Date: 6/25/18 11:07 am
From: Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Northern Parulas in CT

The bird I saw on June 10 was in a cultivated garden, specifically vegetable, and low, not high in the trees, although the trees around were mostly high. I'll ask the owner, a birder, to check on it further, or return myself. Likewise the pair last year were in low shrubs beside a bridge over the Shepaurg, there a torrent flowing from a wide calm stretch though tall forest. Might they use spider webs?

The Connecticut Warbler's October issues reporting on the SBC totals show LHAS and Barkhamsted as counting them most years. Perhaps the Atlas will find more than just passing sightings and vocals.
Angela Dimmitt
New Milford

From: David Provencher <hikerbirder1...>
To: Angela Dimmitt <angeladimmitt...>; ctbirds <ctbirds...>
Sent: Mon, Jun 25, 2018 1:37 pm
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Northern Parulas in CT

Interesting indeed Angela! As you know, Northern Parula has a somewhat disjunct breeding range and Connecticut has not been part of it. There has been a limited history of breeding in nearby Rhode Island, most notably the Great Swamp area where I myself have observed nesting in the late 1990's. I don't know what is known about nesting there in subsequent years but eBird doesn't seem to have any recent confirmation, that I noticed anyway. Dylan Pedro pointed out an eBird report from Burlingame State Park of "carrying food," and that is considered nesting confirmation, though no subsequent report of a nest or fledglings appears to have been entered in eBird. Shai Mitra observed only singing males there but refers to the area as a "known station."

Historically Southern New England has been Parula breeding poor, CT very much so. Quite a few reports exist of early to mid June males singing in southern New England with some persisting into July, and habitat they prefer for nesting does exist in many areas with "Old Man's Bear" lichen. (Fun fact, Old Man's Beard, or Usnea, is stretchable unlike other lichens. Wonder if this is why Parula's use it?) However Northern Parula isn't the easiest species to confirm as a nester since they are pretty much canopy denizens. Having spent a great deal of time lately staring high into forest canopies with resultant neck stiffness/pain, I'm of a mind to replace the phrase "warbler neck" with "Bird Atlas neck"! I will be staring into canopies quite a bit more this weekend. Thank goodness some species nest on the ground...

Dave Provencher

On Mon, Jun 25, 2018, 12:36 PM Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds <ctbirds...> wrote:

Dave and Tom: Re Northern Parulas nesting in CT, on June 10 doing the LHAS SBC, I tracked and saw a singing male in West Morris and heard a second elsewhere but did not see it. However last year on June 11, doing the same count in the same general vicinity, we heard and saw a male and female together (by bridge over river through deep woods), though were not then checking for signs of nesting. Strong possibility though.
Angela Dimmitt
New Milford

Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2018 20:22:07 -0400
From: Tom Baptist <tbaptist47n...>
To: David Provencher <hikerbirder1...>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] SInging Northern Parula Sterling, CT

Dave: Another amazing observation. There's a long history of this species
breeding to our south, west and north but not here in CT. Keep up the good
work. My best, Tom

On Sun, Jun 24, 2018 at 2:38 PM, David Provencher via CTBirds <
<ctbirds...> wrote:

> During CT Bird Atlas fieldwork this morning I discovered a singing Northern
> Parula in Pachaug State Forest in Sterling. I did not see any evidence of a
> second bird or a nest, but I'll be revisiting to see what happens. Just
> barely into Windham County (by about 100 yards), this is quite an unusual
> sighting.
> Dave Provencher
> Preston, CT.

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