Date: 10/8/17 2:15 pm From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Bstn Hlw/Yale Forest, Ashford/Union, Fri. 10-6-17 Woodcock, Ovenbird
Can't resist going back to the area because I'm still finding birds. This week an Ovenbird, which I hadn't seen or heard in a long time, an Am. Woodcock and 2 Hermit Thrushes. I never saw a Woodcock in the Forest before this year, and this was my 4th sighting, 3rd in the same area so possibly the same bird. The Ovenbird was in the same place as the Woodcock, but only flew over to a branch and then let me take his picture. I had no idea there were any still around. I also had an Empid which I'm calling a Least Flycatcher. It was in the same spot where there was a (presumably) nesting pair, and appeared quite small, with only one wing bar showing clearly when it perched. I see them a lot in the spring and although obviously not singing now I'm pretty sure about this one.
Boston Hollow/Yale Forest, Windham, Connecticut, US Oct 6, 2017 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM Protocol: Traveling 15.0 mile(s) 32 species
Turkey Vulture 1 American Woodcock 1 Flushed when I walked down an old road and flew off twittering loudly. There was an Ovenbird with it, which surprised me even more. Mourning Dove 3 Red-bellied Woodpecker 8 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2 Downy Woodpecker 6 Hairy Woodpecker 9 Pileated Woodpecker 2 Least Flycatcher 1 In same location where there was a pair all summer and presumably nested. Well seen - fluttered up and landed on a wire right in front of my car as I sat in it. Blue-headed Vireo 6 Blue Jay 40 American Crow 7 Black-capped Chickadee 30 Tufted Titmouse 30 Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 1st one in a long time. same area as I always find them White-breasted Nuthatch 6 Brown Creeper 1 House Wren 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 12 Probably a fallout just like there was of GCKinglets a week ago Hermit Thrush 2 American Robin 3 Gray Catbird 1 Cedar Waxwing 2 Ovenbird 1 A real surprise. Haven't seen or heard one in well over a month, but it flushed when I was walking down an old road and sat on a branch and looked at me. An Am Woodcock flushed from the same spot. Black-and-white Warbler 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 5 Chipping Sparrow 2 Savannah Sparrow 2 Song Sparrow 1 Northern Cardinal 2 American Goldfinch 2