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.
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.
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!