Birding

Hurricane Sandy’s damage to Connecticut bird habitats studied

Jan 29th, 2013 | By

The Connecticut Audubon Society is planning to study how Hurricane Sandy’s significant damage to shoreline nesting habitats will affect endangered birds, and whether it could benefit some of them. For more on this story, visit: Hurricane Sandy’s damage to Connecticut bird habitats studied- The Register Citizen.



First Nest Ever Discovered of One of the World’s Most Endangered Birds

Jan 23rd, 2013 | By

  Stresemann’s Bristlefront by Ciro Albano – NE Brazil Birding. Photo may be used with credit. (Washington, D.C., January 17, 2013) The first known nest of one of the world’s rarest birds – the Critically Endangered Stresemann’s Bristlefront – has been discovered in Brazil. Of perhaps equal significance is that strong evidence of active nestlings

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Providing Housing for Bluebirds One Box at a Time

Dec 7th, 2012 | By

If you build it, they will come. Sounds simple, right? This common phrase is often used to describe situations with definite outcomes. Hang up a bird feeder and you get birds. Plant wildflowers and you get bees. Put up a bluebird nest box and you get bluebirds . . . well maybe. Truth be told, it may not be quite as straightforward as “build it and they will come.”



Loons, loons, loons: Trip on Long Island Sound yields loons aplenty

Dec 5th, 2012 | By

Loons, loons and more loons. That’s what The Hour saw during a recent birdwatching boat trip out to the Norwalk Islands this week.



The long and winding migration

Sep 23rd, 2012 | By

Fall migration in Connecticut is not a straightforward matter. How can it be when birds fly west in order to travel south, then sometimes turn north before correcting their heading. It’s all got to do with the map. The East Coast of North America runs north-south for the most part with one exception. The coast

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More spring migrants and breeders (beautiful pictures from Scott Kruitbosch

May 10th, 2012 | By

More spring migrants and breeders I found 76 species of birds including 21 species of warblers at the Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area of the Aspetuck Land Trust on May 8. It was another dark and dreary sort of day, far from a photographers dream amongst a sea of leaves, but here are some shots

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Conservation District seeks birding volunteers

Feb 12th, 2012 | By

The Eastern Connecticut Conservation District is seeking volunteers who are interested in documenting the types of birds that utilize the Poquetanuck Cove, a tidal cove of the Thames River in Ledyard and Preston, from Feb. 17 to Feb. 20, coinciding with the Great American Bird Count. For more on this story, visit: The Day –

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Counting crows … and other bird species during annual event

Feb 3rd, 2012 | By

Ted Gilman, education specialist at Audubon Greenwich, is the point man for two February national events for bird lovers. On Thursday at Cos Cob Library Gilman will address the significance surrounding National Bird Feeding Month and also how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count that takes place in Greenwich from February 17-20. For

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Volunteers build nesting platform for Osprey at Hammonasset

Jan 19th, 2012 | By

If you build it, they will come. That’s the hope of these folks who tramped around the soggy salt marsh in 14 degrees, bundled up against bone-chilling winds at Hammonasset Beach State Park last Sunday morning. For more on this story, visit: An aerie: Volunteers build nesting platform for Osprey at Hammonasset – News –

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Connecticut mid-winter survey finds fewer ducks along Atlantic Flyway migration route (update)

Jan 17th, 2012 | By

Scientists say they’re especially concerned about a national decline in one duck species — the scaup — which may be linked to habitat change. The latest Connecticut scaup count was 1,000, down from 5,400 last year. For more on this story, visit: Connecticut mid-winter survey finds fewer ducks along Atlantic Flyway migration route | The

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Razorbills invade Long Island Sound in Connecticut | birdcallsradio.com

Dec 27th, 2011 | By

Razorbills are showing up on Long Island Sound up and down the Connecticut coast. They were a welcome addition to the coastal Christmas Bird Counts in Connecticut. I was lucky enough to see two of them yesterday off the coast of Stamford.



Christmas Bird Count begins this weekend

Dec 15th, 2011 | By

If you are a beginning birder, you can join a group that includes an experienced birdwatcher. If your home is within the boundaries of a Count Circle, then you can stay home and report the birds that visit your feeder once you have arranged to do so with the Count Compiler! Naturally, fun.



ConnCollege students help Coast Guard cadets build nesting boxes for endangered roseate terns

Nov 22nd, 2011 | By

Armed with drills, hammers and scissors, Connecticut College students recently spent an entire Saturday helping cadets from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and members of Audubon Connecticut build 200 nesting boxes for endangered roseate terns. The boxes will replace those that were destroyed during Tropical Storm Irene

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New Publication Provides Comprehensive Solutions to Halt Massive Bird Kills From Building Collisions

Nov 16th, 2011 | By

As part of a national-level program to reduce the massive and growing number of bird deaths resulting from building collisions in the United States, American Bird Conservancy (ABC), the nation’s leading bird conservation organization, today announced the availability of a new, national publication, American Bird Conservancy’s Bird-Friendly Building Designs.



Connecticut DEEP Announces Piping Plover & Least Tern Nesting Season Results

Nov 11th, 2011 | By

The Connecticut DEEP announced the results from the 2011 piping plover and least tern nesting season. Fifty-two pairs of piping plovers nested along the Connecticut coastline during the 2011 breeding season; nine more than last year. The number of young that fledged (reached flying stage) was 71; 11 less than the 82 plovers that fledged in 2010.



Volunteers build nesting boxes for terns

Nov 6th, 2011 | By

On Saturday, about 60 people – Coast Guard cadets and staff, students from Connecticut College and the New London Science and Technology Magnet School and volunteers with Audubon Connecticut – built 200 new nesting boxes during a daylong project at the Coast Guard Academy. For more on this story, visit: The Day – Volunteers build

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EARTH MATTERS: Robert Miller: Irene’s Ill wind, brings great birds

Sep 12th, 2011 | By

Ordinarily, you would rarely see a black tern in Connecticut and only along the shoreline. A Leach’s storm-petrel is a seabird that stays out in the Atlantic entirely. It does not frequent Litchfield County lakes. But after Irene, there were dozens of black terns in the state. Read more here: EARTH MATTERS: Robert Miller Ill

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Rare Bird Sighting: ‘Devil Bird’ Spotted In Hamden; First Time Photographed In Connecticut?

Jun 15th, 2011 | By

Anhingas are up to 3 feet tall, and they are typically found in southern Georgia, Florida and the Gulf Coast, as well as Cuba, Central America, South America and elsewhere. It’s not terribly uncommon for them to drift up to New Jersey, but a sighting in Connecticut is very rare. Read more here: Rare Bird

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New bird conservation initiative takes flight on Westport’s Cockenoe Island

Jun 8th, 2011 | By

Town Conservation Department and Wildlife Service officials say they hope the haven will create more local interest in avian conservation efforts.



Counting Norwalk’s active osprey nests | The Green Outdoors

Apr 23rd, 2011 | By

Each of the osprey nests that were active last year are active again this year. There are also an additional two active osprey nests in Westport, bringing the total number of known active osprey nests in Westport and Norwalk to 16.