Birding Field Trip- How it played out.

Posted: June 19, 2012 in Meeting, Nature
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Exactly one week ago today our shuttle bus of 14 eager birders headed out into the field to explore the birds of Connecticut.  Well… at least the birds of Connecticut that were willing to come out and play.  Weather definitely could have been worse with only a soggy last stop and we even got to eat lunch outside. 

We started the day at the Mohawk State Forest, Black Spruce Bog in Cornwall, CT.  Dividing in half, one group headed immediately into the bog while the other went into nearby habitat to track down the singing Chestnut-sided Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, and Broadwinged Hawk (not that they really ‘sing’).  After flipping spots, playing some tapes, making a pish or two, it was time to head down to our next stop with just over 35 species under our belt.

After making a quick stop for Bobolink, we arrived at White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield, CT.  Birds were flying everywhere as the group tried to grab a bite in between lifting up our binoculars.  A quick walk around the pond for Yellow Warbler, White-breasted Nuthatch, and Blue Jay before heading to the boardwalk.  The boardwalk turned up many great species and even better, some nice unobstructed views of another 30 plus species. 


Our final destination was Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point in Milford, CT.  This marsh and beach habitat is partially protected by the Connecticut Audubon Society and in part by the U.S. Federal Wildlife Service.  Before we even got off the bus the Purple Martins were swirling around the parking lot, adding another species.  The marsh platform accounted for sightings of four heron species and two ducks.  Heading to the beach we added the federally listed endangered species Piping Plover (Atlantic Coast population). 

As phenomenal as the birds were (see the full list below), the day was made even better by having such a wonderful group of enthusiastic bird watchers.  Thanks to everyone who was able to participate and to my co-leaders for making the day so successful.

  1. Brant
  2. Canada Goose
  3. Mute Swan
  4. Wood Duck
  5. Mallard
  6. American Black Duck
  7. Wild Turkey
  8. Ring-necked Pheasant
  9. Double-crested Cormorant
  10. Great Blue Heron
  11. Great Egret
  12. Snowy Egret
  13. Black-crowned Night Heron
  14. Yellow-crowned Night Heron
  15. Turkey Vulture
  16. Black Vulture
  17. Osprey
  18. Broad-winged Hawk
  19. Red-tailed Hawk
  20. Virginia Rail
  21. Piping Plover
  22. American Oystercatcher
  23. Semipalmated Sandpiper
  24. Laughing Gull
  25. Ring-billed Gull
  26. Herring Gull
  27. Greater Black-backed Gull
  28. Common Tern
  29. Black Skimmer
  30. Rock Pigeon
  31. Mourning Dove
  32. Chimney Swift
  33. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  34. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  35. Downy Woodpecker
  36. Hairy Woodpecker
  37. Northern Flicker
  38. Pileated Woodpecker
  39. Eastern Wood-Pewee
  40. Willow Flycatcher
  41. Least Flycatcher
  42. Eastern Phoebe
  43. Great Crested Flycatcher
  44. Eastern Kingbird
  45. Blue-headed Vireo
  46. Red-eyed Vireo
  47. Blue Jay
  48. American Crow
  49. Common Raven
  50. Purple Martin
  51. Tree Swallow
  52. Barn Swallow
  53. Black-capped Chickadee
  54. Tufted Titmouse
  55. White-breasted Nuthatch
  56. Winter Wren
  57. Marsh Wren
  58. Eastern Bluebird
  59. Veery
  60. Wood Thrush
  61. American Robin
  62. Gray Catbird
  63. Northern Mockingbird
  64. European Starling
  65. Cedar Waxwing
  66. Yellow Warbler
  67. Chestnut-sided Warbler
  68. Magnolia Warbler
  69. Black-throated Blue Warbler
  70. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  71. Black-throated Green Warbler
  72. Black-and-White Warbler
  73. American Redstart
  74. Ovenbird
  75. Northern Waterthrush
  76. Common Yellowthroat
  77. Canada Warbler
  78. Scarlet Tanager
  79. Eastern Towhee
  80. Chipping Sparrow
  81. Song Sparrow
  82. Swamp Sparrow
  83. Northern Cardinal
  84. Indigo Bunting
  85. Bobolink
  86. Red-winged Blackbird
  87. Common Grackle
  88. Brown-headed Cowbird
  89. Baltimore Oriole
  90. Purple Finch?
  91. American Goldfinch
  92. House Sparrow

Other Stuff:

  • Eastern Chipmunk
  • American Red Squirrel
  • Gray Squirrel
  • Gray Fox
  • Red Eft/ Red-spotted Newt
  • Green Frog
  • Bullfrog
  • Eastern Painted Turtle
  • Snapping Turtle
  1. we had a lot of fun with the Connecticut nature that day. Thank you so much.

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