So I am back to birding in Connecticut! I made a couple of trips to some great and very different sites. One was a old second and third Growth Forest and the other was my favorite beach/state park. The old growth forest was amazing. Within 5 minutes of getting out of my car, I saw tree swallows and one of my favorite birds, the Pileated Woodpecker. While I won't say that the Pileated is my all time favorite bird, it is certainly up there. It is a wonderful majestic bird that was flying from tree to tree that I got to see and enjoy. At these woods, I also saw some Blue-Grey Gnatcatchers and caught a glimpse of a Louisiana Waterthrush. I did see a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker too that was getting ready for the breeding season. I heard many more warblers than I saw. Its great to hear them, but I wanted to see them as well. I definitely will be going back to these woods.
My favorite beach park also yielded some great birds. While I only added one bird to my year list there, I did see several Great birds. The New Year bird was a Purple Martin, but I found savannah Sparrows there as well. I also caught a good look at a Palm Warbler. Lots of Killdeer, Osprey, Tree Swallows, Flickers, Cardinals, Gulls, Brant and even Great Egrets made for a great day outside! Happy birding!
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher LB
Louisiana Waterthrush LB
2012 Total: 130 (70 to go!)
Life List Update: 158 (42 to go!)
The photo below is a great sign that spring is on its way! FIDDLEHEADS!!!