Connecticut Audbon Society

Welcome to Bird Finder, our guide to interesting birds you might be able to find now in Connecticut!

Some of the best birders in the state generously share their expertise here. Patrick Comins, Milan Bull, and Andy Griswold from our own staff. Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe and Genevieve Nuttall from Audubon Connecticut. Greg Hanisek, Stefan Martin, Helena Ives, Chris Wood, Nick Bonomo – a great roster of contributors. Our hope is that Bird Finder will inspire you to go out and find the birds they write about!


Clapper Rail

May 26, 2018. Rails are an elusive group of birds. Narrow and hen-shaped, they slide through the tall grasses of coastal, brackish, and freshwater marshes foraging on plant material, invertebrates, and small fish.

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Eastern Whip-poor-will

May 17, 2018. In Connecticut, and most of New England, Eastern Whip-poor-wills have become much fewer in sightings than earlier accounts indicate. However, since their arrival earlier this month, surveyors for the Connecticut Bird Atlas have already found individuals and potential breeding pairs in the Meshomasic State Forest in Glastonbury, Barn Island Wildlife Management Area in New London, and Naugatuck State Forest in New Haven!

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Bird by Bird: Patrick Comins’s guide to a great Bird-a-thon

March 10, 2018. Here’s a special edition of Bird Finder to cover some birds that will be possible to find during our May 18th-20th Bird-a-thon, but can easily be missed even with fairly intensive efforts (widespread birds and real rarities not included). It is likely that more than 200 species will be in Connecticut that weekend, but any one person getting to 200 is quite a challenge.

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Two Waterthrushes

May 1, 2018. These warblers are active, vociferous birds, habitual tail-waggers easily told from our array of other warbler species. Telling them apart is another matter.

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Purple Martin

April 28, 2018. As spring unfolds, Purple Martin landlords anxiously await the arrival of their tenants. Purple Martins are beautiful, much-admired songbirds, and these popular swallows are sought after as backyard birds all across the U.S., particularly in the south and east.

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