Date: 8/7/17 12:58 pm From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Bstn Hlw/Yale Forest, Ashford, Sunday, 8-6-17; Good day for raptors
A good wind early brought more raptors than usual, including 2 Bald Eagles, heading north. Unfortunately this has been a bad year for raptors overall and I'm wondering if the windmills are making a noticeable difference in the populations now. If not I'm sure they soon will. I think my sightings have been down about 50% overall, especially Turkey Vultures, which would be easy targets for fast-moving blades. I did get a good chance to try out a new camera with a cooperative adult Broad-wing sitting in a tree. The flocks of Titmice and Chickadees seem bigger and louder now than they have been, and it's a good time to be watching them closely. Nothing special but 1 flock yesterday had a Hairy Woodpecker and a WB Nuthatch in with it.
Boston Hollow/Yale Forest, Windham, Connecticut, US Aug 6, 2017 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Protocol: Traveling 8.5 mile(s) 30 species
Turkey Vulture 7 Bald Eagle 2 1 looked like a sub-adult, couldn't tell the other but was not an adult. Traveling together. Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Broad-winged Hawk 4 2 flying, 1 in tree (pics) and BH juvie still howling for momma in woods Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Good look. Traveling with a flock of Titmice and Chicadees Eastern Wood-Pewee 3 Eastern Phoebe 3 Blue-headed Vireo 6 Red-eyed Vireo 7 Blue Jay 10 American Crow 3 N end of BH. Wouldn't be there when the ravens were nesting Tree Swallow 6 Black-capped Chickadee 25 Tufted Titmouse 15 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 House Wren 1 Hermit Thrush 2 American Robin 4 Gray Catbird 4 Black-and-white Warbler 1 Pine Warbler 1 Black-throated Green Warbler 9 Chipping Sparrow 4 Eastern Towhee 2 Scarlet Tanager 1 Tic-bur-ing Northern Cardinal 3 American Goldfinch 13 nest on Kinney hollow empty, no sign of an adult. Maybe victim of the weather