Kudos to Aidan for setting this up. I encourage folks to participate on
their own time regardless of whether or not you utilize the GroupMe chat or
the spreadsheet signup. This will be informal and fun. It'll be a nice
excuse to get out and hit some under-appreciated spots. It can also be
combined with winter Atlas efforts, if so inclined. The weather this
Fri-Sun weekend looks very amenable to birding.
On Wed, Nov 17, 2021 at 10:31 AM Aidan Kiley <eezambo...> wrote:
> Hi CT Birders,
> Peak rarity season is upon us. The Northeast has been exploding with
> vagrants over the past few weeks.
> Given the recent success of one in Rhode Island, I am organizing a CT
> Rarity Roundup for this coming weekend, Friday November 19th- Sunday
> November 21st.
> Basically the concept is to get a group of birders together who can commit
> to checking underbirded (or brand new!) areas with the goal of running into
> rarities that would otherwise go unnoticed.
> Areas that I would suggest checking in particular are obscure areas that
> nobody or very few people bird. Think random schools, ponds, open fields,
> small parks, meadows, thickets, even neighborhoods or random roads that
> have decent habitat.
> In addition, think of potentially underbirded areas of well-known areas
> such as Hammo.
> Here is a list of species that are more than possible to be around CT right
> now to give an idea of what to be on the lookout for:
> -Eared Grebe
> -Cave Swallow
> -Spotted Towhee
> -Western Tanager
> -Western Meadowlark
> -Townsend’s Solitaire (they love juniper)
> -Ash-throated Flycatcher (open brushy areas or fields)
> -Rare empids such as Pacific-slope or Dusky, Hammonds or Gray (could show
> up anywhere!- think the Branford Pac-slope).
> -Kingbirds such as Tropical, Cassin’s, Gray or Western
> -Rare geese or ducks
> -Wood Stork
> -White Ibis
> -White-winged, Eurasian Collared or Common Ground Doves
> -Golden-crowned Sparrow
> Obviously none of these are "expected", nor is this a comprehensive list.
> But with some effort, dedicated birders may be able to turn something up!
> -Here is the invite link to a GroupMe chat where interested birders can
> coordinate, organize and share any good findings (in addition to the
> listserv of course). It's very simple to download the app and make a
> profile if you are interested.
> You're invited to join my group "CT Rarity Roundup" on GroupMe.
> https://groupme.com/join_group/83300607/oNnTSqr4 >
> -Also: I have created a Google spreadsheet. If you would like, please add
> your name and any locations you would be interested I birding this weekend.
> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1refI_DHSC1vsys71NVtRshPaJtdRIVnq1MHCeSI4n0I/edit?usp=drivesdk >
> *If you would like a participate in any way, please contact me with any
> questions or suggestions.
> Whether you'd like to search one location or bird all weekend, your help is
> Thanks and good birding!
> Aidan Kiley
> CTBirds, a service of Connecticut Ornithological Association - Bringing
> birders together statewide. Please support COA:
> https://www.ctbirding.org/join-us/ > CTBirds is for the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. For
> list rules and subscription information visit: