Date: 8/27/17 5:00 am From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Bstn Hlw/Yale Forest, Ashford, Sat, 8-26-17 Excellent late season day! 48 sp.
Had a great day yesterday, highlighted by a juvenile Barred Owl who flew right in to me and perched, 25 feet away, for about 20 minutes. He stayed when I moved the car for a clear view, twice, and moved to 3 different perches, all about the same distance from me. Didn't seem to mind at all that I was pointing a foot long lens at him from out the car window. He was so close I didn't have to zoom in all the way on him to fill the frame. Day didn't start quite as well, because when I stopped for coffee I realized I'd left my camera bag at home, but I made one of the best decisions ever and went back and got it. I was early, so the half hour didn't really matter, and with different timing I'd probably have missed the owl completely. I also had quite a few other birds, some I haven't seen/heard in a while and didn't know were still around. I'm wondering if some are early migrants from up north.
Boston Hollow/Yale Forest, Windham, Connecticut, US Aug 26, 2017 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Protocol: Traveling 4.5 mile(s) Comments: Even with things slowing to a crawl, still a great sighting of another Barred owl and some surprises. 48 species
Wild Turkey 4 Black Vulture 2 First ever for me in the BH/YF area Turkey Vulture 1 Cooper's Hawk 2 In Union, north of Kinney Hollow Rd in the forest area Broad-winged Hawk 1 Juvie calling from the woods. Sounded very young but it's late for them now. Red-tailed Hawk 2 39 Barlow Mill. Juvie flew into tree by pond Mourning Dove 5 Barred Owl 1 Made my day. After I pulled into a parking turn-out I saw movement to my left, and the way the branches shook I knew it was big. Turned out to be another Barred Owl, maybe the same one I saw 100 yards or so from there 2 weeks ago. I could barely see it but managed a few record shots. But then it flew from it's perch, and instead of leaving, landed on a snag less than 25 feet from me. And he sat there in pretty much full view for 10 or 15 minutes, while I burned pixels. After that he flew again, but to a tree even closer, after it let me re-position my car, and gave me another good 5 minutes. Only drawback was , the light was very low, but I'll take it! After reviewing my photos, this owl is a juvie. It has traces of down still on it's head. I do NOT believe it's the same one as I saw a few weeks ago, although it's possible. Locations were more than a mile apart and in the territories of 2 different pairs of B O that were in the area this year. Possibly the one I saw nearby was a parent of this one, since I saw no sign it was a juvenile. Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2 In woods, north of Kinney Hollow Rd. Downy Woodpecker 4 Hairy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker 4 First I've seen in weeks. All together, foraging on a woods road. Eastern Wood-Pewee 3 Least Flycatcher 1 Eastern Phoebe 5 Great Crested Flycatcher 4 Still hearing their "Weep" sound. Blue-headed Vireo 3 Warbling Vireo 1 Red-eyed Vireo 7 Blue Jay 20 American Crow 1 Common Raven 1 Black-capped Chickadee 25 Tufted Titmouse 10 Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 White-breasted Nuthatch 5 House Wren 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 Hermit Thrush 1 Seen foraging on the forest floor American Robin 6 Mostly in the woods Gray Catbird 10 Cedar Waxwing 6 Blue-winged Warbler 1 Amazed me - haven't seen or heard one in a long time. I heard it but didn't believe my ears. but about 5 minutes later he perched nicely for me in the sun for a few seconds. Black eye line clearly visible. Black-and-white Warbler 8 Appear to be most all juvenile or possibly female now. Still heard 3 singing though Common Yellowthroat 3 American Redstart 4 All female or maybe juvies. Up until this past week I've been seeing males as well. Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 In the same little flock with the Blue-winged and one C yellow throat Black-throated Green Warbler 1 Surprise, but I'm sure I heard one call weakly. Possibly a juvenile? Canada Warbler 2 Never would have guessed this, but saw both in the upland woods north of Kinney Hollow Rd. It's a long way's from their breeding grounds that I know of, but maybe juveniles, or possibly migrants from further north? I wonder that about the other Warblers too. Visibility not the best but I couldn't see much sign of necklace on either bird. Chipping Sparrow 5 Song Sparrow 1 Eastern Towhee 2 Scarlet Tanager 1 Singing "Tic bur". Northern Cardinal 5 Red-winged Blackbird 2 American Goldfinch 30 All over the place now, including half a dozen eating bull thistle seeds.