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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.





96 Species Reported by Four Participants


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

Mallard                                                            Osprey

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

Accipiter species                                                                            


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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