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12/4/21 5:49 pm Ed Haesche via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Yellow-breasted Chat pics 12-4-21+shrike 12-3-21
12/4/21 5:39 pm Annette Pasek <apasek...> [CT Birds] Barrow's Goldeneye - Windsorlocks Canal State Park Trail and Barnes Boat Launch
12/4/21 5:32 pm Annette Pasek <apasek...> [CT Birds] Northern Shrike Major Donnelly Preserve S. Windsor
12/4/21 3:01 pm Joseph Budrow <jbudrow...> [CT Birds] EAST HAVEN SHORELINE
12/4/21 2:14 pm Jo Fasciolo <jo_fasciolo...> [CT Birds] Norwalk River Esplanade - Palm, Pine, and Yellow-rumped Warblers
12/4/21 1:45 pm Olaf Soltau via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Black-throated Blue Warbler
12/4/21 12:37 pm Gary Lemmon <lemmon...> [CT Birds] Branford Supply Pond Short Rocks Rd
12/4/21 11:55 am Nichols Photography <manichols1993...> [CT Birds] Wooster Park Stratford
12/4/21 11:05 am Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> [CT Birds] Re: Guilford Cackling Geese
12/4/21 9:27 am William Hobbie <whobbie3...> [CT Birds] Colebrook First of Years
12/4/21 8:47 am Tom Kenefick <TKenefick...> [CT Birds] Dickcissel - YES
12/4/21 8:22 am Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> [CT Birds] Guilford Cackling Geese
12/4/21 8:15 am Darcy Thurrott <darcythurrott...> [CT Birds] Brown creeper!
12/4/21 7:26 am Mary <purepressure...> [CT Birds] Orange-crowned Warbler
12/4/21 7:25 am Joe Bear <joebear.gator...> [CT Birds] Allen’s
12/4/21 6:29 am Joseph Budrow <jbudrow...> [CT Birds] NORTGERN SHRIKE - Yes
12/4/21 5:26 am C Echlin <cechlin151...> [CT Birds] Re: Snowy Owl in 4K - Scratching, Preening, expelling
12/4/21 3:28 am Susanne Shrader <birdgirrl...> [CT Birds] Snowy Owl in 4K - Scratching, Preening, expelling
12/3/21 9:55 am Scott Kruitbosch <kbosch...> [CT Birds] Snowy Owl in 4K - Scratching, Preening, Stretching, Coughing up a Pellet!
12/3/21 7:20 am Paul Smith <psmith29...> [CT Birds] Golden Eagle, Silver Sands, Milford
12/2/21 2:09 pm Joe Bear <joebear.gator...> [CT Birds] S. Norwalk Res PBGR
12/2/21 3:45 am Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Mon.12/6 - Birding Safari, Namibia-Botswana
12/1/21 3:42 pm Beverly Propen <bpropen...> [CT Birds] CT State of the Birds 2021
12/1/21 11:47 am Frank Mantlik <mantlik...> [CT Birds] Bridgeport Snowy Egrets, Dowitcher
12/1/21 10:42 am Brendan Murtha <bmskua...> [CT Birds] Greenwich Pt. Orange-crowned Warbler
12/1/21 10:14 am Beverly Propen <bpropen...> [CT Birds] CACC
12/1/21 8:29 am <birdshop...> <birdshop...> [CT Birds] Hammo 12/1
12/1/21 6:21 am Tina Green <petermgreen...> [CT Birds] Westport Highlights
12/1/21 6:14 am Ellynne Rey <ellynnerey...> [CT Birds] Re: McKinney - $4M-Marsh-Restoration-Project-Launches-in-Stratford
12/1/21 6:04 am Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> [CT Birds] December welcome
12/1/21 5:56 am Chris Elphick <elphick...> [CT Birds] Re: Stewart McKinney Bird Blind Stratford
12/1/21 5:47 am Cynthia Ehlinger <cynthia.ehlinger...> [CT Birds] McKinney - $4M-Marsh-Restoration-Project-Launches-in-Stratford
12/1/21 5:01 am Ellynne Rey <ellynnerey...> [CT Birds] Re: McKenny Refuge
12/1/21 3:46 am Maria Stockmal <m.stockmal...> [CT Birds] Re: Stewart McKinney Bird Blind Stratford
12/1/21 2:11 am Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2...> [CT Birds] McKenny Refuge
11/30/21 8:22 pm Ellynne Rey <ellynnerey...> [CT Birds] Stewart McKinney Bird Blind Stratford
11/30/21 5:13 pm Chris Loscalzo <closcalz...> [CT Birds] COA Sea Duck Workshop final summary
11/30/21 4:21 pm ashippee <ashippee...> [CT Birds] WEKI still @ Hammo, & Gannets
11/30/21 3:18 pm ed bailey via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Wooster pond stratford
11/30/21 12:47 pm Maria Stockmal <m.stockmal...> [CT Birds] Branford Supply Ponds
11/30/21 12:22 pm Andrew Block via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] extralimital Gray Kingbird
11/30/21 6:56 am Frank Mantlik <mantlik...> [CT Birds] Re: CT Rarity Roundup
11/30/21 6:54 am Tina Green <petermgreen...> [CT Birds] Westport Meadowlarks
11/29/21 9:13 am Peter Grose <pgrose53...> [CT Birds] Greater White-fronted Goose at Broad Brook
11/29/21 6:45 am Joe Bear <joebear.gator...> [CT Birds] Allen’s
11/29/21 6:22 am Nichols Photography <manichols1993...> [CT Birds] Hammo- larks and longspurs
11/28/21 2:21 pm Cynthia Ehlinger <cynthia.ehlinger...> [CT Birds] Greenwich Point Park Sea Watch
11/28/21 2:19 pm Frank Mantlik <mantlik...> [CT Birds] COA Seaduck Trip 11/28 - Stratford
11/28/21 1:40 pm Beverly Propen <bpropen...> [CT Birds] birding in Orange
11/28/21 12:30 pm Tina Green <petermgreen...> [CT Birds] Sherwood Island SP COA Seawatch
11/28/21 11:39 am Chris Loscalzo <closcalz...> [CT Birds] Hammonasset SP COA Sea Watch
11/28/21 10:37 am Glenn Williams via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Harkness State Park COA seawatch
11/28/21 9:08 am Cynthia Ehlinger <cynthia.ehlinger...> [CT Birds] COA Winter Waterfowl Workshop recording now available online
11/28/21 6:36 am <brainardsj...> <brainardsj...> [CT Birds] Re: (no subject)
11/28/21 5:34 am Kathy Van Der Aue <kathyvda...> [CT Birds] MINI-GRANT TIME IS HERE!
11/28/21 5:11 am adrian lewis <ageandrob...> [CT Birds] (no subject)
11/27/21 5:33 pm Chris Loscalzo <closcalz...> [CT Birds] COA Sea Duck Sea Watch Locations
11/27/21 4:56 pm Steve Mayo <scmayo999...> [CT Birds] Re: 11/27/2021 -- New Haven, East Shore Park/Lighthouse Point -- Migrating Sandhill Cranes
11/27/21 12:00 pm Mary <purepressure...> [CT Birds] Northern Shrike
11/27/21 10:21 am Gina Nichol <gina...> [CT Birds] 11/27/2021 -- New Haven, East Shore Park/Lighthouse Point -- Migrating Sandhill Cranes
11/27/21 8:26 am Jack Swatt <jswattbirds...> [CT Birds] Influx of Fox Sparrows
11/27/21 8:16 am Beverly Propen <bpropen...> [CT Birds] Mondo Ponds, Milford
11/26/21 11:41 am Abby Sesselberg <abbyks222...> [CT Birds] Hammonasset SP Madison N. Gannetts
11/26/21 10:46 am Dana Campbell <dana.l.campbell...> [CT Birds] Golden Eagle at Lighthouse Point Park Hawkwatch in New Haven
11/26/21 9:00 am Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> [CT Birds] Western Kingbird
11/26/21 8:56 am Aidan Kiley <eezambo...> [CT Birds] Greater White-fronted x Canada hybrid Stratford
11/26/21 7:59 am Cynthia Ehlinger <cynthia.ehlinger...> [CT Birds] Final Reminder: COA’s Winter Waterfowl 11/27 online, 11/28 in-person
11/26/21 7:24 am Adrian Burke <aburke173...> [CT Birds] Hammo Western Kingbird Yes
11/25/21 4:15 pm Nick Bonomo <nbonomo...> [CT Birds] Norwich CBC (and others)
11/25/21 4:07 pm Gary Lemmon <lemmon...> [CT Birds] Re: Eurasian Wigeon at 14 Acre Pond
11/25/21 1:37 pm Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2...> [CT Birds] Ovenbird!
11/25/21 11:12 am Joan Meek <jmeek...> [CT Birds] Re: Baltimore Oriole, Milford
11/25/21 10:54 am Tom Murray <tsmurray6315...> [CT Birds] Baltimore Oriole, Milford
11/25/21 10:37 am Jonathan Green <jonathangreen924...> [CT Birds] Re: Male Black-throated Blue Warbler at home bird feeder, New Preston
11/25/21 10:05 am Paul Plotnick <pdplot2...> [CT Birds] Re: Male Black-throated Blue Warbler at home bird feeder, New Preston
11/25/21 9:26 am Stephen Spector <charsjs...> [CT Birds] Goldeneye, Black Scoter
11/25/21 9:06 am Olaf Soltau via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Male Black-throated Blue Warbler at home bird feeder, New Preston
11/25/21 8:40 am John Graham <john.graham.ese...> [CT Birds] Eurasian Wigeon at 14 Acre Pond
11/24/21 6:09 pm Ed Haesche via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Western Kingbird pics 11-24-21
11/24/21 3:28 pm Annette Pasek <apasek...> [CT Birds] Mini-grants Hartford Audubon Society
11/24/21 1:24 pm James Hunter <hunterj...> [CT Birds] Westport birds
11/24/21 12:55 pm Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2...> [CT Birds] Horned Grebe
11/24/21 11:58 am Mardi Dickinson <mardi1d...> [CT Birds] Re: How to bird 14 Acre Pond
11/24/21 11:26 am Beverly Propen <bpropen...> [CT Birds] CACC
11/24/21 10:50 am Ed Haesche via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Western kingbird,Hammo
11/24/21 9:27 am Nalini Jones <nalini.jones...> [CT Birds] Re: How to bird 24 Acre Pond
11/24/21 9:21 am John Graham <john.graham.ese...> [CT Birds] How to bird 24 Acre Pond
11/23/21 6:37 pm Ellynne Rey <ellynnerey...> [CT Birds] Shrike Continues @ Major Donnelly in S. Windsor
11/23/21 8:58 am Cin and Bill Kobak <bilcinkob...> [CT Birds] Guilford yard
11/23/21 8:43 am Jesse LeBlanc <cptnhalfbeard...> [CT Birds] Gr White-Fronted at Mill Woods Pond
11/23/21 6:30 am James Sherwonit via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Golden Eagle, lighthouse point
11/23/21 5:31 am Arthur Shippee <ashippee...> [CT Birds] Hamden: RUBL
11/23/21 5:20 am Tina Green <petermgreen...> [CT Birds] Re: Westport Yellow Warbler
11/23/21 5:06 am Tina Green <petermgreen...> [CT Birds] Westport Yellow Warbler
11/22/21 3:19 pm cjveale <cjveale...> [CT Birds] Continuing Shike-South Windsor
11/22/21 2:39 pm Erin Boisvert <erinboisvert...> [CT Birds] Re: Gr. White-fronted
11/22/21 1:17 pm James Leone via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Re: South Windsor Shrike 11/22?
11/22/21 12:59 pm C Wood <cwood022...> [CT Birds] Bears
11/22/21 9:50 am Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2...> [CT Birds] Cattle Egret
11/22/21 8:54 am John Marshall <johnmarshall47...> [CT Birds] Re: Bethlehem - Golden Eagle
11/22/21 8:50 am James Leone via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] South Windsor Shrike 11/22?
11/22/21 7:57 am John Marshall <johnmarshall47...> [CT Birds] Bethlehem - Golden Eagle
11/21/21 12:50 pm Jo Fasciolo <jo_fasciolo...> [CT Birds] Western Tanager seen briefly at East Shore Park
11/21/21 12:16 pm Ed Haesche via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Western Kingbird
11/21/21 12:12 pm Steve Mayo <scmayo999...> [CT Birds] East Shore Park, New Haven - Orange-crowned Warbler
11/21/21 10:55 am Liz <liz.skinski...> [CT Birds] Re: Gr. White-fronted
11/21/21 9:07 am Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2...> [CT Birds] Broad Brook
11/21/21 8:47 am C.S. Wood <cwood022...> [CT Birds] Gr. White-fronted
11/21/21 8:18 am Jo Fasciolo <jo_fasciolo...> [CT Birds] Shrike Continues at Major Donnelly Park in South Windsor
11/21/21 7:43 am David Mathieu via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Re: Cattle Egret Ellington
11/21/21 5:50 am Alex Delehanty <alexdelehanty...> [CT Birds] 1000+ Grackles
11/20/21 3:49 pm Cynthia Ehlinger <cynthia.ehlinger...> [CT Birds] COA Winter Waterfowl Workshop is next weekend - Sign up soon
11/20/21 11:59 am David Mathieu via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Cattle Egret Ellington
11/20/21 8:47 am Jo Fasciolo <jo_fasciolo...> [CT Birds] Greater White-fronted Goose Southbury continuing
11/20/21 4:26 am Bill Rankin <rankinbill...> [CT Birds] Re: South Windsor Northern Shrike
11/19/21 2:46 pm Katie Slawitschek <ktslaw...> [CT Birds] Re: Greater White fronted Goose- Southbury
11/19/21 12:42 pm Audubon Bent <bentoftheriver...> [CT Birds] Greater White fronted Goose- Southbury
11/19/21 7:00 am Joe Bear <joebear.gator...> [CT Birds] Vesper Sparrow
11/19/21 5:20 am David Mathieu via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] South Windsor Northern Shrike
11/18/21 2:21 pm Gregory Hanisek <ctgregh...> [CT Birds] Re: CT Rarity Roundup
11/18/21 1:17 pm Phil Rusch <philiprusch...> [CT Birds] Purple Gallinule-Road Kill
11/18/21 1:09 pm Thomas Robben <robben99...> [CT Birds] Re: CT Rarity Roundup
11/18/21 12:57 pm Nick Bonomo <nbonomo...> [CT Birds] Re: CT Rarity Roundup
11/18/21 12:26 pm Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2...> [CT Birds] East Granby
11/18/21 10:40 am Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> [CT Birds] Re: WESTERN TANAGER - East Shore
11/18/21 6:39 am Joe Bear <joebear.gator...> [CT Birds] Allen’s 10sp Sparrows
11/18/21 6:04 am Mark Aronson <markaronson...> [CT Birds] No Geese at Beaver Ponds New Haven this morning
11/18/21 5:29 am John Oshlick <john.oshlic...> [CT Birds] WESTERN TANAGER - East Shore
11/17/21 3:08 pm Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> [CT Birds] Re: Madison Towhee
11/17/21 11:46 am Beverly Propen <bpropen...> [CT Birds] CACC
11/17/21 11:13 am David Provencher <hikerbirder1...> [CT Birds] Re: Madison Towhee
11/17/21 11:08 am DENNIS MAIN <dennis.main...> [CT Birds] Re: Madison Towhee
11/17/21 10:44 am Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> [CT Birds] Madison Towhee
11/17/21 9:03 am Frank Mantlik <mantlik...> [CT Birds] Re: Snowy owls: Is this an irruption year? (Slightly off-topic)
11/17/21 8:10 am <gmc2...> [CT Birds] Re: Snowy owls: Is this an irruption year? (Slightly off-topic)
11/17/21 8:06 am Dean Rupp <rupp...> [CT Birds] Western Kingbird continues
11/17/21 7:51 am Paul Plotnick <pdplot2...> [CT Birds] Re: Snowy owls: Is this an irruption year? (Slightly off-topic)
11/17/21 7:48 am Ellynne Rey <ellynnerey...> [CT Birds] Re: Snowy owls: Is this an irruption year? (Slightly off-topic)
11/17/21 7:37 am Severin Uebbing <severinuebbing...> [CT Birds] Re: Snowy owls: Is this an irruption year? (Slightly off-topic)
11/17/21 7:30 am Aidan Kiley <eezambo...> [CT Birds] CT Rarity Roundup
11/17/21 7:01 am Felix Sangari via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Snowy owls: Is this an irruption year? (Slightly off-topic)
11/17/21 6:44 am Bob MacDonnell <macdonnellphoto...> [CT Birds] Cattle Egret Old Lyme
11/17/21 6:25 am Bill Rankin <rankinbill...> [CT Birds] Dickcissel continues
11/16/21 11:39 am Stephen Spector <charsjs...> [CT Birds] Gannets, Bonaparte's Gull, Milford
11/16/21 11:15 am Gregory Hanisek <ctgregh...> [CT Birds] Clapper Rails, Milford
11/16/21 9:38 am Doug Wisneski <dougwisneski...> [CT Birds] Kingbird
11/16/21 9:37 am Joe Bear <joebear.gator...> [CT Birds] Allen’s
11/16/21 7:06 am Julian Ventres <ventresjulian...> [CT Birds] Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
11/15/21 4:38 pm Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Talk by Chris Wood - "Wood Warblers" 11-18-21
11/15/21 1:54 pm Alec Wiggin <alec...> [CT Birds] 14 Acre & Woods Pond, Norwalk
11/15/21 7:56 am Peter Grose <pgrose53...> [CT Birds] Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - Rhode Island
11/15/21 7:23 am Joe Bear <joebear.gator...> [CT Birds] Allen’s
11/14/21 1:14 pm Ernest Harris via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Robins 'galore'!
11/14/21 12:08 pm Nicolas Main <nicolasmain58...> [CT Birds] Fieldfare Report Litchfield County
11/14/21 9:58 am Frank Mantlik <mantlik...> [CT Birds] Western Kingbird Yes
11/14/21 8:16 am Shop Account <birdshop...> [CT Birds] Extralimital Sharp-tailed Sandpiper RI, yes
11/14/21 6:43 am Dean Rupp <rupp...> [CT Birds] Re: Western kingbird updates?
11/14/21 6:32 am ohjustrelax <ohjustrelax...> [CT Birds] Re: Extraliminal - Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
11/14/21 6:18 am John Oshlick <john.oshlic...> [CT Birds] Farm River State Park - Chat
11/14/21 6:01 am Frank Mantlik <mantlik...> [CT Birds] Western kingbird updates?
11/13/21 12:23 pm Alec Wiggin <alec...> [CT Birds] Test
11/13/21 10:09 am John Oshlick <john.oshlic...> [CT Birds] Extraliminal - Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
11/13/21 7:06 am <calimber...> [CT Birds] Cattle Egrets at Hammo
11/13/21 5:53 am Severin Uebbing <severinuebbing...> [CT Birds] Re: Western Kingbird-Yes
11/13/21 4:25 am Cynthia Ehlinger <cynthia.ehlinger...> [CT Birds] COA's Winter Waterfowl Workshop - 11/27 Online, 11/28 in person
11/12/21 9:02 am Beverly Propen <bpropen...> [CT Birds] OT- Adelie penguin in New Zealand is lost
11/12/21 5:11 am Tina Green <petermgreen...> [CT Birds] Westport Gannets
11/11/21 9:32 pm Carl Benson via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Re: Snowy Owl - Topic close please
11/11/21 8:09 pm Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> [CT Birds] Snowy Owl - Topic close please
11/11/21 5:31 pm Charlie Bostwick <bostwick.charlie...> [CT Birds] Re: Snowy owl
11/11/21 5:25 pm K Zak <kznrrg...> [CT Birds] Re: Snowy owl
11/11/21 12:45 pm Kathy Van Der Aue <kathyvda...> [CT Birds] MINI-GRANT TIME IS HERE!
11/11/21 12:20 pm Nichols Photography <manichols1993...> [CT Birds] Hammo- longspur
11/11/21 11:00 am Alec Wiggin <alec...> [CT Birds] Grace Salmon Park, Westport
11/11/21 10:44 am Doug Wisneski <dougwisneski...> [CT Birds] Re: Orange Crown Warbler continues @ Silver Sands
11/11/21 10:23 am Jeffrey Fengler <jeff.fengler...> [CT Birds] Golden Eagle at Valley Falls Park Vernon
11/11/21 9:29 am Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Titmice redux - 37 in 5 minutes
11/11/21 7:59 am Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Piggy Titmice
11/11/21 7:50 am Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Turkeys
11/11/21 7:49 am Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Cedar Waxwings
11/11/21 7:39 am Larry Havey <ldhavey...> [CT Birds] Yellow-headed blackbird, Trout Brook Valley orchard, Easton
11/11/21 6:26 am Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> [CT Birds] Western Kingbird-Yes
11/11/21 5:37 am Tina Green <petermgreen...> [CT Birds] Westport Black Scoters
11/11/21 5:08 am Tina Green <petermgreen...> [CT Birds] Westport egrets & buntings
11/11/21 4:03 am Tina Green <petermgreen...> [CT Birds] Westport Snowgeese
11/10/21 7:13 pm Ed Haesche via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] WESTERN NO GO GOOGLE IS AT IT AGAIN
11/10/21 7:11 pm Ed Haesche via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] western kingbird pic new link
11/10/21 7:03 pm Ed Haesche via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Western pics new link
11/10/21 6:59 pm Ed Haesche via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Western Kingbird pics 11-10-21
11/10/21 4:04 pm Jim Dugan <jim...> [CT Birds] FYI on work at Barn Island WMA
11/10/21 3:51 pm Beverly Propen <bpropen...> [CT Birds] CACC
11/10/21 12:56 pm James Leone via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Re: Western Kingbird updates?
11/10/21 11:03 am Ellynne Rey <ellynnerey...> [CT Birds] Re: Western Kingbird updates?
11/10/21 10:16 am James Carr <james.j.carr...> [CT Birds] Re: Western Kingbird updates?
11/10/21 9:59 am Ed Haesche via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Re: Western Kingbird updates?
11/10/21 9:52 am James Leone via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Western Kingbird updates?
11/10/21 8:21 am Julian Ventres <ventresjulian...> [CT Birds] Re: Owl update
11/10/21 8:18 am Nichols Photography <manichols1993...> [CT Birds] Re: Owl update
11/10/21 8:14 am Ellynne Rey <ellynnerey...> [CT Birds] Orange Crown Warbler continues @ Silver Sands
11/10/21 7:48 am Patrick Comins <pcomins...> [CT Birds] Re: Owl update
11/10/21 7:14 am Dean Rupp <rupp...> [CT Birds] Kingbird at Hammo
11/10/21 7:04 am Ernest Harris via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Colchester Deck
11/10/21 6:32 am Joe Bear <joebear.gator...> [CT Birds] Allen’s Blackpolls
11/10/21 6:15 am julian hough <jrhough1...> [CT Birds] Owl update
11/10/21 5:32 am Liz Jaffin <lizjaffin...> [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
11/10/21 5:22 am Melani Lust <melanilust...> [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
11/10/21 5:07 am Matthew <mjbell1214...> [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
11/9/21 5:34 pm Cynthia Ehlinger <cynthia.ehlinger...> [CT Birds] ​COA’s Winter Waterfowl Workshop - Nov. 27 online & Nov. 28 in person
11/9/21 11:35 am Doug Wisneski <dougwisneski...> [CT Birds] Re: Rarities, crowds and behavior
11/9/21 9:52 am Christina Cole <gooutsidect...> [CT Birds] Re: Rarities, crowds and behavior
11/9/21 8:56 am Bob MacDonnell <macdonnellphoto...> [CT Birds] Kingbird update - Hammonasset
11/9/21 8:10 am julian hough <jrhough1...> [CT Birds] Rarities, crowds and behavior
11/9/21 7:44 am Frank Mantlik <mantlik...> [CT Birds] Re: Western Kingbird Hammonasset
11/9/21 7:37 am Bill Rankin <rankinbill...> [CT Birds] Re: Orange-crowned Warbler Silver Sands SP 11/7
11/9/21 7:22 am Joe Bear <joebear.gator...> [CT Birds] Allen’s
11/9/21 7:16 am Bob MacDonnell <macdonnellphoto...> [CT Birds] Western Kingbird Hammonasset
11/9/21 6:33 am Bill Rankin <rankinbill...> [CT Birds] Re: Orange-crowned Warbler Silver Sands SP 11/7
11/8/21 6:59 pm Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
11/8/21 1:12 pm Paul Plotnick <pdplot2...> [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
11/8/21 12:55 pm Michael Richardson <msr042377...> [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
11/8/21 12:54 pm William Hobbie <whobbie3...> [CT Birds] Colebrook Carolina Wren
11/8/21 12:49 pm Charlie Bostwick <bostwick.charlie...> [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
11/8/21 12:26 pm Frank Mantlik <mantlik...> [CT Birds] Clay-colored Sparrow - Bridgeport
11/8/21 12:19 pm Ellynne Rey <ellynnerey...> [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
11/8/21 11:54 am Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
11/8/21 11:27 am Nichols Photography <manichols1993...> [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
11/8/21 11:20 am Charlie Bostwick <bostwick.charlie...> [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
11/8/21 11:16 am Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
11/8/21 10:49 am Larry Havey <ldhavey...> [CT Birds] Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
11/8/21 10:34 am <imbercj...> [CT Birds] Re: Madison Orange-Crowned Warbler
11/8/21 7:23 am Tom Murray <tsmurray6315...> [CT Birds] Grasshopper Sparrow, Milford
11/8/21 5:58 am Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> [CT Birds] Madison Orange-Crowned Warbler
11/7/21 11:22 am Stephen Spector <charsjs...> [CT Birds] Orange-crowned Warbler Silver Sands SP 11/7
11/7/21 8:19 am Maria Stockmal <m.stockmal...> [CT Birds] Farm River State Park, East Haven
11/6/21 2:50 pm Paul Plotnick <pdplot2...> [CT Birds] Greenwich Point
11/6/21 10:57 am Beverly Propen <bpropen...> [CT Birds] Mondo Ponds and Silver Sands, Milford
11/6/21 10:23 am Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2...> [CT Birds] Windsor
11/6/21 8:39 am Nancy <simon.nuhn...> [CT Birds] Purple Finches
11/6/21 4:40 am Cynthia Ehlinger <cynthia.ehlinger...> [CT Birds] Reminder: COA’s Birds and the Environment Science Conference today
11/5/21 5:28 pm Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> [CT Birds] Bauer Farm surprise American Redstart and others
11/5/21 5:05 pm Ed Haesche via CTBirds <ctbirds...> [CT Birds] Golden eagle pics 11-5-21
11/5/21 11:28 am Bill Rankin <rankinbill...> [CT Birds] Re: Hammo Cattle Egret
11/5/21 10:33 am Dana Campbell <dana.l.campbell...> [CT Birds] Second Golden Eagle at Lighthouse Point
11/5/21 10:22 am Ryan Maclean <ryanmac335...> [CT Birds] Re: Swainson's at LPP
11/5/21 9:43 am Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2...> [CT Birds] East Granby
11/5/21 9:17 am Dana Campbell <dana.l.campbell...> [CT Birds] Lighthouse Point Park Hawkwatch (LPP) Golden Eagle
11/5/21 9:08 am Ryan Maclean <ryanmac335...> [CT Birds] Re: Swainson's at LPP
11/5/21 8:58 am Dana Campbell <dana.l.campbell...> [CT Birds] Swainson's at LPP
11/5/21 8:46 am <birdshop...> <birdshop...> [CT Birds] Hammo Cattle Egret
11/5/21 6:16 am Thomas Robben <robben99...> [CT Birds] Re: My first Fox Sparrow!
11/5/21 5:52 am Loralee Richter <loraleeann...> [CT Birds] My first Fox Sparrow!
11/4/21 5:27 pm SARAH FAULKNER <sffaulkner...> [CT Birds] Re: Saturday - COA’s Birds and the Environment Science Conference
11/4/21 4:25 pm Chris Loscalzo <closcalz...> [CT Birds] Old Saybrook/Westbrook highlights
11/4/21 3:49 pm cjveale <cjveale...> [CT Birds] Lapland Longspur-Hammonasset
11/4/21 10:41 am cjveale <cjveale...> [CT Birds] Lapland Longspur
11/4/21 9:34 am Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2...> [CT Birds] Broad Brook
11/4/21 9:23 am Joe Bear <joebear.gator...> [CT Birds] Pipits & Bluebirds
11/4/21 8:56 am Frank Mantlik <mantlik...> [CT Birds] TrapFalls Coot, etc
11/4/21 8:06 am Beverly Propen <bpropen...> [CT Birds] Lake Wepawaug, Orange
11/4/21 6:17 am Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> [CT Birds] 2 Cattle Egrets continue. Woodstock
11/4/21 5:08 am John Oshlick <john.oshlic...> [CT Birds] Silver Sands - Clay- colored Sparrow
 
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Date: 12/4/21 5:49 pm
From: Ed Haesche via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Yellow-breasted Chat pics 12-4-21+shrike 12-3-21
Chat from Hammo, 41.254239, -72.543558       copy&paste to google maps
Shrike from S Windsor.Major Donnelly preserve.Ed Haesche, Guilford  https://photos.app.goo.gl/zPySXVUQ42L1fx958

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Date: 12/4/21 5:39 pm
From: Annette Pasek <apasek...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Barrow's Goldeneye - Windsorlocks Canal State Park Trail and Barnes Boat Launch
Barrow’s Goldeneye two, Jamie confirmed one, may be more. Seen mid-afternoon. Approximately 30 Goldeneyes, commons - most north of the Rt 190 bridge and a few south of it. Breaking up into groups but large group staying mostly together on West Bank side of river. Challenging to see from either side. May be best to go on bridge's bike path.

Annette Pasek
Glastonbury

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Date: 12/4/21 5:32 pm
From: Annette Pasek <apasek...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Northern Shrike Major Donnelly Preserve S. Windsor
Northern Shrike Mid-afternoon Bird was seen by many perched and in flight near tall viewing platform. Seemed aware of birder's presence. Seen in flight with group of waxwings more than once.

Annette Pasek
Glastonbury

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Date: 12/4/21 3:01 pm
From: Joseph Budrow <jbudrow...>
Subject: [CT Birds] EAST HAVEN SHORELINE
On Friday I took off for lunch and drove down Silver Sands Road to Old Town Hwy where it meets Morgan Avenue. A great view of Long Island Sound and Quixes Ledge and the Southwest Ledge Light. Sure, I was hoping for a Snowy Owl out there. The consolation was at least 30 long-tailed ducks and then a non-gull maneuvering the winds flying away from me. I followed it and it landed on the ledge...a male peregrine falcon. It started to devour something but no way could I see what it killed. An unexpected surprise bird.

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Date: 12/4/21 2:14 pm
From: Jo Fasciolo <jo_fasciolo...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Norwalk River Esplanade - Palm, Pine, and Yellow-rumped Warblers
> Norwalk River Esplanade - Palm, Pine, and Yellow-rumped Warblers along with a Ruby-crowned Kinglet seen in the pines after the Pipe Crossing sign.
>
> Jo Fasciolo
> Norwalk

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Date: 12/4/21 1:45 pm
From: Olaf Soltau via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Black-throated Blue Warbler
BTBW male made brief appearance at my yard feeder at 11:50 AM. Probably same bird that paid longer feeder visit on Thanksgiving (11/25) morning.

Olaf Soltau
New Preston, CT

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Date: 12/4/21 12:37 pm
From: Gary Lemmon <lemmon...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Branford Supply Pond Short Rocks Rd

Currently being seen and usually most afternoons due to low water level due to dam repair:
Coot
Hooded Merg
Am Wigeon
Gadwall
Full eBird report

Carol & Gary Lemmon
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Date: 12/4/21 11:55 am
From: Nichols Photography <manichols1993...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Wooster Park Stratford
For anyone looking, the Canada X Greater White Fronted Goose hybrid is currently at Wooster pond with Canada geese. Also 2 northern shovelers- 1 male in eclipse plumage, 2 American wigeons, numerous gadwall.

Monica nichols with Gillian Smits

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Date: 12/4/21 11:05 am
From: Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Guilford Cackling Geese
Someone at the pond believes the geese I saw are Canadas. There was no flock to compare the birds to, unfortunately, just the two.

I will add photos to my eBird report and welcome feedback.

Chuck Imbergamo
CT Birds Moderator
Madison

> On Dec 4, 2021, at 11:22 AM, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> wrote:
>
> There are two Cackling Geese presently at the center of Innovation Park pond in Guilford.
>
> Chuck Imbergamo
> CT Birds Moderator
> Madison

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Date: 12/4/21 9:27 am
From: William Hobbie <whobbie3...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Colebrook First of Years
Female Purple Finch
Red-Breasted Nuthatch

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Date: 12/4/21 8:47 am
From: Tom Kenefick <TKenefick...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Dickcissel - YES
The Dickcissel continues at the Urban Oasis in New Haven. Seen well and photographed at 11:30 this morning. Follow the road to the end and when you get to the field go to the left. It was seen anywhere from the end of the trail to 50 yards left.

Tom Kenefick
Woodbridge

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Date: 12/4/21 8:22 am
From: Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Guilford Cackling Geese
There are two Cackling Geese presently at the center of Innovation Park pond in Guilford.

Chuck Imbergamo
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Madison

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Date: 12/4/21 8:15 am
From: Darcy Thurrott <darcythurrott...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Brown creeper!
14 Linden Road back yard
Saw it briefly creeping on a horizontal branch of apple tree.
First sighting in probably 20 yrs!

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Date: 12/4/21 7:26 am
From: Mary <purepressure...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Orange-crowned Warbler
Sherwood Island @ the airfield. West side path. Was looking for the Meadowlarks… and found this little surprise instead.

Mary

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Date: 12/4/21 7:25 am
From: Joe Bear <joebear.gator...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Allen’s
12/4 Allen’s Meadow, Wilton. Fox and White-crowned Sparrows still present and singing. Winter Wren continues as well. Main entrance to Allen’s is closed for the winter so you have to park at East lot and walk across the fields.

Joe Bear
Wilton

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Date: 12/4/21 6:29 am
From: Joseph Budrow <jbudrow...>
Subject: [CT Birds] NORTGERN SHRIKE - Yes
West of observation deck. Tree toppin' and tail bobbin'. Gray morning. 

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Date: 12/4/21 5:26 am
From: C Echlin <cechlin151...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Snowy Owl in 4K - Scratching, Preening, expelling
Well said, I echo Susanne's comments and thanks to Scott.
It's so ensuring to know how our shoreline provides safe refuge to this
magnificent creature and that he is still hanging around. I was one who
visited early on from a safe 200' distance in early November with only a
few others to witness him resting along the beach. Nice to see him again
looking so healthy.
Celeste Echlin


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> What a wonderful video, Scott. I enjoyed it immensely. Great picture and
> editing. It was as if I was there with the wind blowing, but much more
> comfortable.
>
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Date: 12/4/21 3:28 am
From: Susanne Shrader <birdgirrl...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Snowy Owl in 4K - Scratching, Preening, expelling
What a wonderful video, Scott. I enjoyed it immensely. Great picture and editing. It was as if I was there with the wind blowing, but much more comfortable.

Susanne Shrader

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Date: 12/3/21 9:55 am
From: Scott Kruitbosch <kbosch...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Snowy Owl in 4K - Scratching, Preening, Stretching, Coughing up a Pellet!
We don't often get to peacefully enjoy our Snowy Owls preening, scratching,
stretching, and coughing up a pellet - check this out in 4K:
https://youtu.be/XmcybXMLPbI

Those who know me know I avoid posting or talking about the species for
their safety, but this bird has long passed those barriers with its
duration of stay and abundant public awareness. I'm happy to say I've heard
good things about people's behavior lately, too.

--
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Date: 12/3/21 7:20 am
From: Paul Smith <psmith29...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Golden Eagle, Silver Sands, Milford
With Sunrise Birding, spotted by Steve Bird

Flying west to east

Paul Smith
New Haven

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Date: 12/2/21 2:09 pm
From: Joe Bear <joebear.gator...>
Subject: [CT Birds] S. Norwalk Res PBGR
12/2, S. Norwalk Reservoir, Wilton. Rather quiet on the water save 1
Pied-billed Grebe.

Joe Bear
Wilton
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Date: 12/2/21 3:45 am
From: Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Mon.12/6 - Birding Safari, Namibia-Botswana
Monday, Dec. 6 - LHAS Monthly Meeting 7 PM - Zoom - A Birding Safari across Namibia and Botswana by Angela Dimmitt.  To register before 8 PM Sat. 12/4, go to website: www.lhasct.org.
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New Milford

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Date: 12/1/21 3:42 pm
From: Beverly Propen <bpropen...>
Subject: [CT Birds] CT State of the Birds 2021
As I am reading the CT State of the birds 2021, I plan to listen to
the program and analysis on Thursday.
I found the article on page 10- Food-rich Shoals Provide Refuge for
collapsing Sea Duck Populations interesting.
But yesterday I read an article online that stated that the Pilgrim
Nuclear Power Station on Cape Cod is being decommissioned-which sounded
good until I read that radioactive water from the plant may get dumped into
the waters off Cape Cod! I sincerely hope that this never happens. And I
assume Massachusetts Audubon and any other sane environmental groups will
be fighting this.
Link to the article is included.
https://www.capecodtimes.com/story/news/2021/11/24/pilgrim-nuclear-power-station-decommissioning-cape-cod-bay-potentially-radioactive-water-holtec/8752364002/

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Date: 12/1/21 11:47 am
From: Frank Mantlik <mantlik...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Bridgeport Snowy Egrets, Dowitcher
12/1 Bridgeport, Johnson Creek, exit 30 northbound I-95 - at 2:30, 3 SNOWY EGRETS (probably same ones at Seaside Park 1-2 weeks ago), 1 DOWITCHER species (backlit, and I have no scope), 8 GREATER YELLOWLEGS—all foraging at low tide.

Frank Mantlik
Stratford

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Date: 12/1/21 10:42 am
From: Brendan Murtha <bmskua...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Greenwich Pt. Orange-crowned Warbler
Just had a nice bright Orange-crowned Warbler in a stand of mugwort and deadfall along the outer beach at Greenwich Point Park, right on the western end of the trail that begins by the eagle pond outflow. Haven’t seen many reported in the state these past few weeks.
Brendan Murtha


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Date: 12/1/21 10:14 am
From: Beverly Propen <bpropen...>
Subject: [CT Birds] CACC
12/1- Milford, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center, 9:40am-12PN. high
tide, receding, 42F-49F, partly sunny, partly cloudy. Viewed from Coastal
Center.
The grounds were quiet while I was there this morning- a couple of White
throated sparrows, 1 Robin in the trees and a Mockingbird calling.
On the marsh: 2 Buffleheads, 19 American Black ducks, 2 mallards, 1
Northern harrier coasting over the marsh and 1 Common Loon further out.
As the tide was receding- Ring billed and Herring gulls were foraging and
some resting/sunning on the exposed mud flats.
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Date: 12/1/21 8:29 am
From: <birdshop...> <birdshop...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Hammo 12/1
The NHBC First Wednesday walk at Hammonasset SP highlights: Western Kingbird continues, Yellow-breasted Chat (behind Cedar Isle pavilion), 2 Black Scoters, Lapland Longspur, 3 Snow Buntings, lingering Great Egret
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Date: 12/1/21 6:21 am
From: Tina Green <petermgreen...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Westport Highlights
Sherwood Island SP- 3 Eastern Meadowlarks continue at far west end, heard first giving zeet calls and then seen in the crabapple tree along the ditch.
House Wren continues as well in thickets east of the yellow metal gates, heard scold calls 3 times unprompted.
Nothing else of note as I walked the edge of the marsh at high tide.

Tina Green
Westport
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Date: 12/1/21 6:14 am
From: Ellynne Rey <ellynnerey...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: McKinney - $4M-Marsh-Restoration-Project-Launches-in-Stratford
Thanks, Cynthia! This is amazing. Exactly what I hoped was going on. Great
news!

Ellynne Rey
(Stamford)

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> Here is a link to the CT DEEP article about the saltmarsh restoration, to
> hopefully benefit Saltmarsh Sparrow
> https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/News-Releases/News-Releases---
> 2021/4M-Marsh-Restoration-Project-Launches-in-Stratford
>
> Cynthia S. Ehlinger
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Date: 12/1/21 6:04 am
From: Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
Subject: [CT Birds] December welcome
Greetings CT Birders and welcome to December – a month when many waterfowl return to local waters!

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Date: 12/1/21 5:56 am
From: Chris Elphick <elphick...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Stewart McKinney Bird Blind Stratford
Hi Ellynne,
As Maria says, there is a major restoration project taking place at McKinney.  Audubon CT has been leading much of the work in close coordination with the Fish and Wildlife Service, and someone from one of those organizations can perhaps say more.  The focus though is on restoring high elevation salt marsh habitat, which is one of the most threatened habitats in the state.  Among other things, the hope is that it will improve the amount of nesting habitat for saltmarsh sparrows, which are currently on a path towards extinction sometime mid-century. Working with the FWS, members of our research group at UConn are involved with studying the restoration at this site, and many other sites throughout the northeast, to try to better understand what it will take to prevent the sparrow's extinction, and the consequences for other saltmarsh-dependent birds.

Chris

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Date: 12/1/21 5:47 am
From: Cynthia Ehlinger <cynthia.ehlinger...>
Subject: [CT Birds] McKinney - $4M-Marsh-Restoration-Project-Launches-in-Stratford
Here is a link to the CT DEEP article about the saltmarsh restoration, to
hopefully benefit Saltmarsh Sparrow
https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/News-Releases/News-Releases---2021/4M-Marsh-Restoration-Project-Launches-in-Stratford

Cynthia S. Ehlinger
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Date: 12/1/21 5:01 am
From: Ellynne Rey <ellynnerey...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: McKenny Refuge
Thanks for the update, Paul. Glad to hear there were ducks there. I did not
realize how large an undertaking it was. The area has really dramatically
altered within the span of just a few weeks.

Ellynne

On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2...>
wrote:

>
>
> Paul Desjardins
> <paul.desjardins2...>
> Phone: (860) 623-3696
>
>
> Ellynne, I can’t answer your question about what is going on at the refuge
> other than to say I am sure they are trying to improve the habitat there.
> Concerning you not seeing any waterfowl I was there Sunday afternoon and
> there were lots of American Wigeons and a few Green Winged Teals.
>
> Paul Desjardins
> Windsor Locks
>
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Date: 12/1/21 3:46 am
From: Maria Stockmal <m.stockmal...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Stewart McKinney Bird Blind Stratford
There is a major restoration project taking place there to restore the habitat. I’m sure the National Audubon website or the McKinney website can give you more information.

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Maria Stockmal
East Haven

> On Nov 30, 2021, at 11:22 PM, Ellynne Rey <ellynnerey...> wrote:
>
> A while back they got rid of non-native invasive vegetation at S. McKinney
> to improve the area and better support conservation efforts. I went to the
> blind today to look for ducks and was very surprised to see zero ducks and
> lots of heavy machinery (construction vehicles) instead. The whole area
> surrounding the pond was bare and had no more plant cover. Gone is the
> phragmites. It was explained to me before that phragmites were invasive.
> I’m hoping that’s why the pond by the blind looked so bare.
>
> I was curious if anyone knew if all of that was still related to the
> conservation restoration project. The heavy machinery in the same area as
> the relatively new Amazon facility across the road made me wonder if
> something less nature-minded and more industrial/commercial was going on. I
> realize marshes are generally protected and not going to Amazon but you
> never know. Does anyone know what is happening there?
>
> I saw 3 great blue herons, a RT Hawk, white throated sparrows, a junco, and
> that was about it. No ducks whatsoever. Thought I saw a harrier in the
> distance but it turned out to be a Red Tail.
>
> If anyone knows the status at S McKinney, I’d be curious to know what’s
> been going on there. Thanks!
>
> Ellynne Rey
> (Stamford)
>
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Date: 12/1/21 2:11 am
From: Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2...>
Subject: [CT Birds] McKenny Refuge


Paul Desjardins
<paul.desjardins2...>
Phone: (860) 623-3696


Ellynne, I can’t answer your question about what is going on at the refuge other than to say I am sure they are trying to improve the habitat there. Concerning you not seeing any waterfowl I was there Sunday afternoon and there were lots of American Wigeons and a few Green Winged Teals.

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Date: 11/30/21 8:22 pm
From: Ellynne Rey <ellynnerey...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Stewart McKinney Bird Blind Stratford
A while back they got rid of non-native invasive vegetation at S. McKinney
to improve the area and better support conservation efforts. I went to the
blind today to look for ducks and was very surprised to see zero ducks and
lots of heavy machinery (construction vehicles) instead. The whole area
surrounding the pond was bare and had no more plant cover. Gone is the
phragmites. It was explained to me before that phragmites were invasive.
I’m hoping that’s why the pond by the blind looked so bare.

I was curious if anyone knew if all of that was still related to the
conservation restoration project. The heavy machinery in the same area as
the relatively new Amazon facility across the road made me wonder if
something less nature-minded and more industrial/commercial was going on. I
realize marshes are generally protected and not going to Amazon but you
never know. Does anyone know what is happening there?

I saw 3 great blue herons, a RT Hawk, white throated sparrows, a junco, and
that was about it. No ducks whatsoever. Thought I saw a harrier in the
distance but it turned out to be a Red Tail.

If anyone knows the status at S McKinney, I’d be curious to know what’s
been going on there. Thanks!

Ellynne Rey
(Stamford)

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Date: 11/30/21 5:13 pm
From: Chris Loscalzo <closcalz...>
Subject: [CT Birds] COA Sea Duck Workshop final summary
Here is a final summary of the COA Sea Duck Workshop Sea Watches held this past Sunday at five separate locations: we collectively saw 15 species of wintering waterfowl with the highlights being Common Eider, all three scoter species and Razorbill and 66 species in total, with the notable non-waterfowl species being Northern Gannet, Great Egret, Northern Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Greater Yellowlegs, Iceland Gull, Snowy Owl, Western Kingbird, and American Pipit. One species that was (much) less present than expected was Greater Scaup. Sincere thanks go to Chris Wood for moderating the Zoom presentation on Saturday night and to Cynthia Ehlinger, Tina Green, Frank Mantlik, Dave Provencher and Glenn Williams for serving as leaders of the sea watches. Thanks, also, to all of the birders who participated in the events. We hope you enjoyed it!

Chris Loscalzo,
Woodbridge

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Date: 11/30/21 4:21 pm
From: ashippee <ashippee...>
Subject: [CT Birds] WEKI still @ Hammo, & Gannets
I don't recall this being reported here yet today.  Western Kingbird continues at Hammonasset.  In the field by the entrance to Willard's, along the back, in the trees in the lawn and along the edge.  Not too hard to find.
I saw it about 11:40 PM & 1:20 PM.  Thanks to those already spotting the bird when I arrived.  
Also, some Northern Gannets from the moraine trail platform.
Horned Larks in lots for West Beach.  Multiple Carolina Wren on Willard's, along with a bunch of Yellow-rumped Warblers.  
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Date: 11/30/21 3:18 pm
From: ed bailey via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Wooster pond stratford
Canada/white fronted hyrid, 2 shovelers,wigeon,hooded merganser,black ducks,& lots of gadwall and canada geese. Also a great blue heron and redtailEd Bailey

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Date: 11/30/21 12:47 pm
From: Maria Stockmal <m.stockmal...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Branford Supply Ponds
American Coot, Green-winged Teal, Purple Finch

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East Haven

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Date: 11/30/21 12:22 pm
From: Andrew Block via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] extralimital Gray Kingbird
Just wanted to let people know i just came back from seeing a Gray Kingbird on Staten Island in Great Kills Park.  It's being seen in the area of the boat parking lot on both sides of the road on Buffalo Rd.  It's the first lot on the right  I believe.  It's been moving all over the area of the grassy lawns with small trees.  Great bird.  Finally got one for NY.
Andrew
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Consulting Naturalist
20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3
Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4780 www.flickr.com/photos/conuropsis/albums

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Date: 11/30/21 6:56 am
From: Frank Mantlik <mantlik...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: CT Rarity Roundup
Hi Aidan,Do you have a cumulative bird list for the weekend Rarity Roundup that you could share? Thanks.
Frank MantlikStratford
On Thursday, November 18, 2021, 05:22:08 PM EST, Gregory Hanisek <ctgregh...> wrote:

I of course second all kudos to Aidan, who has been of tremendous help to
me by assisting in my role as CT eBird Reviewer. I'd like to especially
underline Nick's suggestion to fold this effort as much as possible
into the Winter Bird Atlas. That can be done very easily if you use eBird,
but you can also submit paper atlas data.

It didn't take John Oshlick long to show how on track Aidan was by
finding a Western Tanager this a.m. in New Haven.

Greg Hanisek
Waterbury

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.
>
> Best,
> Nick
>
> Nick Bonomo
> Wallingford, CT
> www.shorebirder.com
>
> 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
> > valuable!
> >
> > Thanks and good birding!
> >
> > Aidan Kiley
> > Fairfield
> >
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Date: 11/30/21 6:54 am
From: Tina Green <petermgreen...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Westport Meadowlarks
Sherwood Island SP- 3 Eastern Meadowlarks at west end of the model airplane field and then flew into the spartina in the marsh. Also, 2 Marsh Wrens.

Tina Green
Westport
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Date: 11/29/21 9:13 am
From: Peter Grose <pgrose53...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Greater White-fronted Goose at Broad Brook
Just spotted a Greater White-fronted Goose along westerly side of Broad Brook Mill Pond, along with a couple thousand Canada Geese. Nothing else unusual.

Peter Grose
Ellington, CT

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Date: 11/29/21 6:45 am
From: Joe Bear <joebear.gator...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Allen’s
11/29 Allen’s Meadow, Wilton. White-crowned Sparrow hanging in there west end of community gardens, plus singing Fox Sparrow.

Joe Bear
Wilton
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Date: 11/29/21 6:22 am
From: Nichols Photography <manichols1993...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Hammo- larks and longspurs
Just picked out at least 3 Lapland longspurs in the horned lark flock in the nature center. Also a good flock of snow buntings tho much more skittish. Had a Cooper’s Hawk and bald Eagle by swan pond.

Monica Nichols
Madison

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Date: 11/28/21 2:21 pm
From: Cynthia Ehlinger <cynthia.ehlinger...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Greenwich Point Park Sea Watch
Greenwich Point Park Sea Watch

Sea watching at Greenwich Point Park was very comfortable as well for the 7
of us who ventured out. From Eagle Pond we had good looks at Brant,
Buffleheads, both Common and Red-throated Loons, male and female Common
Goldeneyes, Red-breasted Mergansers, and distant Long-tailed Ducks plus
views of a few hundred Canada Geese in large skeins. Non-waterfowl sights
included a camouflaged Great Blue Heron, entertaining Ruddy Turnstones that
kept leaving and returning just 15 yards out, and a flock of Horned Larks
circling overhead. The vista from the main beach and bluff added 5 Horned
Grebes and both DC Cormorant and Great Cormorants, as well as a
migrating Northern Harrier. Thanks to Kyle Carlsen and Jim Muchmore for
their help at the watch.

Cynthia S. Ehlinger
Riverside

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Date: 11/28/21 2:19 pm
From: Frank Mantlik <mantlik...>
Subject: [CT Birds] COA Seaduck Trip 11/28 - Stratford
Hi all,
The COA Seaduck Workshop trip in Stratford today had 8 eager birders. Although cold (32-35F) and overcast with occasional snow flurries or snow shower, viewing conditions on Long Island Sound were ideal. We visited 3 sites: Lordship Seawall, Long Beach, and Stratford Point (plus afterward a few of us looked at Frash Pond). We tallied 41 species of birds, highlighted by crippling views of ICELAND GULL, SNOWY OWL (distant), 11 species of ducks including all three scoter species and courting Long-tailed Ducks, a nice study of Common and Red-throated Loons, and flocks of Horned Larks and Snow Buntings.
Complete ebird lists here, with photos:
Lordship Seawall: https://ebird.org/checklist/S98212869
Long Beach: https://ebird.org/checklist/S98207986

Stratford Point: https://ebird.org/checklist/S98212879
Frash Pond: https://ebird.org/checklist/S98208666

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Date: 11/28/21 1:40 pm
From: Beverly Propen <bpropen...>
Subject: [CT Birds] birding in Orange
11/28 8:30am-11:30am.
Nancy Clark and I birded a few spots in Orange (Lake Wepawaug, a segment of
Eisenhower park, High Plains and Wolfe Soccer park) to scout out Area P
for the Christmas bird count.
Highlights were 1 Eastern Towhee (not spotted) and 1 Hermit thrush in
bushes at Wolfe soccer park, with a flock of 8 Cardinals there, 2 Yellow
bellied sapsuckers, plus 2 Killdeer in with a flock of about 200 Canada
Geese.
Full report on EBird.
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Date: 11/28/21 12:30 pm
From: Tina Green <petermgreen...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Sherwood Island SP COA Seawatch
Sea watching conditions at Sherwood Island were very good this morning as Chris Loscalzo had predicted on his Zoom presentation last evening.With almost no wind and cloudy skies, seventeen of us were treated to a nice mix of waterfowl on the sound. From Sherwood Point we had good views of Canada Geese, Brant, both Common and Red-throated Loons, Horned Grebes,a single DC Cormorant, Long-tailed Ducks, Red-breasted Mergansers,and Common Goldeneyes.We then visited Burying Hill Beach and scoped from atop the hill to get better looks at a dozen White-winged Scoters. We noted many flocks of migrating Canada Geese today as well.

Thanks to all of today’s workshop attendees and for Chris Loscalzo’s excellent presentation last night!

Tina Green
Westport
Sherwood Island Seawatch leader
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Date: 11/28/21 11:39 am
From: Chris Loscalzo <closcalz...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Hammonasset SP COA Sea Watch
Thanks to Glenn and Dave for their report from Harkness. The 15 observers at Hammonasset had a good morning, as well. We saw several waterfowl species including a drake Common Eider, Surf and White-winged Scoter, Common and Red-throated Loons and Long-tailed Ducks. Additional species of interest were: Northern Gannet, Great Egret and Peregrine Falcon. Several members of our group went to the Cedar Island pavilion afterwards and enjoyed looks at the Western Kingbird that continues there, likely experiencing snowfall for the first time. It is early in the season for winter waterfowl observation and many of the birds that will winter along the coast have not arrived yet. So, there is plenty of opportunity in the months ahead for CT birders to enjoy sea watching!

Thanks to all who attended the workshop presentation last night and the sea watches today.

Chris Loscalzo,
Woodbridge

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Date: 11/28/21 10:37 am
From: Glenn Williams via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Harkness State Park COA seawatch
Things were fairly slow for the thirteen of us seawatching at Harkness this morning. Phil Rusch had a Razorbill well off Waterford Beach and Dorothy Wadlow picked up another distantly flying NW to SE. No opportunity to scope the birds for everyone to see. Dave Provencher pointed out that an American Pipit was probably the most noteworthy bird of the morning. There were also four Greater Yellowlegs in Goshen Cove.

After the seawatch, there were two Palm Warblers at the Trumbull Wastewater Treatment Plant in New London among 30 or so Yellow-rumped Warblers.

For some prospective, the Razorbills, as well as the Common Eider that were just off shore all morning would have been rare visitors to Connecticut in the early 90's and both would have required documentation. I saw my first Razorbills in Connecticut on a Project O boat chartered by COA specifically to find them. The boat was filled to capacity. Now both species are a regular winter occurrence in Connecticut waters, visible from land. 

Glenn Williams
Mystic

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Date: 11/28/21 9:08 am
From: Cynthia Ehlinger <cynthia.ehlinger...>
Subject: [CT Birds] COA Winter Waterfowl Workshop recording now available online
The Zoom recording of the COA Winter Waterfowl Workshop by Chris Loscalzo
is now available online to COA members. Be sure to log in to your COA
account and go to https://www.ctbirding.org/members-only/.

Not a member of Connecticut Ornithological Association? Check out our
website and sign up online at https://www.ctbirding.org/join-us/

Cynthia S. Ehlinger
Riverside
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Date: 11/28/21 6:36 am
From: <brainardsj...> <brainardsj...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: (no subject)
Western King bird yes.
Treeline between Cedar and Willard islands at Hammo, Madison, CT.

Steve Brainard
Cheshire

On Nov 28, 2021, 8:11 AM, at 8:11 AM, adrian lewis <ageandrob...> wrote:
>Can someone let me know if the WEKI is still showing today? I’ll take a
>blast if so. Wondering - with the weather and all.
>Takes me a little over an hour to get there. Thanks!
>
>Adrian Lewis - Woodbury.
>(860)-417-8393
>
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Date: 11/28/21 5:34 am
From: Kathy Van Der Aue <kathyvda...>
Subject: [CT Birds] MINI-GRANT TIME IS HERE!
Since its inception in 2012, COA has given out nearly $40,000.00 for
projects that directly benefit Connecticut's birds. Every year COA awards
grants of up to $1,000.00 for worthy projects. The deadline is January
15th 2022 and awards are made at our annual meeting in March. You can find
details, rules and the application form here:

https://www.ctbirding.org/resources/coa-mini-grant/

Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, CT

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Date: 11/28/21 5:11 am
From: adrian lewis <ageandrob...>
Subject: [CT Birds] (no subject)
Can someone let me know if the WEKI is still showing today? I’ll take a blast if so. Wondering - with the weather and all.
Takes me a little over an hour to get there. Thanks!

Adrian Lewis - Woodbury.
(860)-417-8393

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Date: 11/27/21 5:33 pm
From: Chris Loscalzo <closcalz...>
Subject: [CT Birds] COA Sea Duck Sea Watch Locations
We hope you enjoyed the Sea Duck Workshop Zoom Presentation this evening!

Here are the meeting locations for the Sea Watches to be held tomorrow (Sunday) morning beginning at 8 am:

Greenwich Point Park: Drive 1.6 miles from entry kiosk around cove to the double parking lot on the south side of Eagle Pond for views of both the Sound and Eagle Pond. Entry traffic is restricted at 9 am, so be sure to enter by 8:40 am and watch for pedestrians when exiting.
Sherwood Island SP: meet at the parking lot of the main pavilion at Sherwood Island State Park. A spotting scope will be helpful as we will be scanning the waters of Long Island Sound for waterfowl including sea ducks, loons, and grebes.
Stratford: Meet 8:00am at The Lordship Seawall in Stratford. We will view waterbirds on/over Long Island Sound from here. Then we will likely drive a short distance to one or two other nearby sites (Long Beach, Stratford Point).
The Lordship Seawall can be reached by heading for The Little Pub (10 Washington Pkwy) or Riley's By The Sea (14 Beach Dr.) restaurants. From exit 30 off I-95, follow signs for Sikorsky Airport by driving SE on CT-113 (Lordship Blvd). After passing the airport on the left, continue straight at the 4-way stop sign onto Stratford Rd. In a short while, turn right at the stop sign onto Washington Blvd. We will meet at the Seawall just beyond The Little Pub. Note that no public restroom is along our route, other than a porta potty; but there is a Dunkin Donuts en route.
Hammonasset SP: Meet at the Nature Center Parking Lot. We will walk to the Meigs Point Pavilion and Jetty and scan the sound from there. We will probably take the Moraine Trail to the end to look for birds at that location. And, if there is time and interest, we may go to nearby East Wharf Park in Madison.
Harkness SP: meet at the southwest corner of the Harkness parking lot (near the port-o-potties and dumpsters), and move from there to the platform on the southwest side of the point.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Chris Loscalzo,
Woodbridge

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Date: 11/27/21 4:56 pm
From: Steve Mayo <scmayo999...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: 11/27/2021 -- New Haven, East Shore Park/Lighthouse Point -- Migrating Sandhill Cranes
A late, steady morning flight at Lighthouse Park (New Haven) today. And,
in addition to the 3 Sandhill Cranes heading NW over the Harbor, there were
5 more heading W over Long Island Sound. Other highlights were 8 Bald
Eagles in the 9 am hour, much to the chagrin of the resident pair of
Peregrines.

Steve Mayo
Bethany



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> While leading a bird walk with me at East Shore Park, New Haven this
> morning, Steve Bird spotted 3 migrating Sandhill Cranes moving southwest
> over New Haven Harbor at 9:45 AM. We later checked with the folks at
> Lighthouse Point Hawk Watch. They had seen the three moving in the same
> direction at 9:42 AM.
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Date: 11/27/21 12:00 pm
From: Mary <purepressure...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Northern Shrike
Continuing . Just spotted near observation deck. South Windsor.

Mary

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Date: 11/27/21 10:21 am
From: Gina Nichol <gina...>
Subject: [CT Birds] 11/27/2021 -- New Haven, East Shore Park/Lighthouse Point -- Migrating Sandhill Cranes
While leading a bird walk with me at East Shore Park, New Haven this
morning, Steve Bird spotted 3 migrating Sandhill Cranes moving southwest
over New Haven Harbor at 9:45 AM. We later checked with the folks at
Lighthouse Point Hawk Watch. They had seen the three moving in the same
direction at 9:42 AM.
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Date: 11/27/21 8:26 am
From: Jack Swatt <jswattbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Influx of Fox Sparrows
I seem to be finding a bunch of Fox Sparrows in the area over the
holiday weekend. On Thanksgiving morning I did an atlas survey at
Southington Open Space park on Flanders Rd. and found at least 3 Fox
Sparrows there (I saw them in multiple spots and 3 was the high count).
Several Hermit Thrushes there as well. At home there were a pair of Fox
Sparrows underneath the feeders yesterday, and now three today. A
late Chipping Sparrow also has been present both days.
I also have a small flock of Robins feasting on the berry-laden
Winterberry bushes I planted a few years ago. If you plant natives, they
will come.

Jack Swatt


Lempster, NH

Wolcott, CT

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Date: 11/27/21 8:16 am
From: Beverly Propen <bpropen...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Mondo Ponds, Milford
11/27, Milford, Mondo Ponds. 8:55am-9:45am.
Walked around main pond and by secondary pond. 26 Ring necked ducks, 6
Green winged teal, 25 mallards, 6 Gadwall, 15 Canada geese, 4 hooded
Mergansers ( 1 drake, 3 hens); 2 probable/possible domestic mallards
swimming together- both were size of mallards, short tails, dark bills,
dark feathering overall, with dark heads having a greenish sheen in the
sunlight-but one had a whitish mottled chest- looked very similar to
illustrations in Sibley's page 89, except for bill color- I haven't seen
ducks similar to this .
Full report on Ebird.
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Date: 11/26/21 11:41 am
From: Abby Sesselberg <abbyks222...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Hammonasset SP Madison N. Gannetts
15 Gannets see so far relatively close to shore. Well observed from platform at Mieg’s Point.

Abby Sesselberg
Guilford

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Date: 11/26/21 10:46 am
From: Dana Campbell <dana.l.campbell...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Golden Eagle at Lighthouse Point Park Hawkwatch in New Haven
Juvie Golden Eagle just flew over and headed north towards the cove, so may
return. White wing patches and tail base.
Dana

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Date: 11/26/21 9:00 am
From: Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Western Kingbird
The Western Kingbird is out on the east side of Willard’s Island at Hammonasset state park in Madison. Near the northern end at present actively feeding. He is being harassed by Yellow-rumped Warblers from time to time.

Chuck Imbergamo
CT Birds Moderator
Madison

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Date: 11/26/21 8:56 am
From: Aidan Kiley <eezambo...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Greater White-fronted x Canada hybrid Stratford
The Greater White-fronted x Canada Goose is on the fields of Bunnell High
School in Stratford now. Returning bird from last year. ID was confirmed by
Steve Mlodinow.

Aidan Kiley
Fairfield

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Date: 11/26/21 7:59 am
From: Cynthia Ehlinger <cynthia.ehlinger...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Final Reminder: COA’s Winter Waterfowl 11/27 online, 11/28 in-person
COA’s Winter Waterfowl Workshop

Saturday, November 27 at 7:00 pm. Online via Zoom (Register in advance)
Zoom Presenter: Chris Loscalzo

Sunday, November 28 at 8:00 am. In-person at coastal locations

Chris Loscalzo will present “The Wintering Waterfowl of Long Island Sound”
on November 27 at 7:00 pm online via Zoom.

Learn how to identify the different waterfowl species that are present in
and near the LI Sound in winter. Learn how to differentiate among species
of Loon, Grebe, Scoter, Eider, alcids and others. People who participate in
the Zoom meeting on Saturday evening can attend a sea watch the following
morning at any of several locations along the Connecticut coast. Advance
registration for the Sunday sea watches is not required.

Register in advance for the Saturday Zoom meeting at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpdO2gqjsoGtK8g5b42_D_MGa8wGop037N
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the meeting.

Sunday sea watch locations and leaders are:
- Greenwich Point Park with Cynthia Ehlinger
- Sherwood Island State Park with Tina Green
- Stratford Point with Frank Mantlik
- Hammonasset State Park with Chris Loscalzo
- Harkness Memorial State Park with Dave Provencher and Glenn Williams

Zoom Presenter: Chris Loscalzo is a former COA president and has presented
these Workshops for the past several years. A frequent field trip leader
and active environmentalist, Chris has been an avid birder since the age of
12 and an active member of the Connecticut birding community since 1990.
He is immediate past-president of the Connecticut Ornithological
Association, past-president of the New Haven Bird Club, and longstanding
compiler of the New Haven Christmas Bird Count as well as a major
contributor to the CT Bird Atlas. If it's bird-related, Chris is likely to
be involved in it!

About COA Workshops. The live COA Workshops are free to all. A recording of
the Zoom presentation will be available to COA members with a registered
account on the COA website ctbirding.org under the Members Only tab.

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For Connecticut Ornithological Association
Cynthia S. Ehlinger
Riverside

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Date: 11/26/21 7:24 am
From: Adrian Burke <aburke173...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Hammo Western Kingbird Yes
Western Kingbird continues, active and giving “pik” calls, initially in row
of between Willard’s and Cedar Islands before flying off in the direction
of Willard’s Island. Thanks to the birder who pointed it out to me

Adrian Burke
NYC

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Date: 11/25/21 4:15 pm
From: Nick Bonomo <nbonomo...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Norwich CBC (and others)
Happy Thanksgiving CTBirders.

The Christmas Bird Count season is fast approaching! I wanted to give a
plug for the still-new Norwich CBC, which is now in its third year. Getting
a new CBC off the ground is no easy task, so major kudos to Allison Black
for making it happen. I helped out the first two years and will again be
participating this year, and I've had a blast each time. Being such a new
count, coverage can be difficult to secure because most birders already
have traditional CBCs in which they participate. If you have considered
participating in your first CBC, or if you are experienced and looking for
a fun new count to support, give Norwich a shot!

The Norwich CBC takes place on Sunday, December 19th this year.

My Norwich plug aside, CBCs are really fun ways to participate in your
local birding community, and they make an excellent holiday tradition. I
bet there are many new pandemic-era birders out there who would really
enjoy doing a Count or two. Here is the list of this season's counts in CT:

Connecticut Christmas Bird Counts Announced - Connecticut Ornithological
Association | COA (ctbirding.org)
<https://www.ctbirding.org/connecticut-christmas-bird-counts-announced/>

Good birding,

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT
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Date: 11/25/21 4:07 pm
From: Gary Lemmon <lemmon...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Eurasian Wigeon at 14 Acre Pond


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> On Nov 25, 2021, at 11:40 AM, John Graham <john.graham.ese...> wrote:
> The bird just landed and can be viewed from behind the tennis court.
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Date: 11/25/21 1:37 pm
From: Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Ovenbird!


Paul Desjardins
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Phone: (860) 623-3696

This morning seen at Barn Island W M A Stonington. Late by exactly 50 days and breaking record that had stood since 1962!

Paul Desjardins
Windsor Locks



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Date: 11/25/21 11:12 am
From: Joan Meek <jmeek...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Baltimore Oriole, Milford
We've had one in our yard since bout 10 this morning!!! Very thankful for
this...Joan meek. Old lyme

On Thu, Nov 25, 2021, 1:54 PM Tom Murray <tsmurray6315...> wrote:

> Seen just off the parking lot at Milford Pt. Happy Thanksgiving. Tom
> Murray, Stratford
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Date: 11/25/21 10:54 am
From: Tom Murray <tsmurray6315...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Baltimore Oriole, Milford
Seen just off the parking lot at Milford Pt. Happy Thanksgiving. Tom Murray, Stratford

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Date: 11/25/21 10:37 am
From: Jonathan Green <jonathangreen924...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Male Black-throated Blue Warbler at home bird feeder, New Preston
Last autumn, I too had a male black throated blue warbler eat seeds at one
of my feeders. He only stayed one morning, but it was pretty cool

Jonathan Green
Vernon
On Thu, Nov 25, 2021 at 1:05 PM Paul Plotnick <pdplot2...> wrote:

> I had one two years ago eating sunflower hearts. He stuck around for two
> days before resuming his migration. I got some good pictures.
>
> On Thu, Nov 25, 2021 at 12:06 PM Olaf Soltau via CTBirds <
> <ctbirds...> wrote:
>
> > Big surprise on Thanksgiving morning around 11:30, a BT Blue Warbler
> > eating seeds at my feeder. He also successfully went after a flying
> insect.
> > iPhone pics on eBird at https://ebird.org/checklist/S98049354
> > Olaf SoltauNew Preston
> >
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Date: 11/25/21 10:05 am
From: Paul Plotnick <pdplot2...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Male Black-throated Blue Warbler at home bird feeder, New Preston
I had one two years ago eating sunflower hearts. He stuck around for two
days before resuming his migration. I got some good pictures.

On Thu, Nov 25, 2021 at 12:06 PM Olaf Soltau via CTBirds <
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> Big surprise on Thanksgiving morning around 11:30, a BT Blue Warbler
> eating seeds at my feeder. He also successfully went after a flying insect.
> iPhone pics on eBird at https://ebird.org/checklist/S98049354
> Olaf SoltauNew Preston
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Date: 11/25/21 9:26 am
From: Stephen Spector <charsjs...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Goldeneye, Black Scoter

From Steve Spector 11/25/21 Milford Pt 2 Common Goldeneye, 1 Black Scoter
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Date: 11/25/21 9:06 am
From: Olaf Soltau via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Male Black-throated Blue Warbler at home bird feeder, New Preston
Big surprise on Thanksgiving morning around 11:30, a BT Blue Warbler eating seeds at my feeder. He also successfully went after a flying insect. 
iPhone pics on eBird at https://ebird.org/checklist/S98049354
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Date: 11/25/21 8:40 am
From: John Graham <john.graham.ese...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Eurasian Wigeon at 14 Acre Pond
The bird just landed and can be viewed from behind the tennis court.

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Date: 11/24/21 6:09 pm
From: Ed Haesche via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Western Kingbird pics 11-24-21
Pleasant surprise this afternoon,bird still around the same area but much lower in the small trees in picnic area between Willard's and Ceder Isl.
   https://photos.app.goo.gl/jSeRPqam9jmAP8oy5

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Date: 11/24/21 3:28 pm
From: Annette Pasek <apasek...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Mini-grants Hartford Audubon Society
Hartford Audubon Society awards grants of up to $1,000 to any one recipient,
helping fund projects and initiatives within the state, especially Hartford county area that directly help birds.
Get in your application!
The deadline is February 15th, 2022.
Winners are notified in March.
You will find the guidelines, application and additional contact information at the following link.

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Date: 11/24/21 1:24 pm
From: James Hunter <hunterj...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Westport birds
Late this afternoon had a Merlin catch a snow bunting at Compo beach and then saw 2 great egrets at the mill pond from Hillspoint Road.

Jim Hunter
Norwalk, CT.

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Date: 11/24/21 12:55 pm
From: Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Horned Grebe


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Seen this afternoon at Batterson Pond Farmington.

Paul Desjardins
Windsor Locks



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Date: 11/24/21 11:58 am
From: Mardi Dickinson <mardi1d...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: How to bird 14 Acre Pond

John,

Here is a second way option behind and in back of 14 Acre Pond. This is a small neighborhood behind our neighborhood so please do be respectful.

North I-95 Exit 16 Turn LEFT back over I-95 N. OR South I-95 Exit 16 Turn RIGHT both onto East Ave
Continue from both directions on down East Ave about 4.4 miles.
Go five lights and continue till you hit Connecticut Ave that your will crossover.
Stay straight as you crossover Connecticut Ave and it turns into Newtown Ave.
Go a few more miles. Take left onto Stonybrook Road across from St.Peters Church on your right.
Stonybrook Road winds around to right and down slight hill park to the left or right.
You will see pond and peek-a-boo on your left (hat is the back of 14 acre pond) and waterway on your left.

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope this helps and Happy Birding!

Cheers,
Mardi Dickinson
East Norwalk, CT
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> On Nov 24, 2021, at 12:27 PM, Nalini Jones <nalini.jones...> wrote:
>
> Navigate to Norwalk Senior Center on Allen Road, park behind building, and follow trail along the back of the tennis court. That’ll take you to the small public shore of the pond.
>
> Frank Gallo’s book has been such a help to me in exactly this sort of practical way, as I’ve tried to figure out where to look for birds and where to park!
>
> Birding in Connecticut (Garnet Books) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0819576352/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_H3YQ48Q117VG7DZVQGY3
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Nov 24, 2021, at 12:21 PM, John Graham <john.graham.ese...> wrote:
>>
>> I’m plotting my route to Thanksgiving dinner with family and am looking to
>> learn where to park and how to get views at 14 Acre Pond.
>>
>> Thank you.
>>
>> John Graham
>>
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Date: 11/24/21 11:26 am
From: Beverly Propen <bpropen...>
Subject: [CT Birds] CACC
11/24 Milford, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center, 9:40am-1PM. low tide,
rising, sunny, windy, 29-34F.
Viewed from coastal center building:
On the marsh: 14 American Black ducks, 1 Great blue heron , 2 mute swans.
On the grounds and at the bird baths : Hermit thrush, Carolina wren
battling with seeds in an evergreen tree, Downy woodpecker, Robins , Blue
jays, 1 Mockingbird, 3 Yellow rumped warblers, Song sparrow, House
sparrows, House finches Juncos, Cardinals.
Full report on Ebird.
Happy Holidays to everyone,
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Date: 11/24/21 10:50 am
From: Ed Haesche via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Western kingbird,Hammo
Continues ,Same Spot between Willard’s and CEDER Isl 


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Date: 11/24/21 9:27 am
From: Nalini Jones <nalini.jones...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: How to bird 24 Acre Pond
Navigate to Norwalk Senior Center on Allen Road, park behind building, and follow trail along the back of the tennis court. That’ll take you to the small public shore of the pond.

Frank Gallo’s book has been such a help to me in exactly this sort of practical way, as I’ve tried to figure out where to look for birds and where to park!

Birding in Connecticut (Garnet Books) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0819576352/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_H3YQ48Q117VG7DZVQGY3

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> On Nov 24, 2021, at 12:21 PM, John Graham <john.graham.ese...> wrote:
>
> I’m plotting my route to Thanksgiving dinner with family and am looking to
> learn where to park and how to get views at 14 Acre Pond.
>
> Thank you.
>
> John Graham
>
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Date: 11/24/21 9:21 am
From: John Graham <john.graham.ese...>
Subject: [CT Birds] How to bird 24 Acre Pond
I’m plotting my route to Thanksgiving dinner with family and am looking to
learn where to park and how to get views at 14 Acre Pond.

Thank you.

John Graham

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Date: 11/23/21 6:37 pm
From: Ellynne Rey <ellynnerey...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Shrike Continues @ Major Donnelly in S. Windsor
After an unsuccessful attempt to observe the N. Shrike Saturday and then a
few hours of nothing early in the morning, it gave great looks later this
afternoon after appearing briefly at 12:30. Persistence pays off. Even in
the wind. Should be a warmer day tomorrow for viewing the bird. It was very
active late in the afternoon.

Ellynne Rey
(Stamford)

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Date: 11/23/21 8:58 am
From: Cin and Bill Kobak <bilcinkob...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Guilford yard
11/21 - Resident female Red-shouldered Hawk hunted for rodents from a
backyard perch while titmice, juncos and a downy continued to visit feeders.
This hawk not a threat.

11/22 - White-throated Sparrow picked seeds from a drooping stem of New
England aster in garden while adult male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker ate fruit
from winterberry.

11/23 - Male Purple Finch at feeder while female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
drilled holes in nearby maple.

Cindi Kobak

Guilford


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Date: 11/23/21 8:43 am
From: Jesse LeBlanc <cptnhalfbeard...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Gr White-Fronted at Mill Woods Pond
Greater white fronted goose continues at Mill Woods pond in Wethersfield. Seen at far southern end of pond near Randy Ln/Meadowgate

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Date: 11/23/21 6:30 am
From: James Sherwonit via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Golden Eagle, lighthouse point
Golden Eagle just flew over the park at 9:00 heading west. With Jim Cortina


Jim SherwonitOld Saybrook
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Date: 11/23/21 5:31 am
From: Arthur Shippee <ashippee...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Hamden: RUBL
Rusty Blackbird below feeders, 2nd of season.

Arthur Shippee
North Lake, Hamden

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Date: 11/23/21 5:20 am
From: Tina Green <petermgreen...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Westport Yellow Warbler
And also a late House Wren at west end of model airplane field in thickets

Tina Green
Westport
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Date: 11/23/21 5:06 am
From: Tina Green <petermgreen...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Westport Yellow Warbler
Sherwood Island SP- near entrance, late adult male Yellow Warbler.

Tina Green
Westport
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Date: 11/22/21 3:19 pm
From: cjveale <cjveale...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Continuing Shike-South Windsor
 The northern shrike continues at Major Donnelly Land Preserve in South Windsor. Very active 2:00-3:30 PM in area just beyond the platform, moving frequently from tree to tree on both sides of the path.

Chris Veale
West Hartford

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Date: 11/22/21 2:39 pm
From: Erin Boisvert <erinboisvert...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Gr. White-fronted
Can confirm that it is still there today as of 3:30pm. It was actually
closer towards the shore today and even made a brief appearance on the
grass. Happy birding!

Cheers,
Erin

On Sun, Nov 21, 2021, 11:47 AM C.S. Wood <cwood022...> wrote:

> Goose continues at Southbury Training School pond at 11:45. Way back edge
> of pond, scope advised.
>
> Chris Wood
> Woodbury, CT
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Date: 11/22/21 1:17 pm
From: James Leone via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: South Windsor Shrike 11/22?
Despite the lack of reports I believed enough in the bird’s continued presence to take a flyer and head up to South Windsor anyway. Sure enough, it just paid off as I relocated the bird minutes after my arrival around 4:03 pm in the same general area that it has been reported.

The bird flew between two trees about here (41.8420379, -72.5656823) and then perched atop one for a minute before diving down into the brush on the north side of the trail.

Park at the main parking area and walk down the hill. Follow the trail past the observation deck and keep left. Good luck to those searching!

James Leone
Darien

> On Nov 22, 2021, at 11:49 AM, James Leone <jarl04...> wrote:
>
> Has anyone seen the Northern Shrike at Major Donnelly Park in South Windsor so far today?
>
> James Leone
> Darien

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Date: 11/22/21 12:59 pm
From: C Wood <cwood022...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Bears
Still too early to put up feeders; even, apparently, during the day.

https://flic.kr/p/2mLp2Sz <https://flic.kr/p/2mLp2Sz>


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Date: 11/22/21 9:50 am
From: Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Cattle Egret


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Phone: (860) 623-3696

The bird continues as of 11:03 at the usual location in Ellington. It was walking VERY slowly so hope it is not in a weakened condition.

Paul Desjardins
Windsor Locks



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Date: 11/22/21 8:54 am
From: John Marshall <johnmarshall47...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Bethlehem - Golden Eagle
Correction, looked at the picture once I got home. It was a young Bald Eagle.

John Marshall
Watertown
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> On Nov 22, 2021, at 10:57 AM, John Marshall <johnmarshall47...> wrote:
>
> Bethlehem, Hard Hill Road north of Magnolia Hill Road, Monday 9:00-9:10,a Golden Eagle. It flew to a nearby tree line where I did not relocate it. I don’t know if it is still in the area, when first seen it looked like it was hunting.
>
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S97925710
>
> John Marshall
> Watertown
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Date: 11/22/21 8:50 am
From: James Leone via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] South Windsor Shrike 11/22?
Has anyone seen the Northern Shrike at Major Donnelly Park in South Windsor so far today?

James Leone
Darien

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Date: 11/22/21 7:57 am
From: John Marshall <johnmarshall47...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Bethlehem - Golden Eagle
Bethlehem, Hard Hill Road north of Magnolia Hill Road, Monday 9:00-9:10,a Golden Eagle. It flew to a nearby tree line where I did not relocate it. I don’t know if it is still in the area, when first seen it looked like it was hunting.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S97925710

John Marshall
Watertown
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Date: 11/21/21 12:50 pm
From: Jo Fasciolo <jo_fasciolo...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Western Tanager seen briefly at East Shore Park
Western Tanager originally found by John Oshlick and located again yesterday by Paul Cashman continues at East Shore Park, East Haven, in the area that borders the coast and water treatment facility. We saw it briefly fly from the trees and across the phragmites. We stayed for quite some time with others trying to relocate, but we unsuccessful. Worth continuing to look for!

Jo Fasciolo
Norwalk

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Date: 11/21/21 12:16 pm
From: Ed Haesche via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Western Kingbird
Still hear ,Hammo Tree line between Willard’s and CEDER island .Same spot .


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Date: 11/21/21 12:12 pm
From: Steve Mayo <scmayo999...>
Subject: [CT Birds] East Shore Park, New Haven - Orange-crowned Warbler
Seen at the tiny lawn "field" against the sewage plant, just east (behind)
the fenced Harbor outfall -- at 8 am. No luck during a return visit at
1130 am. Also missed the Western Tanager during these 2 brief visits.

Steve Mayo
Bethany

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Date: 11/21/21 10:55 am
From: Liz <liz.skinski...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Gr. White-fronted
Still present on front of small island in the middle of the Southbury Training School pond at 1:30pm--very busy preening itself for photographers!
Liz Skinski
Southbury, CT
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: C.S. Wood
Sent: Nov 21, 2021 11:47 AM
To: CT Report
Subject: [CT Birds] Gr. White-fronted
 
Goose continues at Southbury Training School pond at 11:45. Way back edge of pond, scope advised.
 
Chris Wood
Woodbury, CT
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Date: 11/21/21 9:07 am
From: Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Broad Brook


Paul Desjardins
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This morning seen at Mill Pond continuing Greater White Fronted Goose.

Paul Desjardins
Windsor Locks



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Date: 11/21/21 8:47 am
From: C.S. Wood <cwood022...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Gr. White-fronted
Goose continues at Southbury Training School pond at 11:45. Way back edge of pond, scope advised.

Chris Wood
Woodbury, CT
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Date: 11/21/21 8:18 am
From: Jo Fasciolo <jo_fasciolo...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Shrike Continues at Major Donnelly Park in South Windsor
Northern Shrike currently being seen in the field north of the viewing platform by the tree line. Major Donnelly Park, South Windsor.

Jo Fasciolo
Norwalk

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Date: 11/21/21 7:43 am
From: David Mathieu via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Cattle Egret Ellington
Cattle Egret continues in same location with the cattle. Viewable from the Big Y gas station.

David Mathieu
Coventry, CT

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> On Nov 20, 2021, at 2:59 PM, David Mathieu <ddsmathieu...> wrote:
>
> Just found a single Cattle Egret in with the cows at JT Farms in Ellington. Visible from behind the Big Y gas station overlook here: 41.8891948, -72.4649523
>
> David Mathieu
> Coventry, CT
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 11/21/21 5:50 am
From: Alex Delehanty <alexdelehanty...>
Subject: [CT Birds] 1000+ Grackles
We just had at least 1000 + blackbirds mostly Grackles, fly through our
neighborhood on Chaffeeville Road in Storrs.
WOW!
Alex Delehanty
Storrs

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Date: 11/20/21 3:49 pm
From: Cynthia Ehlinger <cynthia.ehlinger...>
Subject: [CT Birds] COA Winter Waterfowl Workshop is next weekend - Sign up soon
Coming next week. Sign up today!

COA WINTER WATERFOWL WORKSHOP - Online and In--person

Saturday, November 27 at 7:00 pm. Online via Zoom (Register in advance
<https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpdO2gqjsoGtK8g5b42_D_MGa8wGop037N?fbclid=IwAR0yqsvfCI8lQJXYUHtLk22MxlbzI1pwSaEGrPvfWPbTzEhjGfVsvzp_VOY>
)
Zoom Presenter: Chris Loscalzo
Sunday, November 28 at 8:00 am. In-person sea watches at coastal locations
(see below for details)

Chris Loscalzo will present “The Wintering Waterfowl of Long Island Sound”
on November 27 at 7:00 pm online via Zoom.
Register in advance for the Saturday Zoom meeting at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpdO2gqjsoGtK8g5b42_D_MGa8wGop037N?fbclid=IwAR0yqsvfCI8lQJXYUHtLk22MxlbzI1pwSaEGrPvfWPbTzEhjGfVsvzp_VOY

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the meeting.

Learn how to identify the different waterfowl species that are present in
and near the LI Sound in winter. Learn how to differentiate among species
of Loon, Grebe, Scoter, Eider, alcids and others.
People who participate in the Zoom meeting on Saturday evening can attend a
sea watch the following morning at any of several locations along the CT
coast. Advance registration for the Sunday sea watches is not required.

The Saturday 8 am locations and leaders are:
Greenwich Point Park with Cynthia Ehlinger
Sherwood Island State Park with Tina Green
Stratford Point with Frank Mantlik
Hammonasset State Park with Chris Loscalzo
Harkness Memorial State Park with Dave Provencher and Glenn Williams

Zoom Presenter: Chris Loscalzo is a former COA president and has presented
these Workshops for the past several years. A frequent field trip leader
and active environmentalist, Chris has been an avid birder since the age of
12 and an active member of the Connecticut birding community since 1990. He
is immediate past-president of the Connecticut Ornithological Association,
past-president of the New Haven Bird Club, and longstanding compiler of the
New Haven Christmas Bird Count as well as a major contributor to the CT
Bird Atlas. If it's bird-related, Chris is likely to be involved in it

About COA Workshops. The live COA Workshops are FREE to all. A recording of
the Zoom presentation will be available to COA members with a registered
account on the COA website ctbirding.org under the Members Only tab.

Connecticut Ornithological Association is an all-volunteer organization
with the mission of promoting interest in Connecticut birds, and
collecting, preparing, and disseminating the best available scientific
information on the status of Connecticut birds and their habitat.

Cynthia S. Ehlinger
Riverside

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Date: 11/20/21 11:59 am
From: David Mathieu via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Cattle Egret Ellington
Just found a single Cattle Egret in with the cows at JT Farms in Ellington. Visible from behind the Big Y gas station overlook here: 41.8891948, -72.4649523

David Mathieu
Coventry, CT

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Date: 11/20/21 8:47 am
From: Jo Fasciolo <jo_fasciolo...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Greater White-fronted Goose Southbury continuing
Greater White-fronted Goose at Southbury continuing at Training School Gravel Pond on Rt 172. Resting right in front, center of pond with large gathering of Canada Geese.

Jo Fasciolo
Norwalk

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Date: 11/20/21 4:26 am
From: Bill Rankin <rankinbill...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: South Windsor Northern Shrike


The Northern Shrike continues at the Donnelly land preserve in South Windsor. Just had great views from the observation platform here:

41.8416110, -72.5644290

Perching in treetops just to the south.

Bill Rankin
New Haven


________________________________
From: David Mathieu via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Sent: Friday, November 19, 2021 8:20:16 AM
To: <CTBirds...> <CTBirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] South Windsor Northern Shrike

Northern Shrike at Major Donnelly Park in South Windsor continues. Seen just north of the observation platform in same area where it was yesterday.

David Mathieu
Coventry, CT

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Date: 11/19/21 2:46 pm
From: Katie Slawitschek <ktslaw...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Greater White fronted Goose- Southbury
Thanks for the post. Headed over around 4pm and it was there in the masses of Canadian geese

Katie Slawitschek
________________________________
From: Audubon Bent <bentoftheriver...>
Sent: Friday, November 19, 2021 3:41:52 PM
To: CT Birds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Greater White fronted Goose- Southbury

Russ Naylor reports a Greater White fronted Goose is currently at the
Southbury Training School pond on Rt 172.

Ken Elkins
Southbury, CT

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Date: 11/19/21 12:42 pm
From: Audubon Bent <bentoftheriver...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Greater White fronted Goose- Southbury
Russ Naylor reports a Greater White fronted Goose is currently at the
Southbury Training School pond on Rt 172.

Ken Elkins
Southbury, CT

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Date: 11/19/21 7:00 am
From: Joe Bear <joebear.gator...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Vesper Sparrow
11/19, Allen’s Meadow Wilton
Vesper Sparrow in gravel/grass east edge of community gardens just before turning down roadway.

Joe Bear
Wilton

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Date: 11/19/21 5:20 am
From: David Mathieu via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] South Windsor Northern Shrike
Northern Shrike at Major Donnelly Park in South Windsor continues. Seen just north of the observation platform in same area where it was yesterday.

David Mathieu
Coventry, CT

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Date: 11/18/21 2:21 pm
From: Gregory Hanisek <ctgregh...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: CT Rarity Roundup
I of course second all kudos to Aidan, who has been of tremendous help to
me by assisting in my role as CT eBird Reviewer. I'd like to especially
underline Nick's suggestion to fold this effort as much as possible
into the Winter Bird Atlas. That can be done very easily if you use eBird,
but you can also submit paper atlas data.

It didn't take John Oshlick long to show how on track Aidan was by
finding a Western Tanager this a.m. in New Haven.

Greg Hanisek
Waterbury

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.
>
> Best,
> Nick
>
> Nick Bonomo
> Wallingford, CT
> www.shorebirder.com
>
> 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
> > valuable!
> >
> > Thanks and good birding!
> >
> > Aidan Kiley
> > Fairfield
> >
> > 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:
> > https://www.ctbirding.org/birds-birding/ct-birds-email-list/
>
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Date: 11/18/21 1:17 pm
From: Phil Rusch <philiprusch...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Purple Gallinule-Road Kill
I was just forwarded 2 Photos of a roadkill Purple Gallinule from earlier this week in Stonington.

Let the Rarity Round up begin

Phil Rusch
Chaplin, CT

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Date: 11/18/21 1:09 pm
From: Thomas Robben <robben99...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: CT Rarity Roundup
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.
Tom Robben
Glastonbury, CT



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.
>
> Best,
> Nick
>
> Nick Bonomo
> Wallingford, CT
> www.shorebirder.com
>
> 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
> > valuable!
> >
> > Thanks and good birding!
> >
> > Aidan Kiley
> > Fairfield
> >
> > 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:
> > https://www.ctbirding.org/birds-birding/ct-birds-email-list/
>
> CTBirds, a service of Connecticut Ornithological Association - Bringing
> birders together statewide. Please support COA:
> https://www.ctbirding.org/join-us/
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Date: 11/18/21 12:57 pm
From: Nick Bonomo <nbonomo...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: CT Rarity Roundup
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.

Best,
Nick

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT
www.shorebirder.com

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
> valuable!
>
> Thanks and good birding!
>
> Aidan Kiley
> Fairfield
>
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Date: 11/18/21 12:26 pm
From: Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2...>
Subject: [CT Birds] East Granby


Paul Desjardins
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Phone: (860) 623-3696

This afternoon seen at Greenstone Hollow Sanctuary 4 Fox Sparrows and a Rusty Blackbird.

Paul Desjardins
Windsor Locks



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Date: 11/18/21 10:40 am
From: Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: WESTERN TANAGER - East Shore
Does anyone know if the Western Tanager is still being seen?

Any updates, positive or negative would be appreciated.

Chuck Imbergamo
CT Birds Moderator
Madison

> On Nov 18, 2021, at 8:30 AM, John Oshlick <john.oshlic...> wrote:
>
> East Shore Park - New Haven - I briefly had a Western TANAGER. To get to
> the location go to the line of pines between the park and the water
> treatment plant.
> Walk down the tree line to New Haven harbor then walk north. There is a
> small open area (cut grass field) between the water treatment facility
> fence and the sound. Look north toward the smokestack. There are some trees
> in this location with fruit
>
> John Oshlick
> Bethany
>
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Date: 11/18/21 6:39 am
From: Joe Bear <joebear.gator...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Allen’s 10sp Sparrows
11/18 Allen’s Meadow, Wilton. Mid Nov and 10 sparrow species incl getting-late-for Savannah, White-crowned, and Swamp, plus Fox and American Tree Sparrow. Also Winter Wren (with Fox Sparrow) back edge of pollinator meadow field.

Joe Bear
Wilton

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Date: 11/18/21 6:04 am
From: Mark Aronson <markaronson...>
Subject: [CT Birds] No Geese at Beaver Ponds New Haven this morning
Thinking I would tick a year bird, went to Beaver Ponds New Haven to see
recently reported Cackling goose. There were no geese of any kind present.

Mark

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Date: 11/18/21 5:29 am
From: John Oshlick <john.oshlic...>
Subject: [CT Birds] WESTERN TANAGER - East Shore
East Shore Park - New Haven - I briefly had a Western TANAGER. To get to
the location go to the line of pines between the park and the water
treatment plant.
Walk down the tree line to New Haven harbor then walk north. There is a
small open area (cut grass field) between the water treatment facility
fence and the sound. Look north toward the smokestack. There are some trees
in this location with fruit

John Oshlick
Bethany

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Date: 11/17/21 3:08 pm
From: Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Madison Towhee
I’m glad you brought that up Dave – I did take a close look to confirm that it is an Eastern Towhee vs. a Spotted, which I am always hoping for!

This evening he was still scratching around. Checking my eBird records, this bird is just a bit later than last year, which was much later than most years, except 2013. That was the most interesting Towhee – another male. I hosted him for most of the winter in 2013-2014. I only started using eBird regularly at the end of 2013, so I don’t know when it arrived, but it stayed from at least December 27th 2013 until February 13th 2014, when it disappeared after a snowstorm.

As I recall, Ben Propen hosted a female Towhee that same year for a similar period!

Chuck Imbergamo
CT Birds Moderator
Madison

From: David Provencher
Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 2:13 PM
To: Chuck Imbergamo
Cc: Unknown
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Madison Towhee

Chuck's note reminded me any Towhee seen now should be assessed to ensure it's Eastern and not a vagrant Spotted. Spotted has occurred previously in CT

Dave Provencher
Preston

On Wed, Nov 17, 2021, 1:44 PM Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> wrote:
First of season Rufous-sided Towhee just showed up at my feeders here in Madison.  Keeping an eye out for a Fox Sparrow soon!

Chuck Imbergamo
CT Birds Moderator
Madison

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Date: 11/17/21 11:46 am
From: Beverly Propen <bpropen...>
Subject: [CT Birds] CACC
11/17 Milford, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center 10am-1PM, high tide,
receding, partly overcast/partly sunny, 45-53F- viewed from Coastal Center
building. Hunters and fishermen on the marsh. Several human visitors
today who were here for the first time and really enjoyed the views and
avian wildlife.
On the marsh: in the morning- 16 Gadwalls, 2 mallards, 4 Brant, 14
American Black ducks, 1 Northern harrier coasting over. As the tide was
receding- 49 Canada Geese came in.
The feeders were busy with an estimate of 30 House finches flitting around
and then feeding on the small bluish berries on the cedar trees, 1 Purple
Finch (male) and 1 House finch with the orange coloration also at the
feeders..
Many birds drinking and bathing on the marsh edge.
On the grounds and feeders: Mourning doves, Robins, 3 Cardinals, estimate
of 200 starlings singing in the trees in front of coastal center, House
sparrows at feeders and brush piles, Blue Jays, a Carolina wren, a Downy
woodpecker,
1 American Tree sparrow, 1 Fox sparrow at the brush pile on side of coastal
center, 1 Cowbird at the brush pile, 2 White throated sparrows and 3 Song
sparrows.
Full report on Ebird.
Bev Propen, Orange

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Date: 11/17/21 11:13 am
From: David Provencher <hikerbirder1...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Madison Towhee
Chuck's note reminded me any Towhee seen now should be assessed to ensure
it's Eastern and not a vagrant Spotted. Spotted has occurred previously in
CT

Dave Provencher
Preston

On Wed, Nov 17, 2021, 1:44 PM Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> wrote:

> First of season Rufous-sided Towhee just showed up at my feeders here in
> Madison. Keeping an eye out for a Fox Sparrow soon!
>
> Chuck Imbergamo
> CT Birds Moderator
> Madison
>
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Date: 11/17/21 11:08 am
From: DENNIS MAIN <dennis.main...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Madison Towhee
Pat Tamborra just found a Fox Sparrow at Avalonia's Cedar Wood Preserve in Norwich, CT this morning.
Dennis 860-823-MAIN

On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 01:44:37 PM EST, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> wrote:

First of season Rufous-sided Towhee just showed up at my feeders here in Madison.  Keeping an eye out for a Fox Sparrow soon!

Chuck Imbergamo
CT Birds Moderator
Madison

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Date: 11/17/21 10:44 am
From: Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Madison Towhee
First of season Rufous-sided Towhee just showed up at my feeders here in Madison. Keeping an eye out for a Fox Sparrow soon!

Chuck Imbergamo
CT Birds Moderator
Madison

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Date: 11/17/21 9:03 am
From: Frank Mantlik <mantlik...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Snowy owls: Is this an irruption year? (Slightly off-topic)
Greetings, Felix!
It was great to hear from you. Your info about Snowy Owls in Spain is very interesting, and thanks Severin for sharing the paper documenting ship-riding Snowy Owls from Canada in the past. Interesting stuff!
Best regards,
Frank Mantlik
Stratford, CT

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> On Nov 17, 2021, at 11:11 AM, <GMC2...> wrote:
>
> That’s great information Paul and thank you for the post. The amount of variables in nature are huge.
>
>
>
> Glen Cummings
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Plotnick <pdplot2...>
> Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 10:51 AM
> To: Severin Uebbing <severinuebbing...>
> Cc: CTBirds <ctbirds...>
> Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Snowy owls: Is this an irruption year? (Slightly off-topic)
>
>
>
> I'm reading a book every birder should read - *A World on the Wing *by Scott Weidensaul. Lots of nerdish details but well written, all about bird migration and how it is tracked today. There's quite a bit on Snowy Owls.
>
> Seems there are much less of them than previously thought as they migrate to different places. And - contrary to popular belief, they are not starving and stressed but mostly immature individuals relatively unafraid of people, airplanes, etc. as they don't encounter them in the Arctic. And
>
> - healthy rufous hummingbirds have been seen in Pennsylvania in January in 10-degree F. temperatures.
>
>
>
>> On Wed, Nov 17, 2021 at 10:38 AM Severin Uebbing < <mailto:<severinuebbing...> <severinuebbing...>
>>
>> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> That's interesting indeed! There are reports of Snowy Owls that
>
>> arrived in western Europe by ship from northeastern North America (see
>
>>
>
>> <https://www.researchgate.net/publication/307108742_Sneeuwuilen_uit_Can> https://www.researchgate.net/publication/307108742_Sneeuwuilen_uit_Can
>
>> ada_en_Groenland_per_schip_naar_Noordwest-Europa,
>
>>
>
>> has English abstract). As you say, they are scarcer there, I saw none
>
>> during my time in Sweden. It also fits to the behavior of Snowy Owls,
>
>> which tend to look for tundra-like open spaces and end up on
>
>> northeastern beaches. That "beach" that some owl ended up on might
>
>> just as well be part of a ship and that's how they end up in Europe.
>
>>
>
>> Severin
>
>>
>
>> On 11/17/21 10:01, Felix Sangari via CTBirds wrote:
>
>>> Greetings from Spain,
>
>>> As you have been discussing the recent sightings of snowy owls in CT
>
>>> I
>
>> want to share some info with you, and ask your expert opinion.. In the
>
>> last
>
>> 10 days we have had 3 snowy owls in the north coast of Spain. The
>
>> first one was recovered in Santander (where I live) on Nov 6th, a
>
>> young male in very poor condition, that was taken to a rescue center
>
>> but died next day. A female was located the 10th, and another male the
>
>> 13th. Those two are apparently in good condition and flying around
>
>> Cabo Peñas in Asturias. No rings or leashes that could point to an
>
>> escape. As the european population is scarce, and there are no
>
>> reported sightings between Norway and northen Spain, the idea is that
>
>> they arrived from Canada. Are you aware of any bird movement, any
>
>> storm, anything that could confirm this origin or explain the journey?
>
>> Just as a curiosity, as we are more than happy to just watch these amazing visitors from the other side of the pond..
>
>>> Félix J. SangariSantander (Spain)
>
>>> PD: We are not used to watch snowies, and people from all over Spain
>
>>> and
>
>> France are going there to see them, but everybody is behaving
>
>> extremely well, and no one was closer than 100 yards the first days.
>
>> Let's see if this respect continues..
>
>>>
>
>>>
>
>>>
>
>>>
>
>>>
>
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>
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Date: 11/17/21 8:10 am
From: <gmc2...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Snowy owls: Is this an irruption year? (Slightly off-topic)
That’s great information Paul and thank you for the post. The amount of variables in nature are huge.



Glen Cummings



-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Plotnick <pdplot2...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 10:51 AM
To: Severin Uebbing <severinuebbing...>
Cc: CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Snowy owls: Is this an irruption year? (Slightly off-topic)



I'm reading a book every birder should read - *A World on the Wing *by Scott Weidensaul. Lots of nerdish details but well written, all about bird migration and how it is tracked today. There's quite a bit on Snowy Owls.

Seems there are much less of them than previously thought as they migrate to different places. And - contrary to popular belief, they are not starving and stressed but mostly immature individuals relatively unafraid of people, airplanes, etc. as they don't encounter them in the Arctic. And

- healthy rufous hummingbirds have been seen in Pennsylvania in January in 10-degree F. temperatures.



On Wed, Nov 17, 2021 at 10:38 AM Severin Uebbing < <mailto:<severinuebbing...> <severinuebbing...>

wrote:



> That's interesting indeed! There are reports of Snowy Owls that

> arrived in western Europe by ship from northeastern North America (see

>

> <https://www.researchgate.net/publication/307108742_Sneeuwuilen_uit_Can> https://www.researchgate.net/publication/307108742_Sneeuwuilen_uit_Can

> ada_en_Groenland_per_schip_naar_Noordwest-Europa,

>

> has English abstract). As you say, they are scarcer there, I saw none

> during my time in Sweden. It also fits to the behavior of Snowy Owls,

> which tend to look for tundra-like open spaces and end up on

> northeastern beaches. That "beach" that some owl ended up on might

> just as well be part of a ship and that's how they end up in Europe.

>

> Severin

>

> On 11/17/21 10:01, Felix Sangari via CTBirds wrote:

> > Greetings from Spain,

> > As you have been discussing the recent sightings of snowy owls in CT

> > I

> want to share some info with you, and ask your expert opinion.. In the

> last

> 10 days we have had 3 snowy owls in the north coast of Spain. The

> first one was recovered in Santander (where I live) on Nov 6th, a

> young male in very poor condition, that was taken to a rescue center

> but died next day. A female was located the 10th, and another male the

> 13th. Those two are apparently in good condition and flying around

> Cabo Peñas in Asturias. No rings or leashes that could point to an

> escape. As the european population is scarce, and there are no

> reported sightings between Norway and northen Spain, the idea is that

> they arrived from Canada. Are you aware of any bird movement, any

> storm, anything that could confirm this origin or explain the journey?

> Just as a curiosity, as we are more than happy to just watch these amazing visitors from the other side of the pond..

> > Félix J. SangariSantander (Spain)

> > PD: We are not used to watch snowies, and people from all over Spain

> > and

> France are going there to see them, but everybody is behaving

> extremely well, and no one was closer than 100 yards the first days.

> Let's see if this respect continues..

> >

> >

> >

> >

> >

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> > Bringing

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Date: 11/17/21 8:06 am
From: Dean Rupp <rupp...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Western Kingbird continues
The western kingbird just flew into the Willard Island picnic area between the outhouse and the pavilion. It was seen at 10:56 and was present for at least five minutes flying up and returning to tree tops in that area.

Dean Rupp
Killingworth

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Date: 11/17/21 7:51 am
From: Paul Plotnick <pdplot2...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Snowy owls: Is this an irruption year? (Slightly off-topic)
I'm reading a book every birder should read - *A World on the Wing *by
Scott Weidensaul. Lots of nerdish details but well written, all about bird
migration and how it is tracked today. There's quite a bit on Snowy Owls.
Seems there are much less of them than previously thought as they migrate
to different places. And - contrary to popular belief, they are not
starving and stressed but mostly immature individuals relatively unafraid
of people, airplanes, etc. as they don't encounter them in the Arctic. And
- healthy rufous hummingbirds have been seen in Pennsylvania in January in
10-degree F. temperatures.

On Wed, Nov 17, 2021 at 10:38 AM Severin Uebbing <severinuebbing...>
wrote:

> That's interesting indeed! There are reports of Snowy Owls that arrived
> in western Europe by ship from northeastern North America (see
>
> https://www.researchgate.net/publication/307108742_Sneeuwuilen_uit_Canada_en_Groenland_per_schip_naar_Noordwest-Europa,
>
> has English abstract). As you say, they are scarcer there, I saw none
> during my time in Sweden. It also fits to the behavior of Snowy Owls,
> which tend to look for tundra-like open spaces and end up on
> northeastern beaches. That "beach" that some owl ended up on might just
> as well be part of a ship and that's how they end up in Europe.
>
> Severin
>
> On 11/17/21 10:01, Felix Sangari via CTBirds wrote:
> > Greetings from Spain,
> > As you have been discussing the recent sightings of snowy owls in CT I
> want to share some info with you, and ask your expert opinion.. In the last
> 10 days we have had 3 snowy owls in the north coast of Spain. The first one
> was recovered in Santander (where I live) on Nov 6th, a young male in very
> poor condition, that was taken to a rescue center but died next day. A
> female was located the 10th, and another male the 13th. Those two are
> apparently in good condition and flying around Cabo Peñas in Asturias. No
> rings or leashes that could point to an escape. As the european population
> is scarce, and there are no reported sightings between Norway and northen
> Spain, the idea is that they arrived from Canada. Are you aware of any bird
> movement, any storm, anything that could confirm this origin or explain the
> journey? Just as a curiosity, as we are more than happy to just watch these
> amazing visitors from the other side of the pond..
> > Félix J. SangariSantander (Spain)
> > PD: We are not used to watch snowies, and people from all over Spain and
> France are going there to see them, but everybody is behaving extremely
> well, and no one was closer than 100 yards the first days. Let's see if
> this respect continues..
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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Date: 11/17/21 7:48 am
From: Ellynne Rey <ellynnerey...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Snowy owls: Is this an irruption year? (Slightly off-topic)
How amazing! I think it’s supposed to be an irruption year for snowies. I’m
not certain. Asturias is an incredible area. I was in Picos de Europa a few
years ago (and spots between there & San Sebastián). While I was not there
to view wildlife, I did notice incredible landscape that seemed good
habitat for many kinds of birds of prey (Asturias). It’s pretty incredible
how adventurous these young (assuming) snowy owls are. Perhaps weather
patterns shifted them towards Espana. It would be interesting to know where
else they’re being seen.

Ellynne Rey
(Stamford)



On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, Felix Sangari via CTBirds <
<ctbirds...> wrote:

> Greetings from Spain,
> As you have been discussing the recent sightings of snowy owls in CT I
> want to share some info with you, and ask your expert opinion.. In the last
> 10 days we have had 3 snowy owls in the north coast of Spain. The first one
> was recovered in Santander (where I live) on Nov 6th, a young male in very
> poor condition, that was taken to a rescue center but died next day. A
> female was located the 10th, and another male the 13th. Those two are
> apparently in good condition and flying around Cabo Peñas in Asturias. No
> rings or leashes that could point to an escape. As the european population
> is scarce, and there are no reported sightings between Norway and northen
> Spain, the idea is that they arrived from Canada. Are you aware of any bird
> movement, any storm, anything that could confirm this origin or explain the
> journey? Just as a curiosity, as we are more than happy to just watch these
> amazing visitors from the other side of the pond..
> Félix J. SangariSantander (Spain)
> PD: We are not used to watch snowies, and people from all over Spain and
> France are going there to see them, but everybody is behaving extremely
> well, and no one was closer than 100 yards the first days. Let's see if
> this respect continues..
>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 11/17/21 7:37 am
From: Severin Uebbing <severinuebbing...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Snowy owls: Is this an irruption year? (Slightly off-topic)
That's interesting indeed!  There are reports of Snowy Owls that arrived
in western Europe by ship from northeastern North America (see
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/307108742_Sneeuwuilen_uit_Canada_en_Groenland_per_schip_naar_Noordwest-Europa,
has English abstract).  As you say, they are scarcer there, I saw none
during my time in Sweden.  It also fits to the behavior of Snowy Owls,
which tend to look for tundra-like open spaces and end up on
northeastern beaches.  That "beach" that some owl ended up on might just
as well be part of a ship and that's how they end up in Europe.

Severin

On 11/17/21 10:01, Felix Sangari via CTBirds wrote:
> Greetings from Spain,
> As you have been discussing the recent sightings of snowy owls in CT I want to share some info with you, and ask your expert opinion.. In the last 10 days we have had 3 snowy owls in the north coast of Spain. The first one was recovered in Santander (where I live) on Nov 6th, a young male in very poor condition, that was taken to a rescue center but died next day. A female was located the 10th, and another male the 13th. Those two are apparently in good condition and flying around Cabo Peñas in Asturias. No rings or leashes that could point to an escape. As the european population is scarce, and there are no reported sightings between Norway and northen Spain, the idea is that they arrived from Canada. Are you aware of any bird movement, any storm, anything that could confirm this origin or explain the journey? Just as a curiosity, as we are more than happy to just watch these amazing visitors from the other side of the pond..
> Félix J. SangariSantander (Spain)
> PD: We are not used to watch snowies, and people from all over Spain and France are going there to see them, but everybody is behaving extremely well, and no one was closer than 100 yards the first days. Let's see if this respect continues..
>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 11/17/21 7:30 am
From: Aidan Kiley <eezambo...>
Subject: [CT Birds] CT Rarity Roundup
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
valuable!

Thanks and good birding!

Aidan Kiley
Fairfield

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Date: 11/17/21 7:01 am
From: Felix Sangari via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Snowy owls: Is this an irruption year? (Slightly off-topic)
Greetings from Spain,
As you have been discussing the recent sightings of snowy owls in CT I want to share some info with you, and ask your expert opinion.. In the last 10 days we have had 3 snowy owls in the north coast of Spain. The first one was recovered in Santander (where I live) on Nov 6th, a young male in very poor condition, that was taken to a rescue center but died next day. A female was located the 10th, and another male the 13th. Those two are apparently in good condition and flying around Cabo Peñas in Asturias. No rings or leashes that could point to an escape. As the european population is scarce, and there are no reported sightings between Norway and northen Spain, the idea is that they arrived from Canada. Are you aware of any bird movement, any storm, anything that could confirm this origin or explain the journey? Just as a curiosity, as we are more than happy to just watch these amazing visitors from the other side of the pond..
Félix J. SangariSantander (Spain)
PD: We are not used to watch snowies, and people from all over Spain and France are going there to see them, but everybody is behaving extremely well, and no one was closer than 100 yards the first days. Let's see if this respect continues..





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Date: 11/17/21 6:44 am
From: Bob MacDonnell <macdonnellphoto...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Cattle Egret Old Lyme
Cattle Egret in field on Smith Neck Road before the boat launch. Field is on west side of the road, #19 with sheep grazing. I just stopped briefly along the road, and looked from my car, no contact with home owners. Also a Yellow Warbler still present, seen briefly in bushes in front of platform at boat launch.

Bob MacDonnell
Niantic

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Date: 11/17/21 6:25 am
From: Bill Rankin <rankinbill...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Dickcissel continues


The Diskcissel(s) found by
Krzysztof Lasocki last week in New Haven continue. Just had great looks here:

41.3155107, -72.9568211

Saw one across the stream clutching knotweed stalks as well. Probably a different bird, as Krzysztof thought too.

Bill Rankin
New Haven


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Date: 11/16/21 11:39 am
From: Stephen Spector <charsjs...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Gannets, Bonaparte's Gull, Milford
From Steve Spector, in Milford,a Bonaparte's Gull in with flock of about 500 feeding gulls off of Trumbull Avenue (in the Gulf, next to Charles Island).  Further out, Northern Gannets plunge-diving (as they have been doing for at least a week).  11/16/21
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Date: 11/16/21 11:15 am
From: Gregory Hanisek <ctgregh...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Clapper Rails, Milford
Two Clapper Rails today at Silver Sands SP in Milford. They were together
under the boardwalk from the parking lot out to the beachfront. They were
in the largest tidal channel going under the boardwalk. One typically
showed very briefly but the other casually foraged in the open channel
right beneath me for an extended period. I showed it to a couple who had
never heard of Rails but were intrigued to get a good looks at such an
interesting creature

Greg Hanisek
Waterbuy

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Date: 11/16/21 9:38 am
From: Doug Wisneski <dougwisneski...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Kingbird
Does anyone know if the Western Kingbird is still at Hammo?
Thanks Doug

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Date: 11/16/21 9:37 am
From: Joe Bear <joebear.gator...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Allen’s
11/16 Allen’s Meadow, Wilton. A nice 2hr walk with Joe P. Highlights were 21 Pipits, 2 Purple Finches, Winter Wren, 3 Field Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrow, Catbird, 3 Hermit Thrushes, and an adult Bald Eagle.

Joe Bear/Joe P
Wilton/Ridgefield

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Date: 11/16/21 7:06 am
From: Julian Ventres <ventresjulian...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Bird continues this morning at Galilee, Rhode Island, observed for about a
half hour at 8am walking in and out of the marsh grasses. Area is fairly
wet this morning, but still traversable with adequate boots. Good light and
slight breeze. Good day to see it if you haven't yet.

Julian Ventres
East Haddam

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Date: 11/15/21 4:38 pm
From: Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Talk by Chris Wood - "Wood Warblers" 11-18-21

Thursday, November 18 at 7PM - Zoom - Western CT Bird Club meeting - speaker Chris Wood (COA VP) - Wood Warblers, mainly those found in CT but also western and neotropical.  Superb photos.  For info, email <westernctbirdclub...>
Angela Dimmitt
New Milford

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Date: 11/15/21 1:54 pm
From: Alec Wiggin <alec...>
Subject: [CT Birds] 14 Acre & Woods Pond, Norwalk
Early afternoon

14 Acre: Great Blue Heron, Gadwall, Ring-necked Duck, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, and several weird hybrids.

Woods: American Wigeon (many), Eurasian Wigeon, Hooded Merganser

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Date: 11/15/21 7:56 am
From: Peter Grose <pgrose53...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - Rhode Island
Seen for last 15 minutes after 2+ hour wait. Galilee Bird Sanctuary salt Marsh. Park at Wheeler state beach. Look for the cluster of birders.

Peter Grose
Ellington

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Date: 11/15/21 7:23 am
From: Joe Bear <joebear.gator...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Allen’s
11/15 Allen’s Meadow, Wilton. 6 woodpecker species, 2 flyover Purple Finches. Perhaps the best sightings were several 18-wheelers and film crew of Steven King’s Mr Harrigan’s Phone being filmed in Wilton today.

Joe Bear
Wilton

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Date: 11/14/21 1:14 pm
From: Ernest Harris via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Robins 'galore'!
11/14/21- Colchester Deck 11/12 6:30-7:30AM 100+ robins in trees and wetland shrubs- very active vocally and many frequent short ‘chases. This AM 11/14- 100+ in small group fly overs- also very vocal. Both mornings occasional singing. Also 11-12 red-winged blackbirds, both days, feeding in the tops of tulip trees sending samaras spiraling to the deck. Delightful! Ernie

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Date: 11/14/21 12:08 pm
From: Nicolas Main <nicolasmain58...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Fieldfare Report Litchfield County
Thought it be a good idea to bring this to everyone’s attention. Just
located a checklist with a Fieldfare from Litchfield County - Allyndale Rd.
This is an extremely rare bird and this sighting should definitely be
checked out. Unfortunately I’m currently attending school in update New
York and can not head out there myself. No photos submitted

I highly encourage those who go searching report back to the list serve.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S97582940

Nicolas Main,
Litchfield CT

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Date: 11/14/21 9:58 am
From: Frank Mantlik <mantlik...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Western Kingbird Yes
Hammo now 12:55. Same area as previous. It had been absent since about 9:45, I’m told, but finally reappeared about 12:50. Still in view for 15 happy birders.
Frank Mantlik

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Date: 11/14/21 8:16 am
From: Shop Account <birdshop...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Extralimital Sharp-tailed Sandpiper RI, yes
Galilee Bird Sanctuary (on eBird).
Seen at 10am. Tall boots and patience required.
Best strategy; park in Roger Wheeler State Beach lot, walk down Sand Hill Cove Rd towards Galilee to mailbox #168. Take a right into marsh there (driest and less bushwhacking but still wet). Must cross some shallow channels.
Look for birders. Scope not required and might be a hindrance. Bird is walking in marsh grass, sometimes out in the open.
Jerry and Janet Connolly

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Date: 11/14/21 6:43 am
From: Dean Rupp <rupp...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Western kingbird updates?
YES. At usual place at 9:42.

Dean Rupp
Killingworth

> On Nov 14, 2021, at 9:01 AM, Frank Mantlik <mantlik...> wrote:
>
> 11/14. Any updates on the Hammo kingbird - positive or negative?
> Thanks.
> Frank Mantlik
> Stratford
>
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Date: 11/14/21 6:32 am
From: ohjustrelax <ohjustrelax...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Extraliminal - Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
John,Thanks for the notice. The sharp-tailed sandpiper continues out this morning in the salt marsh area within the Galilee bird sanctuary, several hundred yards west of the parking Lot for Roger Wheeler beach park. A handful of other birders are present. Kevin Thompson Coventry, CTSent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S8.
-------- Original message --------From: John Oshlick <john.oshlic...> Date: 11/13/21 1:10 PM (GMT-05:00) To: ctbirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Extraliminal - Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Galilee RI - A Sharp-tailed Sandpiper was found this am. I am told you canpark at Roger Wheeler Beach. Look for birders and bring bootsJohn OshlickBethanyCTBirds, 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: https://www.ctbirding.org/birds-birding/ct-birds-email-list/

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Date: 11/14/21 6:18 am
From: John Oshlick <john.oshlic...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Farm River State Park - Chat
Farm River State Park - East Haven

1 Chat in the brush along the gated Brown Rd. I had the bird at 2 different
spots along the road so possibly 2 birds

John Oshlick
Bethany

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Date: 11/14/21 6:01 am
From: Frank Mantlik <mantlik...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Western kingbird updates?
11/14. Any updates on the Hammo kingbird - positive or negative?
Thanks.
Frank Mantlik
Stratford

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Date: 11/13/21 12:23 pm
From: Alec Wiggin <alec...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Test
Sent as a test per Chuck’s request.

Alec Wiggin

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Date: 11/13/21 10:09 am
From: John Oshlick <john.oshlic...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Extraliminal - Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Galilee RI - A Sharp-tailed Sandpiper was found this am. I am told you can
park at Roger Wheeler Beach. Look for birders and bring boots

John Oshlick
Bethany

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Date: 11/13/21 7:06 am
From: <calimber...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Cattle Egrets at Hammo
Someone pointed me to two cattle Egrets in the parking lot across from swan pont at Hammo in Madison

Cody Limber

New Haven

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Date: 11/13/21 5:53 am
From: Severin Uebbing <severinuebbing...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Western Kingbird-Yes
Continuing today, seen frequently

Severin

On Thu, Nov 11, 2021, 09:26 Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> wrote:

> The WESTERN KINGBIRD is present at the Willard’s Island picnic area at
> Hammonasset State Park in Madison as of 9:25 AM.
>
> Chuck Imbergamo
> CT Birds Moderator
> Madison
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Date: 11/13/21 4:25 am
From: Cynthia Ehlinger <cynthia.ehlinger...>
Subject: [CT Birds] COA's Winter Waterfowl Workshop - 11/27 Online, 11/28 in person
Reminder for after your Thanksgiving celebrations:

COA’s Winter Waterfowl Workshop
Saturday, November 27 at 7:00 pm. Online via Zoom (Register in advance)
<https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpdO2gqjsoGtK8g5b42_D_MGa8wGop037N>
Zoom Presenter: Chris Loscalzo
Sunday, November 28 at 8:00 am. In-person sea watches at coastal locations
(see below for details)

Chris Loscalzo will present “The Wintering Waterfowl of Long Island Sound”
on November 27 at 7:00 pm online via Zoom.

Learn how to identify the different waterfowl species that are present in
and near the LI Sound in winter. Learn how to differentiate among species
of Loon, Grebe, Scoter, Eider, alcids and others.
People who participate in the Zoom meeting on Saturday evening can attend a
sea watch the following morning at any of several locations along the CT
coast. Advance registration for the Sunday sea watches is not required.

The locations and leaders are:

Greenwich Point Park with Cynthia Ehlinger
Sherwood Island State Park with Tina Green
Stratford Point with Frank Mantlik
Hammonasset State Park with Chris Loscalzo
Harkness Memorial State Park with Dave Provencher and Glenn Williams

Register in advance for the Saturday Zoom meeting at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpdO2gqjsoGtK8g5b42_D_MGa8wGop037N

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the meeting.

Zoom Presenter: Chris Loscalzo is a former COA president and has presented
these Workshops for the past several years. A frequent field trip leader
and active environmentalist, Chris has been an avid birder since the age of
12 and an active member of the Connecticut birding community since 1990.
He is immediate past-president of the Connecticut Ornithological
Association, past-president of the New Haven Bird Club, and longstanding
compiler of the New Haven Christmas Bird Count as well as a major
contributor to the CT Bird Atlas. If it's bird-related, Chris is likely to
be involved in it

About COA Workshops. The live COA Workshops are free to all. A recording of
the Zoom presentation will be available to COA members with a registered
account on the COA website ctbirding.org under the Members Only tab.

Connecticut Ornithological Association is an all volunteer organization
with the mission of promoting interest in Connecticut birds, and
collecting, preparing, and disseminating the best available scientific
information on the status of Connecticut birds and their habitat.

Cynthia S. Ehlinger
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Date: 11/12/21 9:02 am
From: Beverly Propen <bpropen...>
Subject: [CT Birds] OT- Adelie penguin in New Zealand is lost
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-59257495

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Date: 11/12/21 5:11 am
From: Tina Green <petermgreen...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Westport Gannets
Sherwood Island SP- 5 Northern Gannets flying west just off of Sherwood Point

Tina Green
Westport
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Date: 11/11/21 9:32 pm
From: Carl Benson via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Snowy Owl - Topic close please
Got it. 

On Thursday, November 11, 2021, 11:09:25 PM EST, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> wrote:

Fellow CT Birders -

Regarding Snowy Owl posts in general and the bird in Stratford in particular, we have heard a number of viewpoints about birding etiquette, photographers, intervention for bad human behavior and more.  And the latest email from Kevin brings up another point: How can a bird find food when it is constantly on-guard for danger?

I do take issue with those who may doubt the amount of pressure that this bird has been under – I have had numerous reports of encroachment from several people off-list, in person and on the phone.  These were not about human emotions projected on the animal, nor were they speculation about the health of the bird.  Plain and simple, they were about people, mainly photographing the bird, getting too close and flushing it, causing it to fly and waste its energy. 

No matter our differences, I think we can agree that pressuring a Snowy Owl is not what we want.  Many have pointed out that we, as birders, need to try to educate non-birding photographers and others who don’t understand their impacts on birds, and again I think we can all agree on that.  Behind the scenes myself and others from the COA are working with DEEP to try to come up with a long-term solution, perhaps a distance guideline as suggested by Charlie.  There is a really good precedent for that – the closing of nesting areas for Piping Plovers and other shorebirds, and it’s not a big leap to create some distance guidelines for Snowy Owls.

At this point, I think the Snowy Owl discussion on this list has gone as far as it needs to, and I respectfully ask that we close this topic.

Please refrain from further comments on the list for now.  I welcome your comments off-list.

Thank you!

Chuck Imbergamo
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Madison


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Date: 11/11/21 8:09 pm
From: Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Snowy Owl - Topic close please
Fellow CT Birders -

Regarding Snowy Owl posts in general and the bird in Stratford in particular, we have heard a number of viewpoints about birding etiquette, photographers, intervention for bad human behavior and more. And the latest email from Kevin brings up another point: How can a bird find food when it is constantly on-guard for danger?

I do take issue with those who may doubt the amount of pressure that this bird has been under – I have had numerous reports of encroachment from several people off-list, in person and on the phone. These were not about human emotions projected on the animal, nor were they speculation about the health of the bird. Plain and simple, they were about people, mainly photographing the bird, getting too close and flushing it, causing it to fly and waste its energy.

No matter our differences, I think we can agree that pressuring a Snowy Owl is not what we want. Many have pointed out that we, as birders, need to try to educate non-birding photographers and others who don’t understand their impacts on birds, and again I think we can all agree on that. Behind the scenes myself and others from the COA are working with DEEP to try to come up with a long-term solution, perhaps a distance guideline as suggested by Charlie. There is a really good precedent for that – the closing of nesting areas for Piping Plovers and other shorebirds, and it’s not a big leap to create some distance guidelines for Snowy Owls.

At this point, I think the Snowy Owl discussion on this list has gone as far as it needs to, and I respectfully ask that we close this topic.

Please refrain from further comments on the list for now. I welcome your comments off-list.

Thank you!

Chuck Imbergamo
CT Birds Moderator
Madison


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Date: 11/11/21 5:31 pm
From: Charlie Bostwick <bostwick.charlie...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Snowy owl
I like your points Kevin. Let’s at least make sure we aren’t disrupting its ability to find sustenance.

> On Nov 11, 2021, at 8:25 PM, K Zak <kznrrg...> wrote:
>
> It is not my intention to nitpick a thoughtful email. This is to those that are conflicted to our rights to view these magical birds. I have done my share of wildlife videography/photography and rescued and attempted to rescue many birds of prey from the smallest to the largest. Notwithstanding Julian Hough’s meaningful email I argue in the alternative regarding only the highlighted portion below.
>
> As an example, red tails are not of the same temperament as coopers. But at the same time I find many variations of tolerance between the same species with some terrified, others (apparently) calm while others aggressive. As a rule they are sensitive to a human presence unless totally distracted. I have been able to approach a Great Blue Heron within a few feet in a Boston pond while others on the Naugatuck River scare at 1000 feet. Some Osprey’s, Peregrine’s and Eagle's are so sensitive you need to hide in a blind and others pose and could not care less. Including, but not limited to, other ingredients like where and what the bird is doing.
>
> I wish to make clear I did not see first hand everyone “surrounding" this Snowy at "30 feet”.
>
> I know first hand a goodly amount of these snow birds have had to be rescued, rehabbed and released and some have perished from starvation.
>
> A common rule is if the bird of prey allows you to get pretty close and it is not mantling its prey - as I suspect this one was not (as many photos suggest) - and as A Place Called Hope suggested - it could be in trouble. Why take that chance?
>
> When does one put down the camera and save the subject? That is a tough decision If you are not sure - consider taking your pictures at a greater distance and don’t surround it. Observe and call (A Place Called Hope?) if it causes you concern. Sometimes it is necessary to have someone with experience watch it. Binoculars go a long way.
>
> If you are unaware of proper behavior there have been many links provided within these numerous ctbird emails. Hours can translate into life or death. The sad part is none of these photographers/viewers will ever know they contributed to the owls demise.
>
> They are beautiful and mystical creatures making it hard to entertain critical self awareness and contemplate thoughts of backing off and watching at a distance.
>
> If you can’t spend the necessary time to wait for it to fly team up with others and combine your observations. We all have ability to text and photograph privately for coordination and location.
>
> Do I believe they are scared or agitated? Probably not. But that is not the critical question. Starvation is a reality - why mess with that if you are not sure. It takes a lot of energy to fly. If they are starving it is not going to fly away regardless of being scared or agitated. If it can’t get flight or stays on the low perch and is on the slow road to death this hunger is not a anthropomorphic human emotion mapped onto the bird. Yes, they are hardy owls and capable predators and will fly if capable and if you are patient enough to observe.
>
> You can save its life or better yet - watch it fly.
>
> Respectfully,
> Kevin Zak
> President
> NRRG
>
>> On Nov 9, 2021, at 11:11 AM, Julian hough
>
>> "The simple lesson is one of fieldcraft and etiquette yet I often sense there is a lot of assumptions by people that the owl is scared, hungry, agitated, sick, dying, etc. This is of course often an emotional human aspect mapped onto the bird that often has no basis in a particular situation. Studies have shown many/most migrant Snowy Owls are hardy creatures, capable of hunting offshore for ducks and finding and dispatching various types of prey quite easily."
>
>
> On Nov 10, 2021, at 3:30 AM, <ctbirds-request...> wrote:
>
>
>
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> 1. Re: Rarities, crowds and behavior (Christina Cole)
> 2. Re: Rarities, crowds and behavior (Doug Wisneski)
> 3. ​COA’s Winter Waterfowl Workshop - Nov. 27 online & Nov. 28 in person
> (Cynthia Ehlinger)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2021 12:52:42 -0500
> From: Christina Cole <gooutsidect...>
> Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Rarities, crowds and behavior
> To: julian hough <jrhough1...>
> Cc: Birds CT <ctbirds...>
> Message-ID: <8DD5BBFC-573C-412C-B3FA-E69088C23AFC...>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
>
> <3 beautiful and logical!
>
> Christina Cole
>
>> On Nov 9, 2021, at 11:11 AM, julian hough <jrhough1...> wrote:
>>
>> This topic of mindfulness in the field has become an annual one yet should exist year round.
>>
>> The simple lesson is one of fieldcraft and etiquette yet I often sense there is a lot of assumptions by people that the owl is scared, hungry, agitated, sick, dying, etc. This is of course often an emotional human aspect mapped onto the bird that often has no basis in a particular situation. Studies have shown many/most migrant Snowy Owls are hardy creatures, capable of hunting offshore for ducks and finding and dispatching various types of prey quite easily.
>>
>> Birders, photographers, dog-walkers, and joe-public disturb all manner of birds every day. This is true of any rare bird where crowds gather, and not just owls. The odd disturbance by over-zealous birders is unlikely to be detrimental to a healthy Snowy Owl and trying to impose specific distances and timed viewing restrictions, while well intentioned, is a seemingly idealistic crusade. Harassment, and stories where people have been seen flushing owls so there cohort can obtain flight photos is, of course, not what is being discussed here.
>>
>> I think what has changed post-Covid, is that there are more photographers and birders in CT with access to information. That many more people have found an enjoyable passion is great, but with that beginning of exploring something new, comes a learning curve of fieldcraft and awareness. Some photographers are not birders in the true sense of the word and don't carry binoculars so there will be different expectations of what the 'rules' are between different subsets of observers. More people will show up at Snowy Owls to satiate there own particular enjoyment. That seems an undeniable fact.
>>
>> I've seen good behavior from many people at the various Snowy Owls at Long Beach in recent years, as opposed to the opposite. Generally it is the camera phone and short lens brigade that often needs coralling who have no idea what 'too close is'.
>> If there is a crowd 30' from the bird, is nobody there speaking up and asking the collective to move a few feet further back? Is nobody taking charge of the situation to help guide and inform? It doesn't have to be confrontational. I've seen people politely suggest a different course of action and most people of reasonable disposition will oblige if the request is valid, or if it helps everyone optimize their experience. Sometimes itcan be educational and perhaps avoid an after-the-fact post to CT Birds.
>>
>> I think it is more a matter of common sense and people speaking up and working together and having some patience rather than trying to shame and put limits on people's enjoyment whether they are photographers or birders. Obviously there's no one answer that fits every scenario.
>> Good biridng
>>
>> Julian Hough
>> New Haven
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Date: 11/11/21 5:25 pm
From: K Zak <kznrrg...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Snowy owl
It is not my intention to nitpick a thoughtful email. This is to those that are conflicted to our rights to view these magical birds. I have done my share of wildlife videography/photography and rescued and attempted to rescue many birds of prey from the smallest to the largest. Notwithstanding Julian Hough’s meaningful email I argue in the alternative regarding only the highlighted portion below.

As an example, red tails are not of the same temperament as coopers. But at the same time I find many variations of tolerance between the same species with some terrified, others (apparently) calm while others aggressive. As a rule they are sensitive to a human presence unless totally distracted. I have been able to approach a Great Blue Heron within a few feet in a Boston pond while others on the Naugatuck River scare at 1000 feet. Some Osprey’s, Peregrine’s and Eagle's are so sensitive you need to hide in a blind and others pose and could not care less. Including, but not limited to, other ingredients like where and what the bird is doing.

I wish to make clear I did not see first hand everyone “surrounding" this Snowy at "30 feet”.

I know first hand a goodly amount of these snow birds have had to be rescued, rehabbed and released and some have perished from starvation.

A common rule is if the bird of prey allows you to get pretty close and it is not mantling its prey - as I suspect this one was not (as many photos suggest) - and as A Place Called Hope suggested - it could be in trouble. Why take that chance?

When does one put down the camera and save the subject? That is a tough decision If you are not sure - consider taking your pictures at a greater distance and don’t surround it. Observe and call (A Place Called Hope?) if it causes you concern. Sometimes it is necessary to have someone with experience watch it. Binoculars go a long way.

If you are unaware of proper behavior there have been many links provided within these numerous ctbird emails. Hours can translate into life or death. The sad part is none of these photographers/viewers will ever know they contributed to the owls demise.

They are beautiful and mystical creatures making it hard to entertain critical self awareness and contemplate thoughts of backing off and watching at a distance.

If you can’t spend the necessary time to wait for it to fly team up with others and combine your observations. We all have ability to text and photograph privately for coordination and location.

Do I believe they are scared or agitated? Probably not. But that is not the critical question. Starvation is a reality - why mess with that if you are not sure. It takes a lot of energy to fly. If they are starving it is not going to fly away regardless of being scared or agitated. If it can’t get flight or stays on the low perch and is on the slow road to death this hunger is not a anthropomorphic human emotion mapped onto the bird. Yes, they are hardy owls and capable predators and will fly if capable and if you are patient enough to observe.

You can save its life or better yet - watch it fly.

Respectfully,
Kevin Zak
President
NRRG

> On Nov 9, 2021, at 11:11 AM, Julian hough

> "The simple lesson is one of fieldcraft and etiquette yet I often sense there is a lot of assumptions by people that the owl is scared, hungry, agitated, sick, dying, etc. This is of course often an emotional human aspect mapped onto the bird that often has no basis in a particular situation. Studies have shown many/most migrant Snowy Owls are hardy creatures, capable of hunting offshore for ducks and finding and dispatching various types of prey quite easily."


On Nov 10, 2021, at 3:30 AM, <ctbirds-request...> wrote:



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Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2021 12:52:42 -0500
From: Christina Cole <gooutsidect...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Rarities, crowds and behavior
To: julian hough <jrhough1...>
Cc: Birds CT <ctbirds...>
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<3 beautiful and logical!

Christina Cole

> On Nov 9, 2021, at 11:11 AM, julian hough <jrhough1...> wrote:
>
> This topic of mindfulness in the field has become an annual one yet should exist year round.
>
> The simple lesson is one of fieldcraft and etiquette yet I often sense there is a lot of assumptions by people that the owl is scared, hungry, agitated, sick, dying, etc. This is of course often an emotional human aspect mapped onto the bird that often has no basis in a particular situation. Studies have shown many/most migrant Snowy Owls are hardy creatures, capable of hunting offshore for ducks and finding and dispatching various types of prey quite easily.
>
> Birders, photographers, dog-walkers, and joe-public disturb all manner of birds every day. This is true of any rare bird where crowds gather, and not just owls. The odd disturbance by over-zealous birders is unlikely to be detrimental to a healthy Snowy Owl and trying to impose specific distances and timed viewing restrictions, while well intentioned, is a seemingly idealistic crusade. Harassment, and stories where people have been seen flushing owls so there cohort can obtain flight photos is, of course, not what is being discussed here.
>
> I think what has changed post-Covid, is that there are more photographers and birders in CT with access to information. That many more people have found an enjoyable passion is great, but with that beginning of exploring something new, comes a learning curve of fieldcraft and awareness. Some photographers are not birders in the true sense of the word and don't carry binoculars so there will be different expectations of what the 'rules' are between different subsets of observers. More people will show up at Snowy Owls to satiate there own particular enjoyment. That seems an undeniable fact.
>
> I've seen good behavior from many people at the various Snowy Owls at Long Beach in recent years, as opposed to the opposite. Generally it is the camera phone and short lens brigade that often needs coralling who have no idea what 'too close is'.
> If there is a crowd 30' from the bird, is nobody there speaking up and asking the collective to move a few feet further back? Is nobody taking charge of the situation to help guide and inform? It doesn't have to be confrontational. I've seen people politely suggest a different course of action and most people of reasonable disposition will oblige if the request is valid, or if it helps everyone optimize their experience. Sometimes itcan be educational and perhaps avoid an after-the-fact post to CT Birds.
>
> I think it is more a matter of common sense and people speaking up and working together and having some patience rather than trying to shame and put limits on people's enjoyment whether they are photographers or birders. Obviously there's no one answer that fits every scenario.
> Good biridng
>
> Julian Hough
> New Haven








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Date: 11/11/21 12:45 pm
From: Kathy Van Der Aue <kathyvda...>
Subject: [CT Birds] MINI-GRANT TIME IS HERE!
It's time to plan for projects that directly benefit Connecticut's birds.
Every year COA awards grants of up to $1,000.00 for worthy projects. The
deadline is January 15th 2022 and awards are made at our annual meeting in
March. You can find details, rules and the application form here:

https://www.ctbirding.org/resources/coa-mini-grant/

Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, CT

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Date: 11/11/21 12:20 pm
From: Nichols Photography <manichols1993...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Hammo- longspur
Lapland longspur with horned larks now at the nature center lot. Hammonasset beach state park, Madison.

Monica Nichols
Madison

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Date: 11/11/21 11:00 am
From: Alec Wiggin <alec...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Grace Salmon Park, Westport
Pleasantly active--12:00pm to 1:00pm

Bald Eagle (third-year maybe, soaring over river), Belted Kingfisher, Lesser
Yellow-Legs, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Black Duck, American Crow,
Yellow-rumped Warbler (many), Black-capped Chickadee, Northern Mockingbird,
House Finch, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Common Grackle, European
Starling (many), Blue Jay, American Robin, Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers

Plus, two high-flying critters these aging eyes could not ID, both
significantly smaller than the eagle.

Alec Wiggin
Darien



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Date: 11/11/21 10:44 am
From: Doug Wisneski <dougwisneski...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Orange Crown Warbler continues @ Silver Sands
Anyone seen orange crowned warbler today?
Doug Wisneski

On Wed, Nov 10, 2021 at 11:14 AM Ellynne Rey <ellynnerey...> wrote:

> At 11:00 am bird was feeding in the trees & bushes along the path closest
> to the boardwalk (between boardwalk & service road). The first path right
> before Nettleton pond from the SS side. Vibrant & active.
>
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> (Stamford)
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Date: 11/11/21 10:23 am
From: Jeffrey Fengler <jeff.fengler...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Golden Eagle at Valley Falls Park Vernon
Just had an overfly immature Golden Eagle at Valley Falls Park in Vernon, being “escorted” by a pair of ravens heading south. 2 adult Bald Eagles also flew over soon after. 2 passable Picts obtained of Golden.
Jeff FenglerVernon CT


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Date: 11/11/21 9:29 am
From: Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Titmice redux - 37 in 5 minutes
So I filled the feeder at noon and watched again - 37 visits in 5 minutes, groups of 4 at a time, plus one white-breasted nuthatch. They come and go too fast to study their crops.  Perhaps they are stashing the nuts, acorn woodpecker-wise, in tree holes and bark.  Maybe I'll have a copse of peanut trees next year...... 
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New Milford 

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Date: 11/11/21 7:59 am
From: Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Piggy Titmice
Timed between 9 and 9:10, 20 visits by titmice to isolated peanut feeder (no other birds).  There 5 (maybe 6) titmice regularly at four feeders the other side of the house.  The peanut feeder will be empty by noon.  Do the math!
Angela Dimmitt
New Milford

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Date: 11/11/21 7:50 am
From: Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Turkeys
16 large female/young turkeys my garden - not seen in a long while.
Angela Dimmitt
New Milford

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Date: 11/11/21 7:49 am
From: Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Cedar Waxwings
11/10 - Long Mountain Road, New Milford - 50 +/- cedar waxwings feeding on junipers and flying back and forth between them and maples and birches.  Also a few robins and a flock of 25 or so starlings.
Angela Dimmitt
New Milford

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Date: 11/11/21 7:39 am
From: Larry Havey <ldhavey...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Yellow-headed blackbird, Trout Brook Valley orchard, Easton
Male, well seen in large, mostly grackle flock moving through orchard.
Flock just left heading southwest

Larry Havey
Bethel, CT

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Date: 11/11/21 6:26 am
From: Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Western Kingbird-Yes
The WESTERN KINGBIRD is present at the Willard’s Island picnic area at Hammonasset State Park in Madison as of 9:25 AM.

Chuck Imbergamo
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Madison

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Date: 11/11/21 5:37 am
From: Tina Green <petermgreen...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Westport Black Scoters
Sherwood Island SP- 4 Black Scoters, a drake and 3 hens just west of Sherwood Point along with 10 Common Loons. A good sign that waterfowl are arriving and for the upcoming COA Duck workshops, including the 11/28 one I will be leading here at the park.

Tina Green
Westport
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Date: 11/11/21 5:08 am
From: Tina Green <petermgreen...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Westport egrets & buntings
Sherwood Island SP- 9 Great Egrets, I don’t remember seeing so many so late.
And a flock of 30 Snow Buntings were here yesterday as reported by David Anastasia.

Tina Green
Westport
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Date: 11/11/21 4:03 am
From: Tina Green <petermgreen...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Westport Snowgeese
Compo Beach- 40 Snow Geese flying southwest just now

Tina Green
Westport
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Date: 11/10/21 7:13 pm
From: Ed Haesche via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] WESTERN NO GO GOOGLE IS AT IT AGAIN
https://photos.app.goo.gl/m4YQK88mtWdQPZft8

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Date: 11/10/21 7:11 pm
From: Ed Haesche via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] western kingbird pic new link
Hammo, Tree line between Willards and Ceder isl,picnic area.A little Bluebird interaction.
  https://photos.app.goo.gl/m4YQK88mtWdQPZft8  EH, 

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Date: 11/10/21 7:03 pm
From: Ed Haesche via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Western pics new link
https://photos.app.goo.gl/5Vphd341VWWKWiGXA EH .

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Date: 11/10/21 6:59 pm
From: Ed Haesche via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Western Kingbird pics 11-10-21
Hammo ,Tree line between Willards and Ceder isl. picnic area.A little bluebird interaction
 https://photos.app.goo.gl/5Vphd341VWWKWiGXA Ed Haesche Guilford

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Date: 11/10/21 4:04 pm
From: Jim Dugan <jim...>
Subject: [CT Birds] FYI on work at Barn Island WMA
Just saw the following in the monthly DEEP Wildlife Highlights email:
A wetland habitat enhancement and road improvement project will be conducted at Barn Island WMA from November 1 to mid-December. During that time, the dike road off Palmer Neck Road will be closed to pedestrian traffic.

Jim Dugan
New Milford

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Date: 11/10/21 3:51 pm
From: Beverly Propen <bpropen...>
Subject: [CT Birds] CACC
11/10 , Milford, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center, 10am-1PM. low tide,
rising. 58-60F, sunny, windy.
Viewed from Coastal Center building.
Several visitors today- nice to meet and greet and chat with them.
On the marsh: 46 American black ducks in several flocks-- 2 males dunking
under water, splashing and appearing to chase each other; 4 mallards, 2
Great blue herons, 1 Great Egret, 1 Northern Harrier, 15 Ring billed gulls
and 2 herring gulls. 1 Herring gull was grabbing and gobbling down hermit
crabs, 2 Common loons.
On the grounds and at bird baths:
2 Chickadees, 1 Song sparrow, 3 Yellow rumped warblers, 4 House finches ( 2
male, 2 female), flock of 30 pigeons flew over, 1 Downy woodpecker, 3
Starlings, 8 House sparrows, 1 Cardinal, 2 Robins. Full report on Ebird.
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Date: 11/10/21 12:56 pm
From: James Leone via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Western Kingbird updates?
Bird is here (41.2541050, -72.5434408) and showing well flying back and forth across the treetops as of 3:53.

James Leone
Darien

>
> On Nov 10, 2021, at 2:03 PM, Ellynne Rey <ellynnerey...> wrote:
>
> Kingbird here near pavilion at 2:03.
>
> Ellynne
>
>> On Wednesday, November 10, 2021, James Leone via CTBirds <ctbirds...> wrote:
>> Has anyone seen the Western Kingbird at Hammonasset more recently than 11 this morning? Any reports positive or negative appreciated.
>>
>> James Leone
>> Darien
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Date: 11/10/21 11:03 am
From: Ellynne Rey <ellynnerey...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Western Kingbird updates?
Kingbird here near pavilion at 2:03.

Ellynne

On Wednesday, November 10, 2021, James Leone via CTBirds <
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> Has anyone seen the Western Kingbird at Hammonasset more recently than 11
> this morning? Any reports positive or negative appreciated.
>
> James Leone
> Darien
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Date: 11/10/21 10:16 am
From: James Carr <james.j.carr...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Western Kingbird updates?
It was flying around in the same area at 12:15pm.

Jim Carr
Madison, CT.

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> On Nov 10, 2021, at 12:57 PM, James Leone via CTBirds <ctbirds...> wrote:
>
> Has anyone seen the Western Kingbird at Hammonasset more recently than 11 this morning? Any reports positive or negative appreciated.
>
> James Leone
> Darien
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Date: 11/10/21 9:59 am
From: Ed Haesche via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Western Kingbird updates?
It just showed up1::00

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Has anyone seen the Western Kingbird at Hammonasset more recently than 11 this morning? Any reports positive or negative appreciated.

James Leone
Darien

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Date: 11/10/21 9:52 am
From: James Leone via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Western Kingbird updates?
Has anyone seen the Western Kingbird at Hammonasset more recently than 11 this morning? Any reports positive or negative appreciated.

James Leone
Darien

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Date: 11/10/21 8:21 am
From: Julian Ventres <ventresjulian...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Owl update
Agreed, I was hoping to get to see this owl as it would be a first for me
and I've been busy the past couple weeks, but given the recent situation
I'm planning on passing on this particular one. As great as it would be, I
definitely don't want to contribute to the harassment, and I know there
will be other opportunities.

Julian Ventres
East Haddam

On Wed, Nov 10, 2021, 11:18 AM Nichols Photography <manichols1993...>
wrote:

> What really ticks me off is this behavior gives ethical photographers like
> myself a bad rap. I’m just lucky I work 6 days a week so I can’t be blamed
> for this behavior!
>
> Monica Nichols
> Madison
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Nov 10, 2021, at 10:48 AM, Patrick Comins <pcomins...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Not to mention that if you are a photographer you are pretty much
> wasting your time if you are surrounding the bird and on the wrong side of
> the sun. I see folks working hard to approach birds from the bad light side
> quite often, when they would be better off on the other side even at a
> greater distance (note you don’t always have a choice)
> >
> > Patrick
> >
> > Patrick Comins,
> >
> >> On Nov 10, 2021, at 9:15 AM, julian hough <jrhough1...> wrote:
> >>
> >> Matt's post seems to reiterate some points in my previous post that I
> hoped would be avoided and confirm the need for people to actively police
> (pun intended) situations. I'm not sure that hearsay stories that suggest
> potential violence and abuse be fanned on here when the facts are possibly
> unclear.
> >> Again, non-birders/photographers are not aware of owls or birds in
> general and are caught up in their own world and while irritating to many
> of us, don't actually "see" birds or a crowd. It is up to someone to flag
> these people down and politely ask, if possible, that they might take a
> wide berth. They often do and when enlightened, are mortified that they may
> have spoilt enjoyment for someone else. If they don't and become abusive,
> then that is their problem. But to have police and arrests be on the
> table. It is not the owl giving a bad rep here.
> >> As for surrounding the owl on all sides, this just suggests horrible
> fieldcraft is in play. As a photographer, I suggest you don't do this.
> Staying together as a group is best.The bird will always flush if you
> pincer it. Again, if you are a photographer, and you see this happening,
> you might want to speak up and suggest a better approach.
> >> I hope Matt's email has a better outcome for the owl and that it is in
> better health than what is being proposed but without witnessing any of
> what he mentioned, it seems a much more dire situation all around.
> >> I guess the question is how can we all improve these situations and
> interactions?
> >>
> >> Julian HoughNew Haven
> >>
> >>
> >> Sent from AT&T Yahoo Mail on Android
> >>
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Date: 11/10/21 8:18 am
From: Nichols Photography <manichols1993...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Owl update
What really ticks me off is this behavior gives ethical photographers like myself a bad rap. I’m just lucky I work 6 days a week so I can’t be blamed for this behavior!

Monica Nichols
Madison

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 10, 2021, at 10:48 AM, Patrick Comins <pcomins...> wrote:
>
> Not to mention that if you are a photographer you are pretty much wasting your time if you are surrounding the bird and on the wrong side of the sun. I see folks working hard to approach birds from the bad light side quite often, when they would be better off on the other side even at a greater distance (note you don’t always have a choice)
>
> Patrick
>
> Patrick Comins,
>
>> On Nov 10, 2021, at 9:15 AM, julian hough <jrhough1...> wrote:
>>
>> Matt's post seems to reiterate some points in my previous post that I hoped would be avoided and confirm the need for people to actively police (pun intended) situations. I'm not sure that hearsay stories that suggest potential violence and abuse be fanned on here when the facts are possibly unclear.
>> Again, non-birders/photographers are not aware of owls or birds in general and are caught up in their own world and while irritating to many of us, don't actually "see" birds or a crowd. It is up to someone to flag these people down and politely ask, if possible, that they might take a wide berth. They often do and when enlightened, are mortified that they may have spoilt enjoyment for someone else. If they don't and become abusive, then that is their problem. But to have police and arrests be on the table. It is not the owl giving a bad rep here.
>> As for surrounding the owl on all sides, this just suggests horrible fieldcraft is in play. As a photographer, I suggest you don't do this. Staying together as a group is best.The bird will always flush if you pincer it. Again, if you are a photographer, and you see this happening, you might want to speak up and suggest a better approach.
>> I hope Matt's email has a better outcome for the owl and that it is in better health than what is being proposed but without witnessing any of what he mentioned, it seems a much more dire situation all around.
>> I guess the question is how can we all improve these situations and interactions?
>>
>> Julian HoughNew Haven
>>
>>
>> Sent from AT&T Yahoo Mail on Android
>>
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Date: 11/10/21 8:14 am
From: Ellynne Rey <ellynnerey...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Orange Crown Warbler continues @ Silver Sands
At 11:00 am bird was feeding in the trees & bushes along the path closest
to the boardwalk (between boardwalk & service road). The first path right
before Nettleton pond from the SS side. Vibrant & active.

Ellynne Rey
(Stamford)

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Date: 11/10/21 7:48 am
From: Patrick Comins <pcomins...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Owl update
Not to mention that if you are a photographer you are pretty much wasting your time if you are surrounding the bird and on the wrong side of the sun. I see folks working hard to approach birds from the bad light side quite often, when they would be better off on the other side even at a greater distance (note you don’t always have a choice)

Patrick

Patrick Comins,

> On Nov 10, 2021, at 9:15 AM, julian hough <jrhough1...> wrote:
>
> Matt's post seems to reiterate some points in my previous post that I hoped would be avoided and confirm the need for people to actively police (pun intended) situations. I'm not sure that hearsay stories that suggest potential violence and abuse be fanned on here when the facts are possibly unclear.
> Again, non-birders/photographers are not aware of owls or birds in general and are caught up in their own world and while irritating to many of us, don't actually "see" birds or a crowd. It is up to someone to flag these people down and politely ask, if possible, that they might take a wide berth. They often do and when enlightened, are mortified that they may have spoilt enjoyment for someone else. If they don't and become abusive, then that is their problem. But to have police and arrests be on the table. It is not the owl giving a bad rep here.
> As for surrounding the owl on all sides, this just suggests horrible fieldcraft is in play. As a photographer, I suggest you don't do this. Staying together as a group is best.The bird will always flush if you pincer it. Again, if you are a photographer, and you see this happening, you might want to speak up and suggest a better approach.
> I hope Matt's email has a better outcome for the owl and that it is in better health than what is being proposed but without witnessing any of what he mentioned, it seems a much more dire situation all around.
> I guess the question is how can we all improve these situations and interactions?
>
> Julian HoughNew Haven
>
>
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Date: 11/10/21 7:14 am
From: Dean Rupp <rupp...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Kingbird at Hammo
The western kingbird is now being seen at Hammonasset near the Willard’s Island parking area in the same area as reported yesterday.
Dean Rupp
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Date: 11/10/21 7:04 am
From: Ernest Harris via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Colchester Deck
11/10/21- Colchester Deck- belated- 11/9/21- 6:30-7:30AM- 24 species including 6 woodpeckers: Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied ,No. Flicker, Pileated and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Never had a Red-headed, yet:) Ernie

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Date: 11/10/21 6:32 am
From: Joe Bear <joebear.gator...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Allen’s Blackpolls
11/10 Allen’s Meadow, Wilton. 2 Blackpoll Warblers feeding very close in shrubs bordering SW corner of bluestem meadow.

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Date: 11/10/21 6:15 am
From: julian hough <jrhough1...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Owl update
Matt's post seems to reiterate some points in my previous post that I hoped would be avoided and confirm the need for people to actively police (pun intended) situations. I'm not sure that hearsay stories that suggest potential violence and abuse be fanned on here when the facts are possibly unclear.
Again, non-birders/photographers are not aware of owls or birds in general and are caught up in their own world and while irritating to many of us, don't actually "see" birds or a crowd. It is up to someone to flag these people down and politely ask, if possible, that they might take a wide berth. They often do and when enlightened, are mortified that they may have spoilt enjoyment for someone else. If they don't and become abusive, then that is their problem.  But to have police and arrests be on the table. It is not the owl giving a bad rep here. 
As for surrounding the owl on all sides, this just suggests horrible fieldcraft is in play. As a photographer, I suggest you don't do this. Staying together as a group is best.The bird will always flush if you pincer it. Again, if you are a photographer, and you see this happening, you might want to speak up and suggest a better approach. 
I hope Matt's email has a better outcome for the owl and that it is in better health than what is being proposed but without witnessing any of what he mentioned, it seems a much more dire situation all around. 
I guess the question is how can we all improve these situations and interactions? 

Julian HoughNew Haven


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Date: 11/10/21 5:32 am
From: Liz Jaffin <lizjaffin...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
Matt,
This is truly appalling!!! I think asking eBird to make it a sensitive species is definitely a step in the right direction.
However, I feel that it will still be virtually impossible to stop the word getting out; I discussed in another post what appears to be a network of photographers who I saw all looking at their phones at the same time and then jumping in their cars and zooming away. This happened in the same area that is being discussed here, so I imagine there is some network of photographers passing on the whereabouts of certain birds.
I really hope that something can be done before this bird is harmed.
Liz
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> On Nov 10, 2021, at 8:22 AM, Melani Lust <melanilust...> wrote:
>
> Thank you, I appreciate your efforts. Sensitive status I think is necessary
> as the problem continues to worsen. Protecting the birds is the #1 priority.
>
> Warm wishes,
>
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>
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>> On Wed, Nov 10, 2021 at 8:07 AM Matthew <mjbell1214...> wrote:
>>
>> Just an update to everyone on the current state of the owl:
>>
>> Photos have always been banned in the “Connecticut Birds” Facebook group,
>> and I’ve also temporarily banned them in the “Connecticut Audubon
>> Bird/Nature Photos” group. I admin both groups, and they have a combined
>> 20k members. Working on getting “Connecticut Nature Lovers” to do something
>> as well, but it’s hard when the admins aren’t active.
>>
>> Yesterday (11/9) a Long Beach resident called the cops on birders who she
>> claimed harassed her and shouted at her after she unknowingly walked past
>> it when avoiding the crowd. Someone threatened to “throw her into the
>> Sound” if she didn’t leave the beach immediately. She said that the cops
>> said that if it happens again they would make arrests.
>>
>> Photos I’ve seen posted recently from some Connecticut photographers show
>> the bird with squinted eyes, raised head, and drooped wings. A sign that
>> Christine from A Place Called Hope agrees is not of a healthy bird, and
>> that the constant harassment is beginning to get to it. Hopefully she can
>> get permission from DEEP to rescue and relocate the bird.
>>
>> I’ve already been sent photos today of people surrounding the bird on all
>> sides, extremely close. This bird is giving birders a terrible rep.
>>
>> Greg, I think it’s worth reaching out to eBird and see if they can make
>> Snowy Owl a sensitive species in Connecticut. Hide all exact locations and
>> reports, just like they do for Great Gray and Northern Hawk owls in other
>> states. I know they can selectively do it, as they’ve done it for
>> Short-eared Owls doing breeding season in NY.
>>
>> -Matt Bell
>> Vernon
>>
>>>> On Nov 8, 2021, at 21:59, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Thank you Charlie and the others who have replied on and off-list in
>> support of the owl.
>>>
>>> Most seem to agree that being ~30 feet away is unnecessary; even a
>> relatively inexpensive zoom-enabled digital camera could get a decent shot
>> of this bird from 3 times that distance. And most birders with scopes are
>> happy to share the view with others. Why get closer when you can see the
>> bird well from where you stand?
>>>
>>> We cannot know what bothers or doesn’t bother the birds, and just
>> because one sticks around doesn’t mean that all is well. It might be, but
>> why should we push the envelope? Owls that sit in the open can be
>> vulnerable in some circumstances, and Snowy Owls are highly conspicuous and
>> prone to hunker down, so if they can be approached the question comes down
>> to how close is TOO close?
>>>
>>> I think the question remains unanswered for now, but I want to remind
>> all that the American Birding Association has a code of ethics and birders
>> should familiarize themselves with it:
>> https://www.aba.org/aba-code-of-birding-ethics/
>>>
>>> Right from that code is the following: “Always exercise caution and
>> restraint when photographing, recording, or otherwise approaching birds.”
>>>
>>> Caution and restraint - just like Charlie exemplified photographing his
>> Snowy in Alaska...we can all take a lesson from that!
>>>
>>> Chuck Imbergamo
>>> CT Birds Moderator
>>> Madison
>>>
>>> From: Charlie Bostwick
>>> Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 3:49 PM
>>> To: Chuck Imbergamo
>>> Cc: Larry Havey; ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
>>> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
>>>
>>> Thanks Chuck! Agree - “... we have to find a balance, tipped in favor of
>> the birds.”!
>>>
>>> It’s easy to temporarily forget the pure joy of birds that got most of
>> us into this when we start thinking about a great photo or a
>> county/state/ABA tick or whatever the other meaningful motivators might be
>> for each of us. I know I have to remind myself sometimes.
>>>
>>> It’s also easy to forget that the birds don’t exist for us to exploit.
>> Their greatest meaning is in there own existence and their place in a
>> fragile ecosystem.
>>>
>>> I wonder if we can all agree on some sort of standard quantifiable
>> distance and observation time for a large raptor so as to remove some of
>> the subjectivity and judgement, and therefore more easily hold each other
>> accountable? When I was in remote Alaska last month, I got (with no bias
>> haha) amazing Snowy Owl pictures from over 100’ away, and then moved away
>> within five minutes. I did this after carefully evaluating from a distance
>> the best angle and light so I could be done and move away quickly. If the
>> bird looked agitated, I could have moved on without photos - in favor of
>> the bird. Even then, I hope I didn’t scare away in potential prey for the
>> bird.
>>>
>>> Birders sometimes get a bad wrap from other environmentalists. Almost
>> every birder I know is also a staunch environmentalist and I would like to
>> see our reputation as such improve.
>>>
>>> Good birding all!
>>>
>>> Charlie
>>>
>>>
>>> On Nov 8, 2021, at 11:54 AM, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
>> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Hi Charlie – that is a fair question and I don’t think anyone knows the
>> answer. What I hope we can all agree on is that people pressuring a bird
>> by getting too close is not what we want.
>>>
>>> A week ago I asked that people refrain from posting on this board when a
>> bird might be accessible, and happily that has not happened since with this
>> bird. But I’m sure photos of it are on many social media forums by now.
>> The problem as I see it is that there are those who will upset or flush a
>> bird because they don’t understand birds well enough, and they can’t read
>> the agitated behavior.
>>>
>>> It’s a good thing that owls are not bears!
>>>
>>> I am all for access to see great birds, but we have to find a balance,
>> tipped in favor of the birds.
>>>
>>> As an aside to all: Charlie is the #1 birder in the United States. I
>> hope he is not offended by the comments of #7,559…!!
>>>
>>> Chuck Imbergamo
>>> CT Birds Moderator
>>> Madison
>>>
>>> From: Charlie Bostwick
>>> Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 2:19 PM
>>> To: Chuck Imbergamo
>>> Cc: Larry Havey; ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
>>> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
>>>
>>> What would be considered a safe distance for a Snowy Owl?
>>>
>>>> On Nov 8, 2021, at 11:16 AM, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> All – Since hearing reports of people getting too close to a Snowy Owl
>> last week, I have been working with Kathy Van Der Aue of the COA to see
>> whether we can get help (CT DEEP, EnCon, USFWS, etc.) when these situations
>> spin out of control.
>>>>
>>>> I will post when we have information to share, but given the situation
>> happening now I am personally following up on this.
>>>>
>>>> Stay tuned.
>>>>
>>>> Chuck Imbergamo
>>>> CT Birds Moderator
>>>> Madison
>>>>
>>>> From: Larry Havey
>>>> Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 1:49 PM
>>>> To: ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
>>>> Subject: [CT Birds] Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
>>>>
>>>> This is a general plea requesting that those seeking to photograph
>> certain
>>>> birds, particularly birds drawing crowds of birders, be willing to
>> exercise
>>>> some added restraint and accept a somewhat less than perfect photo in
>>>> exchange for the greater good of both the bird and your fellow birders.
>> A
>>>> crowd of 20 people ~30 feet from a Snowy Owl was at the very least a
>>>> constant distraction to the owl this morning. Whether or not the bird
>> was
>>>> stressed is beyond my ability to determine, so I will not even
>> speculate.
>>>> But every movement, every noise from that many people at such a close
>>>> distance repeatedly commanded the owl's attention.
>>>>
>>>> This is an entirely polite ask, and not intended to stir up yet more
>> debate
>>>> or to condemn photographers in any way. So let's all avoid doing either
>> of
>>>> these things. I enjoy your photographs as much as anyone, but I'd still
>>>> appreciate them all the same if you gave birds in these particular
>>>> situations a bit more space.
>>>>
>>>> Thank you,
>>>> Larry Havey
>>>> Bethel, CT
>>>>
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Date: 11/10/21 5:22 am
From: Melani Lust <melanilust...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
Thank you, I appreciate your efforts. Sensitive status I think is necessary
as the problem continues to worsen. Protecting the birds is the #1 priority.

Warm wishes,

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On Wed, Nov 10, 2021 at 8:07 AM Matthew <mjbell1214...> wrote:

> Just an update to everyone on the current state of the owl:
>
> Photos have always been banned in the “Connecticut Birds” Facebook group,
> and I’ve also temporarily banned them in the “Connecticut Audubon
> Bird/Nature Photos” group. I admin both groups, and they have a combined
> 20k members. Working on getting “Connecticut Nature Lovers” to do something
> as well, but it’s hard when the admins aren’t active.
>
> Yesterday (11/9) a Long Beach resident called the cops on birders who she
> claimed harassed her and shouted at her after she unknowingly walked past
> it when avoiding the crowd. Someone threatened to “throw her into the
> Sound” if she didn’t leave the beach immediately. She said that the cops
> said that if it happens again they would make arrests.
>
> Photos I’ve seen posted recently from some Connecticut photographers show
> the bird with squinted eyes, raised head, and drooped wings. A sign that
> Christine from A Place Called Hope agrees is not of a healthy bird, and
> that the constant harassment is beginning to get to it. Hopefully she can
> get permission from DEEP to rescue and relocate the bird.
>
> I’ve already been sent photos today of people surrounding the bird on all
> sides, extremely close. This bird is giving birders a terrible rep.
>
> Greg, I think it’s worth reaching out to eBird and see if they can make
> Snowy Owl a sensitive species in Connecticut. Hide all exact locations and
> reports, just like they do for Great Gray and Northern Hawk owls in other
> states. I know they can selectively do it, as they’ve done it for
> Short-eared Owls doing breeding season in NY.
>
> -Matt Bell
> Vernon
>
> > On Nov 8, 2021, at 21:59, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> wrote:
> >
> > Thank you Charlie and the others who have replied on and off-list in
> support of the owl.
> >
> > Most seem to agree that being ~30 feet away is unnecessary; even a
> relatively inexpensive zoom-enabled digital camera could get a decent shot
> of this bird from 3 times that distance. And most birders with scopes are
> happy to share the view with others. Why get closer when you can see the
> bird well from where you stand?
> >
> > We cannot know what bothers or doesn’t bother the birds, and just
> because one sticks around doesn’t mean that all is well. It might be, but
> why should we push the envelope? Owls that sit in the open can be
> vulnerable in some circumstances, and Snowy Owls are highly conspicuous and
> prone to hunker down, so if they can be approached the question comes down
> to how close is TOO close?
> >
> > I think the question remains unanswered for now, but I want to remind
> all that the American Birding Association has a code of ethics and birders
> should familiarize themselves with it:
> https://www.aba.org/aba-code-of-birding-ethics/
> >
> > Right from that code is the following: “Always exercise caution and
> restraint when photographing, recording, or otherwise approaching birds.”
> >
> > Caution and restraint - just like Charlie exemplified photographing his
> Snowy in Alaska...we can all take a lesson from that!
> >
> > Chuck Imbergamo
> > CT Birds Moderator
> > Madison
> >
> > From: Charlie Bostwick
> > Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 3:49 PM
> > To: Chuck Imbergamo
> > Cc: Larry Havey; ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
> > Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
> >
> > Thanks Chuck! Agree - “... we have to find a balance, tipped in favor of
> the birds.”!
> >
> > It’s easy to temporarily forget the pure joy of birds that got most of
> us into this when we start thinking about a great photo or a
> county/state/ABA tick or whatever the other meaningful motivators might be
> for each of us. I know I have to remind myself sometimes.
> >
> > It’s also easy to forget that the birds don’t exist for us to exploit.
> Their greatest meaning is in there own existence and their place in a
> fragile ecosystem.
> >
> > I wonder if we can all agree on some sort of standard quantifiable
> distance and observation time for a large raptor so as to remove some of
> the subjectivity and judgement, and therefore more easily hold each other
> accountable? When I was in remote Alaska last month, I got (with no bias
> haha) amazing Snowy Owl pictures from over 100’ away, and then moved away
> within five minutes. I did this after carefully evaluating from a distance
> the best angle and light so I could be done and move away quickly. If the
> bird looked agitated, I could have moved on without photos - in favor of
> the bird. Even then, I hope I didn’t scare away in potential prey for the
> bird.
> >
> > Birders sometimes get a bad wrap from other environmentalists. Almost
> every birder I know is also a staunch environmentalist and I would like to
> see our reputation as such improve.
> >
> > Good birding all!
> >
> > Charlie
> >
> >
> > On Nov 8, 2021, at 11:54 AM, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
> wrote:
> > 
> > Hi Charlie – that is a fair question and I don’t think anyone knows the
> answer. What I hope we can all agree on is that people pressuring a bird
> by getting too close is not what we want.
> >
> > A week ago I asked that people refrain from posting on this board when a
> bird might be accessible, and happily that has not happened since with this
> bird. But I’m sure photos of it are on many social media forums by now.
> The problem as I see it is that there are those who will upset or flush a
> bird because they don’t understand birds well enough, and they can’t read
> the agitated behavior.
> >
> > It’s a good thing that owls are not bears!
> >
> > I am all for access to see great birds, but we have to find a balance,
> tipped in favor of the birds.
> >
> > As an aside to all: Charlie is the #1 birder in the United States. I
> hope he is not offended by the comments of #7,559…!!
> >
> > Chuck Imbergamo
> > CT Birds Moderator
> > Madison
> >
> > From: Charlie Bostwick
> > Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 2:19 PM
> > To: Chuck Imbergamo
> > Cc: Larry Havey; ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
> > Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
> >
> > What would be considered a safe distance for a Snowy Owl?
> >
> >> On Nov 8, 2021, at 11:16 AM, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
> wrote:
> >>
> >> All – Since hearing reports of people getting too close to a Snowy Owl
> last week, I have been working with Kathy Van Der Aue of the COA to see
> whether we can get help (CT DEEP, EnCon, USFWS, etc.) when these situations
> spin out of control.
> >>
> >> I will post when we have information to share, but given the situation
> happening now I am personally following up on this.
> >>
> >> Stay tuned.
> >>
> >> Chuck Imbergamo
> >> CT Birds Moderator
> >> Madison
> >>
> >> From: Larry Havey
> >> Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 1:49 PM
> >> To: ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
> >> Subject: [CT Birds] Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
> >>
> >> This is a general plea requesting that those seeking to photograph
> certain
> >> birds, particularly birds drawing crowds of birders, be willing to
> exercise
> >> some added restraint and accept a somewhat less than perfect photo in
> >> exchange for the greater good of both the bird and your fellow birders.
> A
> >> crowd of 20 people ~30 feet from a Snowy Owl was at the very least a
> >> constant distraction to the owl this morning. Whether or not the bird
> was
> >> stressed is beyond my ability to determine, so I will not even
> speculate.
> >> But every movement, every noise from that many people at such a close
> >> distance repeatedly commanded the owl's attention.
> >>
> >> This is an entirely polite ask, and not intended to stir up yet more
> debate
> >> or to condemn photographers in any way. So let's all avoid doing either
> of
> >> these things. I enjoy your photographs as much as anyone, but I'd still
> >> appreciate them all the same if you gave birds in these particular
> >> situations a bit more space.
> >>
> >> Thank you,
> >> Larry Havey
> >> Bethel, CT
> >>
> >> CTBirds, a service of Connecticut Ornithological Association - Bringing
> birders together statewide. Please support COA:
> https://www.ctbirding.org/join-us/
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> >>
> >>
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> >
> >
> >
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Date: 11/10/21 5:07 am
From: Matthew <mjbell1214...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
Just an update to everyone on the current state of the owl:

Photos have always been banned in the “Connecticut Birds” Facebook group, and I’ve also temporarily banned them in the “Connecticut Audubon Bird/Nature Photos” group. I admin both groups, and they have a combined 20k members. Working on getting “Connecticut Nature Lovers” to do something as well, but it’s hard when the admins aren’t active.

Yesterday (11/9) a Long Beach resident called the cops on birders who she claimed harassed her and shouted at her after she unknowingly walked past it when avoiding the crowd. Someone threatened to “throw her into the Sound” if she didn’t leave the beach immediately. She said that the cops said that if it happens again they would make arrests.

Photos I’ve seen posted recently from some Connecticut photographers show the bird with squinted eyes, raised head, and drooped wings. A sign that Christine from A Place Called Hope agrees is not of a healthy bird, and that the constant harassment is beginning to get to it. Hopefully she can get permission from DEEP to rescue and relocate the bird.

I’ve already been sent photos today of people surrounding the bird on all sides, extremely close. This bird is giving birders a terrible rep.

Greg, I think it’s worth reaching out to eBird and see if they can make Snowy Owl a sensitive species in Connecticut. Hide all exact locations and reports, just like they do for Great Gray and Northern Hawk owls in other states. I know they can selectively do it, as they’ve done it for Short-eared Owls doing breeding season in NY.

-Matt Bell
Vernon

> On Nov 8, 2021, at 21:59, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> wrote:
>
> Thank you Charlie and the others who have replied on and off-list in support of the owl.
>
> Most seem to agree that being ~30 feet away is unnecessary; even a relatively inexpensive zoom-enabled digital camera could get a decent shot of this bird from 3 times that distance. And most birders with scopes are happy to share the view with others. Why get closer when you can see the bird well from where you stand?
>
> We cannot know what bothers or doesn’t bother the birds, and just because one sticks around doesn’t mean that all is well. It might be, but why should we push the envelope? Owls that sit in the open can be vulnerable in some circumstances, and Snowy Owls are highly conspicuous and prone to hunker down, so if they can be approached the question comes down to how close is TOO close?
>
> I think the question remains unanswered for now, but I want to remind all that the American Birding Association has a code of ethics and birders should familiarize themselves with it: https://www.aba.org/aba-code-of-birding-ethics/
>
> Right from that code is the following: “Always exercise caution and restraint when photographing, recording, or otherwise approaching birds.”
>
> Caution and restraint - just like Charlie exemplified photographing his Snowy in Alaska...we can all take a lesson from that!
>
> Chuck Imbergamo
> CT Birds Moderator
> Madison
>
> From: Charlie Bostwick
> Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 3:49 PM
> To: Chuck Imbergamo
> Cc: Larry Havey; ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
>
> Thanks Chuck! Agree - “... we have to find a balance, tipped in favor of the birds.”!
>
> It’s easy to temporarily forget the pure joy of birds that got most of us into this when we start thinking about a great photo or a county/state/ABA tick or whatever the other meaningful motivators might be for each of us. I know I have to remind myself sometimes.
>
> It’s also easy to forget that the birds don’t exist for us to exploit. Their greatest meaning is in there own existence and their place in a fragile ecosystem.
>
> I wonder if we can all agree on some sort of standard quantifiable distance and observation time for a large raptor so as to remove some of the subjectivity and judgement, and therefore more easily hold each other accountable? When I was in remote Alaska last month, I got (with no bias haha) amazing Snowy Owl pictures from over 100’ away, and then moved away within five minutes. I did this after carefully evaluating from a distance the best angle and light so I could be done and move away quickly. If the bird looked agitated, I could have moved on without photos - in favor of the bird. Even then, I hope I didn’t scare away in potential prey for the bird.
>
> Birders sometimes get a bad wrap from other environmentalists. Almost every birder I know is also a staunch environmentalist and I would like to see our reputation as such improve.
>
> Good birding all!
>
> Charlie
>
>
> On Nov 8, 2021, at 11:54 AM, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> wrote:
> 
> Hi Charlie – that is a fair question and I don’t think anyone knows the answer. What I hope we can all agree on is that people pressuring a bird by getting too close is not what we want.
>
> A week ago I asked that people refrain from posting on this board when a bird might be accessible, and happily that has not happened since with this bird. But I’m sure photos of it are on many social media forums by now. The problem as I see it is that there are those who will upset or flush a bird because they don’t understand birds well enough, and they can’t read the agitated behavior.
>
> It’s a good thing that owls are not bears!
>
> I am all for access to see great birds, but we have to find a balance, tipped in favor of the birds.
>
> As an aside to all: Charlie is the #1 birder in the United States. I hope he is not offended by the comments of #7,559…!!
>
> Chuck Imbergamo
> CT Birds Moderator
> Madison
>
> From: Charlie Bostwick
> Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 2:19 PM
> To: Chuck Imbergamo
> Cc: Larry Havey; ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
>
> What would be considered a safe distance for a Snowy Owl?
>
>> On Nov 8, 2021, at 11:16 AM, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> wrote:
>>
>> All – Since hearing reports of people getting too close to a Snowy Owl last week, I have been working with Kathy Van Der Aue of the COA to see whether we can get help (CT DEEP, EnCon, USFWS, etc.) when these situations spin out of control.
>>
>> I will post when we have information to share, but given the situation happening now I am personally following up on this.
>>
>> Stay tuned.
>>
>> Chuck Imbergamo
>> CT Birds Moderator
>> Madison
>>
>> From: Larry Havey
>> Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 1:49 PM
>> To: ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
>> Subject: [CT Birds] Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
>>
>> This is a general plea requesting that those seeking to photograph certain
>> birds, particularly birds drawing crowds of birders, be willing to exercise
>> some added restraint and accept a somewhat less than perfect photo in
>> exchange for the greater good of both the bird and your fellow birders. A
>> crowd of 20 people ~30 feet from a Snowy Owl was at the very least a
>> constant distraction to the owl this morning. Whether or not the bird was
>> stressed is beyond my ability to determine, so I will not even speculate.
>> But every movement, every noise from that many people at such a close
>> distance repeatedly commanded the owl's attention.
>>
>> This is an entirely polite ask, and not intended to stir up yet more debate
>> or to condemn photographers in any way. So let's all avoid doing either of
>> these things. I enjoy your photographs as much as anyone, but I'd still
>> appreciate them all the same if you gave birds in these particular
>> situations a bit more space.
>>
>> Thank you,
>> Larry Havey
>> Bethel, CT
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Date: 11/9/21 5:34 pm
From: Cynthia Ehlinger <cynthia.ehlinger...>
Subject: [CT Birds] ​COA’s Winter Waterfowl Workshop - Nov. 27 online & Nov. 28 in person
COA’s Winter Waterfowl Workshop
Saturday, November 27 at 7:00 pm. Online via Zoom (Register in advance)
Zoom Presenter: Chris Loscalzo
Sunday, November 28 at 8:00 am. In-person sea watches at coastal locations
(see below for details)

Chris Loscalzo will present “The Wintering Waterfowl of Long Island Sound”
on November 27 at 7:00 pm online via Zoom.

Learn how to identify the different waterfowl species that are present in
and near the LI Sound in winter. Learn how to differentiate among species
of Loon, Grebe, Scoter, Eider, alcids and others.
People who participate in the Zoom meeting on Saturday evening can attend a
sea watch the following morning at any of several locations along the CT
coast. Advance registration for the Sunday sea watches is not required.

The locations and leaders are:

- Greenwich Point Park with Cynthia Ehlinger
- Sherwood Island State Park with Tina Green
- Stratford Point with Frank Mantlik
- Hammonasset State Park with Chris Loscalzo
- Harkness Memorial State Park with Dave Provencher and Glenn Williams

Register in advance for the Saturday Zoom meeting at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpdO2gqjsoGtK8g5b42_D_MGa8wGop037N

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the meeting.

Zoom Presenter: Chris Loscalzo is a former COA president and has presented
these Workshops for the past several years. A frequent field trip leader
and active environmentalist, Chris has been an avid birder since the age of
12 and an active member of the Connecticut birding community since 1990.
He is immediate past-president of the Connecticut Ornithological
Association, past-president of the New Haven Bird Club, and longstanding
compiler of the New Haven Christmas Bird Count as well as a major
contributor to the CT Bird Atlas. If it's bird-related, Chris is likely to
be involved in it

About COA Workshops. The live COA Workshops are free to all. A recording of
the Zoom presentation will be available to COA members with a registered
account on the COA website ctbirding.org under the Members Only tab.

Connecticut Ornithological Association is an all volunteer organization
with the mission of promoting interest in Connecticut birds, and
collecting, preparing, and disseminating the best available scientific
information on the status of Connecticut birds and their habitat.

Cynthia S. Ehlinger
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Date: 11/9/21 11:35 am
From: Doug Wisneski <dougwisneski...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Rarities, crowds and behavior
Julian, we’ll said and I couldn’t agree more..
Doug Wisneski

On Tue, Nov 9, 2021 at 12:53 PM Christina Cole <gooutsidect...>
wrote:

> <3 beautiful and logical!
>
> Christina Cole
>
> > On Nov 9, 2021, at 11:11 AM, julian hough <jrhough1...> wrote:
> >
> > This topic of mindfulness in the field has become an annual one yet
> should exist year round.
> >
> > The simple lesson is one of fieldcraft and etiquette yet I often sense
> there is a lot of assumptions by people that the owl is scared, hungry,
> agitated, sick, dying, etc. This is of course often an emotional human
> aspect mapped onto the bird that often has no basis in a particular
> situation. Studies have shown many/most migrant Snowy Owls are hardy
> creatures, capable of hunting offshore for ducks and finding and
> dispatching various types of prey quite easily.
> >
> > Birders, photographers, dog-walkers, and joe-public disturb all manner
> of birds every day. This is true of any rare bird where crowds gather, and
> not just owls. The odd disturbance by over-zealous birders is unlikely to
> be detrimental to a healthy Snowy Owl and trying to impose specific
> distances and timed viewing restrictions, while well intentioned, is a
> seemingly idealistic crusade. Harassment, and stories where people have
> been seen flushing owls so there cohort can obtain flight photos is, of
> course, not what is being discussed here.
> >
> > I think what has changed post-Covid, is that there are more
> photographers and birders in CT with access to information. That many more
> people have found an enjoyable passion is great, but with that beginning of
> exploring something new, comes a learning curve of fieldcraft and
> awareness. Some photographers are not birders in the true sense of the word
> and don't carry binoculars so there will be different expectations of what
> the 'rules' are between different subsets of observers. More people will
> show up at Snowy Owls to satiate there own particular enjoyment. That seems
> an undeniable fact.
> >
> > I've seen good behavior from many people at the various Snowy Owls at
> Long Beach in recent years, as opposed to the opposite. Generally it is the
> camera phone and short lens brigade that often needs coralling who have no
> idea what 'too close is'.
> > If there is a crowd 30' from the bird, is nobody there speaking up and
> asking the collective to move a few feet further back? Is nobody taking
> charge of the situation to help guide and inform? It doesn't have to be
> confrontational. I've seen people politely suggest a different course of
> action and most people of reasonable disposition will oblige if the request
> is valid, or if it helps everyone optimize their experience. Sometimes
> itcan be educational and perhaps avoid an after-the-fact post to CT Birds.
> >
> > I think it is more a matter of common sense and people speaking up and
> working together and having some patience rather than trying to shame and
> put limits on people's enjoyment whether they are photographers or birders.
> Obviously there's no one answer that fits every scenario.
> > Good biridng
> >
> > Julian Hough
> > New Haven
> >
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Date: 11/9/21 9:52 am
From: Christina Cole <gooutsidect...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Rarities, crowds and behavior
<3 beautiful and logical!

Christina Cole

> On Nov 9, 2021, at 11:11 AM, julian hough <jrhough1...> wrote:
>
> This topic of mindfulness in the field has become an annual one yet should exist year round.
>
> The simple lesson is one of fieldcraft and etiquette yet I often sense there is a lot of assumptions by people that the owl is scared, hungry, agitated, sick, dying, etc. This is of course often an emotional human aspect mapped onto the bird that often has no basis in a particular situation. Studies have shown many/most migrant Snowy Owls are hardy creatures, capable of hunting offshore for ducks and finding and dispatching various types of prey quite easily.
>
> Birders, photographers, dog-walkers, and joe-public disturb all manner of birds every day. This is true of any rare bird where crowds gather, and not just owls. The odd disturbance by over-zealous birders is unlikely to be detrimental to a healthy Snowy Owl and trying to impose specific distances and timed viewing restrictions, while well intentioned, is a seemingly idealistic crusade. Harassment, and stories where people have been seen flushing owls so there cohort can obtain flight photos is, of course, not what is being discussed here.
>
> I think what has changed post-Covid, is that there are more photographers and birders in CT with access to information. That many more people have found an enjoyable passion is great, but with that beginning of exploring something new, comes a learning curve of fieldcraft and awareness. Some photographers are not birders in the true sense of the word and don't carry binoculars so there will be different expectations of what the 'rules' are between different subsets of observers. More people will show up at Snowy Owls to satiate there own particular enjoyment. That seems an undeniable fact.
>
> I've seen good behavior from many people at the various Snowy Owls at Long Beach in recent years, as opposed to the opposite. Generally it is the camera phone and short lens brigade that often needs coralling who have no idea what 'too close is'.
> If there is a crowd 30' from the bird, is nobody there speaking up and asking the collective to move a few feet further back? Is nobody taking charge of the situation to help guide and inform? It doesn't have to be confrontational. I've seen people politely suggest a different course of action and most people of reasonable disposition will oblige if the request is valid, or if it helps everyone optimize their experience. Sometimes itcan be educational and perhaps avoid an after-the-fact post to CT Birds.
>
> I think it is more a matter of common sense and people speaking up and working together and having some patience rather than trying to shame and put limits on people's enjoyment whether they are photographers or birders. Obviously there's no one answer that fits every scenario.
> Good biridng
>
> Julian Hough
> New Haven
>
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Date: 11/9/21 8:56 am
From: Bob MacDonnell <macdonnellphoto...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Kingbird update - Hammonasset
The Western Kingbird has not been seen for about an hour. The bird was found and photographed by Tony Woodall and was actively flycatching from treetops all around the parking lot. ID confirmed as Western from photos, gray throat, white out tail feathers.

Bob MacDonnell
Niantic

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Date: 11/9/21 8:10 am
From: julian hough <jrhough1...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Rarities, crowds and behavior
This topic of mindfulness in the field has become an annual one yet should exist year round.

The simple lesson is one of fieldcraft and etiquette yet I often sense there is a lot of assumptions by people that the owl is scared, hungry, agitated, sick, dying, etc. This is of course often an emotional human aspect mapped onto the bird that often has no basis in a particular situation. Studies have shown many/most migrant Snowy Owls are hardy creatures, capable of hunting offshore for ducks and finding and dispatching various types of prey quite easily.

Birders, photographers, dog-walkers, and joe-public disturb all manner of birds every day. This is true of any rare bird where crowds gather, and not just owls. The odd disturbance by over-zealous birders is unlikely to be detrimental to a healthy Snowy Owl and trying to impose specific distances and timed viewing restrictions, while well intentioned, is a seemingly idealistic crusade. Harassment, and stories where people have been seen flushing owls so there cohort can obtain flight photos is, of course, not what is being discussed here.

I think what has changed post-Covid, is that there are more photographers and birders in CT with access to information. That many more people have found an enjoyable passion is great, but with that beginning of exploring something new, comes a learning curve of fieldcraft and awareness. Some photographers are not birders in the true sense of the word and don't carry binoculars so there will be different expectations of what the 'rules' are between different subsets of observers. More people will show up at Snowy Owls to satiate there own particular enjoyment. That seems an undeniable fact.

I've seen good behavior from many people at the various Snowy Owls at Long Beach in recent years, as opposed to the opposite. Generally it is the camera phone and short lens brigade that often needs coralling who have no idea what 'too close is'.
If there is a crowd 30' from the bird, is nobody there speaking up and asking the collective to move a few feet further back? Is nobody taking charge of the situation to help guide and inform? It doesn't have to be confrontational.  I've seen people politely suggest a different course of action and most people of reasonable disposition will oblige if the request is valid, or if it helps everyone optimize their experience. Sometimes itcan be educational and perhaps avoid an after-the-fact post to CT Birds.

I think it is more a matter of common sense and people speaking up and working together and having some patience rather than trying to shame and put limits on people's enjoyment whether they are photographers or birders. Obviously there's no one answer that fits every scenario.
Good biridng

Julian Hough
New Haven 

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Date: 11/9/21 7:44 am
From: Frank Mantlik <mantlik...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Western Kingbird Hammonasset
Hi Bob,
Nice find. I just wanted to ask if you have definitely confirmed it as a Western Kingbird, ruling out Tropical, Couch’s, Cassins?
Any photos? Thanks.
Frank Mantlik
Stratford

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> On Nov 9, 2021, at 10:16 AM, Bob MacDonnell <macdonnellphoto...> wrote:
>
> Western Kingbird at Willards Island parking lot. Flycathing from treetops around pavilion and blind.
>
> Bob MacDonnell
> Niantic
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 11/9/21 7:37 am
From: Bill Rankin <rankinbill...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Orange-crowned Warbler Silver Sands SP 11/7


Clay-colored also continues in NE area of sparrow lanes. Seen perched and flying near here:

41.2005915, -73.0701710

And now an American Bittern motionless at the edge of the circular pond here:

41.1986554, -73.0669174


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To: Stephen Spector <charsjs...>; <ctbirds...> <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Orange-crowned Warbler Silver Sands SP 11/7



The Orange-Crowned Warbler continues at Silver Sands. Just had great looks here:

41.1977313, -73.0731190

Bill
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Subject: [CT Birds] Orange-crowned Warbler Silver Sands SP 11/7

From Steve Spector Silver Sands SP
Orange-crowned Warbler on trail east of Nettleton Pond near boardwalk

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Date: 11/9/21 7:22 am
From: Joe Bear <joebear.gator...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Allen’s
10/9 Allen’s Meadow, Wilton. A Vesper Sparrow continues, as do 40+ Bluebirds.

Joe Bear
Wilton

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Date: 11/9/21 7:16 am
From: Bob MacDonnell <macdonnellphoto...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Western Kingbird Hammonasset
Western Kingbird at Willards Island parking lot. Flycathing from treetops around pavilion and blind.

Bob MacDonnell
Niantic

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Date: 11/9/21 6:33 am
From: Bill Rankin <rankinbill...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Orange-crowned Warbler Silver Sands SP 11/7


The Orange-Crowned Warbler continues at Silver Sands. Just had great looks here:

41.1977313, -73.0731190

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Subject: [CT Birds] Orange-crowned Warbler Silver Sands SP 11/7

From Steve Spector Silver Sands SP
Orange-crowned Warbler on trail east of Nettleton Pond near boardwalk

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Date: 11/8/21 6:59 pm
From: Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
Thank you Charlie and the others who have replied on and off-list in support of the owl.

Most seem to agree that being ~30 feet away is unnecessary; even a relatively inexpensive zoom-enabled digital camera could get a decent shot of this bird from 3 times that distance. And most birders with scopes are happy to share the view with others. Why get closer when you can see the bird well from where you stand?

We cannot know what bothers or doesn’t bother the birds, and just because one sticks around doesn’t mean that all is well. It might be, but why should we push the envelope? Owls that sit in the open can be vulnerable in some circumstances, and Snowy Owls are highly conspicuous and prone to hunker down, so if they can be approached the question comes down to how close is TOO close?

I think the question remains unanswered for now, but I want to remind all that the American Birding Association has a code of ethics and birders should familiarize themselves with it: https://www.aba.org/aba-code-of-birding-ethics/

Right from that code is the following: “Always exercise caution and restraint when photographing, recording, or otherwise approaching birds.”

Caution and restraint - just like Charlie exemplified photographing his Snowy in Alaska...we can all take a lesson from that!

Chuck Imbergamo
CT Birds Moderator
Madison

From: Charlie Bostwick
Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 3:49 PM
To: Chuck Imbergamo
Cc: Larry Havey; ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request

Thanks Chuck! Agree - “... we have to find a balance, tipped in favor of the birds.”!

It’s easy to temporarily forget the pure joy of birds that got most of us into this when we start thinking about a great photo or a county/state/ABA tick or whatever the other meaningful motivators might be for each of us. I know I have to remind myself sometimes. 

It’s also easy to forget that the birds don’t exist for us to exploit. Their greatest meaning is in there own existence and their place in a fragile ecosystem. 

I wonder if we can all agree on some sort of standard quantifiable distance and observation time for a large raptor so as to remove some of the subjectivity and judgement, and therefore more easily hold each other accountable? When I was in remote Alaska last month, I got (with no bias haha) amazing Snowy Owl pictures from over 100’ away, and then moved away within five minutes. I did this after carefully evaluating from a distance the best angle and light so I could be done and move away quickly. If the bird looked agitated, I could have moved on without photos - in favor of the bird. Even then, I hope I didn’t scare away in potential prey for the bird. 

Birders sometimes get a bad wrap from other environmentalists. Almost every birder I know is also a staunch environmentalist and I would like to see our reputation as such improve. 

Good birding all! 

Charlie 


On Nov 8, 2021, at 11:54 AM, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> wrote:

Hi Charlie – that is a fair question and I don’t think anyone knows the answer.  What I hope we can all agree on is that people pressuring a bird by getting too close is not what we want.
 
A week ago I asked that people refrain from posting on this board when a bird might be accessible, and happily that has not happened since with this bird.  But I’m sure photos of it are on many social media forums by now.  The problem as I see it is that there are those who will upset or flush a bird because they don’t understand birds well enough, and they can’t read the agitated behavior.
 
It’s a good thing that owls are not bears!
 
I am all for access to see great birds, but we have to find a balance, tipped in favor of the birds.
 
As an aside to all: Charlie is the #1 birder in the United States.  I hope he is not offended by the comments of #7,559…!!
 
Chuck Imbergamo
CT Birds Moderator
Madison
 
From: Charlie Bostwick
Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 2:19 PM
To: Chuck Imbergamo
Cc: Larry Havey; ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
 
What would be considered a safe distance for a Snowy Owl?
 
> On Nov 8, 2021, at 11:16 AM, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> wrote:
>
> All – Since hearing reports of people getting too close to a Snowy Owl last week, I have been working with Kathy Van Der Aue of the COA to see whether we can get help (CT DEEP, EnCon, USFWS, etc.) when these situations spin out of control.
>
> I will post when we have information to share, but given the situation happening now I am personally following up on this.
>
> Stay tuned.
>
> Chuck Imbergamo
> CT Birds Moderator
> Madison
>
> From: Larry Havey
> Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 1:49 PM
> To: ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
>
> This is a general plea requesting that those seeking to photograph certain
> birds, particularly birds drawing crowds of birders, be willing to exercise
> some added restraint and accept a somewhat less than perfect photo in
> exchange for the greater good of both the bird and your fellow birders. A
> crowd of 20 people ~30 feet from a Snowy Owl was at the very least a
> constant distraction to the owl this morning. Whether or not the bird was
> stressed is beyond my ability to determine, so I will not even speculate.
> But every movement, every noise from that many people at such a close
> distance repeatedly commanded the owl's attention.
>
> This is an entirely polite ask, and not intended to stir up yet more debate
> or to condemn photographers in any way. So let's all avoid doing either of
> these things. I enjoy your photographs as much as anyone, but I'd still
> appreciate them all the same if you gave birds in these particular
> situations a bit more space.
>
> Thank you,
> Larry Havey
> Bethel, CT
>
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Date: 11/8/21 1:12 pm
From: Paul Plotnick <pdplot2...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
With today's long-reach lenses, there is no need to get any closer than 100
feet or even further. And I don't mean those monsters costing $15 thou
either. I have a 70-300 mm telephoto that digitally can go all the way out
to 1200 mm with a crop factor of 2X. It was less than $600.00. With 4x
in-camera image stabilization, you can get reasonably good shots without a
tripod. My problem is I'm almost 88 years old and "it's not the camera, man
- it's the cameraman."

On Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 3:49 PM Charlie Bostwick <bostwick.charlie...>
wrote:

> Thanks Chuck! Agree - “... we have to find a balance, tipped in favor of
> the birds.”!
>
> It’s easy to temporarily forget the pure joy of birds that got most of us
> into this when we start thinking about a great photo or a county/state/ABA
> tick or whatever the other meaningful motivators might be for each of us. I
> know I have to remind myself sometimes.
>
> It’s also easy to forget that the birds don’t exist for us to exploit.
> Their greatest meaning is in there own existence and their place in a
> fragile ecosystem.
>
> I wonder if we can all agree on some sort of standard quantifiable
> distance and observation time for a large raptor so as to remove some of
> the subjectivity and judgement, and therefore more easily hold each other
> accountable? When I was in remote Alaska last month, I got (with no bias
> haha) amazing Snowy Owl pictures from over 100’ away, and then moved away
> within five minutes. I did this after carefully evaluating from a distance
> the best angle and light so I could be done and move away quickly. If the
> bird looked agitated, I could have moved on without photos - in favor of
> the bird. Even then, I hope I didn’t scare away in potential prey for the
> bird.
>
> Birders sometimes get a bad wrap from other environmentalists. Almost
> every birder I know is also a staunch environmentalist and I would like to
> see our reputation as such improve.
>
> Good birding all!
>
> Charlie
>
> > On Nov 8, 2021, at 11:54 AM, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
> wrote:
> >
> > 
> > Hi Charlie – that is a fair question and I don’t think anyone knows the
> answer. What I hope we can all agree on is that people pressuring a bird
> by getting too close is not what we want.
> >
> > A week ago I asked that people refrain from posting on this board when a
> bird might be accessible, and happily that has not happened since with this
> bird. But I’m sure photos of it are on many social media forums by now.
> The problem as I see it is that there are those who will upset or flush a
> bird because they don’t understand birds well enough, and they can’t read
> the agitated behavior.
> >
> > It’s a good thing that owls are not bears!
> >
> > I am all for access to see great birds, but we have to find a balance,
> tipped in favor of the birds.
> >
> > As an aside to all: Charlie is the #1 birder in the United States. I
> hope he is not offended by the comments of #7,559…!!
> >
> > Chuck Imbergamo
> > CT Birds Moderator
> > Madison
> >
> > From: Charlie Bostwick
> > Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 2:19 PM
> > To: Chuck Imbergamo
> > Cc: Larry Havey; ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
> > Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
> >
> > What would be considered a safe distance for a Snowy Owl?
> >
> > > On Nov 8, 2021, at 11:16 AM, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
> wrote:
> > >
> > > All – Since hearing reports of people getting too close to a Snowy
> Owl last week, I have been working with Kathy Van Der Aue of the COA to see
> whether we can get help (CT DEEP, EnCon, USFWS, etc.) when these situations
> spin out of control.
> > >
> > > I will post when we have information to share, but given the situation
> happening now I am personally following up on this.
> > >
> > > Stay tuned.
> > >
> > > Chuck Imbergamo
> > > CT Birds Moderator
> > > Madison
> > >
> > > From: Larry Havey
> > > Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 1:49 PM
> > > To: ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
> > > Subject: [CT Birds] Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
> > >
> > > This is a general plea requesting that those seeking to photograph
> certain
> > > birds, particularly birds drawing crowds of birders, be willing to
> exercise
> > > some added restraint and accept a somewhat less than perfect photo in
> > > exchange for the greater good of both the bird and your fellow
> birders. A
> > > crowd of 20 people ~30 feet from a Snowy Owl was at the very least a
> > > constant distraction to the owl this morning. Whether or not the bird
> was
> > > stressed is beyond my ability to determine, so I will not even
> speculate.
> > > But every movement, every noise from that many people at such a close
> > > distance repeatedly commanded the owl's attention.
> > >
> > > This is an entirely polite ask, and not intended to stir up yet more
> debate
> > > or to condemn photographers in any way. So let's all avoid doing
> either of
> > > these things. I enjoy your photographs as much as anyone, but I'd still
> > > appreciate them all the same if you gave birds in these particular
> > > situations a bit more space.
> > >
> > > Thank you,
> > > Larry Havey
> > > Bethel, CT
> > >
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Date: 11/8/21 12:55 pm
From: Michael Richardson <msr042377...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
I would just add my 2 cents that some respect should be payed to the
general laws and rights of non birders. I've been lectured by birders for
walking down a posted and marked trail at a public nature preserve because
it was too close to their bird. Frankly, if it's public property and no one
is trying to harass the bird, some consideration should be made that people
have a right to walk the trails regardless of what bird may be there. So if
you see someone getting too close, be sure to be nice if you ask them to go
elsewhere. Trails are meant to be walked on.

Mike
Norwalk

On Mon, Nov 8, 2021, 3:49 PM Charlie Bostwick <bostwick.charlie...>
wrote:

> Thanks Chuck! Agree - “... we have to find a balance, tipped in favor of
> the birds.”!
>
> It’s easy to temporarily forget the pure joy of birds that got most of us
> into this when we start thinking about a great photo or a county/state/ABA
> tick or whatever the other meaningful motivators might be for each of us. I
> know I have to remind myself sometimes.
>
> It’s also easy to forget that the birds don’t exist for us to exploit.
> Their greatest meaning is in there own existence and their place in a
> fragile ecosystem.
>
> I wonder if we can all agree on some sort of standard quantifiable
> distance and observation time for a large raptor so as to remove some of
> the subjectivity and judgement, and therefore more easily hold each other
> accountable? When I was in remote Alaska last month, I got (with no bias
> haha) amazing Snowy Owl pictures from over 100’ away, and then moved away
> within five minutes. I did this after carefully evaluating from a distance
> the best angle and light so I could be done and move away quickly. If the
> bird looked agitated, I could have moved on without photos - in favor of
> the bird. Even then, I hope I didn’t scare away in potential prey for the
> bird.
>
> Birders sometimes get a bad wrap from other environmentalists. Almost
> every birder I know is also a staunch environmentalist and I would like to
> see our reputation as such improve.
>
> Good birding all!
>
> Charlie
>
> > On Nov 8, 2021, at 11:54 AM, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
> wrote:
> >
> > 
> > Hi Charlie – that is a fair question and I don’t think anyone knows the
> answer. What I hope we can all agree on is that people pressuring a bird
> by getting too close is not what we want.
> >
> > A week ago I asked that people refrain from posting on this board when a
> bird might be accessible, and happily that has not happened since with this
> bird. But I’m sure photos of it are on many social media forums by now.
> The problem as I see it is that there are those who will upset or flush a
> bird because they don’t understand birds well enough, and they can’t read
> the agitated behavior.
> >
> > It’s a good thing that owls are not bears!
> >
> > I am all for access to see great birds, but we have to find a balance,
> tipped in favor of the birds.
> >
> > As an aside to all: Charlie is the #1 birder in the United States. I
> hope he is not offended by the comments of #7,559…!!
> >
> > Chuck Imbergamo
> > CT Birds Moderator
> > Madison
> >
> > From: Charlie Bostwick
> > Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 2:19 PM
> > To: Chuck Imbergamo
> > Cc: Larry Havey; ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
> > Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
> >
> > What would be considered a safe distance for a Snowy Owl?
> >
> > > On Nov 8, 2021, at 11:16 AM, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
> wrote:
> > >
> > > All – Since hearing reports of people getting too close to a Snowy
> Owl last week, I have been working with Kathy Van Der Aue of the COA to see
> whether we can get help (CT DEEP, EnCon, USFWS, etc.) when these situations
> spin out of control.
> > >
> > > I will post when we have information to share, but given the situation
> happening now I am personally following up on this.
> > >
> > > Stay tuned.
> > >
> > > Chuck Imbergamo
> > > CT Birds Moderator
> > > Madison
> > >
> > > From: Larry Havey
> > > Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 1:49 PM
> > > To: ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
> > > Subject: [CT Birds] Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
> > >
> > > This is a general plea requesting that those seeking to photograph
> certain
> > > birds, particularly birds drawing crowds of birders, be willing to
> exercise
> > > some added restraint and accept a somewhat less than perfect photo in
> > > exchange for the greater good of both the bird and your fellow
> birders. A
> > > crowd of 20 people ~30 feet from a Snowy Owl was at the very least a
> > > constant distraction to the owl this morning. Whether or not the bird
> was
> > > stressed is beyond my ability to determine, so I will not even
> speculate.
> > > But every movement, every noise from that many people at such a close
> > > distance repeatedly commanded the owl's attention.
> > >
> > > This is an entirely polite ask, and not intended to stir up yet more
> debate
> > > or to condemn photographers in any way. So let's all avoid doing
> either of
> > > these things. I enjoy your photographs as much as anyone, but I'd still
> > > appreciate them all the same if you gave birds in these particular
> > > situations a bit more space.
> > >
> > > Thank you,
> > > Larry Havey
> > > Bethel, CT
> > >
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> Bringing birders together statewide. Please support COA:
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> > >
> > >
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> >
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Date: 11/8/21 12:54 pm
From: William Hobbie <whobbie3...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Colebrook Carolina Wren
Cute little Carolina Wren was digging through the leaves againt my
foundation

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Date: 11/8/21 12:49 pm
From: Charlie Bostwick <bostwick.charlie...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
Thanks Chuck! Agree - “... we have to find a balance, tipped in favor of the birds.”!

It’s easy to temporarily forget the pure joy of birds that got most of us into this when we start thinking about a great photo or a county/state/ABA tick or whatever the other meaningful motivators might be for each of us. I know I have to remind myself sometimes.

It’s also easy to forget that the birds don’t exist for us to exploit. Their greatest meaning is in there own existence and their place in a fragile ecosystem.

I wonder if we can all agree on some sort of standard quantifiable distance and observation time for a large raptor so as to remove some of the subjectivity and judgement, and therefore more easily hold each other accountable? When I was in remote Alaska last month, I got (with no bias haha) amazing Snowy Owl pictures from over 100’ away, and then moved away within five minutes. I did this after carefully evaluating from a distance the best angle and light so I could be done and move away quickly. If the bird looked agitated, I could have moved on without photos - in favor of the bird. Even then, I hope I didn’t scare away in potential prey for the bird.

Birders sometimes get a bad wrap from other environmentalists. Almost every birder I know is also a staunch environmentalist and I would like to see our reputation as such improve.

Good birding all!

Charlie

> On Nov 8, 2021, at 11:54 AM, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> wrote:
>
> 
> Hi Charlie – that is a fair question and I don’t think anyone knows the answer. What I hope we can all agree on is that people pressuring a bird by getting too close is not what we want.
>
> A week ago I asked that people refrain from posting on this board when a bird might be accessible, and happily that has not happened since with this bird. But I’m sure photos of it are on many social media forums by now. The problem as I see it is that there are those who will upset or flush a bird because they don’t understand birds well enough, and they can’t read the agitated behavior.
>
> It’s a good thing that owls are not bears!
>
> I am all for access to see great birds, but we have to find a balance, tipped in favor of the birds.
>
> As an aside to all: Charlie is the #1 birder in the United States. I hope he is not offended by the comments of #7,559…!!
>
> Chuck Imbergamo
> CT Birds Moderator
> Madison
>
> From: Charlie Bostwick
> Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 2:19 PM
> To: Chuck Imbergamo
> Cc: Larry Havey; ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
>
> What would be considered a safe distance for a Snowy Owl?
>
> > On Nov 8, 2021, at 11:16 AM, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> wrote:
> >
> > All – Since hearing reports of people getting too close to a Snowy Owl last week, I have been working with Kathy Van Der Aue of the COA to see whether we can get help (CT DEEP, EnCon, USFWS, etc.) when these situations spin out of control.
> >
> > I will post when we have information to share, but given the situation happening now I am personally following up on this.
> >
> > Stay tuned.
> >
> > Chuck Imbergamo
> > CT Birds Moderator
> > Madison
> >
> > From: Larry Havey
> > Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 1:49 PM
> > To: ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
> > Subject: [CT Birds] Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
> >
> > This is a general plea requesting that those seeking to photograph certain
> > birds, particularly birds drawing crowds of birders, be willing to exercise
> > some added restraint and accept a somewhat less than perfect photo in
> > exchange for the greater good of both the bird and your fellow birders. A
> > crowd of 20 people ~30 feet from a Snowy Owl was at the very least a
> > constant distraction to the owl this morning. Whether or not the bird was
> > stressed is beyond my ability to determine, so I will not even speculate.
> > But every movement, every noise from that many people at such a close
> > distance repeatedly commanded the owl's attention.
> >
> > This is an entirely polite ask, and not intended to stir up yet more debate
> > or to condemn photographers in any way. So let's all avoid doing either of
> > these things. I enjoy your photographs as much as anyone, but I'd still
> > appreciate them all the same if you gave birds in these particular
> > situations a bit more space.
> >
> > Thank you,
> > Larry Havey
> > Bethel, CT
> >
> > 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: https://www.ctbirding.org/birds-birding/ct-birds-email-list/
> >
> >
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>

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Date: 11/8/21 12:26 pm
From: Frank Mantlik <mantlik...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Clay-colored Sparrow - Bridgeport
11/8. Bridgeport, Glenwood Ave, Glenwood Park/Wonderland of Ice/ Bunnells Pond - CLAY-COLORED SPARROW with 2 Savannahs and 2 Song Sparrows atop grassy/brushy dam of Bunnells Pond. Found while conducting 1-hour survey for CT Bird Atlas (early winter period).
It’s fun to bird new areas in this project, and sometimes you find something rare.

Frank Mantlik
Stratford

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Date: 11/8/21 12:19 pm
From: Ellynne Rey <ellynnerey...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
Yes to this.

I want to say that this is the first time in a few years of observing and
photographing snowies that I’ve consistently seen people behaving with
respect to this beautiful and special bird. I wasn’t there today. But 30
feet is way too close. There is never a need to be that near the bird, and
if you see people doing that please ask them to back off to give the animal
space.

There is no way a snowy will not be an attention getter. However, the more
people help out by reminding them of protocols the better.

I went to photograph harriers Sunday and of course observed the owl. I saw
respectful unobtrusive behavior the time I was there. I hope DEEP does
monitor, or at least a volunteer group with species & etiquette knowledge.
I’d volunteer if there were a group created and available to be trained.

Ellynne Rey
(Stamford)

On Monday, November 8, 2021, Larry Havey <ldhavey...> wrote:

> This is a general plea requesting that those seeking to photograph certain
> birds, particularly birds drawing crowds of birders, be willing to exercise
> some added restraint and accept a somewhat less than perfect photo in
> exchange for the greater good of both the bird and your fellow birders. A
> crowd of 20 people ~30 feet from a Snowy Owl was at the very least a
> constant distraction to the owl this morning. Whether or not the bird was
> stressed is beyond my ability to determine, so I will not even speculate.
> But every movement, every noise from that many people at such a close
> distance repeatedly commanded the owl's attention.
>
> This is an entirely polite ask, and not intended to stir up yet more debate
> or to condemn photographers in any way. So let's all avoid doing either of
> these things. I enjoy your photographs as much as anyone, but I'd still
> appreciate them all the same if you gave birds in these particular
> situations a bit more space.
>
> Thank you,
> Larry Havey
> Bethel, CT
>
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Date: 11/8/21 11:54 am
From: Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
Hi Charlie – that is a fair question and I don’t think anyone knows the answer. What I hope we can all agree on is that people pressuring a bird by getting too close is not what we want.

A week ago I asked that people refrain from posting on this board when a bird might be accessible, and happily that has not happened since with this bird. But I’m sure photos of it are on many social media forums by now. The problem as I see it is that there are those who will upset or flush a bird because they don’t understand birds well enough, and they can’t read the agitated behavior.

It’s a good thing that owls are not bears!

I am all for access to see great birds, but we have to find a balance, tipped in favor of the birds.

As an aside to all: Charlie is the #1 birder in the United States. I hope he is not offended by the comments of #7,559…!!

Chuck Imbergamo
CT Birds Moderator
Madison

From: Charlie Bostwick
Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 2:19 PM
To: Chuck Imbergamo
Cc: Larry Havey; ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request

What would be considered a safe distance for a Snowy Owl?

> On Nov 8, 2021, at 11:16 AM, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> wrote:
>
> All – Since hearing reports of people getting too close to a Snowy Owl last week, I have been working with Kathy Van Der Aue of the COA to see whether we can get help (CT DEEP, EnCon, USFWS, etc.) when these situations spin out of control.
>
> I will post when we have information to share, but given the situation happening now I am personally following up on this.
>
> Stay tuned.
>
> Chuck Imbergamo
> CT Birds Moderator
> Madison
>
> From: Larry Havey
> Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 1:49 PM
> To: ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
>
> This is a general plea requesting that those seeking to photograph certain
> birds, particularly birds drawing crowds of birders, be willing to exercise
> some added restraint and accept a somewhat less than perfect photo in
> exchange for the greater good of both the bird and your fellow birders. A
> crowd of 20 people ~30 feet from a Snowy Owl was at the very least a
> constant distraction to the owl this morning. Whether or not the bird was
> stressed is beyond my ability to determine, so I will not even speculate.
> But every movement, every noise from that many people at such a close
> distance repeatedly commanded the owl's attention.
>
> This is an entirely polite ask, and not intended to stir up yet more debate
> or to condemn photographers in any way. So let's all avoid doing either of
> these things. I enjoy your photographs as much as anyone, but I'd still
> appreciate them all the same if you gave birds in these particular
> situations a bit more space.
>
> Thank you,
> Larry Havey
> Bethel, CT
>
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Date: 11/8/21 11:27 am
From: Nichols Photography <manichols1993...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
Agree with everything said here. Also wanted to mention a couple of other points .

1. Make yourself as small and unthreatening as possible by sitting/lying down. That’s what I did when I saw the owl last week.

2. Don’t surround the owl on all sides. That’s a sure way to stress the owl.

And if anyone sees dogs on the beach, please inform them no dogs allowed on that beach at all, per the sign by the parking lot.

Monica Nichols
Madison.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 8, 2021, at 2:20 PM, Charlie Bostwick <bostwick.charlie...> wrote:
>
> What would be considered a safe distance for a Snowy Owl?
>
>> On Nov 8, 2021, at 11:16 AM, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> wrote:
>>
>> All – Since hearing reports of people getting too close to a Snowy Owl last week, I have been working with Kathy Van Der Aue of the COA to see whether we can get help (CT DEEP, EnCon, USFWS, etc.) when these situations spin out of control.
>>
>> I will post when we have information to share, but given the situation happening now I am personally following up on this.
>>
>> Stay tuned.
>>
>> Chuck Imbergamo
>> CT Birds Moderator
>> Madison
>>
>> From: Larry Havey
>> Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 1:49 PM
>> To: ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
>> Subject: [CT Birds] Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
>>
>> This is a general plea requesting that those seeking to photograph certain
>> birds, particularly birds drawing crowds of birders, be willing to exercise
>> some added restraint and accept a somewhat less than perfect photo in
>> exchange for the greater good of both the bird and your fellow birders. A
>> crowd of 20 people ~30 feet from a Snowy Owl was at the very least a
>> constant distraction to the owl this morning. Whether or not the bird was
>> stressed is beyond my ability to determine, so I will not even speculate.
>> But every movement, every noise from that many people at such a close
>> distance repeatedly commanded the owl's attention.
>>
>> This is an entirely polite ask, and not intended to stir up yet more debate
>> or to condemn photographers in any way. So let's all avoid doing either of
>> these things. I enjoy your photographs as much as anyone, but I'd still
>> appreciate them all the same if you gave birds in these particular
>> situations a bit more space.
>>
>> Thank you,
>> Larry Havey
>> Bethel, CT
>>
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Date: 11/8/21 11:20 am
From: Charlie Bostwick <bostwick.charlie...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
What would be considered a safe distance for a Snowy Owl?

> On Nov 8, 2021, at 11:16 AM, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> wrote:
>
> All – Since hearing reports of people getting too close to a Snowy Owl last week, I have been working with Kathy Van Der Aue of the COA to see whether we can get help (CT DEEP, EnCon, USFWS, etc.) when these situations spin out of control.
>
> I will post when we have information to share, but given the situation happening now I am personally following up on this.
>
> Stay tuned.
>
> Chuck Imbergamo
> CT Birds Moderator
> Madison
>
> From: Larry Havey
> Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 1:49 PM
> To: ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
>
> This is a general plea requesting that those seeking to photograph certain
> birds, particularly birds drawing crowds of birders, be willing to exercise
> some added restraint and accept a somewhat less than perfect photo in
> exchange for the greater good of both the bird and your fellow birders. A
> crowd of 20 people ~30 feet from a Snowy Owl was at the very least a
> constant distraction to the owl this morning. Whether or not the bird was
> stressed is beyond my ability to determine, so I will not even speculate.
> But every movement, every noise from that many people at such a close
> distance repeatedly commanded the owl's attention.
>
> This is an entirely polite ask, and not intended to stir up yet more debate
> or to condemn photographers in any way. So let's all avoid doing either of
> these things. I enjoy your photographs as much as anyone, but I'd still
> appreciate them all the same if you gave birds in these particular
> situations a bit more space.
>
> Thank you,
> Larry Havey
> Bethel, CT
>
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Date: 11/8/21 11:16 am
From: Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
All – Since hearing reports of people getting too close to a Snowy Owl last week, I have been working with Kathy Van Der Aue of the COA to see whether we can get help (CT DEEP, EnCon, USFWS, etc.) when these situations spin out of control.

I will post when we have information to share, but given the situation happening now I am personally following up on this.

Stay tuned.

Chuck Imbergamo
CT Birds Moderator
Madison

From: Larry Havey
Sent: Monday, November 8, 2021 1:49 PM
To: ctbirds@lists ctbirding. org
Subject: [CT Birds] Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request

This is a general plea requesting that those seeking to photograph certain
birds, particularly birds drawing crowds of birders, be willing to exercise
some added restraint and accept a somewhat less than perfect photo in
exchange for the greater good of both the bird and your fellow birders. A
crowd of 20 people ~30 feet from a Snowy Owl was at the very least a
constant distraction to the owl this morning. Whether or not the bird was
stressed is beyond my ability to determine, so I will not even speculate.
But every movement, every noise from that many people at such a close
distance repeatedly commanded the owl's attention.

This is an entirely polite ask, and not intended to stir up yet more debate
or to condemn photographers in any way. So let's all avoid doing either of
these things. I enjoy your photographs as much as anyone, but I'd still
appreciate them all the same if you gave birds in these particular
situations a bit more space.

Thank you,
Larry Havey
Bethel, CT

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Date: 11/8/21 10:49 am
From: Larry Havey <ldhavey...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Bird Photograpy - A Polite Request
This is a general plea requesting that those seeking to photograph certain
birds, particularly birds drawing crowds of birders, be willing to exercise
some added restraint and accept a somewhat less than perfect photo in
exchange for the greater good of both the bird and your fellow birders. A
crowd of 20 people ~30 feet from a Snowy Owl was at the very least a
constant distraction to the owl this morning. Whether or not the bird was
stressed is beyond my ability to determine, so I will not even speculate.
But every movement, every noise from that many people at such a close
distance repeatedly commanded the owl's attention.

This is an entirely polite ask, and not intended to stir up yet more debate
or to condemn photographers in any way. So let's all avoid doing either of
these things. I enjoy your photographs as much as anyone, but I'd still
appreciate them all the same if you gave birds in these particular
situations a bit more space.

Thank you,
Larry Havey
Bethel, CT

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Date: 11/8/21 10:34 am
From: <imbercj...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Madison Orange-Crowned Warbler
Checklist with photos on eBird: https://ebird.org/checklist/S97302026

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Date: 11/8/21 7:23 am
From: Tom Murray <tsmurray6315...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Grasshopper Sparrow, Milford
Seen at Walnut Beach, Milford. On the right side of a little field cross from a No Animals sign at end of beach road. Tom Murray, Stratford

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Date: 11/8/21 5:58 am
From: Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Madison Orange-Crowned Warbler
I just had an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Bauer Farm in Madison.

It was in the weedy field just East of the pond and flew back into the woods; not able to relocate at present but it may hang around.

Chuck Imbergamo
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Date: 11/7/21 11:22 am
From: Stephen Spector <charsjs...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Orange-crowned Warbler Silver Sands SP 11/7
From Steve Spector Silver Sands SP
Orange-crowned Warbler on trail east of Nettleton Pond near boardwalk

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Date: 11/7/21 8:19 am
From: Maria Stockmal <m.stockmal...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Farm River State Park, East Haven
Golden Eagle

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East Haven

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Date: 11/6/21 2:50 pm
From: Paul Plotnick <pdplot2...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Greenwich Point
It's open again to us outsiders. Best part is no dogs-at least until
December 1st. Nothing exotic, just 9 D-C Cormorants, small flock of
Buffleheads, ditto Red-B Mergansers, usual 3 Gulls (no Laughing), many Song
Sparrows, one White-Throated Sparrow (undoubtedly more as they were flying
around). pair Cardinals, small flock of Brant, one Common Loon, Canada
Geese, two Robins, one Mockingbird, and 3 Cedar Waxwings. The feeder was
not up.

Paul

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Date: 11/6/21 10:57 am
From: Beverly Propen <bpropen...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Mondo Ponds and Silver Sands, Milford
11/6 - Nancy Clark and I birded Mondo Ponds (Milford) and Silver Sands
state park this morning.
Highlights at Mondo Ponds were a Golden crowned and Ruby crowned kinglet,
and a nice collection of Green winged teal, Gadwall and American wigeons at
secondary pond, with a Hooded Merganser and ring necked ducks in main
Pond. At Silver Sands-highlights were a mature Bald eagle flew over, a
Great Egret and 2 Great Blue herons, small flock of Fish Crows and a
Sharpie. Full reports on Ebird.
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Date: 11/6/21 10:23 am
From: Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Windsor


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This morning a hike in Northwest Park yielded very little. The saving grace were 4 f o s Fox Sparrows.

Paul Desjardins
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Date: 11/6/21 8:39 am
From: Nancy <simon.nuhn...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Purple Finches
11/6 Durham yard  2 female Purple Finches at the feeders.Nancy MorandDurham, CT

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Date: 11/6/21 4:40 am
From: Cynthia Ehlinger <cynthia.ehlinger...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Reminder: COA’s Birds and the Environment Science Conference today
Starting soon:
COA’s Birds and the Environment Science Conference
Saturday, November 6, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Connecticut Ornithological Association is delighted to host its first
online Zoom conference focusing on science projects about birds and their
environment.

Register in advance at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEscu-gqj0vGNXGTHfmEwkjNbF4hk1Ow2HW


For more details , visit:
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Cynthia S. Ehlinger
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Date: 11/5/21 5:28 pm
From: Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Bauer Farm surprise American Redstart and others
No Golden Eagles for me at Bauer Farm in Madison today, but birds seen included a beautiful Bald Eagle, lingering Catbird and a very late American Redstart!

List including photos on eBird: https://ebird.org/checklist/S97172614

Chuck Imbergamo
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Madison


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Date: 11/5/21 5:05 pm
From: Ed Haesche via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Golden eagle pics 11-5-21
Peregrine , hammo last week. Owl , Long Beach Stratford  11-4, Eagle, Hawk watch at Lighthouse pt Park NH.
Eagles spotted by Dana & Sol.   https://photos.app.goo.gl/V3hGRq2JNGQ34wnd7

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Date: 11/5/21 11:28 am
From: Bill Rankin <rankinbill...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Hammo Cattle Egret


Alas, the Cattle Egret seen earlier at Hammonasset seems to have departed (not on west-end fields either), but there is now a Lapland Longspur with the Horned Larks in the nature-center parking lot.

Bill


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Subject: [CT Birds] Hammo Cattle Egret

CATTLE EGRET present Fri. at 11:10AM in Nature Center parking lot (still there when I departed), 8 Horned Larks as well; Pectoral Sandpiper at puddles west of West Beach; on the water: 1 Northern Gannet, 2 Horned Grebes, Red-throated and Common Loons; 1 adult Bald Eagle
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Date: 11/5/21 10:33 am
From: Dana Campbell <dana.l.campbell...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Second Golden Eagle at Lighthouse Point
New Haven - Lighthouse Point Park Hawkwatch - second of the day Juvie
Golden Eagle.

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Date: 11/5/21 10:22 am
From: Ryan Maclean <ryanmac335...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Swainson's at LPP
Just looked at Matt’s pic on FB and as much as it pains me to disappoint everyone there the bird is a juv Red-Shoulder. Not seeing any tu-tone to the wing and seeing clear white trailibg edge, also very heavy streaking. Congrats on the Golden though!
-Ryan MacLean
Greenwich Audubon Center

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> On Nov 5, 2021, at 11:58 AM, Dana Campbell <dana.l.campbell...> wrote:
>
> With 3 Red-shouldered Hawks, one Swainson's Hawk. Matt Male, Mike Marsano,
> Dana Campbell at 11:55.
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Date: 11/5/21 9:43 am
From: Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2...>
Subject: [CT Birds] East Granby


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This morning seen at East Granby Farms 2 Hermit Thrushes, Winter Wren (just beyond arms length!) and Rusty Blackbird. Also, at Greenstone Hollow Sanctuary 2 Chuckers- obviously released birds.

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Windsor Locks



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Date: 11/5/21 9:17 am
From: Dana Campbell <dana.l.campbell...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Lighthouse Point Park Hawkwatch (LPP) Golden Eagle
Juvie Golden Eagle just flew right over us! Ed Haesche, Matt Male, Dana
Campbell at 12:10.

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Date: 11/5/21 9:08 am
From: Ryan Maclean <ryanmac335...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Swainson's at LPP
Light or Dark? We’re poised and looking incase it ventures a little bit north!

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> On Nov 5, 2021, at 11:58 AM, Dana Campbell <dana.l.campbell...> wrote:
>
> With 3 Red-shouldered Hawks, one Swainson's Hawk. Matt Male, Mike Marsano,
> Dana Campbell at 11:55.
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Date: 11/5/21 8:58 am
From: Dana Campbell <dana.l.campbell...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Swainson's at LPP
With 3 Red-shouldered Hawks, one Swainson's Hawk. Matt Male, Mike Marsano,
Dana Campbell at 11:55.

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Date: 11/5/21 8:46 am
From: <birdshop...> <birdshop...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Hammo Cattle Egret
CATTLE EGRET present Fri. at 11:10AM in Nature Center parking lot (still there when I departed), 8 Horned Larks as well; Pectoral Sandpiper at puddles west of West Beach; on the water: 1 Northern Gannet, 2 Horned Grebes, Red-throated and Common Loons; 1 adult Bald Eagle
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Date: 11/5/21 6:16 am
From: Thomas Robben <robben99...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: My first Fox Sparrow!
Loralee,
Thank you for sharing that. It is indeed a beautiful bird, and you probably
have many more new birds and great experiences ahead. Birding has many
forms, and it is a very special "hobby", or whatever you want to make it.
Enjoy it.
Tom Robben
Glastonbury, CT


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> I saw my first fox sparrow this morning in my yard, aggressively rummaging
> through the leaf litter. What a beautiful bird. Stay warm, everyone!
>
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> Danbury, CT
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Date: 11/5/21 5:52 am
From: Loralee Richter <loraleeann...>
Subject: [CT Birds] My first Fox Sparrow!
I saw my first fox sparrow this morning in my yard, aggressively rummaging through the leaf litter. What a beautiful bird. Stay warm, everyone!

Loralee
Danbury, CT

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Date: 11/4/21 5:27 pm
From: SARAH FAULKNER <sffaulkner...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Saturday - COA’s Birds and the Environment Science Conference
Thank you to COA for this opportunity -- the list of presentors and topics is very impressive. I have not heard of another conference like this -- thank you for the creativity and breadth of this, and for advancing science! I'm registered and hope to attend a number of sessions.

Sarah Faulkner
Collinsville
> On 11/03/2021 5:00 PM Cynthia Ehlinger <cynthia.ehlinger...> wrote:
>
>
> REMINDER: Saturday is COA’s Birds and the Environment Science Conference
>
> On Saturday, November 6, from 9:30 am - 3:45 pm, Connecticut Ornithological
> Association is delighted to host its first online Zoom conference focusing
> on science projects about birds and their environment. The event features a
> series of 15-minute presentations by both seasoned and budding scientists. You
> can watch the full day or drop in any time to watch the presentations of
> your choice. You can also watch the recording online after the event on the
> COA ctbirding.org website on the Nov. 6 event page.
>
> Free.
>
> Please register in advance at:
> https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEscu-gqj0vGNXGTHfmEwkjNbF4hk1Ow2HW
>
> For details, visit:
> https://www.ctbirding.org/eventcal/coa-science-conference-1/
>
> Thank you,
> Cynthia Ehlinger for
>
> Tom Robben
> President
> Connecticut Ornithological Association
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Date: 11/4/21 4:25 pm
From: Chris Loscalzo <closcalz...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Old Saybrook/Westbrook highlights
We had the day off from work today and went birding at several locations in Old Saybrook and then did two 1-hour surveys for the early winter portion of the CT Bird Atlas in Westbrook. We saw several good birds, highlighting what a fun time of year this is to go birding (as if any time of year isn’t). The best bird of the day was a second-year GOLDEN EAGLE that we observed migrating south with two Bald Eagles, as they flew over the Salt Meadow Unit in Westbrook. Other sightings, that fall into the category of late lingerers, were a Semipalmated Plover along the beach in Westbrook, Snowy Egret, and Osprey. Early arrivals included Bufflehead and Ruddy Duck in South Cove in Old Saybrook and Surf and Black Scoter in Westbrook. We were pleased to see several Northern Gannets flying over LI Sound from the Cornfield Point Viewing area in Old Saybrook. We look forward to going out again soon!

Chris Loscalzo and Marianne Vahey,
Woodbridge

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Date: 11/4/21 3:49 pm
From: cjveale <cjveale...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Lapland Longspur-Hammonasset
Lapland Longspur seen this afternoon in a small flock of Horned Lark in parking lot at Meig’s Point Nature Center.

Chris Veale
West Hartford

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Date: 11/4/21 10:41 am
From: cjveale <cjveale...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Lapland Longspur
Lapland Longspur in small flock of Horned Lark in Meig’s Point parking lot.

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Date: 11/4/21 9:34 am
From: Paul Desjardins <paul.desjardins2...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Broad Brook


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The Greater White Fronted Goose continues at Mill Pond as of noon today.

Paul Desjardins
Windsor Locks


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Date: 11/4/21 9:23 am
From: Joe Bear <joebear.gator...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Pipits & Bluebirds
11/4 Allen’s Meadow, Wilton
21 Pipits on north ball fields, 35+ Eastern Bluebirds in and around community gardens.

Joe Bear
Wilton

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Date: 11/4/21 8:56 am
From: Frank Mantlik <mantlik...>
Subject: [CT Birds] TrapFalls Coot, etc
11/4. Shelton, Huntington St., Trap Falls Reservoir - American Coot (N end near aerator cattails close to road. My first ever here.), Pied-billed Grebe, 15 Ruddy Ducks.

Frank Mantlik
Stratford

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Date: 11/4/21 8:06 am
From: Beverly Propen <bpropen...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Lake Wepawaug, Orange
11/4 9:10-9:50AM Lake Wepawaug, Orange (American Legion post).
An American Coot was a surprise here this morning. 2 Pied billed grebes,
Robins kept flying in and a Chipping and Field sparrow, with the 2 Mute
swan regulars, 2 Wood ducks. Full report on Ebird.
At Crosby Pond- 7 Wood ducks, the 2 Northern Pintails, 12 mallards and a
Great blue heron flew in. Red tailed hawk was calling.
Bev Propen, Orange

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Date: 11/4/21 6:17 am
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: [CT Birds] 2 Cattle Egrets continue. Woodstock
2 Birds continues from yesterday. Fairholm Farm. Woodstock



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Date: 11/4/21 5:08 am
From: John Oshlick <john.oshlic...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Silver Sands - Clay- colored Sparrow
Silver Sands - 1 Clay Colored Sparrow in the Sparrow Lanes

John Oshlick
Bethany

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