Spring Migration Started (with a bang)!

Because of the movement of birds on Thursday night I decided to head to the nearby Birdcraft Sanctuary to look for new arrivals. I was not disappointed!! 9 species of warblers and many FOYs later!

The Birdcraft is a terrific migrant trap, and in my opinion one of the three best in the state. I was there from 7:50-10:20 ish and saw a great variety of birds. I got a whole mess of migrants including 9 warblers. Last spring this was one of the places I birded the most and plan for things to be no different this year. Usually, my most productive spot is an area I dubbed the “High Trail”. It consists of two sets of wooden steps that climb a small hill which allows you to see into the lower canopy. Another good spot is the pondside vegetation which usually holds waterthrushes, Wilson’s and Canada Warblers. It’s a good place for a Protho of Kentucky Warb to end up in CT with the double punch of habitat and migrant trap, an overshoot has a good chance of getting here (if it doesn’t end up at East Rock!) I’m going to write a post soon all about the Birdcaft the first in my Fairfield series posts I plan to do.

Here’s a list of migrants I saw, along with a few photos:

1 Blue-headed Vireo

4 Yellow-throated Vireo

8 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

5 Hermit Thrush

1 Gray Catbird

2 Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

and the warbs……………

3 Northern Parula

1 Blue-winged Warbler

1 Yellow Warbler

1 Blackburnian Warbler

30+Yellow-rumped Warbler

15 Black-throated Green Warbler

2 Palm Warbler

12 Black-and-White Warbler

4 Northern Waterthrush

female Eastern Towhee

I watched this Painted Turtle emerge from the water and climb on the wood to sun himself

male Rose-breasted Grosbeak

I’ll be making regular posts for this location throughout the month.


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3 Responses to Spring Migration Started (with a bang)!

  1. Lar says:

    A sublime photograph of the beautiful turtle crawling out of the water.

  2. Deanna says:

    Hi Alex,
    You certainly had a productive day! I’m impressed with all of the birds you logged in. Liked the turtle photo, also. You are certainly back in the swing of things–great birding and great weather to boot. See you soon

  3. Pingback: A Morning at East Rock and other May 1st notes « Flight of the Scrub-Jay

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