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23 Jan: @ 15:45:03  Hamden: peregrine falcon and raven [Arthur Shippee via CTBirds]
23 Jan: @ 14:48:05  No PF Goose seen [Beverly Propen via CTBirds]
23 Jan: @ 13:56:38 Re: Yellow-breasted Chat, Hammo [Russ Smiley via CTBirds]
23 Jan: @ 12:53:57  [Extralimital] Gyrfalcon in Upstate NY [Aaron Dollar via CTBirds]
22 Jan: @ 20:14:35  Vortex Optics Cover Found Windsor Locks [Russ Smiley via CTBirds]
22 Jan: @ 15:36:02  CACC [Beverly Propen via CTBirds]
22 Jan: @ 15:28:12  Fwd: Possible Guillemot @Stonington Point [Phil Rusch via CTBirds]
22 Jan: @ 14:48:01 Re: Possible Guillemot @Stonington Point [Jim Stanton via CTBirds]
22 Jan: @ 12:03:42  Possible Guillemot @Stonington Point [Phil Rusch via CTBirds]
21 Jan: @ 17:36:58  Old Lyme -- Smith Neck Road Boat Ramp, Jan 21, 2020 - Eastern Meadowlark [James Sherwonit via CTBirds]
21 Jan: @ 17:33:25  Old Lyme Iceland Gull [James Sherwonit via CTBirds]
21 Jan: @ 15:21:38  New Milford Blackbirds [Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds]
21 Jan: @ 15:18:12  Warren - Grackles + [Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds]
21 Jan: @ 14:55:17  Tufted Duck update [FRANK GALLO via CTBirds]
21 Jan: @ 14:15:27  Mark Stackhouse, Tropical Birder - BirdCallsRadio [Mardi Dickinson via CTBirds]
21 Jan: @ 14:08:07  Barrows Goldeneye [Carol Lemmon via CTBirds]
21 Jan: @ 11:23:17  Brown creeper - Avon [Gillian Smits via CTBirds]
20 Jan: @ 15:18:26 Re: Greater White-fronted Goose Preston [Patrick and Christine Tamborra via CTBirds]
20 Jan: @ 11:41:56  Current CT Big January 2020 update [David Provencher via CTBirds]
20 Jan: @ 11:33:17  Indian Lake [Beverly Propen via CTBirds]
20 Jan: @ 11:26:04  Iceland Gull Old Lyme [David Provencher via CTBirds]
20 Jan: @ 11:23:47  Greater White-fronted Goose Preston [David Provencher via CTBirds]
20 Jan: @ 11:11:23  Indian lake [Bev via CTBirds]
20 Jan: @ 11:05:22  Canadas at Indian lake , Orange [Bev via CTBirds]
19 Jan: @ 15:29:17  winter atlas update [Chris Elphick via CTBirds]
19 Jan: @ 15:13:16  Treat farm [Bev via CTBirds]
19 Jan: @ 09:59:48  Golden Eagle [dbobolink via CTBirds]
19 Jan: @ 09:27:53  Yellow-breasted Chat, Hammo [Sara Zagorski via CTBirds]
18 Jan: @ 18:27:51  Snow Buntings, Ruddy Duck - Stratford [Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds]
18 Jan: @ 16:02:31  Tufted Duck, a note of caution. [FRANK GALLO via CTBirds]
18 Jan: @ 15:21:27  Snow X Ross pix?? [Gregory Hanisek via CTBirds]
18 Jan: @ 13:57:50 Re: Quinnipiac Marsh [Bruce via CTBirds]
18 Jan: @ 13:37:59  Quinnipiac Marsh [Eli Holton via CTBirds]
18 Jan: @ 11:47:59  Horned Larks at Eastern Point Groton [Patrick and Christine Tamborra via CTBirds]
18 Jan: @ 11:44:32  Short Beach Stratford [George via CTBirds]
18 Jan: @ 11:10:59  Snow buntings [George via CTBirds]
18 Jan: @ 09:35:24  Florida birding [Paul Plotnick via CTBirds]
18 Jan: @ 08:37:28  Hockanun river Elm St [Maggie peretto via CTBirds]
18 Jan: @ 08:29:32  Stratford - Glaucous Gull [Alexander Lin-Moore via CTBirds]
18 Jan: @ 07:43:03  1/18 Wesport [Paul via CTBirds]
17 Jan: @ 18:18:31  Warming ocean water > seabird deaths [Frank Mantlik via CTBirds]
17 Jan: @ 14:58:51  Patrick Comins on BirdNote [John D Babington via CTBirds]
17 Jan: @ 14:55:58  House Finches [Ralph Amodei via CTBirds]
17 Jan: @ 13:50:53  Update on Ted Gilman retirement gathering at Greenwich Audubon [Ryan Maclean via CTBirds]
17 Jan: @ 10:53:19  Common Goldeneye, Wallingford [Tony Belejack via CTBirds]
17 Jan: @ 09:07:00  Bald eagle [James McLoughlin via CTBirds]
17 Jan: @ 08:35:36 Re: Iceland Gull [Bruce via CTBirds]
17 Jan: @ 08:30:40  Iceland Gull [James Carr via CTBirds]
17 Jan: @ 06:32:20  Rough-legged alert [Gregory Hanisek via CTBirds]
16 Jan: @ 15:13:43  Snow Goose [Steph Stewart via CTBirds]





Subject: Hamden: peregrine falcon and raven
Date: Thu Jan 23 2020 15:45 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
North Lake Dr., Hamden: our old antenna is a good place for birds.

Today we had another peregrine falcon and, a little later, a raven.

Arthur Shippee, Hamden.

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Subject: No PF Goose seen
Date: Thu Jan 23 2020 14:48 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
1/23  Orange.
I did a brief survey around Crosby Pond, Indian Lake and Lake Wepawaug late
morning.
Crosby Pond still has the 2 Northern Pintails, with mallards and a pair of
Red shouldered hawks that seem to be setting up a household there.
Indian Lake had about 120 mallards, about 34 Canada Geese , 3 Mute Swans
and Ring billed gulls, but I didn't see the PF Goose nor the Canada with a
black & white speckled head & neck.
At Lake Wepawaug, there were about 300 (estimate) Canada Geese-mostly
resting on the ice and 1 Mute Swan tucked in with them. they were close to
the shore, so I was able to see with my binoculars, but I didn't see the PF
Goose. This was around 11:45pm.
Bev Propen, orange
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Subject: Yellow-breasted Chat, Hammo
Date: Thu Jan 23 2020 13:56 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
23 Jan 2020: The chat continues in the location described by Sara.
Russ Smiley
Marlborough, CT

On Sun, Jan 19, 2020, 10:27 AM Sara Zagorski via CTBirds <
[email protected]> wrote:

> Actively feeding on right trail at Willards, towards the end of the trail
> where there is s solitary cedar. Feeding on berries in bushes by path.
>
> Sara Zagorski
> Wethersfield
> With Greg Hanisek & Newington Adult Ed class
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
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Subject: Gyrfalcon in Upstate NY
Date: Thu Jan 23 2020 12:53 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
Juvenile Gyr sighted yesterday at Shawangunk Grasslands. Posted on "What's this Bird" on Facebook.


* Aaron Dollar, Killingworth
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Subject: Vortex Optics Cover Found Windsor Locks
Date: Wed Jan 22 2020 20:14 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
While walking the bike path under the Route 190 bridge at the Windsor Locks
Canal State Park I found a rubber optics cover with the Vortex logo on it.
If you lost it, please reply to this.
Russ Smiley
Marlborough, CT
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Subject: CACC
Date: Wed Jan 22 2020 15:36 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
1/22  Milford, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center,  10:30am-12:30PM,
sunny, high tide. Edges of marsh are frozen over.
On the marsh: 187 (approximate) Canada Geese, 8 Red Breasted Mergansers, 12
Buffleheads, 5 Mute swans, 2 Black ducks, 1 Loon (Common loon far out, I
believe), 1 Great Egret on mud flat with Canada Geese and then preening on
marsh edge, Ring billed gulls.
On the grounds & feeders: 2 Mourning doves, 3 Cardinals (2 male, 1
female), 1 Song sparrow, 1 Mockingbird.
Bev Propen, Orange
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Subject: Fwd: Possible Guillemot @Stonington Point
Date: Wed Jan 22 2020 15:28 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
I searched until 2 PM at Stonington Point without any further sightings. I also checked the areas to the west from Lord™s Point, Latimer Point and Enders Island. All came up negative.

Another alcid dives itself out of view.

Phil Rusch
Chaplin, CT

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Begin forwarded message:

> From: Phil Rusch
> Date: January 22, 2020 at 1:02:58 PM EST
> To: CT Birds
> Subject: Possible Guillemot @Stonington Point
>
> Just had 2 quick looks at a possible Guillemot off Stonington Point at the end of the west breakwater. Searching now
>
> Phil Rusch
> Chaplin, CT
>
> Sent from my I-phone
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Subject: Possible Guillemot @Stonington Point
Date: Wed Jan 22 2020 14:48 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
Any updates on this Phil?

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 22, 2020, at 1:03 PM, Phil Rusch via CTBirds wrote:
>
> Just had 2 quick looks at a possible Guillemot off Stonington Point at the end of the west breakwater. Searching now
>
> Phil Rusch
> Chaplin, CT
>
> Sent from my I-phone
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Subject: Possible Guillemot @Stonington Point
Date: Wed Jan 22 2020 12:03 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
Just had 2 quick looks at a possible Guillemot off Stonington Point at the end of the west breakwater. Searching now

Phil Rusch
Chaplin, CT

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Subject: Old Lyme -- Smith Neck Road Boat Ramp, Jan 21, 2020 - Eastern Meadowlark
Date: Tue Jan 21 2020 17:36 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
I stopped by the boat ramp at Smith Neck Rd in Old Lyme and saw what I thought was a Meadow Lark flying across from the marsh.It ended up landing in the tree next to the platform and I had a chance to take a couple quick photos before it flew off to the east.Ebird report and photos attached.Jim SherwonitOld Saybrook

Old Lyme -- Smith Neck Road Boat Ramp, New London, Connecticut, US
Jan 21, 2020 8:22 AM - 8:37 AM
Protocol: Stationary
2 species

Hooded Merganser 6
Eastern Meadowlark 1 Flew over from marshes across the river and landed in the tree near the platform. Then flew off to the east toward Griswold Point

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)

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Subject: Old Lyme Iceland Gull
Date: Tue Jan 21 2020 17:33 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
Thanks to Dave Provencher I went to Old Lyme this morning to look for the Iceland Gull.It was there. Ebird checklist with photos attached.This bird has been at this spot for at least 3 years.Jim SherwonitOld Saybrook

Jan 21, 2020 7:56 AM - 8:16 AM
Protocol: Stationary
8 species

Horned Grebe 1
Mourning Dove 4
Ring-billed Gull 15
Herring Gull 35
Iceland Gull 1
Red-throated Loon 1
Common Loon 1
Song Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

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Subject: New Milford Blackbirds
Date: Tue Jan 21 2020 15:21 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
1/21, 2:45 pm - New Milford/Chapin Road off Ridge Rd- 100 red-winged blackbirds and 20 rusty blackbirds feeding in cornfield on edge of woods.
Angela Dimmitt
New Milford
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Subject: Warren - Grackles +
Date: Tue Jan 21 2020 15:18 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
1/21, 2 PM - Warren Rte.45 just south of Rte.341 - 350+/- common grackles in trees with a handful of red-winged blackbirds, brown-headed cowbirds and starlings. Noise deafening. Also 3 turkeys.
Angela Dimmitt
New Milford
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Subject: Tufted Duck update
Date: Tue Jan 21 2020 14:55 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
Hi all,
On the 19th I found a Tufted Duck at Captain's Cove, Bridgeport that has only a hint of a wispy crest. This explains some of the confusion with the Lesser Scaup showing little or no white feathering around their bills. It appears that there are, or have been, two female Tufted Ducks at Captain's Cove in the last month or so. I just posted a couple of photos of this bird on my Birding in Connecticut Facebook page taken by Joanne Fasciolo, who saw the bird with me on the 19th. Apparently, this Tufted Duck was first seen on January 4 by Aidan Kiley. If anyone has photos of this "tuftless" individual before the 4th, please let me know. Also, if anyone has recent photos of the bird with the obvious tuft, or of both birds together, also let me know. I'd like to know if there is any overlap in their time at Captain's Cove. Thank you.
Frank Gallo
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Subject: Mark Stackhouse, Tropical Birder - BirdCallsRadio
Date: Tue Jan 21 2020 14:15 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
Birder et al,

Thought many of you would be interested in today™s show Mark Stackhouse, Tropical Birder https://bit.ly/35Ur6PY

Happy Birding!

Cheers,
Mardi Dickinson



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Subject: Barrows Goldeneye
Date: Tue Jan 21 2020 14:08 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
Jan 21, 2020 , 2PM

From the Enfield-Suffield Veterans Bridge (Rt 190) over the CT River:
1 Barrows Goldeneye male with Common Goldeneye, Mallards, Hooded Mergs seen from NE corner of the bridge.
2 Peregrine Falcons in a tree at the SW corner of the bridge on the river bank.

Carol & Gary Lemmon, Branford



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Subject: Brown creeper - Avon
Date: Tue Jan 21 2020 11:23 am
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
I was really excited to see a brown creeper this morning in the trees surrounding my deck.  It stayed for a good 20 minutes allowing me to get a photo.  It™s been a very birdy morning generally with 15 species around my deck and feeders.   I™ve had a big increase in goldfinches from about 6 daily to 20 today.

Gillian Smits
Avon

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Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose Preston
Date: Mon Jan 20 2020 15:18 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
Hi Dave, thanks for #90, the Greater White-fronted Goose.  My wife is happy, I promised her that I would relax when I got there.  It was difficult finding them all ( no winter finches,  no shorebirds except purples, no Dave P finding stuff).  I'm glad your back, now I can do some block work
Pat Tamborra

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From: CTBirds on behalf of David Provencher via CTBirds
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2020 12:22:52 PM
To: Unknown
Subject: [CT Birds] Greater White-fronted Goose Preston

Went birding in CT for the first time in 2 weeks after getting back from
birding Florida. Somehow the world is 60 degrees colder and windy! A
Greater White-fronted Goose is in with a flock of about 375 Canadas on Amos
Lake in Preston. Seen from Rte 164.

Dave Provencher
Preston
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Subject: Current CT Big January 2020 update
Date: Mon Jan 20 2020 11:41 am
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
With about a week and a half left to the month I thought I'd do an update
on the Big January leaders numbers. These are eBird numbers only, so not
including folks who are not posting to eBird.

Connecticut: Sara Zagorski 126, Eli Holton 122
Litchfield County: Nicolas Main 60, Ray Belding 53
Hartford Count: Jamie Meyers 85, Maggie Peretto 84
Tolland County: David Mathieu 56, Michael Curtis 36
Windham County: Robert Dixon 53, Phil Rusch 47
New London County: Dave Provencher 95, Pat and Christine Tamborra 88
Middlesex County: Chris Petherick 58, Stuart Winquist 50
New Haven County: John Oshlick 93, Paul Smith 82
Fairfield County: Cynthia Ehlinger 109, Jo Fasciolo 104

Keep at it folks! I think I will also post a list of all who hit 100 for
the month in the state (thinking of you two Carol!)

Dave Provencher
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Subject: Indian Lake
Date: Mon Jan 20 2020 11:33 am
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
1/20
Orange
Actually, there are 2 separate flocks of Canadas at Indian Lake in Orange.
One vantage point is from 535 Indian River Rd (but it's a busy road) and
other vantage for other flock is at 194 Margaret Lane. Flock seen from 535
Indian River rd, had a Canada with black and white speckled head. The
flock by 194 Margaret Lane was more difficult to see all the geese .
Bev Propen, Orange
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Subject: Iceland Gull Old Lyme
Date: Mon Jan 20 2020 11:26 am
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
First year Iceland Gull off Brighton Road in Old Lyme. Tucked up on rocks
as you first reach the water.

Dave Provencher
Preston
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Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose Preston
Date: Mon Jan 20 2020 11:23 am
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
Went birding in CT for the first time in 2 weeks after getting back from
birding Florida. Somehow the world is 60 degrees colder and windy! A
Greater White-fronted Goose is in with a flock of about 375 Canadas on Amos
Lake in Preston. Seen from Rte 164.

Dave Provencher
Preston
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Subject: Indian lake
Date: Mon Jan 20 2020 11:11 am
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
At 535 Indian river rd- there is a good view of that flock- there's a Canada with black & white speckled head but I didn't see PF.
Bev Propen, Orange
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Subject: Canadas at Indian lake , Orange
Date: Mon Jan 20 2020 11:05 am
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
There are about 100 Canadas at Indian lake in Orange.
If you put 194 Margaret lane on gps, one could check them. I looked with bins but there is a curve on lake edge where they're feeding & I can't see around it.
That is if the PF goose hasn't shown at lake wepawaug.
Bev Propen, Orange
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Subject: winter atlas update
Date: Sun Jan 19 2020 15:29 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
Hi everyone,
If you're interested in where things stand for the winter atlas, we did an update of the block stats and species lists on the web site earlier this week. As usual, we're still a bit behind on the entry of data submitted by mail or scanned forms, but eBird data should be more-or-less up to date (give or take a couple of days).
I just posted maps on the blog, showing where things stand in terms of block completion:
http://ctbirdatlas.org/blog/in...
You'll see that we made good progress in the middle of the state for the early winter period, but that there is still lots to do for the late winter period which goes until the end of February. If you're going out, but don't have firm plans, please consider visiting an under-birded area and sharing your findings with the atlas.
Thanks,Chris


Chris Elphick @ssts
Storrs, CT
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Subject: Treat farm
Date: Sun Jan 19 2020 15:13 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
Large goose flock  at Treat farm on old tavern rd Orange - if anyone wants to scan them for PF goose.
On brief look with bins , I didn't see it.
Bev Propen, Orange.
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Subject: Golden Eagle
Date: Sun Jan 19 2020 9:59 am
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
From Robert Dixon1/19/20 - Passing this along. Doug Warner called to report a GOLDEN EAGLE at the Quinebaug Fish Hatchery in Central Village. He also had Pine Warbler, Field Sparrow, Gray Catbird, Wood Duck and Northern Harrier.Bob DixonEliot, Me.Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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Subject: Yellow-breasted Chat, Hammo
Date: Sun Jan 19 2020 9:27 am
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
Actively feeding on right trail at Willards, towards the end of the trail where there is s solitary cedar. Feeding on berries in bushes by path.

Sara Zagorski
Wethersfield
With Greg Hanisek & Newington Adult Ed class


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Subject: Snow Buntings, Ruddy Duck - Stratford
Date: Sat Jan 18 2020 18:27 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
1/18 Stratford Short Beach - Noon - 37 Snow Buntings in tree by picnic pavilion north end of Short Beach - sat, flew off and returned. At foot of tree, 8 Savannah Sparrows feeding in grass. Sorry did not report - phone dead.
12:30 - Frash Pond - female Ruddy Duck amongst Canada Geese, also Canvasbacks

Angela Dimmitt
New Milford
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Subject: Tufted Duck, a note of caution.
Date: Sat Jan 18 2020 16:02 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
Hi all,

Sorting out Scaup and their cousins can be a pain, and there seems to be some confusion with sorting out the female Tufted Duck from the many scaup at Captain's Cove, Bridgeport. The Tufted Duck has a faily long wispy tuft that may be difficult to see at certain angles, but is generally pretty obvious. In addition, it has a solid dark back, no white surrounding the bill, and a large dark tooth that nearly covers the tip of the bill. The confusion seems to be with a couple of young female Lesser Scaup that show little or no white surrounding the base of the bill, and also have dark backs, although theirs is a bit less extensive and they have paler flanks. The indentation at the back of the head may suggest a crest, but doesn't approach the length of the longer wispy crest of the Tufted. Lesser Scaup also have a tiny sliver of a tooth at the bill tip, not the wide tooth of the Tufted. Additionally, the female Tufted has brown flanks and white undertail coverts, and is small, only slightly larger than a Lesser Scaup.

I hope this helps to eliminate some of the confusion


Frank Gallo

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Subject: Snow X Ross pix??
Date: Sat Jan 18 2020 15:21 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
I'm using Snow X Ross here because that  name has taken on a life of it's
own as people flock to Orange to see the gaggle of good geese (that's GOGG
:). However, definitively determining it identity/parentage isn't a simple
proposition. Some folks with wide knowledge of western geese are pouring
over what photos we have, but more would be better. If anyone has some that
haven't been added to eBird checklists, please email jpegs to me. If you're
off to Orange tomorrow and wield a camera, try to get more pix.

Thanks

Greg Hanisek
Waterbury
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Subject: Quinnipiac Marsh
Date: Sat Jan 18 2020 13:57 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
Odd


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Subject: [CT Birds] Quinnipiac Marsh

I was just at the Quinnipiac Tidal Marsh Trail, and I have a crazy story.
First, I played recordings of Clapper Rail at the bend in the trail where
it overlooks the river, and one responded. I continued down the trail and
met a birder I have never seen before and who didn't mention his name. He
said that there was a large flock of Red-winged Blackbirds in the old train
yard and that there were 2 Rusty Blackbirds mixed in, along with a
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD! I immediately rushed down the trail and found a
large group of Red-winged Blackbirds. There were at least 44. I quickly
found the 2 Rusty Blackbirds, and had just got on a browner bird that was
weird looking when the whole flock took off because of a Coopers Hawk. So
highlights are Clapper Rail, Rusty Blackbird, and Belted Kingfisher. It is
very possible that there is also a Yellow-headed Blackbird hanging around,
so people should be on the lookout. I got poor photos of part of the
blackbird flock, and will post a complete checklist on eBird.

Eli Holton
Hamden
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Subject: Quinnipiac Marsh
Date: Sat Jan 18 2020 13:37 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
I was just at the Quinnipiac Tidal Marsh Trail, and I have a crazy story.
First, I played recordings of Clapper Rail at the bend in the trail where
it overlooks the river, and one responded. I continued down the trail and
met a birder I have never seen before and who didn't mention his name. He
said that there was a large flock of Red-winged Blackbirds in the old train
yard and that there were 2 Rusty Blackbirds mixed in, along with a
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD! I immediately rushed down the trail and found a
large group of Red-winged Blackbirds. There were at least 44. I quickly
found the 2 Rusty Blackbirds, and had just got on a browner bird that was
weird looking when the whole flock took off because of a Coopers Hawk. So
highlights are Clapper Rail, Rusty Blackbird, and Belted Kingfisher. It is
very possible that there is also a Yellow-headed Blackbird hanging around,
so people should be on the lookout. I got poor photos of part of the
blackbird flock, and will post a complete checklist on eBird.

Eli Holton
Hamden
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Subject: Horned Larks at Eastern Point Groton
Date: Sat Jan 18 2020 11:47 am
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
Pat and Chris Tamborra, Salem.  At Eastern Point about 15 Horned Larks.  A Perigrene Falcon just buzzed area. About 1 pm.

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Subject: Short Beach Stratford
Date: Sat Jan 18 2020 11:44 am
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Angela says i should report the Savama sparrows also. 30 Snow Buntings in berry tree.

George
Watertown
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Subject: Snow buntings
Date: Sat Jan 18 2020 11:10 am
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
Short Beach n end. Litch hills club.


George
Watertown
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Subject: Florida birding
Date: Sat Jan 18 2020 9:35 am
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Anyone coming down to the Sarasota-Venice- Ft Myers area rhis winter and
would like to do some birding is welcome to email us at any time. Florida
Scrub Jays, wintering shorebirds - last year, even a Bronzed Cowbird.

Paul
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Subject: Hockanun river Elm St
Date: Sat Jan 18 2020 8:37 am
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
Jan 18th, 9 am
Elm Street EH Hockanum River
A quick look produced 2 pairs of Pintails, 1 male American wigeon, 1 Male Green Winged Teal... with about 100 Mallards.

Maggie Peretto
Manchester, CT
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Subject: Stratford - Glaucous Gull
Date: Sat Jan 18 2020 8:29 am
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
One first cycle-type Glaucous Gull floating offshore at LONG BEACH. White
overall, all-white wingtips, pink bill with a dipped-in-ink black tip.
Larger than associating Herrings. Also plenty of Long-tailed Ducks courting
offshore. No Rough-legged Hawks yet though

Alex w/ Severin
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Alexander Lin-Moore | Ph.D. Candidate
Yale University | Department of Genetics
(713) 498-0531 | [email protected]
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Subject: 1/18 Wesport
Date: Sat Jan 18 2020 7:43 am
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1/18 Westport Compo Beach
Drake Eurasian widgeon near marina boat launch.
Paul Fusco
Oxford

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Subject: Warming ocean water > seabird deaths
Date: Fri Jan 17 2020 18:18 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
This USA Today article may be of interest to birders:
https://www.usatoday.com/story...


Frank Mantlik
Stratford
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Subject: Patrick Comins on BirdNote
Date: Fri Jan 17 2020 14:58 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
I was surprised and happy to hear an interview on BirdNote yesterday. via Facebook, with Patrick Comins. Patrick thanks for speaking up for Connecticut birds. The link to the interview got Audubon Connecticut confused with Connecticut Audubon though.

David W BabingtonWashington, CT
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Subject: House Finches
Date: Fri Jan 17 2020 14:55 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
Feeder birders swelled today to a season-high of 17 House Finches.
Ralph AmodeiEast Haven1/17/2020
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Subject: Update on Ted Gilman retirement gathering at Greenwich Audubon
Date: Fri Jan 17 2020 13:50 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
Hi all,
For anyone planning to attend Ted Gilman's retirement gathering at
Greenwich Audubon tomorrow I wanted to send an update that given the
forecast for snow we are giving people the option of either coming tomorrow
(if you can safely travel here) or Sunday, January 19th. If you wish to
come on Sunday we will welcome visitors to see Ted at the same timeframe of
2-6 PM. For more information visit the link below:
https://greenwich.audubon.org/...


-Ryan MacLean
Greenwich Audubon Center
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Subject: Common Goldeneye, Wallingford
Date: Fri Jan 17 2020 10:53 am
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
I had two (2) Common Goldeneyes in Wallingford, Pistapaug Pond. It was
around 10:10

Tony Belejack
Wallingford
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Subject: Bald eagle
Date: Fri Jan 17 2020 9:07 am
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
Bald Eagle Saugatuck Avenue Westport

Best,
James McLoughlin
203.223.1421
Mcloughlinlandscapes.com

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Subject: Iceland Gull
Date: Fri Jan 17 2020 8:35 am
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
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Subject: [CT Birds] Iceland Gull

At shoreline east of jetty at Meigs Point Hammonasset.

Jim Carr
Madison CT

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Subject: Iceland Gull
Date: Fri Jan 17 2020 8:30 am
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
At shoreline east of jetty at Meigs Point Hammonasset.

Jim Carr
Madison CT

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Subject: Rough-legged alert
Date: Fri Jan 17 2020 6:32 am
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
In recent years strong January cold fronts have sparked the arrival of
Rough-legged Hawks, Today would be a good day to be on the lookout in open
ares, both on the coast and inland, Bear in mind the ability of Red-tailed
Hawks to hover.

Greg Hanisek
Waterbury
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Subject: Snow Goose
Date: Thu Jan 16 2020 15:13 pm
From: ctbirds AT lists.ctbirding.org
 
4:10 Broadbrook Mill Pond. Snow Goose.
Stephanie Stewart

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