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Location
Conn. Audubon Center (Pomfret), Windham County, Connecticut, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:30 AM
Protocol:
Stationary
Party Size:
4
Duration:
3 hour(s), 30 minute(s)
Observers:
CT bird atlas List , Stephen Broker
Comments:
Birding with Bob Dixon, also Tim Thompson and Tony Woodall. Additional birders (Jeri, Donna, Dan, Danny) arriving during the observation period.
Connecticut Bird Atlas Block 43A.
Species
33 species total
2
Wood Duck
4
Mourning Dove

Including one apparent pair.

Breeding Code
P Pair in Suitable Habitat (Probable)
1
Black-billed Cuckoo

Distant views in young Black Walnut adjacent to the cat-tail marsh.

1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Seen at the CAS Pomfret Center. One also flew by at the viewing platform, ignored by me.

2
Green Heron
9
Turkey Vulture
3
Downy Woodpecker
3
Willow Flycatcher
Breeding Code
P Pair in Suitable Habitat (Probable)
2
Eastern Kingbird
1
Yellow-throated Vireo

Heard singing steadily.

2
Warbling Vireo
Breeding Code
P Pair in Suitable Habitat (Probable)
4
American Crow
10
Tree Swallow
1
Bank Swallow
10
Barn Swallow
2
Tufted Titmouse
2
Sedge Wren

The adult female was observed essentially continuously on the north side of Day Road from my 7:30 A.M. arrival to 11:00 A.M. departure. Field marks noted included small size, streaked crown and scalloped/patterned back, barred wings, unmarked pale upper breast when viewed straight on, pale buff coloration on hind flanks and upper and under tail coverts, pale supercillium, short bicolored bill, and pink legs. She made numerous visits to the nest site, as evidenced by carrying food, visiting the same delimited area repeatedly, and flying out from this tall grass area with white fecal sacs (which appeared to vary somewhat in size). On several occasions as she flew directly toward us at the viewing platform, she issued rapid series of chat calls, distinguishable from the occasional calls given nearby by Common Yellowthroats. Most fecal sacs were carried down to the ground, although on at least three occasions we watched them being dropped in flight. Nearly every instance of carrying fecal sacs resulted in their release on the right side of the mowed path seen from the platform, some distance from the nest site. Food items varied in appearance from bright green (a caterpillar) to pale yellow to dark in color. This is a highly crepuscular bird, expert at moving through dense grassy areas in search of food. At times she would disappear for extended periods, then pop up nearby with food and fly back to the nest. At 8:55 A.M., the female flew across Day Road in the direction of the male and remained there for several minutes. If there were interactions between the two birds, they were generally out of sight.
The male was observed far less frequently on the south side of Day Road, although his singing was heard frequently and heard well. (Prior to my arrival, Bob Dixon said he flew to the north side of the road for a while.) He worked around fairly close lower areas near bright green foliage, ranging (line of sight, not distance) along the hillside to either side of the distant barn roof (once moving left past the line of sight to the second distant light pole), occasionally perching in tall grasses and giving extended looks. At closest approach to Day Road he was out of sight. Most songs began with a two-note introduction followed by a rapid chatter, although later in the observations he changed to a one-note introduction, followed by the chatter.
Some outstanding photos have been posted by others.

1
Eastern Bluebird
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown
1
Veery

Heard singing twice from distant wooded upland. Atlas Block 28E.

2
American Robin
1
Gray Catbird
4
Cedar Waxwing
4
American Goldfinch
1
Chipping Sparrow
2
Song Sparrow
8
Bobolink
1
Orchard Oriole
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female 1
Sex Unknown
20
Red-winged Blackbird
Breeding Code
P Pair in Suitable Habitat (Probable)
2
Common Grackle
Breeding Code
CF Carrying Food (Confirmed)
4
Common Yellowthroat
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 3
Female 1
Sex Unknown
Breeding Code
CF Carrying Food (Confirmed)
2
Yellow Warbler
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female 1
Sex Unknown
Breeding Code
P Pair in Suitable Habitat (Probable)
3
Northern Cardinal
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 2
Female 1
Sex Unknown
Breeding Code
P Pair in Suitable Habitat (Probable)
2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female 1
Sex Unknown
Breeding Code
P Pair in Suitable Habitat (Probable)
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes