Connecticut Audbon Society



Welcome to the CTAudubon Rare Bird Alert

The Townsend’s Warbler, photographed by Russ Smiley.

We’ll text you when a rare bird is found in Connecticut and other nearby areas. We’ll also list it in this post, locate it on the map below, and include a link to this post. The alerts are by text only and you have to sign up to receive them! Click here to sign up!

First CT Record. Female. Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. 17 April 2020. © Frank Mantlik

Happy birding, and please take a look at the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics before heading out.

We’ve compiled a list of birds that we think are worth going to see if they show up in Connecticut. If we confirm that they are here, we will send out an alert. Click here to see the list.

The CTAudubon Rare Bird Alert is a free service of the Connecticut Audubon Society. Your donation or membership will help provide support.




September 4, 2020 – Western Kingbird, West Thompson Dam, North Grovenserdale. The bird is visible in the large field on the west edge of the reservoir. It reportedly likes to use the middle line of trees in the field as a perch, but is unreliable.


Rarities gone but not forgotten
August 17, 2019 – Magnificent Frigatebird, Hammonasset Beach State Park (this bird flew past and was not relocated).

August 29, 2019 – Black-headed Gull, Milford Point (not relocated on August 30)

September 9, 2019 – Lark Sparrow, Lighthouse Point, New Haven 

September 4, 2019 – Black-headed Gull, Short Beach, Stratford.

September 2, 2019 – Yellow-headed Blackbird, Silver Sands State Park, Milford. No reports on Tuesday, 9/3.

August 30, 31, 2019 – American Avocet (3), Milford Point. Reported on 8/30, still there Saturday, 8/31, and Sunday 9/1. The three birds were still there on Tuesday, 9/3.

August 30, 2019 – Wilson’s Phalarope, Silver Sands State Park. No further reports.

September 21, 2019 – American Avocet at Milford Point. One bird has been observed there for several days, possibly one of the three that were there three weeks ago.

September 22, 2019 – Lark Sparrow at Silver Sands State Park, Milford. Reported this morning on the COA listserve: “The bird was near the north south running wood parking barrier at the West end of the Sparrow lanes.”

September 27 – Gull-billed Tern seen again this morning at the Sherwood Mill Pond Preserve, 191 Hillspoint Avenue, Westport. Reported on the COA listserve. See map below.
October 5 – Blue Grosbeak (adult female or second year male) reported on Friday, October 4, at our Smith Richardson Preserve, Sasco Creek Road, Westport. Photos on eBird.

October 4 – Sedge Wren at Silver Sands State Park, 30 yards past black gate at western end of main parking lot, along the chain link fence 

October 4 – Swainson’s Hawk seen flying north past Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven

October 28 – Lark Sparrow at Sikorsky Airport off of Lordship Boulevard. Gated lot near entrance, associating with Savannah Sparrows

October 27 – Sandhill Crane at Salt Meadow Park, Madison. The COA list reports that it’s “on the left side of the soccer fields at Salt Meadow Park in Madison as of 9:55 AM. Easy views from parking area.”

October 23 – Probable Western Meadowlark at Sherwood Island State Park, moving between model airfield and rotary with a flock of Eastern Meadowlarks. Last seen October 24.

November 24 – Western Grebe, Cove Island Wildlife Sanctuary

November 23 – Brewer’s Sparrow at Hammonasset. First State record. As of shortly before 1 p.m on the COA list, “The Brewer’s found earlier this morning at Middle Beach Circle is still here, in a mixed flock feeding in the grass by the picnic tables. The flock is pretty skittish but seems to be working the area pretty regularly.”

November 23 – Leconte’s Sparrow, Savin Lake Park, Route 616, Lebanon. From the COA list: “Park at the entrance sound end of lake. Walk up dirt road 1/10 mile. Go past gate. Bird is in thicket on right about 15 yards past gate.”

December 7 – Tufted Duck, Captain’s Cove, 1 Bostwick Avenue, Bridgeport. The COA reports that it’s “in the west cove seen from boardwalk near small buildings … with mostly Lesser and a few Greater Scaup.” The docks are private, so view from the paved area, please.

December 7 – First reported November 27, Western Tanager still being viewed at a feeder at 60 Dibble Street,  Torrington.

December 21 – Barnacle Goose in Shelton. Seen on Trap Rock Reservoir from 420 Huntington Street, Shelton.

January 5, 2020 – Young female Barrow’s Goldeneye off the tip of Stamford Avenue, on Shippan Point, Stamford, seen this morning feeding with Brant until it swam out of sight.

January 13 – Pink-footed Goose on Crosby Pond in Orange, with Northern Pintail and a large number of Canada Geese

January 26, 2020 – Thick-billed Murre at Greenwich Point Park. Park in the lot with the concession stand and walk out to the point.

February 8, 2020 – Pacific Loon. Reported on the COA list early afternoon. Seen in New London Harbor from the Orient Point Ferry. Early suggestions are to search from Fort Trumbull Park.

Black-headed Gull on the East Branch of Stamford Harbor, seen from Czecik Marina Park.

March 16, 2020 – Sandhill Crane at Benedict Pond, Norfolk, yesterday. Look for parking near the outlet on North Colebrook Road.

March 16, 2020 – February 24, 2020 – Harris’s Sparrow still at Hammonasset, near the playground.


American Avocets at Milford Point, August 2019. © C.S. Wood






Follow Us Facebook Twitter Instagram