I very much agree with Aidan and Nick.
A very good project, at a great time of year.
Rarities certainly do rev-up the voltage in birding.
If COA can help in any other ways, please let us know.
On Thu, Nov 18, 2021 at 3:58 PM Nick Bonomo <nbonomo...> wrote:
> 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.
> Nick Bonomo
> Wallingford, CT
> 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
> > to checking underbirded (or brand new!) areas with the goal of running
> > 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
> > 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
> > ‐-----------
> > -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
> 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
> > valuable!
> > Thanks and good birding!
> > Aidan Kiley
> > Fairfield
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