Date: 5/26/18 2:18 pm From: John Weeks via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Barkhamsted: Atlasing along the Indian Council Caves Trail (Tunxis Trail)
Highlights were five singing Canada Warblers, a Black-billed Cuckoo directly overhead, and our first pink Lady's Slipper of the year.
Our eBird report is below.
Chris Chinni John Weeks
Indian Council Caves Trail (Tunxis Trail), Litchfield, Connecticut, US May 26, 2018 7:35 AM - 12:00 PM Protocol: Traveling 4.4 mile(s) Comments: Chris Chinni and John Weeks, observers. Clear sky; temp 69F rising to mid-80s. 40 species
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Black-billed Cuckoo 1 Excellent looks when it perched directly overhead, about 30 ft up. Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2 Downy Woodpecker 1 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee 6 Yellow-throated Vireo 1 Singing male. Red-eyed Vireo 14 Blue Jay 3 Black-capped Chickadee 2 Tufted Titmouse 6 Brown Creeper 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 Veery 8 Singing males (2 or 3) Hermit Thrush 1 Singing male. Wood Thrush 1 Singing male. American Robin 2 Singing males. Gray Catbird 2 Pair in suitable habitat. Ovenbird 16 Multiple (7+) Singing Males Louisiana Waterthrush 1 Singing male. Black-and-white Warbler 7 Multiple (7+) Singing Males. Common Yellowthroat 3 American Redstart 10 Magnolia Warbler 2 Blackburnian Warbler 2 S Singing Male. Chestnut-sided Warbler 7 Territorial Defense: spring adult male bird chased first-spring male. The former was singing the standard song from the middle of his territory, while the interloper sang the periphery song, as if probing the first bird's boundaries and thereby triggering the attack. Chestnut markings on the two birds were visible and corresponded exactly to the illustrations of the two male cohorts on Plate 10 of the Peterson Field Guide to Warblers. Blackpoll Warbler 1 Black-throated Blue Warbler 12 Multiple (7+) Singing Males. Black-throated Green Warbler 2 S Singing Male. Canada Warbler 5 All five birds were singing naturally. Eastern Towhee 9 M Multiple (7+) Singing Males. Scarlet Tanager 4 All four were singing males. Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 S Singing Male. Baltimore Oriole 2 S Singing Male. Red-winged Blackbird 2 Brown-headed Cowbird 1 Common Grackle 1 Purple Finch 1 S Singing Male.