6/4 – Northeast Fairfield

Song Sparrow

The town of Fairfield is blessed with a large diversity of habitats and birdlife, including its many breeders. On June 4, I began one of my main goals for the big year-to try to pin down as many as Fairfield’s summer residents as possible in order to get a better idea of breeding diversity and the birds that spend this season with us here in Fairfield.

My two spots chosen for the morning were Hoyden’s Hill Open Space and Lake Mohegan. Hoyden’s contains a pretty good example of edge habitat as well as having a bit of woodland and open fields. As seen from my previous posts, Lake Mohegan’s habitats are widely varied and include deciduous woodland, open fields, wet hillsides and of course, the lake.

At Hoyden’s I was able to come up with a nice total of thirty-five species including 5 warbler species and most of Hoyden’s common specialties with Brown Thrasher being surprisingly absent.

Highlights included both Orioles, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Towhee, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-Pewee and others.

Tree Swallow

Eastern Bluebird

Cedar Waxwings

Blue-winged Warbler

On to Lake Mohegan, where I was able to pin down a number of possible/probable breeders including the following highlights: Baltimore Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Worm-eating Warbler, Wood Thrush, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-Pewee and Hairy Woodpecker.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

In summary, this is the first of many planned trips to a number of locations across Fairfield. It went very well, with forty-six species for the entire morning, and thirty-five noted at each location.

Another terrific Fairfield morning!

-Alex

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3 Responses to 6/4 – Northeast Fairfield

  1. It is amazing how many birds you usually think of as migrants stay to breed in Fairfield. I never knew Fairfield has such good habitat. I’ll definitely be going to some of the places, as I’m missing some of those breeding birds on my YL and I would just love to see some of these beautiful little birds nesting. And if there were a Screech Owl anywhere…

    • Alex Burdo says:

      I’m sure Norwalk has some pretty good places too! Happy you’ll be visiting, Brendan as that was one of the major aims of the big year-putting Fairfield on the map for birders. Haha I’ll let you know…..

  2. Dave says:

    Great shot of the Blue-winged!!

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