Date: 5/7/17 6:02 pm From: Bill Thurman <bill.masterofmusic...> Subject: Re: Thoughts on Connecticut Warblers
Thanks for sharing this. That first recording of the Northern
Waterthrush leaves a good memory in my ear.
On May 7, 2017 6:02 PM, "Herschel Raney" <herschel.raney...>
> Looking at the Connecticut records in AR in the past, I note there have
> not been any recorded in AR in 32 years. And the Birds of Arkansas book
> records do not correlate with the ones on the electronic database.
> Go here:
> http://www.arbirds.org/species_out.asp >
> And click new search and choose Connecticut Warbler.
> The book has two records for Union county, a record for Garland county and
> a record for Washington county. And only three records for Arkansas county.
> There is no record for Conway county in the book. It would seem to me a
> record for Washington county is remarkable. I don’t have the details.
> However the last record on the online database is 1985 in Craighead
> county. Notably it is from Norm Lavers, my friend. This is before I knew
> Norm. But either Norm was without Cheryl on this date and on this sighting
> or Cheryl was there and she is not mentioned on the record. I think it
> likely after this email that Norm is getting a beating. But that is just my
> The first records are from 1953 on the online database. From Brooke
> Meanley, who I do not know. This was before I was born. But I would think
> that Crittenden, Lee, Phillips and Mississippi counties are the ones to
> look for these things in. There are no records from these counties. It is
> possible that the Connecticut Warbler does not migrate through Arkansas at
> all in many years. Though it is clear that they migrate west of the
> Appalachians in spring and essentially never appear here in fall. In fall
> they must creep down the coast and launch towards Brazil from there.
> 1963 was a big year for Connecticut in Arkansas. Either because people
> were looking in the right place or it truly was an event. None of the
> records online mention aural events. They appear to have all been
> sightings. And seeing this bird when it is not calling must be a truly
> miracle moment.
> The Halbergs found them four times in the state. I still remember sending
> Edith cards in the 70s for my sightings of other birds. I recall her fine
> hand written thank you letters. It appears the Parkers never saw one in the
> The call of the Connecticut is aurally related to the Northern
> Waterthrush. And this morning I was listening to several Northerns when
> this bird called and stopped me in my tracks. I have been listening for a
> Connecticut in Bell for over fifteen years. I have heard as many as 25
> Northern Waterthrushes in one walk at Bell in spring. I was convinced that
> if you weren’t where you could hear Northerns you probably were not going
> to find a Connecticut.
> Here are the two best recordings of Northern Waterthrush from Macauley and
> the two best Connecticuts. See what you think.
> I think that if you are not paying attention they could just be written
> off as another Northern Waterthrush. It may be that Connecticuts don’t call
> that much in spring migration. They are walkers, like the two Waterthrushes
> and like Ovenbirds. They put one foot in front of the other and stay near
> the ground. They are skulkers. Tough to get up in sight for viewing. Shy of
> us Hominids perhaps. All the things that make them hard to see.
> I am convinced this bird at Bell was out on the uplift, the little hillock
> on the trail that this morning was an island in the flood. I considered
> stripping off pants and socks and shoes and just wading over in my Jockeys.
> But I did not. The next chance I will get to go to Bell is Wednesday
> morning early. The water levels should pull back some by then. I will wear
> shorts and my wading shoes this time.
> Enjoy the rest of the spring.
> Herschel Raney
> Conway AR