Farifield Counts-New Idea

Back sitting here in the hospital but a new idea has emerged in my head during the past few days.

There are a few spots in Fairfield that I bird pretty regularly. They include: Ash Creek, South Pine Creek, Sherman Marsh and Fields, and the Audubon Larsen Sanctuary.

I was thinking of putting together annual counts for each location and using the data to better my birding-and if anyone else wants it-theirs too. I would (somehow) put the data into a Fairfield Web-Database.

The counts would be weekly-biweekly depending on count. Time of day would not matter for the whole count but it would be noted for that day.

Species and numbers of that species would be noted as well as weather, date, and a note about the day’s count. Anything else of interest will be noted as well.

I’m really interested in learning my town’s birdlife. Partly because Ive seen so many great birds here and partly because Fairfield doesn’t get as much press as some of the other towns in CT (such as Stratford, Milford).

Results of yesterday’s Pre-Survey (Count)

Ash Creek, Fairfield-

1 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH-This bird really surprised me. It went from
the pines (gathering pine nuts) to the dec trees (gathering insects)
4 Black-capped Chickadee
7 Song Sparrow-Not much sparrow diversity at all-very quiet compared
to my last count two weeks ago
1 Downy Woodpecker
10 American Black Duck
3 American Wigeon
4 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Northern Mockingbird
1 Belted Kingfisher
2 Mute Swan
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Laughing Gull
3 Herring Gull
2 Ring-billed Gull
2 House Sparrow

Sherman Marsh, Fairfield
1 Song Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
Sparrow numbers have dwindled so much at Sherman in the past two
weeks. I had gone 3 times before this without seeing anything.

The height of the sparrow push seems to be over, at least here in
Fairfield. Winter birds (like the nuthatch and wigeons) are setting
in. November is here!

                                                    Swamp Sparrow, Sherman Marsh and Fields

Does anyone have any suggestions? I would love to hear feedback about how you think the
pre-survey went.
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