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Caspian Tern: Bird Finder for September 10

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Caspian Tern
Although uncommon, Caspian Terns may be found in Connecticut from mid-April to early November. Two were seen at the Milford Point Coastal Center on Wednesday, September 9.

Barred Owl: Bird Finder for Sept. 4

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Barred Owl: Barred Owls are widely distributed throughout the state wherever large, unfragmented tracts of forested land are present. Barred Owls are only slightly smaller that Connecticut’s largest native owl the Great Horned. Because the Great Horned Owl predates young Barred Owls, the two owls are rarely found near each other.

Olive-sided Flycatcher: Bird Finder for August 20

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Olive-sided Flycatcher
While most birders spend their August mornings along the coast searching for shorebirds and terns, those who spend these days in and around the woods might be pleasantly surprised by this early boreal migrant.

Our Education Director Participates in a Climate Education Summit at the White House

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

We are proud and gratified that Michelle Eckman, our director of education, will be among 200 educators at the White House this week participating in a Back-to-School Climate Education summit organized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The White House press release explains: “The event supports the Climate Education and Literacy […]

Roseate Tern: Bird Finder for August 13

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Roseate Tern: An endangered species nationwide and in Connecticut, Roseate Terns can now be found with other terns as they begin to stage along our coast through August and September — and then be off, leaving the roosting sandbars suddenly empty.

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher: Bird Finder for August 7

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
The long-popular reference to a “miniature Mockingbird” holds up pretty well. Shape and tone are reminiscent of the big mimid, although the gnatcatcher lacks the white wing markings. But keep miniature in mind. This is a small, slender bird in the warbler size category.

Downy Woodpecker: Bird Finder for July 31

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Downy Woodpecker

Anyone with a bird feeder already knows this diminutive woodpecker. At about six inches in length, this black and white clinging bird has a coast to coast distribution and is the smallest of our woodpecker family. It is here in Connecticut year round and does not migrate.

Wood Thrush: Bird Finder for July 22

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Wood Thrush
It’s not too late in the season to hear the beautiful, flute-like call of the Wood Thrush throughout – as its name would indicate – the woods of rural Connecticut.

Compromise in Hartford on Open Space Funding

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The Connecticut General Assembly concluded its 2015 session last week by agreeing to provide significant funds for open space preservation, narrowly averting a proposal that would have been disastrous to conservation efforts.

Are You My Mother?

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

What happens when a female Robin loses her babies? The mothering instinct is strong. Here is a situation we heard about this morning via email, from Sharon Eiter, who lives near Hartford: “There is a bird nest in a honeysuckle shrub on a trellis in our yard.  We have watched both a robin and male and female […]

 

 

 

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