him. Wild Turkey 1 What's with all the single turkeys this year? Every day I see 1 turkey, always a different location and at least once, a young looking male. Don't they travel in flocks any more? Turkey Vulture 1 Broad-winged Hawk 2 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Mourning Dove 13 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Downy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker 6 Pileated Woodpecker 2 Eastern Phoebe 15 Blue-headed Vireo 8 Blue Jay 18 Common Raven 2 Tree Swallow 4 Black-capped Chickadee 15 Tufted Titmouse 12 White-breasted Nuthatch 7 Winter Wren 2 Eastern Bluebird 2 American Robin 10 Louisiana Waterthrush 6 Pine Warbler 10 Chipping Sparrow 15 Dark-eyed Junco 1 Song Sparrow 3 Eastern Towhee 3 FOY - obviously came in last night Northern Cardinal 7 Red-winged Blackbird 8 Common Grackle 4 Brown-headed Cowbird 15 American Goldfinch 8