Date: 10/1/17 2:27 pm From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Bstn hlw,/Yale Forest, Ashford/Union,10-1-17; Kinglets, 28 sp
Spent a nice day in the Yale Forest, more time than usual and places I seldom visit, including Ashford/Union Turnpike and the Yale Forest Camp road. Obvious fall-out of GC Kinglets, plus a couple of Ruby-Crowned. Also, lots of Yellow-rumps, many still singing. Woodpeckers very active today, more than in a long time. Still a lot of YB Sapsuckers, but all juvenile. Saw a sparrow I couldn't ID. Terribly backlit so I couldn't see much detail. See description in Ebird report, and if you have any ideas, let me know. Thanks.
Boston Hollow/Yale Forest, Windham, Connecticut, US Oct 1, 2017 8:00 AM - 3:40 PM Protocol: Traveling 14.0 mile(s) Comments: I covered considerably more ground than usual today, some of it places that I seldom bird. But it was productive with more birds and a few extra species. 28 species (+1 other taxa)
Great Blue Heron 1 Turkey Vulture 1 Mourning Dove 2 Belted Kingfisher 1 At the Barlow Mill Rd millponds. I seem to find one there in the same spot 1 day every year. Adult female. Red-bellied Woodpecker 7 Many seen and calling. Very active today, as were all the woodpeckers Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4 All seen, all juveniles Downy Woodpecker 7 Hairy Woodpecker 6 Pileated Woodpecker 4 Eastern Phoebe 9 most seen but some still calling Blue-headed Vireo 4 all seen, 2 still singing Blue Jay 30 American Crow 3 Common Raven 1 Black-capped Chickadee 35 Tufted Titmouse 25 White-breasted Nuthatch 5 House Wren 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet 15 Obviously a fall-out of them. 15 actually seen but probably 50 or more in the areas I found them. I could hear them all around me. Probably hundreds or thousands in the forest. Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2 Apparently feeding on seeds from some gone-by swamp plants. In association with several Yellow-rumped Warblers Gray Catbird 1 Black-and-white Warbler 1 Adult male. Surprising to me they are still around. Pine Warbler 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 20 Probably more. Many singing, making the fall warbler problem moot. Many of them also seen. Black-throated Green Warbler 1 Minus the black throat, of course, in fall plumage Eastern Towhee 2 sparrow sp. 1 Largish Sparrow, with high crown on head like Savannah, but lacking striping on breast or bright white/yellow eyelines that I could see. Apparent indistinct blotch on gray breast. Dark back but apparent reddish tail that was the only feature i could see in sunlight. In swampy area next to stream. Northern Cardinal 1 American Goldfinch 7