I haven't been able to get into Lake Saltonstall for a few months as there has been a timber harvest going on since September and access to the upper areas has been restricted. Today, I finally got in and it was disheartening to see how many trees have been taken out, especially the large oaks that were such magnets for spring warblers. The woods were quiet except for a couple of Barred Owls talking to each other and a Great Horned Owl calling. The Hooded Mergansers were looking great and there was a Red-necked Grebe at the north end of the lake. I wonder if it's the one that spent most of the winter there last year? Ebird list below.
Gina Nichol Branford, CT
Lake Saltonstall, New Haven, Connecticut, US Dec 6, 2017 3:20 PM - 4:20 PM Protocol: Traveling 1.2 mile(s) Comments: Walking the white trail from the parking lot at 400 Hosley Avenue to the lake and back. A Regional Water Authority permit is required to access this property. Info at https://www.rwater.com/recreation
Hooded Merganser 35 Red-necked Grebe 1 Great Horned Owl 1 Barred Owl 2 Hairy Woodpecker 1 American Crow 11 Tufted Titmouse 2 Carolina Wren 1 American Robin 1