Volume 2, Issue 1 Natchaug Ornithological Society's Newsletter September 2001
Well, Sarah is away for a couple of weeks to California for a friends wedding, so on behalf of both of us let me welcome all of you back from summer to begin another great year of birding with N.O.S.! Many exciting talks and fieldtrips are in the works this year, so make sure to come to our first meeting on September 7th at 7:00 pm to hear about them.
JUNE COUNT RESULTS
The following are the results of the May species count. The participants reporting are Carol Charter, Sam Higgins, Sarah Hume, Judy Marcus, and Steve Rogers.
Double-crested Cormorant Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture Canada Goose
Mute Swan Wood Duck
Red-shouldered Hawk Broad-winged Hawk
American Kestrel Spotted Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull Herring Gull
Rock Dove Mouring Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker Downey Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird Yellow-thoated Vireo
Warbling Vireo Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay American Crow
Tree Swallow Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper Carolina Wren
House Wren Winter Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Eastern Bluebird
Veery Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush American Robin
Gray Catbird Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher European Starling
Cedar Waxwing Blue-winged Warbler
Yellow Warbler Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler Pine Warbler
Praire Warbler Black and White Warbler
American Redstart Worm-eating Warbler
Ovenbird Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush Common Yellowthroat
Canada Warbler Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee Chpping Sparrow
Field Sparrow Savanna Sparrow
Song Sparrow Swamp Sparrow
Northern Cardinal Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting Bobolink
Red-winged Blackbird Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle Brown-headed Cowbird
Northern Oriole House Finch
American Goldfinch House Sparrow
Hartford Audubon Society Trip Highlights
Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9, Cape May, NJ Weekend, Contact Fran D’Amico (203) 237-2734 or John Gaskell (860) 669-1862
Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9, and 15 and 19, Hawk Watch at Johnny Cake Mountain, Burlington, Contact Paul Carrier (860) 485-9654.
Sunday, September 23, Canoe Trip at Great Island, Contact Eric Davison (860) 285-1886. Canoe rental is free!
Amazing Reports from the East!
Thoughout the North East, COMMON NIGHTHAWK and shorebird migration has begun!
In the August 17th Massachusetts RBA, a probable RED-NECKED STINT was reported to have been seen very briefly on Monday evening at South Beach in Chatham, and also during this excursion, the CURLEW
SANDPIPER that was found there roughly two weeks ago was relocated as well. The SANDHILL CRANE at the Great Meadows Refuge in Concord was still present there August 24
In DC, a BLACK RAIL from Aug 4-12 was calling at the Dulles Greenway Wetlands. Also, agroup of four RUFFS was found Aug 12 at the turf farm on John Brown Rd, east of Rte 301 in Queen Anne's Co, MD.
A juvenile WOOD STORK was found in a local park in Littlestown, PA on August 19). It has been seen every day through at least August 22.
In New Jersey several interesting birds have been seen recently. The PURPLE GALLINULE found Aug. 12 to at least the 15th at the Allendale Celery Farm in Bergen Co. The HENSLOW'S SPARROW was at the Willowwood Arboretum. From 206, take 512 toward Pottersville (west) and follow the Willowwood signs on the 15th. A "EURASIAN" WHIMBREL was seen at Brig in west pool, south side late in July. A FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER was discovered on August 22nd Higbee Beach. A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE sighted over Cape May Point on the 21st.
In Vermont, the SANDHILL CRANE that has been a summer resident for three years in the vicinity of the Connecticut River bar just downstream from the Barnet-Monroe Bridge, was seen in the company of another bird on the 11th,thus confirming rumors of a second bird. Both were seen in flight upstream from the bridge, and one arose from the Barnet side of the river An adult, light morph POMARINE JAEGER was observed southbound from Grand Isle on the 13th of July and two more were seen on the 15th.
New Hampshire has several great birds. Juvenile BOREAL OWLS have been confirmed in the White Mountain National Forest on July 29th. Juveniles were seen as recently as the 23rd of August. Also in the area were BOREAL CHICKADEES, SPRUCE GROUSE, GRAY JAYS, and a BICKNELL'S THRUSH. A HENSLOW'S SPARROW has been reported at the Whitefield Airport and another in the cornfield behind Gil's Jeep Eagle in Stratham. This species has not been documented in the state since at least 1983. At least 1 SEDGE WREN was still present and singing at West Foss Farm in Durham on August 12. There was a SANDHILL CRANE in Monroe until August 1.
On the 18th a pair of EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE in Delaware at Selbyville were located and another dove was seen outside Little Creek on Route 9 a few miles south of Bombay Hook NWR. Sightings of a MISSISSIPPI KITE were made in Bowie and at Schoolhouse Pond in Prince George's County, both on the 13th.
On Sunday morning (8/10), 2 BROWN PELICANS were sitting on the low tide bar in the channel at the Jones Beach West End Coast Guard Station, NY. On the rising tide, the pelicans flew out to the ocean crossing over the Roosevelt Nature Center. Then about 11am on Sunday, a FRANKLIN'S GULL, appearing to be an adult approaching winter plumage was spotted resting with LAUGHING GULLS on the island just off the Jones Beach West End Coast Guard Station.
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