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07 Mar 03/07/2015 Tufted Duck, Barrow's [Roy Harvey ]
24 Feb 02/23/1015 Tufted Duck [Roy Harvey ]
22 Feb 02/22/1015 Tufted Duck [Roy Harvey ]
18 Feb 02/18/2015 [Roy Harvey ]
16 Feb 02/16/2015 [Roy Harvey ]
08 Feb 02/08/2015 [Roy Harvey ]
07 Feb 02/07/2015 [Roy Harvey ]
06 Feb 02/06/2015 [Roy Harvey ]
06 Feb 02/05/2015 [Roy Harvey ]
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02 Feb 02/02/2015 [Roy Harvey ]
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31 Jan 01/31/2015 [Roy Harvey ]
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29 Jan 01/29/2015 [Roy Harvey ]
28 Jan 01/28/2015 [Roy Harvey ]
27 Jan 01/27/2015 [Roy Harvey ]
26 Jan 01/26/2015 [Roy Harvey ]
25 Jan 01/25/2015 Sandhill, Barrows [Roy Harvey ]
24 Jan 01/24/2015 Sandhill Crane [Roy Harvey ]
23 Jan 01/23/2015 Sandhill, Harlequin, Snowy Owl [Roy Harvey ]
22 Jan 01/22/2015 Sandhill, Harlequin [Roy Harvey ]
21 Jan 01/21/2015 Sandhill, Harlequin, Mew [Roy Harvey ]
20 Jan 01/20/2015 Sandhill Crane [Roy Harvey ]
19 Jan 01/19/2015 Sandhill Crane [Roy Harvey ]
18 Jan 01/18/2015 Barrow's Goldeneye [Roy Harvey ]
17 Jan 01/17/2015 Painted Bunting [Roy Harvey ]
16 Jan 01/16/2015 N Shrike [Roy Harvey ]
15 Jan 01/15/2015 [Roy Harvey ]
13 Jan 01/12/2015 N Shrike, Painted Bunting [Roy Harvey ]
12 Jan 01/12/2015 [Roy Harvey ]
11 Jan 01/11/2015 N Shrike, C Redpolls [Roy Harvey ]
10 Jan 01/10/2015 Gyr, Mew Gull, N Shrike [Roy Harvey ]
09 Jan 01/09/2015 [Roy Harvey ]
08 Jan 01/08/2015 Mew Gull [Roy Harvey ]
07 Jan 01/07/2015 Mew Gull [Roy Harvey ]
06 Jan 01/06/2015 Mew Gull, N Shrike, P Bunt [Roy Harvey ]
05 Jan 01/05/2015 [Roy Harvey ]
04 Jan 01/04/2015 [Roy Harvey ]
03 Jan 01/03/2015 Mew Gull [Roy Harvey ]
02 Jan 01/02/2015 N Shrike, Snowy Owl [Roy Harvey ]
01 Jan 01/01/2015 WW Crossbill [Roy Harvey ]
31 Dec 12/31/2014 N Shrike [Roy Harvey ]
30 Dec 12/30/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
29 Dec 12/29/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
23 Dec 12/21/2014 N Shrike, Painted Bunting [Roy Harvey ]
21 Dec 12/21/2014 AW Pelican, WW Crossbill [Roy Harvey ]
19 Dec 12/19/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
18 Dec 12/18/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
17 Dec CT Report 12/17/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
15 Dec 12/15/2014 N Shrike: [Roy Harvey ]
13 Dec 12/13/2014 N Shrike, YB Chat [Roy Harvey ]
12 Dec 12/12/2014 Barrows G, N Shrike [Roy Harvey ]
11 Dec 12/11/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
10 Dec 12/10/2014 N Shrike, Snowy Owls [Roy Harvey ]
09 Dec 12/08/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
07 Dec 12/07/2014 Snowy Owl, NRW Swallow [Roy Harvey ]
06 Dec 12/06/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
05 Dec 12/05/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
02 Dec 12/02/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
01 Dec 12/01/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
30 Nov 11/30/2014 Snowy Owl [Roy Harvey ]
30 Nov 11/29/2014 N Shrike, Snowy Owls [Roy Harvey ]
28 Nov 11/28/2014 SH Cranes. Sn Owl, N Shrike [Roy Harvey ]
26 Nov 11/26/2014 Snowy Owl [Roy Harvey ]
25 Nov 11/25/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
23 Nov 11/23/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
22 Nov 11/22/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
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20 Nov 11/20/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
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18 Nov 11/17/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
16 Nov 11/16/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
15 Nov 11/15/2014 [Roy Harvey ]

Subject: 03/07/2015 Tufted Duck, Barrow's
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 21:26:54 -0500
 From Stephanie Stewart:
03/07/15 - Bridgeport, Captain's cove -- 1:30 PM; Tufted Duck. Yes!!!!

 From Rick Gedney:
03/07/15 - Bridgeport, Captain's cove -- 4:00 PM; Tufted Duck in close
near inner  ice edge.  Nice afternoon light.

 From Jack Swatt:
03/07/15 - Bridgeport, Captain's cove -- When there earlier today the
area in front of the pavillion was mostly iced over with broken ice
and a large mixed flock congregated further south west past the docks.
The Tufted duck was seen from the public peir near the shops.  Also 15
Canvasback, 5 Redheads, 2 female Ring-necked Duck and 6 Horned Grebe.
Bridgeport, St Mary's by the Sea -- male Barrow's Goldeneye.

 From Frank & Linda Mantlik:
03/07/15 - Bridgeport, Captain's Cove (1 Bostwick) -- with Mike &
Wanda Moccio; it took 2 visits to locate the female TUFTED DUCK among
a large flock of Greater & Lesser Scaup. Also seen here were 9
REDHEADS (6 males), 1 CANVASBACK (sparse this icy winter), pair of
NORTHERN SHOVELERS (which flew away).
Bridgeport, St Mary's by the Sea -- w/ the Moccios; large flock of
500+-feeding Greater & Lesser Scaup contained 1 male REDHEAD, 1 male
CANVASBACK.

 From Russ Smiley:
03/07/15 - Madison, Middle Beach -- 8:40 AM; adult male Barrow's
Goldeneye (seen with 20 COGOs) at east rocks off shore (binocular
distance). Walk from small parking area to east end of sidewalk for
best viewing.
Madison, Hammonasset Beach SP -- 10:00; one Bonaparte's gull to east
of Meigs Point jetty.

 From Annie and Mike Perko:
03/07/15 - Colchester, yard -- Rusty Blackbirds continue under
backyard feeders for the 60th day from 3 to 8 of them. This morning 5
at 7:30 AM.

 From Ted Gilman:
03/07/15 - Greenwich, Audubon Center -- 10:15 AM; I first heard and
then saw, at close range, approximately 75 SNOW GEESE (including one
'blue phase') flying NW over Audubon Greenwich at treetop level.

 From Aidan Kiley:
03/07/15 - Fairfield, Larsen Sanctuary -- 3 Pine Siskins at the
large feeder by parking lot as you pull in.


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Subject: 02/23/1015 Tufted Duck
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:04:15 -0500
Note: Charlie Barnard provided this important guidance for those
trying to see the Tufted Duck:
"Birders should be aware that Captain's Cove is private property, much
like the Stratford Marina. Therefore, please be careful about where
you park and where you venture on the property. The staff is not used
to large numbers of birders coming there, so things could end fast if
cars are parked where they should not be parked and if birders are
walking into areas where they should not be going.  Be courteous and
thoughtful please."
Tina then added:
"Just to add to Charlie's post, no one is allowed on the docks in
front of the pavilion area where the ducks were yesterday. The docks
are private property and we are not allowed there. Please respect the
signs and do not pass through the "gate" to get a closer view or
photo. Thank you."


 From Tina Green with Jory Teltser:
02/23/15 - Bridgeport, Captains Cove Seaport, 1 Bostwick Ave -- 7:38
AM; adult female Tufted Duck continues in amongst the scaup and other
waterfowl. Park at the "ICE" building end of the lot and walk to your
left and head towards the covered viewing platform.
Milford, Caswell Cove -- about 11:15 AM; Golden Eagle seen in flight
(with 2 Bald Eagles) before flying west over the tree line towards
Stratford.

 From Jack Swatt:
02/23/15 - Bridgeport, Captains Cove -- 1:25 to 1:55 PM; No sight of
Tufted Duck.  Apparently hasn't been seen since the morning.

 From Frank Gallo:
02/23/15 - Bridgeport, Captains Cove -- Around 3:15 PM; the female
Tufted Duck flew back in with nearly 300 lesser scaup and 3 Redheads
and is showing nicely.

 From Paul Carrier:
02/23/15 - Norfolk, off Newfield Rd -- 2 Common Raven harassing a
beautiful adult Northern Goshawk.

 From Chris Bosak:
02/23/15 - Norwalk, along the frozen Norwalk River near I-95 bridge --
two Peregrine Falcons chasing a Red-tailed Hawk out of the area.

 From Stefan Martin:
02/23/15 - Stamford, off Stamford Ave -- 4:25; emale Barrow's
Goldeneye.  After reviewing some pictures, I have confirmed there
being a second Female Barrow's Goldeneye in the group. Earlier in the
day I also had 1 male White-winted Scoter mixed in with the Scaup
group.

 From Alex Burdo:
02/23/15 - Norwalk, Veteran's Memorial Park -- 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULL (1st cycle).
Norwalk, Fourteen Acre Pond (from Stonybrook Road) -- 1 BLUE-WINGED
TEAL (female), 1 NORTHERN SHOVELER (male).
Westport, Sherwood Island State Park -- 1 SNOW BUNTING, 1 FOX SPARROW.
Stratford, Stratford Point -- 1 LAPLAND LONGSPUR, 15 SNOW BUNTING.

 From Richard Holloway:
02/22/15 - ?????, ferry landing opposite Gillette's Castle -- 2 PM;
saw and heard a flock (?) of 5 Common Raven flying in a southerly
direction.


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Subject: 02/22/1015 Tufted Duck
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 23:45:55 -0500
Note: The big news was the TUFTED DUCK that Tina Green found in
Bridgeport this morning.  Tina posted a bit about the location
(Captain's Cove, end of Bostwick Ave) in a message to CTBirds.

http://lists.ctbirding.org/pipermail/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org/Week-of-Mon-20150216/054013.html 



 From Tina Green:
02/22/15 - Bridgeport, 1 Bostwick Ave, Captains Cove, east end --
adult female TUFTED DUCK, seen by many.  First reported around 10:40.
Also 3 Redheads (1 drake and 2 hens).

 From Dan Rottino & family, with MOB on pavilion:
02/22/15 - Bridgeport, Captains Cove -- Tufted Duck is still there at
1 PM.

 From Preston Lust:
02/22/15 - Bridgeport, Captains Cove -- 1:50 PM;  Tufted Duck
continues.

 From Aidan Kiley:
02/22/15 - Bridgeport, Captains Cove -- Tufted Duck continues as of
2:05 PM;

 From ardi Dickinson:
02/22/15 - Bridgeport, Captains Cove -- Tufted Duck Continues as of
3:09 PM.

 From Jory Teltser:
02/22/15 - Bridgeport, Captains Cove -- Tufted Duck continues as of
4:00 PM, quacking, preening, and feeding on the righ side of the
docks.

 From Jeremy Nance with Will Huber:
02/22/15 - Bridgeport, Captains Cove -- Tufted Duck seen at 4:15. Also
3 Redheads (one male, two female).

 From Nick Bonomo:
02/22/15 - Bridgeport, Seaside Park -- immature Iceland Gull by the
pond and a Red-necked Grebe in the harbor off the east end.

 From Ray Belding:
02/22/15 - Goshen, E. St. N. near Hageman Sheehan Rd -- 11 Common
Redpoll.

 From Russ Naylor:
02/22/15 - Woodbury, Church Street -- 1 Common Redpoll at feeder both
Saturday and Sunday.

 From Steve Spector:
02/22/15 - Milford, Mondo Ponds -- 3:30 PM; drake Redhead.

 From Steve Morytko:
02/22/15 - Ashford, yard -- 1 Rusty Blackbird for every inch of *new*
snow (5M, 1F), along with 2 Pine Siskins.

 From Nancy Solitare:
02/22/15 - North Haven -- flock of Black Vultures.

 From Steve Morytko:
02/21/15 - Ashford, yard -- It was nice to see a single Rusty
Blackbird ground feeding at our home Saturday morning accompanying the
-13F early morning temperature.

 From Aidan Kiley:
02/21/15 - Bridgeport, Captain's Cove -- 1 male EURASIAN WIGEON.

 From Dave Winston:
02/21/15 - Stamford -- Pine Siskin at the feeder.

 From Jim Hunter:
02/21/15 - Fairfield -- 4 Black Vultures sitting on the roof of Trader
Joes.  1 Common Raven sitting and calling on top of roof of Public
Storage.
Bridgeport (Blackrock) yard -- Winter Wren in bushes.

 From James Sherwonit:
02/21/15 - Old Saybrook -- 3 Pine Siskin at feeders.

 From Brendan Murtha:
02/21/15 - South Norwalk, Veterans Park -- A SNOW GOOSE was feeding
(with a small flock of Canada Geese) on the sidewalk off of Seaview
Ave, running along Veterans Park.

 From Paul Carrier:
02/21/15 - Harwinton, yard -- a flock of 30 plus PINE SISKIN with one
female COMMON REDPOLL.

 From Susanne Shrader:
02/21/15 - West Hartford, Avon Mountain, yard -- at least 6 Pine
Siskins at one time fighting for my Nyger feeder for the past month,
and several more are "waiting in the wings" for their turn so there
are probably 10 or more hanging around

 From Robert Dixon with Doug Warner:
02/21/15 - Central Village, Quinebaug Fish Hatchery -- WILSON'S SNIPE,
PEREGRINE FALCON.

 From Robert Dixon:
02/21/15 - Sterling yard -- PINE SISKIN (9), YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
(1f).

 From Arthur Shippee & Mary Porterfield:
02/21/15 - Hamden, North Lake Dr -- 1 Pine Siskin, 2 Rusty Blackbirds.

 From Frank Mantlik:
02/21/15 - Stratford, home feeders -- 8 PINE SISKINS.

 From Frank Mantlik:
02/20/15 - Stratford, yard and feeders -- 6 PINE SISKINS. Waiting for
a Redpoll.
Stratford, Raven Pond -- mid-day; a pair of Northern Pintail.

 From Ernie Harris:
02/20/15 - Colchester, Deck -- 7 to 8 AM; Pine Siskin ( finally);
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (male) every morning since 2/6/15.

 From Michaelene Komara:
02/20/15 - Clinton, Indian River at Route 1 -- Drake Northern Pintail.

 From Ian Devlin:
02/20/15 - Stratford, Raven Pond (on Brookside Drive off Route 110) --
lone drake Northern Pintail still mingling with other ducks.

 From Lisa Gagnon:
02/20/15 - Stafford Springs -- a few Pine Siskins (mixed in with
goldfinches).

 From Steve Broker:
02/20/15 - Woodbridge, West Rock Ridge State Park -- 2:00 PM to 2:30
PM -- A pair of Common Ravens flew in to the ridge from the south and
landed in their well-reconstructed nest for a brief stay.  Believed to
be the same raven pair that has nested at West Rock annually since
2002.

 From Carol and Jim Zipp:
02/20/15 - Hamden, yard -- Rusty Blackbirds have settle back to the 40
or so birds after a short rise to 85-90.

 From Ian Devlin:
02/19/15 - Norwalk, Fourteen Acre Pond -- lone drake Northern Shoveler
continues.

 From Frank Mantlik:
02/19/15 - Milford, Oronoque Rd -- huge flock of 200 PINE SISKIN, 10+
COMMON REDPOLL (and 10+ American Goldfinch) all feeding on birch cone
seeds along road north of transfer station.

 From Russ Smiley:
02/19/15 - Enfield, Barnes Boat Ramp -- 1:50 PM; first cycle Iceland
full standing on ice beside parking lot.
3:35 PM; first cycle Glaucous Gull landed on fixed ice out in river.

 From Chuck Imbergamo:
02/19/15 - Madison, yard -- One Common Redpoll visited our feeders in
the afternoon; a yard first, about 1 mile north of Long Island sound!

 From John Shepard:
02/19/15 - Portland -- Third year in a row Rough-legged Hawk in the
adjacent lot.

 From Brian O'Toole:
02/19/15 - Bridgeport, Beardsley Zoo/Park grounds -- At feeders near
zoo ticket booth: Pine Siskin, 2 Fox Sparrows.  Also 5 Black Vultures.


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Subject: 02/18/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:18:41 -0500
 From Daisy Echevarria:
02/18/15 - New London, New London pier (across from the Exchange
restaurant) -- very large GLAUCOUS GULL,

 From Preston Lust:
02/18/15 - Stamford, Cove Island sanctuary -- Dickcissel continuing at
sanctuary feeders, very skittish.

 From Frank Mantlik:
02/18/15 - Milford, Oronoque Rd -- From stretch along Housatonic River
between Caswell Cove and Merritt Pkwy bridge, at least 16 BALD EAGLES,
1st-cycle ICELAND GULL (at Milford transfer station), 7 Great
Cormorants, a flock of 30+ American Goldfinches contained 9 COMMON
REDPOLLS and 2 PINE SISKINS (in birches near O & G asphalt plant).

 From Paul Desjardins:
02/18/15 - Enfield, Barnes boat launch -- morning; Barrows Goldeneye
and third cycle Iceland Gull.

 From Kevin Doyle:
02/18/15 - Stratford, Long Beach -- Snowy Owl flushed by a dog, near
the far end of the parking area.  Last seen flying west.

 From Ralph Amodei:
02/17/15 - East Haven feeders -- 1 Fox Sparrow.
02/18/15 - East Haven feeders -- 1 juv Lincoln's Sparrow.


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Subject: 02/16/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 23:15:18 -0500
Note 1: Yes, this "Daily" report hasn't bee seen lately.  Anyone
feeling to need to know what is being seen and reported should be
checking CTBirds.  If you don't want to subscribe the messages can be
read on several web sites.
http://lists.ctbirding.org/pipermail/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org/
http://birding.aba.org/maillist/CT01
http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/CTBirds
http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=one_list;id=102

Note 2: For those who want to keep track of CT and other states in the
northeast I like this page at Sialia.  By happy coincidence CT appears
right at the top!
http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=index;days_ago=;region=6
(A good place to see reports of the GyrfalconS in NY!)


 From Frank Mantlik:
02/16/15 - Stratford, Great Meadows marsh -- SNOWY OWL. From
entrance/exit of Sikorsky Airport, look in frozen marsh slightly to
right of tall red and white radio towers.
Housatonic River, Birdseye boatramp north to Rt 1 bridge (Dock
shopping center) -- light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.  One of three
Red-tailed Hawks was eating a dead loon or murre on the ice (photos
being reviewed by Yale experts).

 From Bruce Stevenson:
02/16/15 - Stratford, Great Meadows marsh -- 4 PM; SNOWY OWL Visible
from far end of parking lot at Long Beach.

 From Alex Burdo, Brendan Murtha, and Aidan Kiley (in part):
02/16/15 - Westport - Sherwood Island State Park -- 1 FOX SPARROW.
Bridgeport, Seaside Park -- 2 ICELAND GULL (one 1st cycle, one 3rd
winter, as reported by Brendan earlier).
Stratford, Long Beach -- 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 1 ICELAND GULL.
Stratford, Lordship Marsh, viewed from the entrance to Sikorsky
Airport -- 1 SNOWY OWL (found by Frank Mantlik).
Stratford, Stratford Point -- 1 SNOW BUNTING.
Stratford, Raven Pond Park -- 2 NORTHERN PINTAIL.

 From Carolyn Johns:
02/16/15 - Guilford, yard -- a small group of Black Vultures flew over
my back yard.

 From Brendan Murtha with Alex Burdo:
02/16/15 - Bridgeport, Seaside Park -- 2 Iceland Gulls, 1 juvenile
type and 1 3rd winter, on the water around jetty across from the
cannon.

 From Arthur Shippee:
02/16/15 - Hamden, North Lake Dr -- 3 Pine Siskins.

 From Robert Dixon:
02/16/15 - Norwich, Rte 2, near the junction of I-395 -- BLACK VULTURE
(28) flying into roost at 5:15 PM.

 From Steve Kotchko:
02/16/15 - Rocky Hill(?) -- Six Great Cormorants seen on the ice just
south of the Rocky Hill ferry landing parking lot Monday afternoon.  


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Subject: 02/08/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sun, 08 Feb 2015 21:51:37 -0500
 From Stefan Martin:
02/08/15 - Greenwich, Grass Island -- 3 REDHEAD (2 Drakes and 1 Hen).

 From Steph Stewart:
02/08/15 - Vernon, yard -- Common Redpoll at the feeder, came in with
a large group of Pine Siskins. While I've been hosting a good number
of Pine Siskins all winter, this is a FOY Redpoll.

 From Maria Stockmal:
02/08/15 - Derby, Derby Greenway -- Peregrine Falcon, Black Vulture.

 From Steve Spector:
02/08/15 - Milford, Mondo Ponds, 9:45 AM, drake Redhead continues
(with 7 other duck species).

 From Stefan Martin with Mike and Wanda Moccio:
02/08/15 - Stamford -- Flyover Blue Morph Snow Goose near Cummings
Park.
Czecik Marina -- Second cycle Iceland Gull.

 From Russ Naylor (Western CT Bird Club):
02/08/15 - Southbury, Shepaug Dam, intersection River Rd and Purchase
Brook Rd -- 1 adult dark morph Rough-legged Hawk.

 From Jim Bair:
02/08/15 - Moodus, Stockburger Rd -- Pine Siskin.

 From Robert Dixon:
02/08/15 - Central Village, Quinebaug Fish Hatchery -- Sunday bird
walk highlights; WILSON'S SNIPE.

 From Keith Mueller:
02/08/15 - New London, City Pier -- 1st cycle Glaucous Gull, vry close
looks.

 From Frank & Linda Mantlik:
02/08/15 - Stratford, Lordship Blvd (Ct-113) -- SNOWY OWL perched on
icy marsh east of airport entrance, generally near old rusted metal
bulkheads. Caution: no safe place to pull over on causeway.

 From James Winkelmann & Co:
02/08/15 - Stratford, Raven Pond -- 3 male Northern Pintail.
Sniffens Point -- 1 Snowy Owl across the channel in marsh almost due
North, perched on a log (life bird for my daughter, pretty exciting!)
Milford, Milford Point -- 1 Snowy Owl offered outstanding looks to 8
observers, initially found it shortly after arrival right off the
beach-side deck, no more than 40 yards away.  It flew a bit and
landed, did this several times, moving to the outer beach, eventually
moving to the far sandbar to the South where it remained when we left.
Could have been the same bird from Sniffens Point, unknown.

 From Ralph Amodei:
02/08/15 - ast Haven, feeder -- 7:10 AM; Fox Sparrow.

 From Cindi and Bill Kobak:
02/08/15 - Guilford/Madison, Circle Beach boat launch road -- 12:30
PM; ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK continues, perched on fence at edge of marsh
near purple martin houses (road passable only with high-clearance
4-wheel drive vehicle).


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Subject: 02/07/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sat, 07 Feb 2015 23:33:44 -0500
 From Pat and Chris Tamborra:
02/07/15 - Salem, Harris Road -- The Yellow-headed Blackbird arrived
at about 8 Saturday morning.  It was in with a large flock of mostly
cowbirds and spooked easily.

 From Jim and Jan Sherwonit with CT Audubon Eco Travel group:
02/07/15 - Stratford, Short Beach -- Two Snowy owls across the channel
along the beach at Milford point.One was completely white and one
showed a lot of streaking.
Milford, Milford Point -- Saw the streaked Snowy Owl again from the
tower and platform at Milford Coastal Center.
Stratford, Raven Pond -- Drake and hen Northern Pintail.  Also first
cycle Iceland gull on one of the smaller docks (in with ringbilled and
herring gulls).
Milford, Mondo Pond -- Redhead.

 From John Oshlick:
02/07/15 - Stratford, Long Beach -- 1 Snowy Owl quite far down the
beach.

 From Julian Hough:
02/07/15 - Stratford, Long Beach -- One active Snowy Owl, 1 Common
Redpoll, 1 light morph Rough-legged Hawk, 2 Ipswich Savannah Sparrow.

 From Bill Batsford and Kathy Van Der Aue:
02/07/15 - Fairfield, Brach Rd, Sunken Island -- 8:50 AM; male
Harlequin continues.

 From Andy Brand
02/07/15 - Hamden, yard -- Red-breasted Nuthatch at the feeders all
day and seen on and off in the yard for the past two weeks.

 From Paul Carrier:
02/07/15 - Harwinton, yard -- this morning counted 70 Pine Siskin at
feeders with another 40 plus in the trees. They are very spooked
though.  Also 4 Redpoll, one male and 3 Female. 

 From Jim & Jackie Dugan:
02/07/15 - New Milford, yard -- 35~ fos PINE SISKIN from 7AM on and
after 2PM we've had 1 female and 2 male COMMON REDPOLL. Goldfinch
numbers increased substantially as well today.

 From Dave Winston:
02/07/15 - Stamford, Cove Island -- Dickcissel seen, under the feeders
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Subject: 02/06/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2015 23:20:12 -0500
 From Chris and Pat Tamborra:
02/06/15 - Salem, Harris Road -- 3 PM; the Yellow-headed Blackbird at
our feeder when we returned.

 From Jack Swatt:
02/06/15 - Wolcott, yard -- morning; one Common Redpoll at feeders.

 From Tina Green:
02/06/15 - Westport, Longshore Club Park -- Eurasian Wigeon tucked in
among assorted waterfowl in Grays Creek.
Sherwood Island State Park -- 2 Snow Buntings (with a small flock of
Horned Larks). Buntings have been scarce this winter.

 From Paul Carrier:
02/06/15 - Harwinton, yard -- over 50 Pine Siskin, and many many more
were up in the trees!  Within the Siskin were 2 female and 2 male
Common Redpoll. Also a Common Raven.

 From Stefan Martin with Dave Winston:
02/06/15 - Stamford, Cove Island Sanctuary -- Immature Dickcissel
under the feeders in the park.

 From Charlie Plimpton:
02/06/15 - Weston, backyard -- A Flock of 23 Pine Siskins came through
my yard today. Very vocal.

 From Charles Makarewich:
02/06/15 - Kent Hollow -- One Common Redpoll (FOY), along with a few
Pine Siskins, at our feeders.

 From Paul Smith:
02/06/15 - Greenwich, Grass Island -- morning; 1 male REDHEAD.  Ducks
were south and slightly west of point, as most of the water closer in
has frozen.  Also in the park, one SNOW BUNTING.

 From Frank Mantlik:
02/06/15 - Stratford, Birdseye St boatramp -- (With Linda) AMERICAN
BITTERN.
Bridgeport, Beardsley Park Zoo -- 3 Fox Sparrows at feeder.

 From Ian Devlin:
02/06/15 - Stratford, Raven Pond -- around 4 PM;  a lone drake
Northern Pintail mixed in with other assorted waterfowl.

 From Ted Gilman:
02/06/15 - Greenwich, Audubon Center -- 2 BLACK VULTURES soaring over
Audubon Center headquarters about 11:45 AM, and then they flew off to
the northeast.

 From Ralph Amodei:
02/06/15 - East Haven, feeders -- 4 PM; Fox Sparrow.

 From Roy Harvey:
02/06/15 - Beacon Falls, yard -- five Pine Siskins among the usuals,
finally.

 From Rick Gedney:
02/05/15 - New London, City Pier -- 2:00 PM; Juvenile Glaucous Gull on
boardwalk in front of police substation.  Occasionally loops over bay
near railroad bridge with other gulls.  Still giving great close
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Subject: 02/05/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2015 00:19:59 -0500
Note: Running late tonight, might have skipped a few.


 From Carol Lemmon:
02/06/15 - Branford, Branford Supply Pond -- Fox Sparrow feeding
across from Cedar Tree on rockface.

 From Fran Zygmont:
02/06/15 - Barkhamsted yard -- 117 Pine Siskins, 1 Common Redpoll.
(Goldfinch numbers decreasing (~75) while siskins grow.)

 From Arthur Shippee:
02/06/15 - Hamden, North Lake -- 1 Brown Creeper.

 From  Rick Gedney:
02/05/15 - Madison, backyard feeding station approximately 6 miles
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Subject: 02/04/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2015 22:44:27 -0500
 From James Winkelmann:
02/04/15 - Greenwich, Grass Island -- 1 male Redhead.

 From Sean Murtha:
02/04/15 - Greenwich, Grass Island -- One Redhead continues.

 From Mike Resch:
02/04/15 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- 1 Red-necked
Grebe.

 From Paul Carrier:
02/04/15 - Litchfield, Town Farm Rd -- Red-breasted Nuthatch.
Harwinton, yard -- 30 plus Pine Siskin still here.


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Subject: 02/03/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2015 22:39:05 -0500
 From Charlie Plimpton:
02/03/15 - Wilton, Route 7 -- 6 Black Vultures (seen with another 5
Turkey Vultures).

 From Arthur Shippee:
02/03/15 - Hamden, North Lake -- 10 Rusty Blackbirds.

 From Bev Propen:
02/03/15 - Orange, backyard -- Since first week in December there has
been 1 Fox sparrow at my feeders, and today another one showed up.
First time I have had more than one Fox sparrow at the feeders.


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Subject: 02/02/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2015 22:17:26 -0500
 From Paul Carrier:
02/02/15 - Harwinton, yard -- 1 male Common Redpoll in with 30 plus
Pine Siskin today.  Second one I've had this year.

 From Bill Banks:
02/02/15 - Seymour, yard -- 1 Pine Siskin, first for the year here, at
my feeder.

 From Susanne Shrader:
02/02/15 - West Hartford -- Yesterday and today Pine Siskins (along
with Goldfinches) at the nyjer feeder.

 From John Johnson:
02/02/15 - Kent, yard -- A single COMMON REDPOLL at feeders today,
along with several PINE SISKIN.  Also, a single FOX SPARROW continues
for fifth day.

 From Tina Green:
02/02/15 - Westport, Imperial Ave, yard, feeders -- 2 Pine Siskins.

 From Arthur Shippee:
02/02/15 - Hamden, North Lake -- 8 Rusty Blackbirds.

 From Carol and Gary Lemmon:
02/02/15 - Branford, yard -- Nine Purple finches on sunflower.


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Subject: 02/01/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sun, 01 Feb 2015 22:09:46 -0500
 From Dave Apleter:
02/01/15 - Greenwich, Grass Island -- Redhead continues on the west
side across from the parking area at the point.

 From Paul Desjardins:
02/01/15 - Enfield, Barnes boat launch -- 2 Barnacle Geese continue as
seen from the boat launch.
Kings Island boat launch -- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Brown Creeper
and Winter Wren seen nearby.

 From Keith and Jen Mueller:
02/01/15 - Madison, Circle beach -- 3 Iceland gulls (2 adults, 1 2nd
cycle), 2 Rough-legged Hawks.

 From Chris Loscalzo and Marianne Vahey:
02/01/15 - Fairfield, end of Fairfield Beach Road (Sunken Island) --
the drake HARLEQUIN DUCK continues. Seen this morning, far out by the
red buoy, in the company of White-winged Scoters.  A scope is
definitely needed.
Milford, Milford Point, coastal center -- a beautiful female Light
Phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed from the top of the tower,
soaring over the marsh.

 From Russ Smiley:
02/01/15 - New London, City Pier -- Iceland Gull and Glaucous Gull at
the pier.

 From Robert Dixon with Doug Warner and Tim Thompson:
02/01/15 - Central Village, Quinebaug Fish Hatchery -- COMMON RAVEN
(2), WILSON'S SNIPE, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, SWAMP SPARROW (2).

 From Jalna and Sara Jaeger:
02/01/15 - Fairfield, 424 Riverside Drive -- YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
in yard.

 From Tom & Ingrid Schaefer:
01/31/15 - Canaan, Orchard Street feeders -- 1st Common Redpoll of
winter joins the established flock of approximately 75 Pine Siskins.


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Subject: 01/31/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:18:53 -0500
 From Frank Gallo:
01/31/15 - West Haven, Sandy Point -- Lapland Longspurs continue in
the parking lot (feeding with Horned Larks).

 From John Marshall:
01/31/15 - Greenwich, Grass Island -- REDHEAD just south of the yacht
club docks.

 From Maria Stockmal:
01/31/15 - Branford, Supply Ponds -- Fox Sparrow.

 From Robert Dixon:
01/31/15 - Waterford, 14 New Shore Rd -- Dickcissel contnues 10:45 AM.
Madison, Circle Beach -- 1st cycle Iceland Gull contnues 12:05 PM.
New London, City pier -- Glaucous Gull continues 4:45 PM.

 From Mike Warner with Maggie Perreto:
01/31/15 - Milford, Milford Point, Audubon Coastal Center -- 2:15 PM;
Snowy Owl hunkered down in the rocks close to shore. To the right from
the platform on the LI Sound side.

 From Brendan Murtha:
01/31/15 - Stratford, Lordship Blvd -- 1 light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
flying along the road.

 From Paul Fusco:
01/31/15 - Stratford, Birdseye Boat Launch -- Light morph Rough-legged
Hawk.

 From Arthur Shippee:
01/31/15 - Hamden, North Lake -- 5 Rusty Blackbirds:

 From Sarah Faulkner:
01/31/15 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows State Park --  Northern Shrike
flying across Rt 154 right by park entrance as I was leaving.
Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- Think I saw a snowy owl out on the
distant breakwater.
Stratford, Bond’s Dock -- light morph Rough-legged Hawk over marsh on
Milford side.

 From Dan Rottino:
01/31/15 - Milford, Milford Point, Coastal Center -- at approx 4:20 PM
the Snowy Owl was refound by Jeremy Nance with Will Hubert (sp?) and
also seen with Susan Doherty and myself from a very safe distance.


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Subject: 01/30/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 23:27:13 -0500
 From Tina Green:
01/30/15 - Fairfield, Sunken Island, at the end of Fairfield Beach Rd
-- 7:20 AM; adult male Harlequin Duck (with Common Goldeneye). Viewing
conditions very cold with flat seas

 From Timothy L Thompson:
01/30/15 - New London, City Pier -- Glaucous Gull continues.
Hint: If at first you do not see the Glaucous Gull, throw out some
bread or gull type food and it will soon show up.  It's the big "Mack
Daddy" and owns the place.... as it frequents between Crocker's Boat
yard, the rocks along the train tracks, (as Bill B. mentioned
previously) the City pier, and keeps a steady eye on things.

 From Keith Mueller with Patrick Comins and Frank Mantlik:
01/30/15 - Southbury, Housatonic River at Mitchell's farm -- on the
river, 8 to 10 Iceland Gulls (1 very small pale adult, 1 -3rd cycle,
1-2nd cycle, all the rest 1st cycle from pale white to dark).  Greater
White-fronted Goose continues with very close views.  Two Common
Raven.

 From Angela Dimmitt via Sara Zagorski:
01/30/15 - Stratford, Short Beach -- Snowy Owl on the far right side
of the breakwater.
Milford, Milford Point -- Snow Goose continues with other geese.

 From Paul Cianfaglione:
01/30/15 - Hartford, 143 Murphy Road (All Waste Recycling Plant) -- 1
first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL continues, 1 third-cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULL.

 From Keith Mueller:
01/30/15 - New London, City Pier -- Glaucous Gull continues with close
looks.
Guilford, East River marsh -- Rough-legged Hawk continues.
Madison, Circle beach -- with John Marshall, 3 Iceland Gulls; adult
"FC", 1st and 2nd cycles.

 From Paul Desjardins:
01/30/15 - Enfield -- afternoon; as seen from the Barnes boat launch,
Red-necked Grebe.

 From Bruce Stevenson:
01/30/15 - Greenwich, Grass Island -- One drake REDHEAD, actually seen
at yacht club harbor.

 From Angela Dimmitt:
01/30/15 - West Haven, Sandy Point -- 4:20 PM; 2 Lapland Longspurs
(with 6 Horned Larks) eating in gravel at edge of snow in parking lot.

 From John Marshall:
01/30/15 - Waterford, New Shore Road -- DICKCISSEL feeding actively at
midday at the feeders in front of the house. 

 From Julian Hough:
01/30/15 - Guilford, Neck Rd -- Rough-legged Hawk visible from the
area of the boat launch.
Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- Also one dark juvenile
Rough-legged Hawk, visible on Cedar Island.

 From Mike Widmer:
01/30/15 - Norwalk -- 10:15 AM; 6 Black Vultures on a light pole on
the southbound side of the Rt 7 Connector, with a couple more flying
around.


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Subject: 01/29/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:24:47 -0500
 From Tina Green:
01/29/15 - Fairfield, Sunken Island, at 2182 Fairfield Beach Rd --
adult male Harlequin Duck out with White-winged Scoters to the right
of the red bell buoy.  A scope was needed.

 From Patrick Comins:
01/29/15 - Southbury, Lake Zoar near Mitchell Farm -- Two Iceland
Gulls on the lake, first and second cycle.  Greater White-fronted
Goose there as well and several Pine Siskins flying over.
Bent of the River -- At least 4 Purple Finch.
Lake Zoar -- lunchtime, with Maggie Peretto, Jim Clifford and others;
at least four Iceland Gulls (3 first year 1 second year that pretty
much looks like a first year) on the lake.  The Greater White-fronted
Goose continues.

 From Paul Cashman:
01/29/15 - Stratford, Raven Pond -- 2 pair Northern Pintail.
Boothe Memorial Park -- 2 Black Vultures.

 From John Marshall:
01/29/15 - Milford, Milford Point -- SNOWY OWL at about the mid-point
of the breakwater as viewed from Short Beach in Stratford.

 From Chris Bosak:
01/29/15 - Darien, Weed Beach -- one Fox Sparrow (with dozens of
juncos).

 From Bill Banks, Greg Hanisek, Frank Gallo:
01/29/15 - Waterford, 14 New Shore Road -- The Dickcissel continued to
come to the front feeders today. The feeders can be easily seen from
the road.
New London, City Pier, New London Ferry Dock -- morning;Glaucous Gull.

 From Robert Dixon:
01/29/15 - Enfield, Donald W Barnes boat launch, -- 9:30 AM; BARNACLE
GOOSE (2) continued on the river until about 11:30 am when about half
of the one thousand geese flew off to feed. Presumably they went with
them.
The drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continued and was seen by many between
the boat launch and the bridge down river.

 From Dan Drega:
01/29/15 - Enfield, South River Road, boat launch -- adult Northern
Goshawk.

 From Lynnette Clemens:
01/29/15 - Greenwich, harbor, Grass Island -- male Redhead.


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Subject: 01/28/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:43:29 -0500
 From Ian Devlin:
01/28/15 - Greenwich -- One Redhead drake behind the docks on the west
part of Grass Island (mixed with Gadwall, Lesser Scaup and a couple
Black Ducks).

 From Brian O'Toole:
01/28/15 - Bridgeport, Beardsley Zoo -- 2 Fox Sparrows.

 From Patrick Comins:
01/28/15 - Southbury, Mitchell Farm -- two Iceland Gulls continuing
near the farm.  The good news is that there is now ice along the
river/lake shore and the gulls are roosting close to River Road,
allowing for better observation/photographic opportunities.
Bent of the River -- At least one Pine Siskin and one Purple Finch
(both heard).

 From Frank Gallo, Bill Banks, Greg Hanisek:
01/28/15 - Enfield, Barnes boat ramp -- Barrow's Goldeneye and
Barnacle Geese continue. The geese were on the far shore near the last
bridge abutment and the Barrow's was down river near the beige but
viewable from the boat ramp. Just walk down to the left.

 From Shirley Beach via Doug Beach:
01/28/15 - West Simsbury -- 1:30; 3 Black Vultures at Tulmeadow Farm.
which then circled over the West Simsbury Post Office before flying
east. At approximately 2:15 Roger Preston spotted 3 Black Vultures in
the vicinity of the bandshell on Ironhorse Blvd.; presumably the same
birds.

 From Jason Rieger:
01/28/15 - Enfield, Barnes boat ramp -- Barrow's Goldeneye and
Barnacle Geese continue.

 From Robert Dixon, on snowshoes:
01/28/15 - Central Village, Quinebaug Fish Hatchery -- WILSON'S SNIPE
(2), COMMON RAVEN (2 vocal flyovers), YELLOW-BELLED SAPSUCKER.
Sterling yard -- continuing PINE SISKIN (22), YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
(1f).

 From Rick Gedney:
01/28/15 - Madison,  Beekman Road neighborhood -- Chukar.

 From Arthur Shippee:
01/28/15 - Hamden, North Lake -- 6 Rusty Blackbirds.


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Subject: 01/27/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:54:51 -0500
 From Paul Carrier:
01/27/15 - Harwinton, yard -- 80+ Pine Siskins.

 From Don Morgan:
01/27/15 - Coventry, yard -- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on my suet
feeder this afternoon.  First one I've seen in my yard.

 From Frank & Linda Mantlik:
01/27/15 - Stratford, Birdseye St boatramp -- 1:30; 1 WILSON'S SNIPE.
First Ave, near Long Beach -- 2:40; adult Kumlien's ICELAND GULL.
Access Rd at Rt 113 -- 3:17; light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK flying and
hovering over Great Meadows marsh.
No alcids noted offshore.

 From Robert Dixon:
01/27/15 - Sterling yard -- About 24" of snow and a challenge to keep
the feeder area clear.  PINE SISKIN (17), YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
(1f).

 From Ralph Amodei:
01/27/15 - East Haven, feeders -- 12:00 Fox Sparrow.


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Subject: 01/26/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:49:07 -0500
 From Bill Batsford:
01/26/15 - New Haven, Beaver Pond south -- male Northern Shoveler.

 From Pat Tamborra:
01/26/15 - Salem -- one immature Yellow-headed Blackbird seen in yard
at 17 Harris Road (in with a large flock of cowbirds and red-winged
blackbirds).  First sighted on Saturday but not sure of ID until
photographed; yellow on throat only.

 From Janis LaPointe:
01/26/15 - Enfield, Barnes Boat Ramp -- Two Barnacle Geese seen Monday
morning off the boat ramp.  The Barnacles were with a hoard of
Canadas, and almost all the geese were tucked in resting on the far
side of the river.  The Barnacles were together, heads tucked back.

 From Kat Kuckens:
01/26/15 - West Hartford, Pfaus hardware store -- Common Raven.

 From Paul Carrier:
01/26/15 - Harwinton, yard -- 1 male Common Redpoll with many (40?)
Pine Siskins.

 From Larry Flynn:
01/26/15 - Norwalk -- had a very large falcon fly over our Norwalk
house, it was escorted by a Red-Tailed Hawk, this falcon was at least
the same size as the RTHA, and gray in color. No way was this a
Peregrine. Besides it's size, it's wing beats were much slower then a
Peregrine. It perched for a moment and flew east.  I'm don't believe
this was a Harrier either. Possible Gyrfalcon? I don't know.

 From Frank Mantlik:
01/26/15 - Branford, Branford Supply Ponds -- during snowstorm; 1 PINE
SISKIN at feeders by cedar tree along road.
Stratford, foot of First Ave (near Long Beach, with Tom Murray) --
adult ICELAND GULL is back for about 6th? 7th? Winter.

 From Keith Mueller:
01/26/15 - Guilford, East River Marsh -- 2 Rough-legged Hawks giving
great shows. 1 near houses And 1 near trees west of boat ramp.
?????, Circle Beach -- 2nd cycle Iceland Gull.

 From Patrick Comins:
01/26/15 - Southbury -- two first-cycle Iceland Gulls on Lake Zoar
near Mitchell Farm in Southbury around noon.
Meriden, yard -- One Pine Siskin.

 From Robert Dixon:
01/26/15 - Sterling, yard -- PINE SISKIN (21).

 From Ted Gilman:
01/26/15 - Greenwich, Audubon Center -- BROWN CREEPER in woodlands
north of apple orchard.

 From SH Johnston:
01/25/15 -  New Britain -- 2 PERGRINE FALCONS (adult male and female)
continue downtown. Spotted several times in the past week; male often
perched on the satellite dishes or antenna on top of the new police
station at Chestnut & Main. Today I saw them hunting in the Stanly
Street/Chestnut Street area, a few blocks east of downtown. Also 1
BLACK VULTURE soaring overhead.


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Subject: 01/25/2015 Sandhill, Barrows
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:31:36 -0500
 From John Oshlick:
01/25/15 - Enfield, Enfield boat ramp -- 2 Barnacle Geese straight
across the river.  (Bill Asteriedies found a Greater White-fronted
Goose.)

 From Bill Asteriades:
01/25/15 - Enfield -- In addition to the two Barnacle Geese and
Greater White-fronted Goose, the Barrow's Goldeneye continues off St
Patrick's Cemetery in Enfield viewed from River Boulevard in Suffield.
Access to the cemetery may be limited due to the snow. River Boulevard
is narrow and there are no pull-off's so viewing may be difficult (no
traffic early this morning).
South Glastonbury, Great Pond Road -- ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, light phase.

 From Paul Desjardins:
01/25/15 - Enfield -- The Barrow’s Goldeneye put in a brief appearance
in the morning, seen south of the boat launch (with Common
Goldeneyes).

 From Jason and Anthony Rieger:
01/25/15 - Madison, boat launch down Neck Rd -- Rough-legged Hawk
continues, perched on martin house pole.

 From Lynnette Clemens & Fulvio Montanari:
01/25/15 - Greenwich, Greenwich Point -- A flock of Snow Buntings
south of the 2nd concession near the point with the big rock, working
the grassy area along the path, flying up into the big tree when
walkers disrupt them.

 From Dan Rottino & Family:
01/25/15 - Enfield, Donald P Barnes Boat Launch -- 12:30-2:30 PM;  2
BARNACLE GOOSE across the river on the ice to the right of the last
bridge structure.  Seen with many others.  The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was
seen at 2:30 PM from the boat launch area about half way between the
boat launch and the bridge looking towards the south.  Spotted at this
time by Olaf and Dan M from across the river.

 From Fran Zygmont:
01/25/15 - Barkhamsted yard -- 1 common Redpoll feeding with the Pine
Siskins (and Goldfinches) at the 1 PM frenzy.  (Goldfinches still out
number siskins but now by a narrow margin - ~80 to ~60.)

 From Nick Bonomo and Daniel Field:
01/25/15 - had the continuing first cycle GLAUCOUS GULL at the city
pier in New London. The bird readily comes in for food.

 From Larry Reiter:
01/25/15 - Stonington, Lambert Cove -- 5:15; Sandhill Crane showed up.
Good luck after tomorrow morning.

 From Paul Smith:
01/25/15 - Guilford, East River boat launch -- Rough-legged Hawk at
the boat launch being harassed by an owl at sunset tonight.  Not
certain of the owl's identity, possibly a Short-Eared Owl.

 From Carolyn Johns:
01/25/15 - Stonington -- I saw the Sandhill Crane flying over the
cornfield on Wheeler Road around 2:30 Sunday afternoon.  Could not
relocate at the cemetery at Lambert’s Cove. Drove back to the
cornfield but no sign of him.

 From Robert Dixon with Sunday walk (20 participants):
01/25/15 - Central Village, Quinebaug Fish Hatchery -- NORTHERN
PINTAIL (1m), WINTER WREN, WILSON'S SNIPE, SWAMP SPARROW.
Sterling yard (after the walk with the birding group) -- PINE SISKIN
(13).

 From Alex Burdo and Aidan Kiley:
01/25/15 - Fairfield, Black Rock Turnpike -- 4 BLACK VULTURE.
Fairfield Metro Conservation Area -- 1 PEREGRINE FALCON.

 From Alec Wiggin:
01/25/15 - Norwalk, Rte 7 -- 4:00 PM; counted 16 Black Vultures
dotting the iron superstructure atop Merritt 7 building #401, viewed
from hotel parking lot on east side of road looking north.


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Subject: 01/24/2015 Sandhill Crane
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:53:55 -0500
 From Mark Danforth:
01/24/15 - Stonington -- continueing Sandhill Crane at far side of
cove near RR tracks as seen from St Mary's Cemetery.
Wheeler Rd -- 3:00 PM; Sandhill Crane at back of cornfield near power
line poles.

 From Robert Dixon:
01/24/15 - Sterling, yard -- PINE SISKIN (13), BROWN CREEPER. 

 From Jory Teltser:
01/24/15 - Norwalk, 14 Acre Pond -- Drake Northern Shoveler and hen
Blue-winged Teal continue, viewed from Stonybrook Rd.

 From Jalna Jaeger and Dave Callan:
01/24/15 - Norwalk, Stonybrook Rd, 14 Acre Pond -- male Northern
Shoveler and female Blue-winged Teal.
Norwalk, Rt 7 -- 2 Black Vultures at 401 Merit 7 building.

 From Alex Burdo:
01/24/15 - Fairfield, Jennings Beach -- 1 GREAT CORMORANT (present on
Fayerweather Island in Bridgeport and scoped from the end of
Jennings).
Fairfield, Penfield Beach -- 1 PEREGRINE FALCON feeding on a
freshly-killed Sanderling.

 From Annie and Mike Perko with Marj Watson:
01/24/15 - Colchester, yard -- between 7:30 and 8:30; 1 Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker, 10 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.  9:30; 1 PINE SISKIN.


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Subject: 01/23/2015 Sandhill, Harlequin, Snowy Owl
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:32:38 -0500
 From Paul and Maureen Wolter:
01/23/15 - Stratford, Lordship/Great Meadows Marsh -- Friday
afternoon, one Snowy Owl perched on a large log in the middle of the
marsh.

 From John & Michele Barriger:
01/23/15 - Stonington, Lambert's Cove -- 12:00 to 12:30 PM; Sandhill
Crane is walking back & forth, preening, along edge of ice, just off
St Mary's Cemetary.

 From Jory Teltser with Tina Green, Sara Zagorski, and Jannie Shapiro:
01/23/15 - Stonington, Lamberts Cove -- Sandhill Crane continues
feeding and preening to the right of the bridge. Viewed from St Mary's
Cemetery.

 From Frank Gallo, Bill Banks:
01/23/15 - Fairfield, Sunken Island -- Harlequin Duck.

 From Frank Mantlik:
01/23/15 - Enfield, Connecticut River, Barnes Boat Ramp -- 2 BARNACLE
GEESE (among thousands of Canada Geese) in good light on west bank.
And at least 3 CACKLING GEESE.
Enfield, Connecticut River as viewed from St Patrick's Cemetery at
north end of Pleasant St -- male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continues, but had
to scope through trees to see the river.

 From Don Morgan:
01/23/15 - Coventry, yard -- Up to 10 Pine Siskins at my thistle
feeders this morning. First time this year I've seen more than 5.

 From Sophie Zyla with Donna Rose Smith:
01/23/15 - Stonington, Lambert s Cove -- Saw Sandhill Crane on the
edge of the waterline, viewed from St Mary's Cemetery on Stonington
Road between Collins Road and No Waters Street.
Stonington, Barn Island, marsh -- Rough-legged Hawk before the osprey
platform.

 From Sharon Abner:
01/23/15 - Danbury -- 2 Black Vultures above 235 Main St, 11:30
Friday.

 From Preston Lust:
01/23/15 - Westport -- 1 BROWN THRASHER at Bedford Middle School.
Calling by pond and flew towards the direction of Wakeman Town Farm. P

 From Paul Desjardins:
01/23/15 - Enfield -- The 2 Barnacle Geese were still present as of
3:32 this afternoon as seen from the Barnes boat launch. Also, seen
upriver from the boat launch the continuing Barrow’s Goldeneye.
4 PM; the Barrow's Goldeneye was seen from St Patricks cemetery on
pleasant street.  The Barnacles were not seen from the boat launch as
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Subject: 01/22/2015 Sandhill, Harlequin
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:35:35 -0500
 From Greg Hanisek via Tina Green:
01/22/15 - Fairfield, Sunken Island -- Harlequin Duck around 8:10 AM.

 From Russ Smiley:
01/22/15 - Stonington, St Mary's Cemetery -- 8:00 AM: Sandhill Crane
continues across cove standing in shallow water at base of railroad
tracks despite train passing and light snow.

 From Bev Propen:
01/22/15 - Stonington, St Mary's Cemetery -- Sandhill Crane seen from
the cemetery, by RR tracks in water, then moving closer onto sandbar.

 From Robert Dixon:
01/22/15 - Stonington, St Mary's Cemetery -- SANDHILL CRANE continues
9:50 AM roosting (on one leg) on the ice.
North Stonington, Parke Memorial Preserve (off Babcock Rd) -- 9:00 AM;
NORTHERN PINTAIL (4 males / 2 females). Pond mostly open.
Central Village, Quinebaug Fish Hatchery -- NORTHERN PINTAIL (1m),
WILSON'S SNIPE, WINTER WREN, PURPLE FINCH (1m).

 From Roy Harvey:
01/22/15 - Stonington, St Mary's Cemetery -- SANDHILL CRANE still
there 11:18 to 11:33.
Guilford, East River marsh/boat launch -- 1 Rough-legged Hawk toward
the sound side as seen from the boat launch. Perched except for one
short flight. Also 3 Black Vultures seen far to the north past the
railroad tracks.

 From Don Morgan:
01/22/15 - Stonington, St Mary's Cemetery -- around noon; Sandhill
Crane standing near the edge of the ice shelf as many have mentioned,
in the company of but not associating with assorted waterfowl. It
walked a bit, stood on 1 leg then 2, but overall was not very active.
About 1 PM it very suddenly took off, circled the cove once and flew
off to the northeast, in the direction of Wheeler Rd.  When I got
there about 15 minutes later it was far out in the southernmost corn
field.

 From Paul Cianfaglione:
01/22/15 - Hartford, Charter Oak Landing -- 1 first year GREAT
CORMORANT.

 From Ray Belding with Jerry Marcellino:
01/22/15 - Morris, Anderson Rd -- 2 White-crowned Sparrows feeding
under a feeder.

 From Fran Zygmont:
01/22/15 - Barkhamsted, yard -- when leaving for work (7:30) had 3-4
Common Redpoll mixed with ~60-70 Pine Siskin (and ~80 goldfinch).
Redpolls still not visiting feeder but then again I only watched for
10 minutes.

 From Elliott Ashe:
01/22/15 - New Milford, Ridge Road -- 1 Meadowlark, assumed to be
Eastern Meadowlark.

 From Angela Dimmitt:
01/21/15 - New Milford, yard -- 4 Pine Siskins at feeders.
Litchfield, White Memorial, Museum feeders -- 1 Pine Siskin.


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Subject: 01/21/2015 Sandhill, Harlequin, Mew
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:59:43 -0500
 From Greg Hanisek, Bill Banks and Bruce Finnan:
01/21/15 - Stonington -- 9:09; Sandhill Crane seen from St Mary
Cemetary across the water near right hang end of RR tracks.

 From Michaelene Komara:
01/21/15 - Stonington -- 2:10 PM; Sandhill Crane in cornfield
continues.

 From Dan Rottino:
01/21/15 - Stonington, Lambert's Cove/St Mary's Cemetery (Rte 1) -- At
5:00 PM the Sandhill Crane was on the ice behind all the waterfowl. It
walked to the bare ground at the base of the railroad tracks and was
there in the dark when I left.  Two trains came by and it didn't
budge.  Seen with two other birders but the light was poor by then and
so are the photos but the photos are recognizable.  The bird could not
be found in the cornfields at 4:25 and was not seen on the cove at
4:40.  I left and returned and there it was.

 From Annie and Mike Perko:
01/21/15 - Stonington, St Mary's Cemetary -- Sandhill Crane seen
between 11 and 11:20; bird was below railroad tracks looking across.

 From Russ Naylor via Patrick Comins:
01/21/15 - Southbury, River Rd, Mitchell Farm -- the Mew Gull was seen
on top of the farm building in the afternoon.

 From Tina Green:
01/21/15 - Fairfield, Sunken Island -- 8:15 AM; adult male Harlequin
Duck.

 From Mike Warner:
01/21/15 - Fairfield, Sunken Island -- 10:00 AM; Harlequin Duck.

 From Frank Mantlik:
01/21/15 - Fairfield, 2182 Reef Rd, Sunken Island -- male HARLEQUIN
DUCK continues straight offshore (scope advised as pretty far out). At
10:34 it took off and flew by itself to east. It went behind a beach
house for me, so don't know how Far East it went.
Bridgeport, Seaside Park -- 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS among flock of 150
Horned Larks at far west end of park on grassy field. (I did not
relocate the Cackling Goose; Canada Goose number was much reduced from
the other day.)
Stratford, Birdseye Street boatramp -- 8:05 AM; WILSON'S SNIPE in
northern ditch.
Lordship Seawall -- 8:20 AM; 1 adult NORTHERN GANNET flying east not
too far out over Sound.

 From Paul Cianfaglione:
01/21/15 - Wethersfield, Wethersfield Meadows - 1 COMMON REDPOLL, 5
flyover SNOW BUNTING.

 From Patrick Comins:
01/21/15 - Southbury, River Rd, Mitchell Farm -- a few American Pipits
there when I drove by at lunchtime.
Southbury, Bent of the River -- I was greeted as I got out of the car
this morning by a noisy flock of 50-75 Pine Siskins perched in the
cedars near the office building.

 From Dave Provencher:
01/21/15 - Waterford, Millstone Point -- Flyover Pine Siskin Wednesday
morning
Niantic Bay -- immature male Common Eider.  Despite the proximity of
Harkness Park where Eiders have occurred in varying numbers for many
years, I have never seen them in Niantic Bay.

 From Paul Desjardins:
01/21/15 - Old Lyme, Griswold Point section -- hen Common Eider.

 From Barb DeRienzo:
01/21/15 - East Haven, Brazos Road, Long Island Sound -- a lone male
Common Eider (with assorted waterfowl).

 From Paul Carrier:
01/21/15 - Harwinton, yard -- At least up to 30 Pine Siskin today at
feeder - building in numbers but no Redpoll yet.

 From Flo McBride with Arne Rosengren:
01/21/15 - Guilford, Circle Beach Road, East River marsh --
light-phase Rough-legged Hawk land on a telephone pole near the boat
launch lane at about 12:35 PM.  Several other people saw the bird
after that, as it flew to the roof of one of the houses near the lane,
and then to an adjacent rooftop.  I don't know how long it stayed
around, since we had to leave.
Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- 11 Purple Sandpipers (along
with many other shorebirds) on the breakwater and nearby beach.

 From James Good:
01/20/15 - Bethlehem,  private feeder -- Four Pine Siskins.


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Subject: 01/20/2015 Sandhill Crane
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:02:30 -0500
 From Tina Green with Sara Zagorski and Hugh Willoughby:
01/20/15 - Stonington, Lambert's Cove -- 2:00 PM; Sandhill Crane in
view from ST Mary's Cemetery, looking toward the tracks.  Bird is on
the edge of the ice, just standing there.

 From Maggie Silverman:
01/20/15 - Stonington, Wheeler Rd -- 3:45 PM; Sandhill Crane in a
cornfield as in the original report yesterday.  Third cornfield on the
right if you were driving down wheeler coming from 184.

 From Frank Mantlik, with Frank Gallo and Bob Dixon:
01/20/15 - Stonington, Wheeler Rd -- 4:10 PM; Sandhill Crane in the
southernmost cornfield along the road, south from 184 or north from
234.

 From Timothy L Thompson with Maggie Perretto:
01/20/15 - Stonington, as viewed from St Mary's Cemetery -- 5:20 PM;
looking east across the cove, at the base of Amtrak RR tracks (5th set
of double utility poles, to the right of outflow bridge) at waters
edge, SANDHILL CRANE craftily sneeking into roosting Canada Geese
looking for a comfy spot to roost.  Also much other waterfowl seen as
the fading light is escaping from my scope.
I am presuming this is one and the same bird that is feeding from the
cornfields on Wheeler road.  If so, the drive is 5 to 8 minutes
between the two locations and roughly 3 to 5 miles as the crow flies.
Both can be reached off I-95, exit 91. If you arrived heading
northbound turn right at bottom of ramp. For St Mary's, take your
third left onto North Main to Rte 1. At light go right and stay on Rte
1 and go past the Shell station. Cemetery is on your left. Use caution
as the roads are extremely narrow in the cemetery. For Wheeler
cornfields, just stay straight after taking right off exit ramp. Go
back over I-95 and take your first right onto Wheeler. Drive past
Pequot golf course and bear left at fork. Cornfields up ahead on your
left.

 From Robert Dixon with Frank Mantlik, Frank Gallo and Maggie Peretto:
01/20/15 - Stonington, Lambert's Cove and also Wheeler Road --
SANDHILL CRANE continues. Located this afternoon by Tina Green and
Sara Zagorski at Lambert's Cove (viewed from St Mary's Cemetery) and
then relocated by Frank Gallo at 4:10 pm on Wheeler Rd in the
cornfield with the little white house in the corner.  It seems the
crane feeds in this cornfield and roosts on the cove. So if it's not
in the cornfield (or you see it and it flies) check the cove (head
back down Wheeler Rd. to Flanders Rd. go right on Rte 1 and then left
into the cemetery). The crane seems to favor the ice behind the
waterfowl on the right side.

 From Don Morgan:
01/20/15 - Madison-Guilford, East River Boat launch -- morning; 2
Rough-legged Hawks.  (Lots of details in Don's original message on
CTBirds.)

 From Russ Smiley:
01/20/15 - New London, boardwalk south of City Pier -- 7:30 AM; 1st
cycle Glaucous Gull reported previously.

 From Glenn Williams:
01/20/15 - New London -- While heading to the New London City Pier to
look for the previously reported GLAUCOUS GULL, the/a Glaucous Gull
flew over the car on Bank Street.  I should mention that this bird was
originally reported as at the State Pier in New London.  This area is
restricted.  The bird has since been reported at the New London City
Pier.  I assume that this was the original location.  I have
accidentally referred to the city pier as the state pier more than a
few times, myself.  The state pier is just south of the Gold Star
Bridge.  The New London City Pier is accessible from the area where
the Fisher's Island and Orient Point ferries are near downtown New
London.

 From Daisy Echevarria:
01/20/15 - New London, pier -- before work; GLAUCOUS GULL that stole a
french fry.

 From James Winkelmann:
01/20/15 - Guilford/Madison, East River Marsh -- 2:15 PM; Rough-legged
Hawk perched in trees on left (west) of boat launch lane.  There are
actually TWO RL Hawks in the marsh, as Don Morgan originally reported.
When I and another birder left, the first was perched on the house
just to the East of the boat launch lane, and the 2nd was working the
marsh West of the lane.

 From Arthur Shippee:
01/20/15 - Hamden, North Lake Dr -- 2 Common Ravens, flying E to W,
over Hamden Land Trust lot.


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Subject: 01/19/2015 Sandhill Crane
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:46:15 -0500
 From Bob and Maureen Dewire:
01/19/15 - Stonington, along Wheeler Road --  1 SANDHILL CRANE in the
southernmost of 3 cornfields along the road.  Seen at 2:30 pm.  Has
been reported from here on and off for several days.  Best reached
from Rt. 184.  Driving east, Wheeler Road is on right.  Corn fields
about one half mile down road.

 From Tina Green with Jory Teltser and Sara Zagorski:
01/19/15 - Enfield, St Patrick's Cemetery at the end of Pleasant St --
adult male Barrow's Goldeneye continues (with group of Common
Goldeneye) feeding on the river.
East Hartford, Warehouse on Murphy Road -- First cycle Glaucous Gull
spotted sitting with crows on a building on Murphy road, but viewed
from the back of the McDonalds parking lot.
Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- Boneparte's Gull continues
but east of original location posted earlier. Walk out on Moraine
Trail for a view.

 From Bill Banks with Greg Hanisek:
01/19/15 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- One Boneparte's
Gull from just to the left And below the observation deck at Meg's
point.
Guilford/Madison line, east River marsh -- Rough-legged Hawk hovering
across the River near condos.

 From Keith Mueller:
01/19/15 - Madison, Circle Beach -- Large 1st cycle Kumlien's Iceland
Gull.  Later, previous 1st cycle and returning adult "FC" spotted by
Frank Gallo and Jacob Musser . Fifth winter for "FC" at circle beach.
Guilford, East River marsh -- hen Northern Shoveller.

 From Fran Zygmont:
01/19/15 - Barkhamsted yard -- flock of 30-40 Common Redpolls dropped
in to the backyard trees for about 5 minutes.  They did not visit the
feeders but sure it's just a matter of time (if they return).  Pine
Siskins continue though (~40) (among the ~75 goldfinch).

 From Maggie Peretto:
01/19/15 - Manchester, corner of Hilliard and Duval -- Seven Black
Vultures (and one Turkey vulture) feeding.

 From Frank Mantlik:
01/19/15 - Bridgeport, Iranistan Ave, Seaside Park -- 1 CACKLING GOOSE
(among about 1000 Canada Geese) on rain-pooled ballfields.

 From Bill Batsford:
01/19/15 - New Haven -- Previously reported Iceland Gull seen from
Front Street.  Gull on pier on the Front Street side of river just
south of Lombard St about 4 PM.
Guilford, Guilford Marsh, seen from boat launch at end of Neck Road --
Rough-legged Hawk continues.

 From Ray Belding:
01/19/15 - Goshen, Goshen Wildlife Management Area -- Rough-legged
Hawk continues.

 From Tim Antanaitis:
01/19/15 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- 1 Common Eider
alone on water at end of moraine trail.  2+ Snow Bunting in a flock of
about 25 birds (mostly horned larks) at end of moraine trail.

 From Sarah Faulkner:
01/19/15 - New Haven, Long Wharf -- a very wet peregrine falcon landed
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Subject: 01/18/2015 Barrow's Goldeneye
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 21:39:09 -0500
 From Bill Asteriades:
01/18/15 - Enfield, Barnes Boat Launch -- drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE.
The bird was feeding near the Rt 190 bridge which may best be accessed
via the end of South River Street (viewed from the road). The birds
are quite active so it could be in a large range from the Rt 190
bridge north to the cemetery. Record picture posted to eBird.

 From Jim and Carol Zipp:
01/18/15 - Hamden, yard -- 23 Rusty Blackbirds.  Pretty much on
schedule for our backyard, Rusty Blackbird numbers have begun to
build.  Typically mid Jan is when the become more regular. For the
last few weeks it's only been a few here and there.  Also a single
Pine Siskin at the thistle (with the goldfinch).

 From Dan Rottino:
01/18/15 - Guilford, East River Marsh off circle Beach Rd (coming in
from Neck Rd in Madison) -- 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at 9:30 AM, perched on
post near osprey platform and also flew to nearby houses to perch.  At
11 AM the bird has returned to the post on the entry road to the boat
launch.

 From Ted Culotta:
01/18/15 - Madison, Neck Rd boat launch -- 3:50 PM; the very
waterlogged Rough-legged Hawk was still present.  It moved from the
Osprey platform to a bare tree branch to a post in the marsh grass.

 From Mary Mushinsky:
01/18/15 - New Haven -- Iceland Gull visible in Quinnipiac River from
Fargeorge Preserve (Quinnipiac Meadows) birdwatcher's blind (in New
Haven) (or you can view from Front St on west bank).

 From Robert Dixon:
01/18/15 - Central Village, Quinebaug Fish Hatchery -- Sunday Walk
highlights included NORTHERN PINTAIL (drake), BROWN CREEPER, PURPLE
FINCH (1f).
Sterling, yard, feeders -- with birding group after the walk; PINE
SISKIN (8).

 From Chris Loscalzo:
01/18/15 - Stratford, Birdseye Boat Ramp -- the American Bittern was
still present this morning, affording excellent views as it stood and
pursued prey in the marsh grass at high tide.  Seen by the intrepid
(and rain-soaked) New Haven Bird Club field trip participants.

 From  Aidan Kiley and Erika Kiley:
01/18/15 - Milford, Milford Point -- 1 Northern Pintail, 20 Snow
Buntings.
Stratford, Birdseye Boat Ramp -- 2 AMERICAN BITTERNS.  One was first
found in grasses.  During this time, another bittern flew in from a
different direction.  Prior to the 2nd bird flying in, the first bird
never flew away.



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Subject: 01/17/2015 Painted Bunting
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:11:18 -0500
 From Michael Lee:
01/17/15 - Stamford, Cove Island Park -- I was with Dave Winston in
the morning when the Painted Bunting was not seen from next to the
tennis court. I stayed after he left and a birder came out from the
trail thru the woods behind where we were watching (from the back of
the tennis court to Cove Road).  She saw the Painted Bunting briefly
at about 11:40 and it flew in our direction, but we did not see it. I
walked the short trail twice but did not see the bird. Another birder
tried the trail about 2:00pm and saw the bird briefly. At my request
he kindly took me to the exact spot. At 3:30pm I finally saw the bird
in a low bush right next to the trail. If it had not been changing
positions I would never have seen it.  Thank you to the birders who
supplied help.

 From Bill Banks:
01/17/15 - Stratford, Birdseye St boar ramp -- American Bittern was
visible on the sewage outfall in the grasses in the middle of the
runout.  Tide was pretty high.

 From Hugh McQuillan:
01/17/15 - Salisbury, yard -- 5 Pine Siskins at feeder.

 From Bill Batsford:
01/17/15 - ?????, Hartford Reservoir 6 -- 9 AM; Snow Goose continues
on ice at far north part of reservoir.

 From Tina Green With Jory Teltser:
01/17/15 - Litchfield, White Memorial Feeders -- 9:10 AM; Common
Redpoll seen briefly at nyjer feeder with Pine Siskins.
Goshen, Goshen WMA -- Light adult Rough-legged Hawk spotted by Tina,
sitting in a tree on the far side of the field.

 From Jason Rieger:
01/17/15 - Stratford, Long Beach -- LAPLAND LONGSPUR along grassy area
beyond parking lot.

 From Don Morgan:
01/17/15 - Coventry, yard -- A couple of days ago I had 1 Pine Siskin
on my nyjer feeder,  for the first time in a few years. Today there
are at least 5 on the feeder at  one time.

 From Carolyn Johns:
01/17/15 - Guilford, yard -- Pine Siskins at my feeders for the first
time this year.

 From Bo Hopkins with Dave Alpeter and a few others:
01/17/15 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- around 1:30 PM;
good looks at Grasshopper sparrow, farthest north west corner of Meigs
parking lot - just across the road to Willard's Island.

 From Paul Desjardins:
01/17/15 - Southbury -- morning; looked in vain for the Mew Gull.
Consolation prize was an adult Iceland Gull resting on the frozen
river.

 From Jim Bair:
01/17/15 - Southbury, River Rd -- 2:00 to 3:30; Greater White-fronted
Goose.  (No New Gull.)

 From Preston Lust:
01/17/15 - Fairfield, Fairfield Beach -- 1 FOX SPARROW, 20 LESSER
SCAUP.
Sunken Island -- 50 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS.

 From Robert Dixon:
01/17/15 - Sterling yard -- at the feeders today, PINE SISKIN (4),
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (1f).

 From Ted Gilman:
01/17/15 - Greenwich, Audubon Center -- YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
feeding and calling along western edge of apple orchard.

 From Aidan Kiley:
01/17/15 - Fairfield, Trader Joe's parking lot -- 3 Black Vultures
sitting on top of the bank on Black Rock Turnpike.

 From Robert Braunfield:
01/17/15 - New London, State Pier --  Juv. GLAUCOUS GULL still present
at pier, sitting on railing.



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Subject: 01/16/2015 N Shrike
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 23:33:02 -0500
 From Bill Banks with Greg Hanisek:
01/16/15 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows State Park -- The Northern Shrike
was again present this morning in the top of a large tree, just to the
left of the Yellow Gate.

 From Jory Teltser with Tina Green and Debbie McTigue:
01/16/15 - Stratford, Birdseye Boat Ramp -- American Bittern seen on
the South side of the water treatment outflow channel.

 From Patrick Comins:
01/16/15 - Southbury -- The Greater White-fronted Goose continues on
Lake Zoar, down "river" from Mitchell Farm.  It was in the first group
of geese I encountered coming up River Road from the east.

 From Brendan Murtha:
01/16/15 - Norwalk -- While walking through a swampy area at the Dolce
Center, I flushed an AMERICAN WOODCOCK that flew off through the
woods.  I nearly had a heart attack!

 From Leslie Meredith:
01/16/15 - Westport -- My dog flushed an American Woodcock this
morning at 5 on our lane.  I couldn't believe my ears so I discounted
it thinking it was a month too early!

 From Pam Holden:
01/16/15 - Colchester, yard -- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker has been
frequenting suet feeder for several days.

 From Kevin Burgio with Carrie Cizauskas:
01/16/15 - Hamden/New Haven, East Rock Park -- 1 BROWN CREEPER, 1
COMMON RAVEN.

 From John Oshlick:
01/16/15 - New Haven, Fargorge Preserve -- 1 first cycle Iceland Gull
seen from Front Street (across the Q river).

 From  Robert Dixon:
01/16/15 - Sterling yard feeders -- YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (1f).
Today Linda had a first for the year PINE SISKIN (just one) (in with
the American Goldfinches).

 From SH Johnston:
01/16/15 - New Britain - 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS (adult male and female)
continue right in the heart of downtown. Very active and visible. Easy
to park and watch from the comfort of one's car. One came right down
the street, about 25 ft off the ground!
Farmington, yard -- YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continues at suet.
Farmington Meadows (Meadow Road) -- 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (light); I got
great looks at it hovering before the resident Red-tail chased it off,
sending it north.



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Subject: 01/15/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:50:19 -0500
 From Paul Cianfaglione:
01/15/15 -  Hartford, 143 Murphy Road (behind All Waste Recycling) --
1 first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL was back again on top of the roof of
recycling plant.

 From Russ Smiley:
01/15/15 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows -- 8:40 AM; Northern Shrike seen
south of dam across marsh beyond yellow gate.

 From Bev Propen with Judy Moore:
01/15/15 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows State Park -- nice views of the
Northern Shrike about 10:10 AM, past the yellow metal gates by the
dam, well camouflaged in low thickets, then flying around the frozen
marshy area and perching in some low trees.

 From Michaelene Komara:
01/15/15 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows State Park -- 2:25 PM; Northern
Shrike continues.  Last seen flying into marsh south of dam. Was first
spotted in tree top in the line of trees behind center duck box. Then
flew towards the river and hunkered down momentarily in bittersweet
tangles. Then flew to tree top just north of boat launch. Then flew to
tallest tree near yellow gate, then to tree top mid-dam, finally into
marsh south of dam.

 From Mike Van Valen:
01/12/15 - Norwalk -- One Black Vulture soaring above Route 7.
01/15/15 - Norwalk -- Two Black Vulture above my neighborhood.
(There are sometimes 6 or 7 black vultures sitting on the rooftop of
the Stop and Shop plaza on route 7.)

 From Stefan Martin:
01/15/15 - Greenwich -- 4:20 PM; an Adult Northern Gannet plunge
diving mid-sound at Tod's Point. South end of Eagle Pond.  2 Adults on
the water mid sound 4:30.

 From Robert Dixon:
01/15/15 - Pawcatuck -- 1:45 PM; GOLDEN EAGLE soaring in slow lazy
circles (vulture like) over Hawley St. Bird had small dark head,
uniform clean (not messy) dark brown body. Very distinctive
silhouette. Also several YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS around town.

 From Mary Mushinsky:
01/15/15 - New Haven, Long Wharf -- one Black Vulture, above.

 From Brian Toal via Sara Zagorski:
01/15/15 - West Hartford/Bloomfield, Hartford Reservoir 6 -- Iceland
Gull seen hanging out with the many geese at the back of the
reservoir.

 From Paul Carrie:
01/14/15 - Litchfield, Townfarm Rd, by the corn rows -- 2 Snow Bunting
(with 80 plus Horned Lark).
Harwinton, yard -- a flock of 10 Pine Siskin (within the Goldfinch).

 From Kevin Finnan:
01/14/15 - Goshen, yard -- 10 Pine Siskins (with Goldfinch flock).
find it notable that this is the first time the Pine Siskins are
visiting feeders.

 From Fran Zygmont:
01/14/15 - Barkhamsted, yard -- 65 Pine Siskins (mixed in among 130+
goldfinches). Siskin numbers were just 11 over the past weekend.

 From Paul Desjardins:
01/14/15 - Bloomfield, reservoir 6 -- morning; Snow Goose continues.
(This section of reservoir 6 is in Bloomfield._

 From Tina Green with Sara Zagorski and Maggie Peretto:
01/14/15 - Canaan, Cobble Road feeders -- 2 Pine Siskins.
Goshen -- 4 Purple Finches (2 males, 2 females).
Litchfield, White Memorial Foundation, main area -- 2 Red-breasted
Nuthatches calling.
Litwin Road -- female Ring-neck Pheasant crossing the road.

 From Howie Sternberg:
01/14/15 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows -- 1 Northern Shrike at 3:40 PM on
top of big tree at northwest corner of boat launch parking lot,
directly above my car.

 From Angela Dimmitt:
01/14/15 - New Milford, yard -- 1 Pine Siskin at feeder.


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Subject: 01/12/2015 N Shrike, Painted Bunting
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 23:34:19 -0500
 From Howie Sternberg:
01/13/15 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows State Park -- 1 Northern Shrike at
2:15 PM in bushes north of boat launch just beyond the two small "no
parking beyond this sign" signs. Came out of the bushes for some sun
and went back in after having been harassed by the resident Mocking
Bird.

 From Annie and Mike Perko:
01/13/15 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows State Park -- Northern Shrike
continues on North side of boat ramp after 1st picnic area feeding on
a bird low in bush at 10:40 AM. then top of tree 50 feet further North
at about 11:05 AM.

 From Annette Cunniffe with Maggie Peretto:
01/13/15 - Greenwich, Greenwich Point -- American Pipit.
Stamford, Cover Island Park -- We had the Painted Bunting in the
morning around 10:00.

 From Paul Cianfaglione:
01/13/15 - West Hartford, Reservoir #6 -- 1 SNOW GOOSE continues, 4
flyover PURPLE FINCH.

 From Charles Makarewich:
01/13/15 - Kent Hollow, yard --  First of the season, 13 Pine Siskins
at our feeders.

 From Roy Zartarian:
01/13/15 - Hartford/Wethersfield, Cedar Hill Cemetery -- one
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER seen in the trees bordering the main pond
immediately beyond the cemetery entrance

 From Mike Warner:
01/13/15 - Fairfield, South Pine Creek -- one Fox Sparrow at the
parking lot near the black pipes before the bridge.

 From Arthur Shippee:
01/13/15 - Hamden, North Lake -- 1 Rusty Blackbird:  different bird
from 1/11, much more brown.

 From Tina Green:
01/13/15 - Bridgeport, Seaside Park -- Lapland Longspur (with a flock
of Horned Larks) at the very west end of the park.  FYI, Greg Hanisek
found the Longspur earlier today and I learned about it from my eBird
"needs alerts" which popped up on my email and I saw it while
finishing a class.  I encourage those that do not use eBird to start
using it now. It is easy to use,even for someone like me who is
"technology challenged". 

 From Scott Kruitbosch:
01/13/15 - Stratford yard -- 2 PINE SISKIN flying around the
neighborhood in the late morning, the first I have seen in a couple of
months.

 From James Winkelmann:
01/13/15 - Southbury, River Road/Mitchell Farm -- 1 Peregrine Falcon
(seen over field East of Purchase Brook Rd, just N of Mitchell Farm),
3 Pine Siskin along River Road heading back to I-84.


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Subject: 01/12/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 23:55:58 -0500
Note: Nothing to report for today, but one new report from yesterday.


 From SH Johnston:
01/11/15 - New Britain, Downtown -- 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS (adult male
and female) - Very active in and around downtown, chasing pigeons,
consuming prey, preening, interacting, vocalizing. I watched them for
three hours. Both rested and preened atop 160 Main Street (5-story
office building, liquor store on ground floor). The male consumed a
pigeon while resting atop TD bank, two doors down. The male also found
a commanding perch a few inches below the high spire of South Church
(90 Main Street). I was able to observe both birds and did not see
bands on either one. I watched them until nearly dusk; I hope to get
back there this week to see if they are still hanging about. Gorgeous
pearly grey birds. Noisy! Amazing that not a single pedestrian seemed
to notice these grand birds swooping, stooping, screaming, and even
pooping on the sidewalk from five stories up!


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Subject: 01/11/2015 N Shrike, C Redpolls
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 22:47:54 -0500
 From Elliott Ashe:
01/11/15 - New Milford, Candlelight Farm -- I had a flock of about 20
Common Redpolls swarming a birch tree.

 From Russ Smiley:
01/11/15 - West Hartford, MDC Reservoir #6 -- 9:30 AM; Snow Goose
continues at north end of Reservoir #6 off Route 44.

 From Bill Asteriades:
01/11/15 - Rocky Hill, Rocky Hill Meadows -- at least 400 HORNED LARK
(high count) and LAPLAND LONGSPUR.

 From Bo Hopkins with Cynthia Ehlinger:
01/11/15 - Greenwich, Grass Island -- around 10 AM; 1 Redhead, Lesser
Scaup.

 From Greg Hanisek:
01/11/15 - Stratford, Long Beach -- one female COMMON EIDER (in large
scattered flock of Common Goldeneyes and Long-tailed Ducks).

 From Arthur Shippee:
01/11/15 - Hamden, North Lake -- 1 Rusty Blackbird; first of season.

 From John Triana:
01/11/15 - Prospect -- 2 Common Raven on top of Long River Middle
School, eating something.

 From Bruce Stevenson:
01/11/15 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows State Park -- One Northern Shrike at
3:30 PM.

 From Alex Burdo:
01/11/15 - Fairfield -- 12:05; adult male COMMON EIDER off of Pine
Creek Beach. It was very likely also viewable from Sunken Island, and
in fact might have been more easily seen from that location.

 From  Alex Burdo:
01/11/15 - Fairfield, Fairfield Metro Conservation Area -- 2 PEREGRINE
FALCON, 2 AMERICAN PIPIT.
Pine Creek Beach -- 12:05; adult male COMMON EIDER off the beach. It
was very likely also viewable from Sunken Island, and in fact might
have been more easily seen from that location.
Sunken Island -- The COMMON EIDER was also seen here (better views
than Pine Creek Beach; seen with Aidan and Erika Kiley) as well as 1
flyby RED-NECKED GREBE.
Jennings Beach -- 2 REDHEAD (male/female), seen extremely well (in the
company of a flock of Greater Scaup and Bufflehead).

 From Doug Beach:
01/11/15 - South Windsor, South side of Vibert Road -- 4:00 PM; at
least one Snow Bunting (in a very large flock of Horned Larks).

 From Robert Dixon and 10 other birders:
01/11/15 - Central Village, Quinebaug Fish Hatchery -- Sunday walk
highlights included WILSON'S SNIPE, SWAMP SPARROW (2).
Sterling yard -- (with the birding group after the walk) female
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER.
Central Village, Quinebaug Fish Hatchery -- Return trip in the
afternoon with Tim Thompson -- WILSON'S SNIPE (3), WINTER WREN, BROWN
CREEPER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, SWAMP SPARROW (3).

 From Aidan Kiley:
01/11/15 - Fairfield, Sunken Island -- 1 male Common Eider seen with
other ducks.

 From Ralph Amodei:
01/11/15 - East Haven, Foxon area -- 10:15 AM; constant Common Raven
calling with crows.

 From Annie and Mike Perko:
01/11/15 - Colchester, yard -- 7:15 to 10 AM; Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
(2 this morning), 4 Rusty Blackbirds, for the fourth day in a row.
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Subject: 01/10/2015 Gyr, Mew Gull, N Shrike
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 23:54:31 -0500
 From Mike Moccio:
01/10/15 - Stamford -- 11:30 AM off of Soundview Ave I observed a
large dark bird flying slowly west obviously different than others.  I
was able to scope it and observed a falcon shape being harassed by a
herring gull. They were approximately the same size. This ruled out
peregrine. I also observed a darker phase, blunted wing tips, thick
wings, slow stiff wing beats.  Conclusion: Gyrfalcon.

 From Phil Rusch with Glenn Williams and Bob Dewire:
01/10/15 - Southbury, River Rd, Mitchell Farm -- a very frustratingly
brief, 5-10 second look at the Adult "Common" Mew Gull in the field at
the corner of River Road and Purchase Brook Road.  As I was passing
the scope over to Bob, the flock took flight, never to regroup as one
flock.  We never had a sniff of the bird again. A very frustrating day
of gull searching.  Other birds seen included 6-8 American Pipits, 2-3
Lesser Black-backed Gull including 1 adult and 1 or 2 first cycle
birds, and a first winter Golden Eagle.  Also others saw the
continuing Greater White-fronted Goose on the river.

 From Paul Desjardins:
01/10/15 - Southbury, River Rd, Mitchell Farm -- To add to the list of
birds seen today after the other birders left I observed a Winter Wren
nearby along the river.

 From Tina Green with Kory Teltser:
01/10/15 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows State Park -- Northern Shrike
continues north of boat launch.

 From Jannie Shapiro with Dan Rottino:
01/10/15 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows State Park -- Northern Shrike seen
in same location behind the yellow gate by first duck box.

 From Dave Winston:
01/10/15 - Stamford, Cove Island Park -- 11:00 Am; Painted Bunting on
the edge of Cove Woods, North of Tennis Courts, Same area.  Seen by
Frank & Linda Mantlik, Mike & Wanda Moccio, Stephan Martin & Myself.
Bird Flew across the street sat in the sun by a neighbors front steps
to feed on old Pokeweed fruit, for very nice looks.  Approx 11:15 Bird
flew back South into the woods edge by the tennis courts.

 From Russ Smiley:
01/10/15 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- 8:0 AM, ld!;
Iceland Gull adult east of jetty.  8:50 AM; Grasshopper Sparrow
continues in same location.

 From Carol & Gary Lemmon:
01/10/15 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- Grasshopper
Sparrow seen around 11:25 AM in north end of the field behind the
nature center where it is usually found.

 From Jory Teltser with Sara Zagorski and Tina Green:
01/10/15 - West Hartford, Hartford Reservoir #6 -- Continuing Greater
White-fronted Goose, seen at far edge of the Reservoir, down the
trail.  A Snow Goose was seen toward the beginning of the trail
were the ice stops.

 From Frank & Linda Mantlik, with others:
01/10/15 - Stamford, Cove Is Park -- Adult male PAINTED BUNTING
appeared in thickets just north of tennis courts 10:30. Then flew N
across road to brown house, where it fed on dried Pokeweed berries
near front step.

 From Donna Caporaso:
01/10/15 - Stratford, Birdseye  boat ramp -- Wilson's Snipe at stream
between two parking areas.

 From Shari & Val Guarino:
01/10/15 - Southington, yard -- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at suet for
the past three days.

 From Maria Stockmal:
01/10/15 - New Haven, Long Warf -- Great Cormorant.
Milford, Silver Sands State Park -- Vesper Sparrow.

 From Jim Bair:
01/10/15 - Southbury, River Rd -- Golden Eagle, Greater White-fronted
Goose.

 From Maggie & Jack Peretto with Paul Smith:
01/10/15 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park, Middle Beach -- 1 Snow
Bunting (with flock of Horned Larks).

 From Tim Antanaitis:
01/10/15 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- There was a juvenile
Glaucous Gull at 1:15 PM today, 20 feet from shore right near the
jetty.  Also 1 Snow Bunting (mixed in with the horned larks) in the
nature center field/lot.

 From Paul Carrier:
01/10/15 - Bristol -- Saw a Rough-legged Hawk flying over an open
field on Preston Rd.

 From Aidan Kiley:
01/10/15 - Stratford, Birdseye Boat Ramp -- 1 Wilson's Snipe in creek,
1 Great Cormorant.
Fairfield, yard -- 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

 From Nancy Morand:
01/10/15 - Durham, Banta Lane -- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

 From Alex Burdo:
01/09/15 - airfield, Morehouse Lane -- 1 BLACK VULTURE.
01/10/15 - Fairfield, Ash Creek Open Space -- 1 EURASIAN WIGEON.
Fairfield, Perry's Mill Ponds -- 1 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 1 BROWN
CREEPER, 1 WINTER WREN.

 From Dave Provencher:
01/09/15 - Preston -- While crossing over the Thames River on the
Mohegan-Pequot Bridge (Rt 2) shortly before the gloaming, a Peregrine
Falcon crossed northerly above the bridge. Likely a female. Never have
had a Peregrine along that bridge before.
Waterford -- Peregrine Falcons are still resident at Millstone
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Subject: 01/09/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Fri, 09 Jan 2015 21:27:35 -0500
 From Donna Caporaso:
01/09/15 - Stratford, Birdseye Boat Ramp -- just before 8 AM; Wilson's
Snipe in stream between the two parking lots, near white guard rail.

 From Russ Smiley, John Marshall:
01/09/15 - Stratford, Sikorsky Estuary Walk -- 12:15 PM; one
Orange-crowned Warbler along the parkway where previously reported.

 From Chuck Imbergamo:
01/09/15 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- 4:15 PM;
Grasshopper Sparrow in the north side of the Nature Center lot.  He
looks to be OK and was eating quite a bit.

 From Russ Smiley:
01/09/15 - Milford, Silver Sands State Park -- 5:00 PM: Short-eared
Owl spotted by Tom Murray flying over field beyond fence to northwest
of parking lot. It landed on fence for good extended views in the
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Subject: 01/08/2015 Mew Gull
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2015 22:54:46 -0500
 From Keith Mueller via Patrick Comins:
01/08/15 - Southbury, River Road, Mitchell Farm -- Keith had the Mew
Gull Thursday morning just before Patrick stopped by on the way to
work.

 From Patrick Comins:
01/08/15 - Southbury, River Road, Mitchell Farm -- There were two
second cycle Lesser Black-backed Gulls present in the farm gull flock
today.  There was mention of the Iceland Gull being present earlier.
No further sign of the Mew/Common Gull since the AM.  Also a couple of
Common Ravens and 2 White-crowned Sparrows in the area,

 From Nick Bonomo via Patrick Comins:
01/08/15 - Southbury, River Road -- morning; Greater White-fronted
Goose further down river from the Mitchel farm.

 From Paul Cianfaglione:
01/08/15 - South Windsor, Strong Road -- 1 LAPLAND LONGSPUR, 1
PEREGRINE FALCON.  Also, perched along 1-291, 3 BLACK VULTURE.

 From James Sherwonit:
01/08/15 - Stratford, Sikorsky Walkway/Bikeway -- Orange-crowned
Warblers (2) still in same area as previously reported.

 From Shaun Martin:
01/08/15 - Greenwich, Grass Island -- Drake Redhead, presumably the
same bird seen in the area yesterday.

 From Tina Green:
01/08/15 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park --  found the orange
variant House Finch that's been hanging around the Hammonasset nature
center dead on the ground with no apparent cause of death.
Lyme, Hamburg Cove -- flushed an American Woodcock.

 From Bill Banks:
01/08/15 - Milford, Silver Sands State Park -- Short-eared Owl seen
hunting along fence at 4:40 PM. West of parking lots.

 From Frank Mantlik:
01/08/15 - Stratford, Prospect Drive, Stratford Point -- 1st-winter
male BLACK SCOTER below bluff.
Note: Gate to the point has often been closed this winter.

 From Mike Warner:
01/08/15 - Stratford, Raven Pond -- 3:15 PM; Northern Pintail (f.)
preening.
Stratford, Short Beach -- 5 PM; flock of about 30 Snow Buntings.


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Subject: 01/07/2015 Mew Gull
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2015 23:40:52 -0500
 From Patrick Comins:
01/07/15 - Southbury, River Road, Mitchell Farm -- One first cycle
Iceland Gull this morning as I drove by on the way to work.
Bent of the River -- Two Purple Finches at the feeders at the Bent in
the morning.

 From Frank Gallo:
01/07/15 - Southbury, River Road -- The Mew Gull and Greater
White-fronted Goose were on the river at 11 AM. The gull flew.

 From Patrick Comins, Ken Elkins, Ron Pelletier, and Russ Naylor:
01/07/15 - Southbury, River Road, Mitchell Farm -- 12:30; the Mew Gull
(aka Common Gull) was on the river.  It was actually on the lawn
across the river near the real estate sign.  It briefly landed on the
river a bit closer to us.  The Greater White-fronted Goose was present
(close to shore among the Canada Geese).

 From Tina Green:
01/07/15 - Westport, Burying Hill Beach -- Lesser Black-backed Gull
continues on the beach at the edge of the water.

 From Tina Green & NHBC 1st Wednesday group:
01/07/15 - 1 Black Vulture, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Common Raven, 3 Fox
Sparrow.

 From Paul Cianfaglione:
01/07/15 - Hartford, Riverside Park Boat Launch -- 10 NORTHERN
PINTAIL.

 From Sean Murtha:
01/07/15 - Greenwich -- Redhead seen from the little bridge on Oneida
Drive in Greenwich (off Steamboat Road), shadowing an annoyed-looking
Black Duck.

 From Robert Braunfield:
01/07/15 - New London. New London Pier -- Juv Glaucous Gull sitting on
fence, benches, etc at the pier, Very relaxed and tame.

 From Bruce Stevenson:
01/07/15 - Westport, Burying Hill Beach -- One LESSER BLACK-BACKED
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Subject: 01/06/2015 Mew Gull, N Shrike, P Bunt
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 06 Jan 2015 22:33:18 -0500
 From Stefan Martin with Frank Mantlik, Ryan MacLean, Angela Dimmitt:
01/06/15 - Southbury -- 11:15; MEW GULL preening in group on field
behind barn.

 From Frank Mantlik, with Stefan Martin and Ryan MacLean:
01/06/15 - Southbury, River Rd -- 12:30; GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE,
calling (among Canada Goose flock) on the river south of Mitchell
Farm.
1:35; also 1st-cycle ICELAND GULL and 2nd-cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULL now on grassy hillside above farm buildings.

 From Ryan Maclean:
01/06/15 - Southbury, River Rd -- MEW GULL made a second brief
appearance around 1:15 in the same field behind the Mitchell Farm
barns before it quickly disappeared again.  Also 3 White-Crowned
Sparrows and a flock of 8-10 American Pipits around the brushy
areas/pumpkin patch at Mitchell Farm.

 From Greg Hanisek:
01/06/15 - Southbury, River Rd -- MEW GULL was on river about 2:45 PM.

 From Lisa Wahle:
01/06/15 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows State Park -- 9:30; Northern Shrike
in plain view atop tree by River. Second picnic area north of boat
launch.  Flew around 9:40.

 From Howie Sternberg:
01/06/15 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows State Park -- 1 Northern Shrike
observed from the east end of the fish hatchery dam. At 12:05 PM, the
Northern Shrike flew from the middle of the fish hatchery dam and
landed half way up a tree along east edge of fish hatchery 100 feet
north of the fish hatchery yellow gate entrance. Perched for about 15
seconds, it then flew to the west side of fish hatchery and was lost
from view. Not enough time to photograph, but recognized markings and
behavior of the Northern Shrike from previous sightings by the Haddam
Meadows State Park fish hatchery. Nearby Blue Jays, Chickadees and
Juncos called their alarms and scattered away. Again observed on a day
with little to no wind.

 From Tina Green with Sara Zagorski and Patrick Dugan:
01/06/15 - Stamford, Cove Island Park -- Painted Bunting seen shortly
after 9 AM at the NW corner of the tennis courts in some artemisia
briefly before disappearing into the brush.

 From Flo McBride:
01/06/15 - Hamden, yard -- Two Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were working
and moving around close together on the spruce by our back porch at 8
am this morning, and one was working and calling there at 9:45.

 From John Oshlick:
01/06/15 - New Haven, Long Wharf -- 3 Great Cormorants.
Criscuolo Park -- 1st cycle Iceland gull sitting on the top of a
building across the Q river.

 From Paul Cianfaglione:
01/06/15 - Farmington, Riverside Cemetery (behind cemetery in
Farmington River) -- 1 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE.

 From Angela Dimmitt:
01/06/15 - New Milford, yard -- 6 Pine Siskins (NOT at feeders).

 From Bill Batsford:
01/06/15 - Meriden, Hanover Pond -- 2 Redhead continue.

 From Gil Salk:
01/06/15 - Hebron, yard -- First of season Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker at
my feeders.

 From Sara Zagorski:
01/06/15 - West Hartford Reservoir 6, off RT 44 -- Greater
White-fronted Goose previously reported by Bill Asteraides continues
at the back of Res. 6 in West Hartford. You must drive to the very
back parking lot and then walk down a short trail to view the geese.

 From Annette Cunniffe with Maggie Peretto:
01/06/15 - Greenwich, Greenwich Point -- 16 Snow Buntings on the
bluff.

 From Lisa Wahle:
01/05/15 - Waterford, 14 New Shore Road -- Dickcissel seen at feeder
late in the day on Saturday CBC in company of house sparrows and other
feeder birds.  Seen again Sunday and Monday.  Checked in with the
property owner to be sure they were okay with folks coming to look
into their yard. Please stay in the road while observing.


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Subject: 01/05/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Mon, 05 Jan 2015 23:46:40 -0500
 From Tina Green:
01/05/15 - Southbury, south of Mitchell Farm and the Shepaug Dam on
the west bank of the Housatonic River on River Road -- Mew Gull
continues before flying off.  I spotted the bird while it was roosting
with a large flock but it was indeed on an edge as Keith had said. The
head shape and dark eye alerted me as I could not see the legs at that
point until a bird blocking our view moved.  Patrick  Comins looked
through my scope and confirmed my ID.  Unfortunately only 3 of us got
to see it before it flew but at least we know it's still around.

 From Dave Winston:
01/05/15 - Stamford, Cove Island Park -- The Painted Bunting showed up
at 10:15, a bit later this morning than past visits.

 From Frank Mantlik:
01/05/15 - Stamford, Cove Island Park -- male PAINTED BUNTING flew in
to dense thicket at 1:45, remaining in view only 5 seconds before
going deeper into thicket. Also 1 Winter Wren.
Westport, Burying Hill Beach -- adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.
Milford, Silver Sands State Park -- 1 SHORT-EARED OWL appeared in
flight over old landfill after sunset at 5:05. Two American Woodcock
also seen.

 From Frank Gallo:
01/05/15 - Norwalk. 14-acre Pond -- noon; A female Blue-winged Teal
with a male Northern Shoveler.

 From James Purcell:
01/05/15 - Fairfield -- a Bonaparte's Gull in the water, one jetty
west of Penfield Reef.

 From Lauren DeGennaro:
01/05/15 - Woodbridge -- before work I spotted a Peregrine Falcon
chasing some rock pigeons over a parking lot off Route 63.

 From Annie and Mike Perko:
01/05/15 - Colchester yard -- Brown Creeper.
Deep River, Smyth Sanctuary -- 11:30; 2 Northern Pintail.
Old Lyme, the Deep -- 12:15; Peregrine Falcon sitting on bridge
pilings while another one flew over our heads as we were looking at
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Subject: 01/04/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sun, 04 Jan 2015 23:31:15 -0500
 From Janis LaPointe:
01/04/15 - Enfield, yard -- In the brush at the edge of my yard today
in Enfield, Brown Thrasher. Quite a nice surprise for Jan 4.

 From Angela Dimmitt:
01/04/15 - Southbury/Mitchell's Farm -- noon-ish; 1st winter Iceland
Gull in "pumpkin" field along river.  No sign of Mew gull.

 From Bev Propen:
01/04/15 - Milford, Silver Sands State Park -- 4:50 PM; Pair of
Short-eared Owls seen well with about a dozen birders.   One sat in a
tree, then flew to  the chain link fence;  another flew left over the
high mound, and both flew together as we were all leaving, giving nice
departing views.

 From Alex Burdo:
01/04/15 - Fairfield, Hoydens Hill Open Space -- 1 YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER, 2 WINTER WREN, 1 BROWN THRASHER, 1 FOX SPARROW. In total, 6
woodpecker species and 8 sparrow species were recorded.


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Subject: 01/03/2015 Mew Gull
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sat, 03 Jan 2015 22:53:58 -0500
 From Nick Bonomo:
01/03/15 - Southbury, Lake Zoar (River Road) near Mitchell Farm --
adult MEW GULL (often called Common Gull) along the Housatonic River
area below the Shepaug Dam in Southbury today. The bird was seen
roosting on the west bank of the river, roosting in fields at Mitchell
Farm, and perching atop the farm buildings. Sightings ranged from noon
to about 2pm, when the snow really started to come down and most of
the gulls dispersed. The farm is at the intersection of River Rd and
Purchase Brook Rd. After comparing images, this looks to be the same
individual found by Patrick Comins last winter that stuck around for a
few days.  Also present were a first cycle ICELAND GULL and a second
cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

 From Dave Winston:
01/03/15 - Stamford, Cove Island Park -- Well right on schedule
Patrick Dugan spotted the painted Bunting at 9:30 in the same area as
yesterday.  The edge of the woods to the North of the tennis court in
Stamford’s Cove Island Park The bird gave good looks to quite a few
very happy birders.  It flew North again with a brief stop at my
house.
128 Cove Rd (Dave Winston's yard across the street from Cove Island
Park) -- If you come to look for the bunting, check out my bird feeder
at my house.  Juvy Dickcissel hung out all day with the house sparrows
at the feeder or under it.  Picnic table and chairs between the houses
will give good views.

 From Tommy & Linda Self, Scott Tsagarakis, and Glenn Williams:
01/03/15 - Groton Long Point (west side) -- 421 COMMON EIDER, BROWN
THRASHER.  I don't recall ever seeing that many Common Eider in
Connecticut waters before.
Groton Transfer Station (restricted access area) -- 5 EASTERN
MEADOWLARK.

 From Phil Rusch:
01/03/15 - Groton, Eastern Pt/Avery Pt -- 8 Common Eider, 2 Black
Scotor, 8 Snow Buntings, and 8 Purple Sandpipers.
Groton-New London Airport (restricted access) -- 3 Lapland Longspur, 3
Eastern Meadowlarks.
Poquonnock Road, Blackbird Roost -- At least 6 Rusty Blackbird (with
8000 Common Grackle, 1435 Red-winged Blackbird).
Nocturnal Birding results included 3 species of owl, 2 American 
Woodcock, and 3 Virginia Rail.

 From Chuck Imbergamo:
01/03/15 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- Finally saw the
Grasshopper Sparrow this morning in Nature Center lot NW corner.  Seen
with many other birders.  When leaving, a birder flagged me down to
say that he and another birder just found the Yellow-breasted Chat
behind the Nature Center on the edge near the solar panel.

 From Bev Propen:
01/03/15 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- 9:05 AM; GRASSHOPPER
SPARROW north/east of Nature center in thickets, on ground.

 From Frank Mantlik, Frank Gallo with 7 others:
01/03/15 - New London ferry to Orient, in CT waters -- 2 adult
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, 1 RAZORBILL near mid-Sound.

 From Bill Batsford:
01/03/15 - Stratford, Sikorsky walkway -- Orange-crowned Warbler seen
about 10:45 at spot described. At base of pines parallel to Merritt
Pky.  Seen with Mike Warner.

 From Bill Asteriades:
01/03/15 - West Hartford, Reservoir, 6 back end -- Greater
White-fronted Goose.

 From Bill Banks:
01/03/15 - Milford -- Eurasian Wigeon continues behind Johnathon Law
High School.

 From Patrick Dugan via Brenda Inskeep:
01/03/15 - Stamford, Harbor Drive, Czecik Marina Park -- 1st year
Glaucous Gull at the marina.

 From Stefan Martin:
01/03/15 - Stamford, Weed Ave, Holly Pond -- Glaucous Gull at 2:25.

 From Brendan Murtha:
01/03/15 - Stonington, Barn Island -- An AMERICAN BITTERN flew past us
over the marsh, mid snowstorm, on the left side of the 3rd
impoundment.  Landed deep in the marsh, and we could not relocate it.

 From Mike Warner:
01/03/15 - Milford, Lawman Road -- 12:30 PM; The male Eurasian Wigeon
continues at the pond behind Jonathan Law School.  Last seen in the
company of two female Northern Shovelers.  Seen with Judy Moore along
Lawman Road which is on the other side of the pond from the school.
Stratford, Sikorsky Walkway -- Orange-crowned Warbler.

 From Alex Burdo:
01/03/15 - Fairfield, Jennings Beach -- 1 GREAT CORMORANT.
Hemlock Reservoir -- 2 WINTER WREN.

 From Cindi Kobak:
01/03/15 - Guilford, Dudley Farm -- BROWN CREEPER.

 From Meredith Sampson:
01/02/15 - Old Greenwich, Civic Center -- 9 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.


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Subject: 01/02/2015 N Shrike, Snowy Owl
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Fri, 02 Jan 2015 23:36:27 -0500
 From Howie Sternberg:
01/02/15 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows -- 1 Northern Shrike at 3:39 PM on
top of trees to the right (north) side of the yellow gate into the
fish hatchery, opposite the boat launch. Seen briefly, it appeared
once the wind stopped blowing when other small birds were out and
about on the ground directly below.

 From Kevin Doyle:
01/02/15 - Milford, Milford Point -- The Snowy Owl was all over the
sand dune from one end to the other with many flyovers moving from one
area to another.

 From Jason Rieger:
01/02/15 - Milford, Jonathon Law Pond -- Eurasian Wigeon continues.
Milford Point -- Snowy Owl scoped from platform out on sandbar;
flushed by paparazzi and flew east and settled in brush.
Stratford, Long Beach -- Possible Vesper Sparrow in grassy area beyond
parking lot.  Large sparrow, finely streaked breast, bright white
handle-bar mustache, lores and eye ring; dull gray-brown scaps, showed
rufous on upper folded wing.

 From Bev Propen:
01/02/15 - Stratford, Birdseye Boat Ramp -- 8:40 AM; 1 AMERICAN
BITTERN in reeds, very well camouflaged with bill straight up in air.

 From Russ Smiley:
01/02/15 - Hartford, Goodwin Park -- 8:00 AM; Cackling Goose and Brant
(among about 500 CAGOs) in partly open north pond. (BTW, Wethersfield
Cove Park closed for road work this morning.)
Madison, Hammonassett Beach SP -- 12:35 PM: YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
emerged from a cedar by the benches at the nature center. Seen by
Chuck Imbergamo and I (while wondering where the grasshopper sparrow
is).

 From Robert Dixon:
01/02/15 - Groton, Eastern / Avery Point -- BONAPARTE'S GULL.
North Stonington, Parke Preserve (Babcock Rd) -- pair NORTHERN
SHOVELER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER.

 From Jack Swatt:
01/02/15 - Wallingford, MacKenzie Reservoir -- a blue-phase SNOW GOOSE
present.

 From Dave Winston with Patrick Dugan:
01/02/15 - Stamford, Cove Island Park -- Painted Bunting showed itself
for just a couple of minutes around 9:30 AM; not relocated as of
10:54.

 From Preston Lust:
01/02/15 - Westport, Sherwood Millpond Preserve -- Northern Pintail
continues.

 From Bill Asteriades:
01/02/15 - Hartford, Riverside Park -- BRANT (with Canada Geese).
East Hartford, Hockanum River Linear Trail by Scotland Road -- 2
NORTHERN PINTAIL (1 drake).
Wethersfield, Wethersfield Cove -- GLAUCOUS GULL continues.

 From Tina Green with Don Morgan, Jory Teltser, the Batsfords, many
others:
01/02/15 - Milford-Silver Sands State Park -- 2 Short-eared Owls
continue and thrilled a crowd of birders, hunting in the fields and
perching on the fence (as spotted by Donna Batsford).  BTW, Don Morgan
saw one owl at about 3:45 and I spoke to a man who said he sees them
between 2-4 PM sometimes.

 From Sarah Faulkner:
01/02/15 - Stratford, Frash Pond -- 2 Northern Pintail.
Peck’s Mill Pond -- Female Northern shoveler.

 From Cathy Rado:
01/02/15 - Fairfield, Jennings Beach -- Common Eider at the end of the
jetty.
Ash Creek -- several Eurasian Wigeons.

 From Stefan Martin:
01/02/15 - Greenwich, Tod's Point -- Adult Lesser Black-backed Gull
and a 1st winter Iceland Gull working the exposed flat near 'sand
island'.

 From Scott Kruitbosch:
01/01/15 - Stratford, Sikorsky Bridge Park/Walkway -- afternoon; 2
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS; if you walk the path towards the bridge you 
will likely find them in and along the tree line running parallel and 
directly against the Merritt Parkway. They stayed very close to one 
another the entire time.

 From Alex Burdo:
01/01/15 - Fairfield, Pine Creek Area -- 1 PEREGRINE FALCON, 1
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 1-2 COMMON RAVEN, 1 FOX SPARROW, 1 Lesser
Scaup.
Scandinavian Club -- 1 FOX SPARROW.


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Subject: 01/01/2015 WW Crossbill
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Thu, 01 Jan 2015 21:53:27 -0500
 From William Huber with Jeremy Nance:
01/01/15 - Easton(?), Aspetuck Reservoir -- at the fountain (now off)
(on Route 58 about a mile north of Route 136/Westport Road) --  great
looks at a male WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL in a pine just south of the
parking pull-out.  It was associating loosely with a mixed finch flock
containing American Goldfinches and one PINE SISKIN. 

 From Dan Rottino with John Marshall and the Loscalzos:
01/01/15 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- Grasshopper
Sparrow continues in NW corner of Nature center parking lot and also
in grass north of nature center by wooden benches. 

 From Jason Rieger:
01/01/15 - Wallingford, McKenzie Res -- Greater White-fronted Goose
continues to continue.

 From Russ Smiley:
01/01/15 - Meriden, Hanover Pond -- 9:00 AM; Redheads seen in open
water by ball field.

 From John Oshlick:
01/01/15 - Woodbridge, Lake Dawson -- small collection of ducks on the
remaining open water. The group contained at least 4 Northern Pintail.

 From Timothy L Thompson:
01/01/15 - Preston, Amos Lake -- REDHEAD (drake). Open water
throughout!
Avery Pond -- SNOW GOOSE (along with 1,000 plus CANADA GEESE w/ other
wildfowl).
Stonington, Parke Memorial Preserve (Avalonia) -- NORTHERN PINTAIL.

 From Robert and Linda Dixon:
01/01/15 - Plainfield, Quinebaug Fish Hatchery -- Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker.

 From Paul Carrier:
01/01/15 - Harwinton, yard -- 4 Pine Siskin (in with 5 Goldfinch) at
feeder.

 From Bill Asteriades:
01/01/15 - Wethersfield, Wethersfield Cove -- 2 ICELAND GULLS in water
near the parking lot, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE on other side of
cove which is probably the same bird as previously seen in Goodwin
Park and 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS.
Hartford, Goodwin Park -- CACKLING GOOSE and BRANT continue. They were
in the pond on the east side of the golf course which can be accessed
from Hubbard Road.

 From From Emily Rottino and family:
01/01/15 - Middlefield -- 2 SNOW GEESE in the cornfields by Lyman
Orchard, one adult, one juvenile.

 From Jory Teltser with Tina Green, Sara Zagorski, and (a big thanks
to) Phil Rusch:
01/01/15 - Milford, Milford Point -- Snowy Owl continues at the far
right side of sandbar.  The Snow Buntings were seen flying at the
beginning of the point.

 From Robert and Linda Dixon:
01/01/15 - Ledyard, Avery Pond -- SNOW GOOSE.
Norwich, just east of the Harbor - BLACK VULTURE (3).
Waterford, Harkness Park -- GREAT CORMORANT, PURPLE SANDPIPER (3),
SNOW BUNTING (just one) and COMMON EIDER (only 2f).

 From Paul Desjardins:
01/01/15 - Chester,  along the Connecticut River -- morning;
Bonaparte’s Gull.

 From Mike VanValen:
01/01/15 - Ansonia, Ansonia Reservoir -- Spotted 2 Black Vultures
lifting off the tree tops near the soccer fields. 

 From Ernie Harris:
01/01/15 - ?????, Devil's Hopyard State Park -- 2:30PM; Common Raven.

 From Aidan Kiley:
01/01/15 - Fairfield, yard -- 3 Black Vultures circling.



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Subject: 12/31/2014 N Shrike
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 23:21:01 -0500
 From Dan, Karen, Dan Jr, and Lindsey Mercurio:
12/31/14 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows State Park -- The Northern Shrike
carries on.  Flew into brush on right side of drive way at the
beginning of the open meadow in middle of park.  It came in from the
brush along the river.

 From Frank Mantlik, with Sara Zagorski, Tina Green, and Jory Teltser:
12/31/14 - 8:00 AM New London ferry to Orient Point, NY and back -- 1
RED-NECKED GREBE (along east side of Thames River at north end of
Electric Boat complex).  2 LARGE ALCID, species (both mid-Sound, both
in flight in distance, one in NY waters and one in CT waters).  A raft
of about 600 COMMON EIDERS (about 0.5-1.0 mile off of Harkness State
Park, Waterford.  1-2 PEREGRINE FALCONS (New London harbor).  

 From Paul Cianfaglione:
12/31/14 - Hartford/Wethersfield, Goodwin Park Golf Course -- 1 BRANT
continues (unusual inland).

 From Aidan Kiley and Erika Kiley:
12/31/14 - Milford, Milford Point -- 1 Snowy Owl on sandbar.
12/30/14 - Milford, Milford Point -- 12 Snow Buntings.


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Subject: 12/30/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2014 21:48:24 -0500
 From Russ Smiley:
12/30/14 - Stamford, Cove Island Park -- 8:55 AM; the Painted Bunting
emerged from the brush north of the tennis courts. It then flew NE
across the road toward the brick house there.

 From Frank Mantlik:
12/30/14 - Stratford, Dorne drive, Short Beach Park -- SNOWY OWL
sitting on distant breakwater along Housatonic River mouth; scope
advised.  Also 36 Snow Buntings.

 From Jason Rieger and John Marshall:
12/30/14 - Milford, Silver Sands SP -- 2 SHORT-EARED OWL chasing each
other around the mound visible to the northwest of the parking lot
against the sunset at about 5:00 PM.

 From Diana Atwood Johnson:
12/30/14 - Old Lyme -- Yellow-breasted Chat continues behind DEEP
headquarters in shrubbery and at top of tree to right of dumpster.
Also m & f Northern Pintail.

 From Steve Kotchko:
12/30/14 - Meriden, Hanover Pond -- Two Redheads continue, seen from
parking area on Oregon Road.  Water open at that time.

 From Roy Zartarian:
12/30/14 - Hartford/Wethersfield, Goodwin Park, golf course -- A
birder departing as I arrived said that he had seen the Greater
White-fronted Goose (among the flock of Canadas).  For those wishing
to try their luck, the road through the park is closed off due to the
holiday of lights event. It's necessary to park in the club house lot
(across from the entrance to Cedar Hill Cemetery).

 From Preston Lust:
12/30/14 - ?????, Winslow Park -- RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH seen close to
the entrance. Shortly after, a small flock of five blackbirds flew
overhead, with nothing but a couple of short chips. Most likely rusty
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Subject: 12/29/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 23:46:31 -0500
Note: Sorry for the absence of this report for the last week or so.
Nothing unpleasant was happening here, I was just a lot busier than
usual.  I am not even going to try to fill in the missing days, just
take up from today.

I hope everyone remembers that they can get everything in the Daily
report and much, much more by reading the CTBirds list.  Everything in
the Daily report appears on CTBirds first.  It is archived in multiple
places:

http://lists.ctbirding.org/pipermail/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org/
http://birding.aba.org/maillist/CT01
http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/CTBirds
http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=one_list;id=102

Note: Unfortunately today lots of birders failed to find the Painted
Bunting that had been at Cove Island in Stratford for a few days.


 From Frank Mantlik, Tina Green, and Jory Teltser:
12/29/14 - Stonington, Stonington Point -- we searched for yesterday's
Pacific Loon from 2:00-3:20, with no luck. But we saw a distant grebe,
first spotted by Tina, that appeared to be an EARED GREBE. It was
about Horned Grebe sized, but had a distinctly pointed/ peaked head, a
thinner neck, and darker throat than that of two nearby Horned Grebes.
It was out near the right end of the distant breakwater that is
straight out, and a scope was necessary. Also seen were 19 Common
Eiders and usual other ducks and 1 Harbor Seal.

 From Patrick Comins:
12/29/14 - Stratford -- The Orange-crowned Warbler (and Ruby-crowned
Kinglet) continue on the road between the Birdseye Boat Ramp and the
animal shelter.  No I didn't get a shot though.  Warbler was chipping
and briefly visible in the arbor vitae hedge inside the fence for the
sewerage treatment plant.
Meriden, Hannover Pond -- Redheads continue on the pond.

 From Russ Smiley:
12/29/14 - Wethersfield. Wethersfield Cove -- 4:10 PM: first cycle
Iceland Gull at water's edge at parking lot beside cove.

 From Arthur Shippee:
12/29/14 -  Hamden, North Lake Drive -- Common Raven.

 From John Ogren with Cathy and Chris Malin:
12/29/14 - Old Saybrook, Cornfield Point -- female COMMON EIDER.
Otter Cove area -- Marsh Wren.
Plum Bank Marsh -- Adult SNOW GOOSE in marsh. This is highly unusual
as it was by itself and in 20 years I have not seen one there.

 From Don Morgan:
12/29/14 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- 1 LITTLE BLUE
HERON, Juvenile, white plumage. On a  platform in the reclaimed marsh.
Apparently has been in that spot most of the  time for the last week.
1 AMERICAN BITTERN, in the marsh by the rock pond, east end. 4 COMMON
RAVENS flying east across marsh and the river  at the end of the
Moraine Trail, heard and seen well.


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Subject: 12/21/2014 N Shrike, Painted Bunting
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:27:05 -0500
 From Patrick Dugan via Jim Dugan:
12/22/14 - Stamford, Cove Island Park -- PAINTED BUNTING south of the
tennis courts and south of the wet area in a fallen tree. The tennis
courts are just north of Cove Island Wildlife Sanctuary.

 From Patrick Dugan (directly):
12/22/14 - Stamford, Cove Island Park -- 10:10 AM to 2:10 PM; Corner
of Weed Ave and Cove Rd, Painted Bunting seen at 11:13 to 11:17 AM.
11:33 to 11:34 AM; Painted Bunting in the woods behind the tennis
court. Walk on the left side of the court at the corner take the path
to the left. You'll  come to a wet area on your right near and fire
pit look around the water area and the fallen tree to your left. Also
in the woods 3 Fox Sparrows, 3 Winter Wrens.

 From Paul Desjardins:
12/22/14 - Windsor Locks, yard -- Common Raven.

 From Preston Lust:
12/22/14 - ?????, Winslow Park -- PINE SISKIN.

 From Howie Sternberg:
12/22/14 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows -- 1 Northern Shrike at 10:40 AM on
tall tree top to the right of the yellow gate into old fish hatchery
area; gate is opposite boat ramp.

 From Russ Smiley:
12/22/14 - Stratford, Birdseye Boat Ramp -- noon; two American
Bitterns. One flew toward cove to south. Second was hunkered down in
crushed grasses south of parking area.

 From Anthony Zemba:
12/22/14 - Middlefield, Lyman Orchards corn maze field at the corners
of Routes 157 and 147 -- Four SNOW GEESE (two adults and two
immatures) still around as of Monday morning.

 From Lorenzo Kleine:
12/22/14 - ?????, Goodwin Park -- The Greater White-Fronted Goose
continues (with the large flock of several hundred Canada Geese)
around noon, but unfortunately a 20-minute search did not reveal the
Cackling Goose also reported.

 From Paul Desjardins:
12/22/14 - East Windsor, Broad Brook section, Mill Pond -- 24 Northern
Pintail continue.
Along Rt 191 -- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (and a rather close BOBCAT).

 From Frank Mantlik, with Scott Kruitbosch, Tom Morris & Janet
McAllister:
12/21/14 - Stratford, CBC in our coastal portion -- AMERICAN BITTERN,
2 NORTHERN GANNETS.

 From Mardi and Townsend Dickinson:
12/21/14 - Westport CBC Circle -- Northern Goshawk, Eurasian Widgeon,
Northern Shoveler, American White Pelican, Orange-crowned Warbler.

 From Nick Bonomo:
12/21/14 - Stratford-Milford CBC, Milford Point & vicinity -- EURASIAN
WIGEON (continuing drake at Jonathan Law HS pond), 2 White-winged
Scoter (Milford Pt), AMERICAN BITTERN (flying over marsh at Milford
Pt), 2 Winter Wren (Milford Pt and Court Street boat ramp), 34 Snow
Bunting (Milford Pt sandbars).

 From Steve Spector:
12/21/14 - Stratford-Milford CBC, Silver Sands SP -- 2 Common Raven,
Short-eared Owl (chased through the park by 7 American Crows).


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Subject: 12/21/2014 AW Pelican, WW Crossbill
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:10:41 -0500
 From Tina Green with AJ & Sue Hand:
12/21/14 - Westport, Sherwood Island State Park -- 12:25; American
White Pelican flying west!!  Also juvenile Northern Goshawk.

 From Kevin Finnan:
12/21/14 - Goshen, yard -- A White-winged Crossbill made a brief
appearance in our driveway in the company of a mixed flock, Sunday
afternoon. Only bad news is that it's too late for the CBC in this
area.

 From Paul Cianfaglione:
12/21/14 - Canton, Canton Yard -- 73 PINE SISKIN throughout the
morning, feeding mostly on birch catkins.

 From Dan Mercurio:
12/21/14 - Meriden, Hanover Pond -- Two drake Redheads carry on about
50 feet off of the parking area at Haberschon Field.

 From Paul Desjardins with Jamie Meyers:
12/21/14 - Hartford, Goodwin Park Golf Course -- Cackling Goose and
Greater White-fronted Goose.

 From Bill Asteriades:
12/21/14 - East Hartford, Wethersfield Cove -- 1st winter GLAUCOUS
GULL in parking lot.

 From Paul Cianfaglione:
12/20/14 - Hartford, 143 Murphy Road (behind All Waste Recycling) -- 1
first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL, 1 dark first-cycle ICELAND GULL.

 From Paul Fusco:
12/20/14 - Shelton, Route 8 over Housatonic River -- Peregrine Falcon
flying south of bridge.

 From Patrick Comins:
12/20/14 - Southbury, Mitchell Farm -- One first cycle Iceland Gull
(among ~1000 gulls).
Along river -- American Pipit, 3 Winter Wrens, Brown Creeper.

 From Russ Smiley:
12/20/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- 11:10 AM: Little Blue
Heron in restoration marsh just east of circle.

 From Tina Green:
12/20/14 - Westport -- Sherwood Island SP -- Northern Pintail drake,
16 Black Scoters, 1 White-winged Scoter, Lesser Black-backed Gull,
Brown Thrasher.
Longshore Club Park -- Winter Wren.

 From Andrew Gullberg:
12/20/14 - Bridgeport, Seaside Park -- 11:20 am two Eurasian Wigeon in
the pond by PT Barnum statue.

 From Hank Golet:
12/20/14 - Old Lyme, From Town Landing Rd off smith Neck Rd --
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.
Griswold Pt -- PEREGRINE FALCON PAIR on exposed gravel bar.

 From Andy Brand:
12/20/14 - North Haven, Old Velvet St --  an amazing 6 Vesper Sparrows
feeding in weedy farm fields. Two were half way down the road on right
just past large pile of wooden tomato stakes and the other 4 were in
field on right just as you pull onto Old velvet. Walk up dirt farm
road. They were cooperative and flew into nearby trees as they
typically do when I find them for easy viewing. A nice surprise!

 From John Oshlick with Dan Barvir:
12/20/14 - New Haven, Criscuolo Park -- 1 First Cycle Iceland Gull
(found mixed in with a large group of Herring Gulls) at the mouth of
the Quinnipiac River.

 From Chris Elphick:
12/20/14 - Storrs, UConn, Lot W -- Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting.

 From Nancy Morand:
12/20/14 - Middlefield, mowed Lyman Orchard corn maze -- 4 Snow Geese
remain ( two adult , two juvenile).

 From Aidan Kiley:
12/20/14 - Fairfield, yard -- 1 White-crowned Sparrow visiting feeder
in the morning.

 From Chris Loscalzo:
12/20/14 - New Haven CBC count circle -- Snow Goose, Cackling Goose,
Northern Pintail, Redhead, Northern Gannet, Virginia Rail, Purple
Sandpiper, American Woodcock, Iceland Gull, Brown Thrasher, Vesper
Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Snow Bunting, Eastern Meadowlark and Pine
Siskin.

 From Ken Elkins:
12/20/14 - Woodbury-Roxbury CBC count circle -- ICELAND GULL, PINE
SISKINS, VESPER SPARROW, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, SNOW GOOSE, SNOW BUNTINGS,
AMERICAN PIPIT, LAPLAND LONGSPUR.

 From Steve Morytko:
12/20/14 - Storrs CBC count circle -- Peregrine Falcon, Brown Creeper,
Lapland Longspur, 2 Snow Bunting, 3 Rusty Blackbird.

 From Bill Asteriades:
12/20/14 - Hartford/Wethersfield, Goodwin Park -- CACKLING GOOSE and
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continue.


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Subject: 12/19/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:04:36 -0500
 From Bill Batsford:
12/19/14 - ?????, Goodwin Park -- Greater White-fronted Goose and
Cackling Goose continue at golf course.

 From Keith Mueller:
12/19/14 - Middlefield, Lyman's pond -- 4 Snow Geese in corn field
close to road (2 adults 2 juv).

 From Brian O'Toole:
12/19/14 - Trumbull, private residence -- Rufous Hummingbird still
coming daily to feeder.

 From Frank Mantlik:
12/19/14 - Stratford, Motil Place Pond -- an apparent female EURASIAN
WIGEON continues.
Stratford, Boothe Memorial Park -- adult Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
Milford, Lawman Rd., Jonathon Law HS Pond - male EURASIAN WIGEON
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Subject: 12/18/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:35:10 -0500
 From Paul Cianfaglione:
12/18/14 - Hartford/Wethersfield, Goodwin Park, Golf Course -- 1
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, 1 CACKLING GOOSE.

 From Michaelene Komara:
12/18/14 - ?????, Goodwin park, golf course -- Greater White-fronted
Goose and Cackling Goose continue.

 From Patrick Comins:
12/18/14 - Middlefield, Lyman Orchards -- Two adult and two juvenile
Snow Geese in the field at the orchards this evening.  They flew up
and landed on the pond near the Apple Barrel store.

 From Frank Mantlik:
12/18/14 - Stratford, private residence - RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continues
coming to feeder.
Bridgeport, Johnson Creek (right off northbound exit 30 of I-95) --
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Subject: CT Report 12/17/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:39:19 -0500
 From Paul Desjardins:
12/17/14 - East Granby, East Granby Farms -- morning; Pine Siskin.
Broad Brook, Mill Pond -- afternoon; 24 Northern Pintails.

 From Annie and Mike Perko:
12/17/14 - Norwich, Monhegan Park Pond -- Between 11:30 AM and 12:30
PM; one immature Snow Goose (mixed in about 200 Canada Geese).  At the
same time about 3 dozen Fish crows flew over calling as we were
watching the goose.

 From Aidan Kiley:
12/17/14 - Fairfield, yard -- 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker near feeders.

 From Diana Atwood Johnson:
12/16/14 - Old Lyme, DEEP -- 3 PM; Yellow-breasted Chat behind main
building facing its yellow belly into the sun.

 From Tom Murray:
12/16/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- Juvenile Little Blue
Heron seen at Swan Pond 12:55.

 From Michaelene Komara:
12/16/14 - Meriden, Research Parkway, Bishops Pond -- One Snow Goose
feeding on the ground (with 200+ Canada Geese).

 From Mike DiGiorgio:
12/16/14 - Durham, Durham Fairground -- Saw 6 Snow Geese (4 adults, 2
juveniles) feeding in a field at the fairground at about 10:00 AM.

 From Hank Golet:
12/16/14 - Westbrook, Menunketesuck mud flats -- 4 PURPLE SANDPIPPER, 

 From Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe with Quinnipiac Valley CBC:
12/16/14 - Wallingford, Whirlwind Hill -- Greater White-fronted Goose.
Meriden, Research Parkway -- Northern Shoveler.
Hanover Pond -- Two Redheads.


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Subject: 12/15/2014 N Shrike:
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:18:50 -0500
 From Paul Cianfaglione:
12/15/14 - Hartford, Riverside Park Boat Launch -- 1 drake
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER.

 From Russ Smiley:
12/15/14 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- 8:10 AM; American
bittern in Boulder pond.

 From Meredith Sampson w/ Brian O'Toole, Penny Solum, Jalna Jaeger,&
visitor from Bethel:
12/14/14 - Old Greenwich, Greenwich Point Park -- SHORT-EARED OWL
strafed through holly grove affording only a 2-3 second look, leaving
us drop-jawed in its wake!

 From Carolyn Cimino with Linda Vegliante and Denise Jernigan:
12/15/14 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows SP -- Northern Shrike continues in
same location.  Also, Rusty Blackbirds.

 From Bill Batsford:
12/15/14 - Meriden, Hanover Pond -- 2 Redhead continue at northeast
area of the pond.

 From Daisy Echevarria:
12/15/14 - Essex, across from the CT River Museum -- Greater
White-fronted Goose.  (But Andy Griswold warns of a domestic Greylag
Goose in the area.)

 From Patrick and Maxson Comins:
12/14/14 - Wallingford -- Greater White-fronted Goose across the
street (roughly) from the vineyard on Whirlwind Hill Road.
Meriden, Research Parkway, Bishop's Pond -- Northern Shoveler.
Meriden, Hannover Pond -- 2 Redhead.

 From Matt Hoyt:
12/14/14 - Milford, Jonathan Law High School -- Male Eurasian Widgeon
at far side of pond at 11:30.

 From Maria Stockmal:
12/14/14 - Derby, Osbornedale State Park -- 3 Winter Wrens, 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, 7 Black Vultures.

 From Don Morgan:
12/14/14 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows -- The Northern Shrike was there
when I arrived around 10:30, and thanks in part to another birder I
was on him within 5 minutes. What we learned very quickly is, the bird
doesn't stay in one spot for too long.  Even without being "pushed,"
every five minutes or so it would fly, sometimes just a short
distance, sometimes out of sight. But every time, it eventually
appeared again, to be found by someone, and it was still there in the
park around 1:15.

 From Carol & Gary Lemmon:
12/14/14 - Branford, yard -- For the last six weeks we have had 11
Purple Finches at our 9 feeders daily.

 From Dana Campbell:
12/14/14 - Middletown, Pine Grove Cemetery -- Brown Creeper.

 From Tom and Ingrid Schaefer:
12/14/14 - Salisbury, Lakeville, Lake Wononscopomuc -- one male and
three female Redhead in large flock of Ruddy Ducks.  Also, pair of
male Northern Pintail swimming near center of Lake.

 From Paul Cianfaglione:
12/14/14 - West Hartford, Reservoir # 6 (Hartford CBC) -- 1 PINE
SISKIN.

 From Alan Scuterud via Meredith Sampson:
12/14/14 - Old Greenwich, Havemeyer section -- 2 COMMON RAVEN.

 From Bill Asteriades:
12/14/14 - Glastonbury, Keeney Cove -- 14 NORTHERN PINTAIL (7 drake).


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Subject: 12/13/2014 N Shrike, YB Chat
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:13:47 -0500
 From Keith Mueller:
12/13/14 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows -- Norther Shrike seen along trail
north of boat ramp seen by 6 people with a brief but close look. It
just flew across the river.

 From Lynnette Clemens and Fulvio Montanari:
12/13/14 - Norwalk, Seaview Ave, Mill Pond -- 1 Eurasian Widgeon, 2
Cackling Geese.
Park behind Senior Center -- Northern Shoveler.

 From Paul Desjardins:
12/13/14 - Old Lyme, end of Ferry Rd, DEEP marine headquarters --
Yellow-breasted Chat by the rest rooms.
Chester, near the ferry crossing -- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

 From Larry Bausher:
12/13/14 - New Haven, Edgewood Park -- 12:10 PM; At least 6 RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS (in a mixed flock with Robins and Blue Jays) feeding in the
tangles along the east side of the river by the field with the swallow
nest boxes.

 From Phil Rusch:
12/13/14 - Stonington, Stonington Point and Harbor -- 2 Black Scoter
and 35 Common Eider.
Mystic, Enders Island -- 1 Black Scoter, 75 Common Eider, and 1
Red-necked Grebe.  Also there were about 30 Harbor Seals hauled out on
the rocks.
Groton, Eastern and Avery Point -- 16 Common Eider and 1 first cycle
Lesser Black-backed Gull.
Waterford, Harkness State Park -- 1 Northern Gannet, 100+ Common
Eider, and 12 Snow Buntings.

 From James Winkelmann:
12/12/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- 2 Common Eider (both
females, off the breakwater near pavilion), 9 Purple Sandpiper (on
breakwater and nearby beach), 1 Peregrine Falcon.

 From Don Morgan:
12/12/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- Purple Sandpipers on the
breakwater and the beach just to the right.


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Subject: 12/12/2014 Barrows G, N Shrike
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:18:04 -0500
 From Paul Desjardins:
12/12/14 - Enfield -- morning; drake BARROW’S GOLDENEYE seen from the
cemetery at Pleasant Street.

 From Russ Smiley with multiple observers:
12/12/14 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows State Park -- 10 AM; Northern Shrike
found again near river trail.

 From Brian Kleinman:
12/12/14 - Bloomfield, Filley Park -- one adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULL sitting on the opposite shore of the pond.  If it is there is
should be pretty easy find as it was the only gull.

 From Patrick Comins:
12/12/14 - Bridgeport -- A Northern Goshawk flew over I 95 while I was
passing through.  Big bird, presuming a female.  Immature.

 From John Weeks, Dick Haas:
12/12/14 - Suffield, Suffield WMA -- Two (One light morph and one dark
morph) Rough-legged Hawks, both seen well.  The Suffield WMA is
contiguous with the Southwick WMA in Massachusetts.  All the above
birds moved back and forth across the state line.

 From Robert Dixon:
12/12/14 - Sterling yard -- FOX SPARROW, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER,
PINE SISKIN (just one) continue at feeders.


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Subject: 12/11/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:08:38 -0500
 From Fulvio Montanari:
12/11/14 - Old Greenwich, Greenwich Pt Park, Tods Point -- Snowy Owl;
has been there for a few days.

 From Paul Carrier:
12/11/14 -  Barkhamsted, compensating reservoir -- 1 Male Redhead.  40
plus Pine Siskin on the road (after sand?).

 From Patrick Comins:
12/11/14 - Southbury, Shepaug Dam area -- one first-cycle Iceland Gull
at Mitchell Farm (with lots and lots of other gulls).

 From Nick Bonomo:
12/11/14 - Norwalk, Mill Pond -- drake EURASIAN WIGEON continues.

 From James Winkelmann:
12/11/14 - Fairfield, Jennings Beach marina -- 2 Snow Buntings working
the beach right near the walkout on the jetty.


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Subject: 12/10/2014 N Shrike, Snowy Owls
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:13:42 -0500
 From Howie Sternberg:
12/10/14 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows State Park -- 1 Northern Shrike at
9:55 am along riverbank footpath just north of the boat launch. Look
in tree tops, big and small.

 From Greg Hanisek:
12/10/14 - Litchfield, Bantam Lake -- One RED-NECKED GREBE in
association with large Common Merganser flock off Point Folly.

 From Ned Hurle via Jerry Connolly:
12/10/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- SNOWY OWL, immature
female NE from Cedar Isle Platform 2:30 PM.

 From Morris Finkelstein:
12/10/14 - Greenwich, Tods Point Park -- One 1st Year Snowy Owl seen
perched at the top of a tree on the lawn heading 3/4 of the way down
from the large inscribed boulder towards the Sound, adjacent to the
Holly Grove Area.  The Snowy seemed very calm, and didn't even notice
a dog walker passing directly underneath it's branch.

 From Hank Golet:
12/10/14 - Old Lyme, Hawk's Nest Marsh -- 2 Northern Pintail.
Long Island Side -- 9 Common Eider, 2 Purple Sandpiper.

 From Jim and Carol Zipp:
12/09/14 - Hamden, backyard, ground feeding station -- 7 RUSTY
BLACCKBIRDS.

 From Glenn Williams:
12/09/14 - Stonington, Stonington Point -- 22 COMMON EIDER, NORTHERN
GANNET.  Tough viewing with the fading light, fog, and rain.  Very few
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Subject: 12/08/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:16:16 -0500
 From Howie Sternberg:
12/08/14 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows State Park -- 1 Northern Shrike at
12:40 PM by yellow gate into fish hatchery opposite boat launch.

 From Carolyn Cimino:
12/08/14 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows State Park -- 1 RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

 From Don Morgan:
12/08/14 - Stratford, Stratford Airport -- "Blue Goose" (dark morph
Snow Goose) mixed in with 100 or so  Canadas inside the airport fence
near Rt 113. Around 1 this afternoon. Viewed  from outside the fence
along the road. A police officer stopped to see what I  was doing and
checked my ID, but didn't give me any grief or tell me I couldn't stay
there. An hour later the flock had moved farther away from the fence
and  probably could have been better seen from behind the old FAA
building.
Long Beach -- 1 Lapland Longspur (mixed in with 11 Horned Larks),
about 100 yards north of the parking lot. 

 From Lorenzo Kleine:
12/08/14 - Milford, Jonathan Law HS -- The previously reported male
Eurasian Wigeon continues in the pond behind the high school (with
quite a few American Wigeons).


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Subject: 12/07/2014 Snowy Owl, NRW Swallow
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sun, 07 Dec 2014 23:59:36 -0500
 From Rick Macsuga:
12/07/14 - East Hartford,  sewage treatment plant -- 4 Northern
Rough-winged Swallow still present.
Cabelas pond -- Juvenile Iceland Gull.

 From Dave Winston:
12/07/14 - Milford, Milford Point -- 10 AM; Snowy Owl, southwest tip
of Sandbar.

 From Tom Murray:
12/07/14 - Milford, Milford Point -- Snowy Owl reported by Dave W on
sandbar at Milford Pt still there 11:50.  I viewed it from the
Stratford side of river.

 From Brendan Murtha:
12/07/14 - Milford, Milford Point -- 2:00 PM; Snowy Owl continues to
give fantastic looks on the main sandbar.  It's very active; we
actually observed it bathing.

 From Steve and Charla Spector:
12/07/14 - Milford, Milford Point, main sandbar -- Snowy Owl still
present around 3:20 PM.  Heavy black barring on back, tail & wings;
underparts barring lighter in color; dark top of head.  Looks like
Sibley's 1st year female.

 From Frank Mantlik:
12/07/14 - Stratford, Sniffen's Lane -- 4:15; SNOWY OWL seen across
river on Milford Point sandbar, viewed from Knapp's Landing Restaurant
lot.

 From Colleen Lord:
12/07/14 - Milford, Milford Point -- 4:15 to 4:30 PM; Snowy Owl still
on the sandbar, beautiful! My first of the season.

 From Chris Loscalzo and Marianne Vahey:
12/07/14 - Ansonia, Ansonia Nature Center -- a flock of eight Northern
Bobwhite.  Seen feeding on the ground along the trails below the
nature center building between the building and the pond.  I am aware
of a nearby resident who has released members of this species in this
area before in an effort to reestablish a "wild" population of
Bobwhite in CT.  Although the chances of success are slim, the cause
is noble.  Even though the birds are released, they are beautiful to
look at and interesting to observe.  So, if anyone wants to see
Bobwhite in a local natural setting, this would be a good place to
look.

 From Brian Kleinman:
12/07/14 - Avon/Simsbury, Nod Brook Wildlife Management Area -- Around
9:30 Sunday morning located in the far pond (south pond) there were 5
NORTHERN PINTAIL (in with a flock of Mallards and a few Black Ducks).
These are probably the same 5 Pintail that are being seen at Fisher
Meadows in Avon, since it is only a few miles away.

 From John Weeks, Chris Chinni:
12/07/14 - Suffield, Suffield Wildlife Management Area -- A juvenile
light-morph Rough-legged Hawk gave us spectacular looks as it glided
overhead against a brilliant blue sky.  We felt well-recompensed for
being outside in a biting cold wind.

 From Morris Finkelstein:
12/07/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- Two female and 1 male
Common Eider in water 20-50 yards off rocks along Moraine Trail at
1:30 PM.  Yellow-breasted Chat seen in Bittersweet Tangle by group of
birders (me included) at about 12:15, at previously described location
close to Nature Center.

 From Robert Dixon:
12/07/14 - Sterling yard -- FOX SPARROW (2), YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
(1f), PINE SISKIN (one at feeders).


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Subject: 12/06/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2014 23:56:31 -0500
 From Rick Macsuga, Mark Dineen:
12/06/14 - East Hartford, sewage treatment plant -- 4 Northern
Rough-winged Swallows.

 From Russ Smiley:
12/06/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- 8:40 AM; Orange-crowned
Warbler at north east corner of parking field at Meigs Point in waist-
high weeds east of observation shed.

 From Brian Kleinman:
12/06/14 - Avon, Fisher Meadows -- "blue" Snow Goose continues. Stayed
until around 10 AM (then flew off with a flock of Canada Geese).

 From Preston Lust:
12/06/14 - Westport, yard -- ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER seen very clear
and close.

 From Chris Loscalzo and Marianne Vahey:
12/06/14 - Stratford, private residence -- RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
continues.

 From Paul and Maureen Wolter:
12/06/14 - Avon, Fisher Meadows -- 12:30 PM; adult blue morph Snow
Goose present again.  ALso 5 Northern Pintail.

 From Michaelene Komara:
12/06/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- Yellow-breasted Chat
briefly spotted in bittersweet tangle behind nature center bird
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Subject: 12/05/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 2014 22:36:30 -0500
Note: Sorry for the delayed report, things have been a bit busier than
usual and this has been just one of the casualties.


 From Brad Keltonic via Emily Keltonic:
12/05/14 - Preston -- One lone Sand Hill Crane was seen in a corn
field on Rt 164 about 1/2 mile from the intersection of Rt 164 with Rt
165 in Friday, at 1:10 PM by my son Brad.  He called me on his cell as
he was in the area to hunt deer.  He went back about an hour later and
called to say it was no longer visible with binoculars from the road.

 From Jim Carr:
12/05/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- Yellow-breasted Chat in
same spot as Thursday.

 From Bill Banks:
12/05/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- 10:35; Yellow-breasted
Chat near the Meigs Point Nature Center.

 From Paul Desjardins:
12/05/14 - Avon, Fisher Meadow -- continuing blue morph Snow Goose, 7
Northern Pintail.

 From Paul Cianfaglione:
12/04/14 - Wethersfield, Goodwin Park Golf Course Ponds -- 1 CACKLING
GOOSE.

 From Denise Jernigan:
12/04/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- Yellow-breasted Chat
briefly seen in tangle of bittersweet berries and small cedars near
Purple Martin houses behind Meig's Point Nature Center, 11:45 AM.

 From Chuck Imbergamo:
12/04/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- After many years of
misses, including all this week and being painfully close yesterday,
finally got the YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT in the same area as Denise,
thanks to her prompt post!!

 From Steve Spector:
12/04/14 - Milford, Silver sands State Park --  2:00 PM, female
Northern Pintail in Nettleton outlet pond.

 From Gina Nichol:
12/04/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- afternoon; an afternoon
walk at Meig's Point yielded 3 COMMON EIDERS; two just offshore below
the observation platform and one adult male sitting on the rocks at
the end of the Moraine Trail.  Also at the end of the Moraine Trail
were 32 SNOW BUNTINGS.

 From Brian O'Toole:
12/03/14 - Trumbull, private -- A female Rufous Hummingbird has been
coming to a feeder at a private residence in Trumbull since at least
early November.
Editor's Note: See Brian's full message for information on visiting:

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 From Paul Cianfaglione:
12/03/14 - Farmington, Batterson Pond -- 1 SNOW BUNTING.

 From Alex Burdo:
12/03/14 -  Stratford, Residence -- The immature female RUFOUS
HUMMINGBIRD continues as of 7:45 Wednesday morning. It visited the
feeder twice within a five minute period.

 From Jerry Connolly via Tina Green:
12/03/14 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach SP -- Red-breasted Nuthatch and
an Orange-crowned Warbler behind the nature center, Yellow-breasted
Chat on Willard's Island (right side trail).

 From Don Morgan:
12/03/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- 1 White-crowned Sparrow
Roadside, c. 200  yds west of the Nature Center, next to the gated
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Subject: 12/02/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2014 23:16:35 -0500
 From Stefan Martin:
12/02/14 - Greenwich -- 8:50 AM; Female Harlequin Duck very distant
off Steamboat Avenue in Greenwich. The bird was directly in front of
Great Captains Island. Presumably the same bird Patrick Dugan had
yesterday flying west from Stamford.

 From Bill Batsford:
12/02/14 - New Haven, Beaver Pond Park -- 11 Rusty Blackbird.

 From Tina Green:
12/02/14 - Westport, Sherwood Island State Park -- Brown Thrasher in
the spruce grove.

 From Paul Desjardins:
12/02/14 - East Hartford, along the Hockanum River Linear Trail --
morning; Winter Wren, Brown Creeper.

 From Jan Collins:
12/02/14 - Enfield, Barnes Boat Launch -- RED-NECKED GREBE continues
this morning.

 From Jack Swatt:
12/02/14 - Avon, Fisher Meadows -- The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and
dark morph SNOW GOOSE (BLUE GOOSE) were both there again today.  Also
there were 3 NORTHERN PINTAILS (2 drake, 1 hen) (in with the
mergansers and Canada Geese).

 From Hank Golet:
12/02/14 - Old Lyme, Great Island -- PEREGRING FALCON.
Westbrook, Menunketesuck Mud Flats -- 2 PURPLE SANDPIPER.
Deep River, Pratt Cove -- This is a low tide spot; I was there around
1:30. 12 NORTHERN PINTAIL.

 From Steve Morytko:
12/02/14 - Mansfield, Hansen's Pond off Wormwood Hill Road -- Redhead
has been among a flock of ~100 Ring-necked Ducks at the far end of the
pond for at least 2 days and in the past Ring-necked Ducks often stay
there until the pond freezes. Easiest (but distant) views are from the
dam at the outlet of the pond but a scope is necessary. Otherwise, the
pond is surrounded by private property. You can likely pick it up with
binoculars if you are willing to walk along the road looking through
the trees. Redhead is rather unusual in NE CT.

 From Paul Carrier:
12/02/14 - Litchfield, near Little Pond -- adult Northern Goshawk.


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Subject: 12/01/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Mon, 01 Dec 2014 22:35:21 -0500
 From Patrick Dugan:
12/01/14 - Stamford, Shippan Pt -- 1 Female  Harlequin Duck flying
west.  Black Scoter, White-winged Scoter, 17 Northern Pintail, one
possible Pacific Loon out by #32 red bell buoy.

 From Jay Carlisle:
12/01/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park, Willard's Island -- 12:20
PM; a Yellow-breasted Chat seen briefly in dense shrubs along
easternmost trail ~2/3 to end (where trails come together) near where
a few cedars are on E side of path.

 From Lea Kessler Shaw:
12/01/14 - Avon, Fisher Meadows -- at the pond, a Greater
White-fronted Goose and a dark morph "Blue" Snow Goose (among hundreds
of Canada Geese).

 From Paul Desjardins:
12/01/14 - Enfield,  Barnes boat launch -- morning; hen Black Scoter,
hen Red Breasted Merganser and continuing Red-necked Grebe.
Broad Brook, Mill Pond -- afternoon; 2 Greater White-fronted Geese.
Windsor Locks, Canal State Park -- 2 Winter Wren.

 From David Spector and CCSU Biology of Birds class:
12/01/14 - New Britain, Stanley Quarter Park -- 6 NORTHERN SHOVELERS
feeding like phalaropes.  First for this species (as well as Ruddy
Duck) in 20 years of taking classes to this pond.

 From Charla & Steve Spector:
12/01/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- 2:00-2:15 PM; end of
moraine trail, in water, then resting on rocks, 2 Common Eider (male
and female, breeding plumage, female a deep red-brown color).


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Subject: 11/30/2014 Snowy Owl
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 23:17:55 -0500
 From Paul Desjardins and Mona Cavallero:
11/30/14 - Stratford, Long Beach -- 9:15 AM; At the end of the parking
lot, a snowy owl is being seen in the marsh sitting on a log.  Thanks
to a birder named Jane(sp?) already on the scene who spotted it first.

 From Mardi & Towny Dickinson:
11/30/14 - Stratford, long Beach -- 1:30PM; SNOWY OWL overlooking
marsh on right NW 320, in front of white storage units heading towards
long beach. Standing tall, stretching, preening & aware appears
relaxed.

 From Chris Elphick:
11/30/14 - Storrs, UConn campus -- no Snowy Owl on Horsebarn Hill, but
5 Wilson's Snipe, 8+ American Pipits, 1 Eastern Meadowlark.

 From Preston Lust:
11/30/14 - Westport, Sherwood Island -- WILSON'S SNIPE flushed by the
side of the model airplane field.

 From Fran and Tom Holloway:
11/30/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- 20+ SNOW BUNTINGS.
Others reported seeing 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS earlier in the morning.

 From John Oshlick:
11/30/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- Male Common Eider at the
end of the moraine trail and an American Bittern well hidden in the
boulder pond.

 From Chris Loscalzo and Marianne Vahey:
11/30/14 - West Haven, Sandy Point and harbor -- one female REDHEAD,
one female Northern Pintail (in a raft of Greater Scaup).
Interestingly, we could not locate the drake Redhead found by Nick B a
few days ago.  Also, two SEASIDE SPARROWS were seen in the marsh. They
came up to the top of the grass in response to pishing.  A late date
for this species.

 From Peter DeGennaro:
11/30/14 - Stratford, private yard -- My dad and I had the Rufous
Hummingbird today at about 11:15. Stayed for about a minute on the
feeder. Only other notable bird was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

 From John and Anders Ogren:
11/30/14 - Old Saybrook, Otter Cove -- Winter Wren.
Maynard's Pond -- Fox Sparrow.

 From Roy Zartarian:
11/30/14 - Newington, Cedarcrest Hospital property -- one PEREGRINE
FALCON perched at the usual spot on the antenna tower

 From Mike Warner:
11/30/14 - Stratford, Long Beach(?) -- nowy Owl on the driftwood in
the Great Marsh.  Thanks to M&T Dickinson.

 From Steve & Charla Spector:
11/30/14 - Milford, Law High School pond -- drake Eurasian Wigeon
(with 110 American Wigeon).

 From Cynthia Ehlinger:
11/29/14 - Riverside yard -- Fox Sparrow and Purple Finch.


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Subject: 11/29/2014 N Shrike, Snowy Owls
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:11:39 -0500
 From Bob MacDonnell:
11/29/14 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows State Park -- After more than 2
hours searching along with several others, I got a brief view of the
Northern Shrike at Haddam Meadows State Park just before noon. I was
in the silo parking lot about to give up when I saw it fly from near
the entrance, possibly from across Route 154, east across the open
field to the top of a tall tree along the river. It perched briefly
and Dan Rotino was also able to see it before it flew to another tree
top and then took off to the north and across the river and out of
sight. It was only in view for a minute or two.  Perhaps it's
frequenting areas outside the park, which could account for the very
sporadic sightings.

 From Phil Rusch:
11/29/14 - Storrs, UConn campus, Horsebarn Hill -- 10:15 AM; Snowwy
Owl on the top of the hill, viewed from chicken coops.

 From Gil Salk:
11/29/14 - Storrs, UConn campus, Horsebarn Hill -- The Snowy Owl was
still there, opposite chicken coops, at 2:00 PM. Visible on right
coming up the hill, from very short stretch of road just before dirt
road heading off to right.

 From Stephanie Stewart:
11/29/14 - Storrs, UConn campus, Horsebarn Hill -- 3:38 PM; Snow Owl
continues. In field down from and across from poultry barns on Horse
Barn Hill Rd. Sitting on the ground.

 From Steve Morytko:
11/29/14 - Storrs, UConn campus, Horsebarn Hill -- We left around noon
after viewing the bird distantly with Phil and others as it sat on the
very top of Horsebarn Hill for about 90 minutes. I returned around
1:30 with some friends and the bird had moved (possibly disturbed by
some people walking dogs) to the hill to the north of Kellogg Barn and
was still there when I left around 4:15 after returning a third time.
In both locations the view was distant but it was better in the latter
location. You should definitely bring your scope if you have one.
If we're lucky it will still be present tomorrow. If you're thinking
about seeing it don't wait too long as there will be much more
potential for disturbance beginning tomorrow afternoon when students
return from their break.  Other birds: Snow Buntings (a small flock
was seen near the old barn on the north side), and Wilson's Snipe
around the large puddle in Valentine's Meadow (below and between the
Farm buildings and horse barns).

 From Roy Harvey:
11/29/14 - Stratford, Short Beach -- 2:13 PM; spotted a distant Snowy
Owl toward the right hand (south, LI Sound) end of the breakwater
across the channel.  I suspect the bird was actually in Milford.
Viewing conditions (scope required) were terrible, with heavy shimmer.
Had I been viewing from Stratford Pt the view might have been less
bad.

 From Paul Desjardins:
11/29/14 - Rocky Hill, Rocky Hill meadows -- 4 American Pipits.

 From Mardi & Towny Dickinson:
11/29/14 - Westport, Burying Hill Beach -- 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.
He's back.....!

 From Jay Carlisle:
11/29/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park, Meig's Point -- 1st-winter
Glaucous Gull flew past jetty from the Madison direction and continued
E past the point.  In view roughly 4:00 to 4:02 PM.  Also, 1 Purple
Sandpiper, 1 Lapland Longspur, 50+ Snow Buntings, etc. earlier in
afternoon.


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Subject: 11/28/2014 SH Cranes. Sn Owl, N Shrike
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 23:58:04 -0500
 From Dana Campbell with Don Morgan and the gang:
11/28/14 - New Haven, Lighthouse Point Park, hawk Watch -- Northern
Goshawk, a flock of 7 EVENING GROSBEAKS (3 Male and 4 Female). Later,
around 2 PM, a flock of 23 SANDHILL CRANES.  After we first saw them
they did form a couple of loose lines before heading a little to the
north and directly across New Haven harbor. I (Don) suspect that's a 1
day record total for CT.

 From Mike Berzenski via Mona Cavallero:
11/28/14 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows -- 8:45 AM: relocated the Northern
Shrike.  He said when he first drove in, he saw a bird  chasing a
smaller bird and then that bird teed up in the tree in the field
across from the road leading to the parking lot.  He was able to get
the scope on it and identified it 100% as the shrike. It then flew
away.

 From Preston Lust:
11/28/14 - Stratford, Long Beach -- SNOWY OWL seen and photographed.
Stratford, undisclosed location -- RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continuing.

 From Julian Hough:
11/28/14 - Stratford, Lordship Blvd -- Nearly clipped a Rough-legged
Hawk with my car by Sikorsky Airport.

 From Doug Beach:
11/28/14 - Simsbury, Simsbury Airport -- 4 Snow Buntings.

 From Paul Desjardins:
11/28/14 - Enfield --  Long Tailed Duck seen upriver from the Barnes
boat launch.

 From Lea Kessler Shaw:
11/28/14 - Avon, Fisher Meadows -- 2 PM; what I believe is a Greater
White-fronted Goose (among the many Canadas) in the pond.

 From Robert Dixon:
11/28/14 - Sterling yard -- FOX SPARROW (3), PINE SISKIN (first at the
feeders this fall), YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (1f).

 From Nancy Schumann:
11/28/14 - Stratford, Long Beach -- about 2:30; Snowy Owl three jettys
down from the west (?) end of the long beach parking lot, towards
Bridgeport. 

 From Lynnette Clemens:
11/28/14 - Old Greenwich, Tods Point -- 6 Snow Bunting.

 From Turk Duddy:
11/28/14 - Wallingford -- Greater White-fronted Goose on Northford
Road in a field on the left shortly after entering the road (with
hundreds of Canada Geese).

 From Lisa Gagnon:
11/28/14 - Stafford Springs -- Fox Sparrow.

 From Lisa Gagnon:
11/27/14 - Stafford Springs, yard -- while cleaning the feeders I
heard some Pine Siskins (not coming to the feeders).  Also Purple
Finches over the last few weeks, not as many as before.

 From Tina Green:
11/27/14 - Westport, Sherwood Island SP -- 100+ American Pipits on the
model airplane field and the circle after the entrance.

 From Nick Bonomo:
11/27/14 - New Haven (West Haven), New Haven Harbor --  a drake
REDHEAD in the harbor, closest to West Haven Boat Ramp but scopeable
from Sandy Pt also.

 From Carol Zipp:
11/27/14 - Hamden, Backyard -- One Rusty Blackbird, our first of the
season.  Hopefully our usual crowd joins in soon.

 From Mark Aronson:
11/27/14 -  Milford, Silver Sands State Park -- 25+ American Pipits
between the marsh and the sparrow lane overflow parking area.  Also
half dozen Pine Siskin fly bys.

 From Hank Golet:
11/27/14 - East Lyme, Rocky Neck Marsh -- Imm LITTLE BLUE HERON.

 From Frank & Linda Mantlik:
11/27/14 - Stratford, Access Rd -- 1 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON.

 From Maryann Nazarchyk:
11/27/14 - Niantic, Rocky Neck -- Immature Little Blue Heron readily
seen from the car.

 From Katherine Edwards:
11/27/14 - New Canaan, yard -- morning; a pair (male and female) of
Purple Finch at my feeder.


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Subject: 11/26/2014 Snowy Owl
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:44:29 -0500
NOTE 1: On CTBirds there was discussion of a possible Pacific Loon
seen in Greenwich Harbor on Tuesday.

Note 2: Also from CTBirds, there was an eBird report (with photos)
from Monday of a Northern Shrike at Haddam Meadows State Park.

Note 3: Also posted to CTBirds was a copy of a Rhode Island report of
a Yellow-nosed Albatross.

Note 4: To really know what is going on, it should be obvious you need
to follow CTBirds, not just this daily summary.


 From Turk Duddy:
11/26/14 - Stratford, Long Beach -- SNOWY OWL.
Stratford, Short Beach --  about 50 Snow Buntings.
Milford, Jonathan Law HS, Beaver Brook Pond -- male Eurasian Wigeon.

 From Carolyn Cimino:
11/26/14 - Waterford, yard -- Fox Sparrow feeding on the ground.


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Subject: 11/25/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:13:40 -0500
 From Fran and Tom Holloway:
11/25/14 - Madison, yard -- one colorful male YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
on our backyard feeder, 7:00 AM.

 From Paul Cianfaglione:
11/25/14 - Farmington, Batterson Pond -- 1 CACKLING GOOSE.

 From Ray Belding:
11/25/14 - Colebrook, Colebrook River Lake -- 8 Snow Buntings.

 From Paul Desjardins:
11/25/14 - South Windsor, Station 43, Newberry Rd section -- Winter
Wren.

 From Bill Banks:
11/25/14 - New Haven, Lighthouse Point Park, hawk watch -- 26 Purple
Finch, 2200 Pine Siskin.

 From Elaine Taylor:
11/25/14 - Bristol -- 11:40 AM; A single "Blue" Snow Goose Was feeding
at the pond's edge just across from West Bristol School.

 From Steve Spector:
11/25/14 - Milford, Milford Point -- flock of 90 Snow Buntings at
beginning of Francis Street Sandbar (being chased by male Northern
Harrer).

 From Larry Flynn:
11/25/14 - Norwalk, Seaview Ave, Millpond -- Eurasian Wigeon
continues.  I've seen it several times over the past few days.  This
is the same pond where Sean Murtha reported a EUWI  a few weeks ago,
the pond  is across the street from Overton's. I'd suspect that this
is the same bird that frequented this same pond last year until the
water froze over.

 From Dana Campbell:
11/24/14 - East Hartford, backyard -- 1 Fox Sparrow foraging under my
nyger feeders.  Haven't had one for years!

 From Patrick Comins:
11/24/14 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- Two Evening
Grosbeaks flew over with a flock of Pine Siskins at Willard's Island
shortly after noon.
Middletown -- At least 35 Black Vultures flying over the baseball
field on Rt 66 in the afternoon.  (Not a single Turkey Vulture in the
flock.)

 From Frank Mantlik:
11/24/14 - Stratford, Long Beach -- PEREGRINE FALCON.


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Subject: 11/23/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:54:52 -0500
 From Sara Zagorski:
11/23/14 - New London, Ocean Beach SP -- Lark Sparrow continues on the
dirt path on the right side of the water slide.

 From Rollin S Tebbetts:
11/23/14 - Enfield, Barnes Boat Launch, South River Street -- 1
Red-necked Grebe.

 From Paul Desjardins:
11/23/14 - Enfield, north Enfield boat launch -- Red-necked Grebe.

 From Chris Loscalzo:
11/23/14 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- a flock of 5 Black
Scoter flew in, landed briefly, then continued west.  Also Northern
Gannet, Purple Sandpiper, and Lapland Longspur.

 From Steve Spector:
11/23/14 - Guilford, Shell Beach Road -- with Sol Satin, Pectoral
Sandpiper.

 From Phil Rusch:
11/23/14 - Storrs, UCONN, field below horse barn -- a single late
Pectoral Sandpiper.  (I did consider Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, but this
bird had a heavily streaked breast with no hint of orange.)

 From Steve Mayo:
11/23/14 - Bethany -- afternoon; my Lab and I had 3 American Woodcock
high up (10 meters, through the trees) while walking on the red trail
behind the Old Bethany Airport.  This was not really near yesterday's
sightings, which were seen off-trail in a "ticky-er" area. 


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Subject: 11/22/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:14:09 -0500
 From Paul Cianfaglione:
11/22/14 - West Hartford, Reservoir #6 -- 1 CACKLING GOOSE, 2 NORTHERN
PINTAIL.

 From Alex Burdo:
11/22/14 - Wallingford near the intersection of Whirlwind Hill Road
and Cooke Road -- Greater White-fronted Goose (in a flock of around
400 Canadas).

 From Alex Burdo and Doug Warner:
11/22/14 - New London, Ocean Beach Park -- Lark Sparrow seen very well
in the same area as reported previously, from around 3:30-4:30 this
afternoon.

 From Justin & Owen Lawson:
11/22/14 - New London, Ocean Beach Park -- Lark Sparrow  feeding on
grass by permanent picnic tables and on the gravel path between the
water and fence.  Having never been there a gentleman guided my family
in the right direction. (thank you).

 From Frank Mantlik:
11/22/14 - Fairfield/Bridgeport, Ash Creek -- Adult EURASIAN WIGEON
(among flock of American Wigeon) easily seen from parking lot of One
Post Rd office building at intersection of Post Rd and Grasmere.

 From Paul Desjardins:
11/22/14 - Avon, Fisher Meadow -- 1 Fox Sparrow.
East Granby, East Granby Farms -- 1 Rusty Blackbird.

 From Hank Golet with Maryann Nazarchky:
11/22/14 - Mystic, Ender's Island -- BLACK-HEADED GULL, adult
non-breeding,

 From Hank Golet:
11/22/14 - Rocky Neck, Rocky Neck marsh -- LITTLE BLUE HERON, JUV.

 From Jan Hollerbach:
11/22/14 - Westport, private home, very close to Post Road and Turkey
Hill -- Red-breasted Nuthatch.

 From Steve Mayo:
11/22/14 - Bethany -- 4 American Woodcock flushed in the woods, from
behind the driving range just south of the Old Bethany Airport.  

 From Aidan Kiley with New Haven Bird Club Walk:
11/22/14 - Westport, Sherwood Island State Park -- 1 Brown Creeper at
main entrance, 1 Swainson's Thrush seen well, 25 Snow Buntings.
Fairfield, Mill Plain Road -- 1 Black Vulture circling close.


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Subject: 11/21/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:50:33 -0500
 From Michael Doyle:
11/21/14 - Litchfield, Bantam Lak -- morning;  two White-winged
Scoter, one Red-throated Loon, one Red-necked Grebe. Also two Northern
Shoveler.

 From Annie and Mike Perko:
11/21/14 - Colchester, yard -- Between 6:30 and 7:30 AM; Brown Creeper
and Fox Sparrow continue.
?????, on the Rt. 207 Section of the Hebron Rail Trail across from the
Fish and Game Section of that Swamp -- Between 9:15 and 9:30; A Dozen
male and female Rusty Blackbirds were walking on the ice near the edge
of the swamp on both sides of the Trail.

 From Andy Griswold:
11/21/14 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- Three flyby Red
Crossbill.
New London, Ocean Beach Park -- Lark Sparrow continues along with
Common Eider, and northern Gannet. 

 From Steve Spector:
11/21/14 - Stratford, Short Beach -- 32 Snow Bunting.
Milford, Silver Sands State Park -- Vesper Sparrow feeding with
Ipswich Savannah Sparrow.

 From Tom Murray:
11/21/14 - Bridgeport, Seaside Park -- about 40 Snow Bunting at far
west end of the park on grassy field just before Fairweather Island.
Seen at 4:10 PM.

 From Ted Gilman:
11/20/14 - Greenwich, Audubon Center -- AMERICAN WOODCOCK and FOX
SPARROW each flushed out of the brush as I walked along the boardwalk
between the front fields and the orchard, just north of Quaker Ridge
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Subject: 11/20/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:02:13 -0500
 From Justine Lee via eBird and Frank Mantlik:
11/19/14 - Fairfield, Ash Creek -- 2:20 PM Wednesday; female HARLEQUIN
DUCK.  There is no way to be sure of the precise location, but the
eBird report (with link to photo) is here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20607644

 From John Oshlick:
11/20/14 - New Haven, East Shore Park -- 1 American Woodcock, 1
Bonaparte's Gull.

 From Michael Doyle:
11/20/14 - Litchfield, Bantam Lake -- morning; four Northern Shoveler
in the outlet cove.

 From Keith Mueller:
11/20/14 - Wallingford, Whirlwind Hill Rd, above Mackenzie Reservoir
-- Cackling Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose.

 From Fran and Tom Holloway:
11/20/14 - Killingworth, Chatfield Hollow State Park -- 9:30 AM; 3
Swainson's Thrushes just off main road near the parking area adjoining
the Boardwalk.

 From Tom Murray:
11/20/14 - Bridgeport, Seaside Park -- 23 Snow Bunting on grass field
at far west end of the park, seen at 4 PM.

 From Paul Desjardins:
11/20/14 - Broad Brook, Mill Pond -- afternoon; 2 Northern Shovelers,
hen Northern Pintail.

 From Steve Spector:
11/20/14 - Milford, Silver Sands SP -- 3:30 PM; Vesper Sparrow.  Cold
sparrow lanes next to main parking lot with constant west wind.

 From Hank Golet:
11/20/14 - New London, Ocean Beach -- Around noon, LARK SPARROW was
almost at south end of fence, picnic table area.  Also, "IPSWICH"
SAVANNAH SPARROW in sparce beach grass area before viewing pllatform.

 From Robert Dixon:
11/20/14 - Sterling, yard, feeders -- FOX SPARROW (3), YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER (1f).

 From Tony Hager:
11/20/14 - Middletown -- 3:30 PM; 32 (more-or-less) BLACK VULTURES
circling roughly over the Home Depot on Rt 66.


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Subject: 11/19/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:51:46 -0500
 From Ryan MacLean:
11/19/14 - Greenwich, Quaker Ridge -- Our 14th Golden Eagle of the
season gave 3 hawkwatchers and several members of the Audubon staff
great looks soaring directly over the parking lot at 12:20. 

 From Julian Hough:
11/19/14 - ????? -- Two flocks of American Pipits, totalling 100+ and
30+ respectively in fields surrounding Lyman Orchards between Rt 157
and Powder HIll Road. Never seen that many American Pipits together.

 From Janis LaPointe:
11/19/14 - Bloomfield -- An adult Snow Goose (with a flock of Canadas)
was on the lawn of Carmen Arace School on Park Ave this afternoon. The
flock appeared small on the front law.  Then the Snow Goose and other
moved among the school's athletic fields joining a much large flock.
Seen at 2:30 to 3:00 PM.

 From Greg Hanisek:
11/19/14 - New Preston, Lake Waramaug -- 10 species of waterfowl
including one WHITE-WINGED SCOTER.

 From Morris and Debbie Finkelstein:
11/19/14 - New London, Ocean Beach Park -- The Lark Sparrow was
present this afternoon around 3:00 PM, in the picnic area, as
previously described.  We didn't spot the Common Eider or Northern
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Subject: 11/18/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:57:13 -0500
 From Dave Provencher:
11/18/14 - New London, Ocean Beach Park -- The Lark Sparrow was still
present this morning, in the area of the picnic tables. It moved to
the vegetation along the creek at one point. Though there are a few
other sparrows about, it appears to not be associating with them. Also
of note were 6 Common Eider and a small number of Northern Gannets
working very close to the shore.

 From Doug Beach with Roger Preston and Ben Skaught:
11/18/14 - East Granby -- 1 Black Vulture over East Granby; seen from
the Simsbury Airport at 10:00.  Approximately 25 American Pipits
continuing from last week at the Simsbury Airport.

 From Chuck Imbergamo:
11/18/14 - Madison, yard -- A Fox Sparrow briefly joined the feeding
frenzy under our feeders at 1 PM today.

 From Chris Loscalzo:
11/18/14 - Milford, Jonathan Law HS/Beaver Brook Pond -- the drake
EURASIAN WIGEON continues (in a flock of ~ 100 American Wigeon).
Stratford, Pecks Mill Pond -- one hen NORTHERN SHOVELER.

 From Jim & Jan Sherwonit:
11/18/14 - Old Saybrook, yard -- Our lone Fox Sparrow (and female
Purple Finch) continue at the feeders along with all the usuals.


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Subject: 11/17/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:32:13 -0500
 From Chuck Imbergamo:
11/17/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- Two Lapland Longspurs in
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Subject: 11/16/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 21:56:09 -0500
 From Russ Smiley:
11/16/14 - New London, Ocean Beach Park -- 10:45 AM: Lark Sparrow near
playground area by picnic tables seen front stream side trail.

 From Paul Cianfaglione:
11/15/14 - Hartford, Riverside Park -- 2 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER.
11/16/14 - Canton, Canton Yard- 200+ PINE SISKIN, 3 PURPLE FINCH.

 From Fran and Tom Holloway:
11/16/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- 9:00 AM; One NORTHERN
GANNET flying off the coast beyond the jetty; 25 SNOW BUNTINGS in
Nature Center parking field; looking north from the Cedar Island
observation platform 1 male PEREGRINE FALCON on a nearer log.

 From Larry Bausher:
11/16/14 - Milford, Mondo Ponds -- 10:30 AM; hen Northern Pintail  
continues on back pond (with Mallards)  Also Pine Siskins.

 From Paul Desjardins:
11/16/14 - South Windsor, Station 43, Vibert Rd section -- 2 Fox
Sparrows and 3 Rusty Blackbirds.
Broad Brook, Mill Pond -- hen Northern Pintail and 2 Common Raven.

 From Gina Nichol & Steve Bird:
11/16/14 - Madison, Hammonassett State Park, Willards Island -- Fox
Sparrow.

 From Dan Cimbaro:
11/16/14 - East Hampton -- noon; 8 Rusty Blackbirds present at Pine
Brook marsh.  Feeding on ground at north end of marsh visible from
trail at intersection of Chestnut Hill Road & Old Middletown Ave.

 From Carolyn Cimino:
11/16/14 -  New London, Ocean Beach Park -- 2:20 PM; The Lark Sparrow
found by Russ this morn continues.

 From Annie and Mike Perko:
11/16/14 - Colchester, yard -- Red-headed Woodpecker showed up finally
around 10 and stayed around off and on til last seen around 4:30. Five
other people got to see it today. Thanks for not giving up on him/her.
It seems to be more active after 2 P.M. Today it was seen eating
peanuts, suet and white millet on the ground near back feeder. Before
lunch it seemed to be find his cache and eating leftovers from
yesterday.

 From Jory Teltser:
11/16/14 - ?????, Jonathan Law School -- Eurasian Wigeon, at 4 PM,with
Tina Green.

 From Hank Golet:
11/16/14 - Waterford, Town beach, on Islands off the beach -- COMMON
EIDER 4, PURPLE SANDPIPER 4.

 From Steve Kotchko:
11/16/14 - Rocky Hill, Rocky Hill Meadows -- about 50 American Pipits
in field in the meadows.

 From Robert and Linda Dixon:
11/16/14 - Sterling yard -- FOX SPARROW (5), YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
(1f) and 28 Northern Cardinals at dusk (20 males).
Central Village, Quinebaug Fish Hatchery -- PURPLE FINCH (2), FOX
SPARROW.

 From Craig Repasz:
11/16/14 - ?????, West Rock -- Fox Sparrow.

 From Frank Mantlik:
11/16/14 - Stratford, undisclosed private residence -- Immature female
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD coming to feeder. Identification, age and sex
determined with aid of photographs. Access to birders is not yet
allowed.

 From Frank & Linda Mantlik:
11/16/14 - tratford, our residence -- Fox Sparrow. Our first of
season.

 From James Sherwonit:
11/16/14 - Old Saybrook -- Fox Sparrow

 From Cindi Kobak:
11/15/14 - North Guilford yard -- 2 adult male YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKERS stripped last of fruit from winterberry in late afternoon.


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Subject: 11/15/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 22:33:41 -0500
 From Annie and Mike Perko:
11/15/14 - Colchester, yard -- A RED HEADED WOODPECKER (JUVENILE)
showed up under my peanut feeder in back. Going from peanut feeder to
suet feeder tree in back yard. Showed up at 7:45 AM and still there as
of 4 PM, coming as often as every 2 minutes caching away peanuts in
two large swamp maples in backyard.

 From Ernie Harris:
11/15/14 - Colchester deck -- 6:45-7:45 AM; Brown Creeper, Common
Raven.

 From Michael Doyle:
11/15/14 - Litchfield, Bantam Lake -- One Red-throated Loon this
morning in the center of the lake.

 From Russ Smiley:
11/15/14 - East Windsor, Broad Brook Mill Pond -- Greater
White-fronted Goose arrived about 10:30 AM.  Barnacle Goose arrived
around 11 AM.

 From Nick Bonomo:
11/15/14 - Bridgeport, Seaside Park -- 11 AM; A CATTLE EGRET just flew
out of the horse pen that is near the west entrance to the park. It
flew behind the landfill, heading west.

 From Jerry Connolly and The Audubon Shop Sat. Bird Walk Crew:
11/15/14 - Madison, Hammonasset SP -- COMMON EIDER, 2 GREAT
CORMORANTS, 40+ SNOW BUNTINGS (all at end of moraine trail, visible
from Cedar Isle trail platform).

 From Carolyn Cimino:
11/15/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- 1 Brown Creeper in
campground, 70 Snow Buntings in several parking areas and also viewed
from Cedar I platform, 2 Northern Gannet, 1 Common Eider.

 From Mark Szantyr:
11/15/14 - East Windsor, Broad Brook -- found the Barnacle Goose and
the Greater White-fronted Goose.

 From Fran Zygmont:
11/15/14 - Barkhamsted Yard -- Just when I thought my yard Fox Sparrow
numbers were subsiding, I counted 19 visible at one pass along grounds
where I feed (4:15 PM). Also for the yard today: 1 Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker, 1 Brown Creeper, several Pine Siskins, 1 Common Raven.

 From Carolyn Cimino with Bob Dewire and group :
11/15/14 - Lyme, Ely's Ferry Rd -- 3:00 PM; 1 Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker, 1 Brown Creeper, flock of Pine Siskins.

 From Scott Besade:
11/15/14 - Stonington, Barn Island to Sandy Point, from boat -- 30
Common Eider, 8 White-winted Scoter, 2 Northern Pintail.

 From Robert Dixon:
11/15/14 - Sterling yard -- 33 species; FOX SPARROW (3), PURPLE FINCH,
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (1f), AMERICAN WOODCOCK flushed from sunny
hillside.

 From Steve Spector:
11/15/14 - Milford, Mondo Ponds -- female Northern Pintail continues
(has been associating with Mallards for a week).

 From Paul Cianfaglione:
11/14/14 - Farmington, Batterson Pond -- 1 LONG-TAILED DUCK.

 From Dana Campbell:
11/14/14 - New Haven, Lighthouse Point Park, Hawk Watch -- 10:45;
Juvie GOLDEN EAGLE gave great looks, 7 PEREGRINE FALCONS, 44 PINE
SISKINS.

 From Gina Nichol & Steve Bird:
11/14/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- Common Eider close to
shore off the Moraine Trail, 14 Snow Buntings in the East Beach
parking lot.


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