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We hope to provide an up-to-date resource of what's happening at the New Haven Bird Club and in the woods, fields, sky and beaches around the New Haven area. If you have any questions or suggestions, please drop us a line at ask.nhbc@gmail.com.

The Mega Bowl of Birding in New Haven County!

The Mega Bowl of Birding in New Haven County! Held on Super Bowl Sunday!!!

Come join in on a fun and friendly event! Compete with other birders and win prizes and get your team’s name inscribed on the prestigious Mega Bowl Trophy! When:  Sunday, February 5th, 2017 from 6 am to 4 pm.  (Dinner from 4 pm to 6 pm) Where: New Haven County from Milford to Madison (and north to Waterbury and Meriden), CT Why: to have fun birding, socialize with other birders, and raise money for the New Haven Bird Club (the event host) and other environmental organizations of your choice How it works: Birders join together in groups of 3 or 4 people and go birding wherever they like within New Haven County on the day of the event.  They record the birds they observe and earn points for each species recorded.  Each species has a point value from 1 to 5 with 1 point for the most common species and 5 points for the rarest species.  The point values are determined by how common or rare the species is in New Haven County in February.  If a team is the first team of the day to find a rare (5-point) bird, they will be awarded an additional 3 points for calling it in right away so that other teams will have the opportunity to observe it. The teams will meet at the end of the event and have dinner and share stories. The meeting will be at the Kellogg Environmental Center at 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby.  A delicious dinner will be served.  The results will be tabulated and a winning team will be determined. The winning team will get its name inscribed on the Mega Bowl Trophy! Prizes will be awarded to every team that earns 100 points or more. Special prizes will be awarded to the teams with the highest point total, the highest species total, and other accomplishments to be determined.  Every team will earn a prize.  Some prizes will be obtained through the generous support of The Fat Robin in Hamden and The Audubon Shop in Madison. Teams will have to strategize where to go to get the most points. Some teams might start along the coast and then go inland, while others might do the opposite. Birders could choose to go to local birding spots that they know well, or to other

Fargeorge Trip Report

Fargeorge Wildlife Refuge Trip Report: 22 people attending the New Haven Land Trust – New Haven Bird Club joint fieldtrip on Saturday Nov 5, 2016 to the New Haven Land Trust’s Fargeorge Wildlife refuge off of Quinnipiac Ave in New Haven. The weather was chilly and a little cloudy to start. Temperature = 30F to 45F Beginning to End. The Tide was Dead Low to start. We had no wind at all so there were no active migrators.

Some of the highlights were: lots of Ruby and Golden Crowned Kinglets – See Picture below, a Woodcock, and a Purple Finch. A grand time was had by all. A great thank you goes to the good folks at the New Haven Land Trust.

The following is a list of bird species seen and /or heard by the attendees:

Mute Swan American Black Duck Mallard Double-crested Cormorant Great Blue Heron Cooper’s Hawk Red-tailed Hawk American Woodcock Ring-billed Gull Herring Gull

Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove Belted Kingfisher Downey Woodpecker Hairy Woodpecker Northern Flicker Eastern Phoebe Blue Jay American Crow Fisk Crow

Common Raven Black-capped Chickadee Tufted Titmouse White-breasted Nuthatch Carolina Wren Golden-crowned Kinglet Ruby-crowned Kinglet – See photo below Eastern Bluebird American Robin Northern Mockingbird

European Starling Cedar Waxwing Song Sparrow White-throated Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Northern Cardinal Red-winged Blackbird Common Grackle Brown-headed Cowbird Purple Finch

House Finch American Goldfinch House Sparrow

Total Species Seen = 43

Species order from: “A Checklist of the Birds of New Have County Connecticut”. Rev of 2009 for the New Haven Bird Club by Chris Loscalzo

Report submitted by Mike Horn 11/5/2016

Urban Oasis Program

Something great is happening in our neighborhood. Small areas of public land throughout New Haven are being transformed into islands of bird habitat in a sea of urban development.

The idea is to create super areas that are overly abundant with plants that produce fruit and seeds and that host insects. Many hours have been put in already to remove invasive non-native vegetation, plant indigenous trees, shrubs, and perennials, and erect deer netting. These ‘Urban Oases’ may not support large populations of nesting birds but will provide critical stop over areas during spring and fall migrations. Think migration hotspots.

The initiative to create these areas has been spearheaded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Audubon Connecticut (the state office of the National Audubon Society), in partnership with: Common Ground High School, Urban Farm and Environmental Center; Yale Urban Resources Initiative; the City of New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees; Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Long Island Sound Study; Yale Peabody Museum; Menunkatuck Audubon Society; New Haven Public Schools; and local neighborhood groups.

Some of these Urban Oases sites are within Important Bird Areas (IBA), Lighthouse Point Park and the new West River Memorial/Edgewood Parks dedicated on June 11, 2016. Other Urban Oases sites are in Beaver Ponds Park and East Shore Park to name a few.

Audubon Connecticut has conducted invertebrate and bird surveys to determine the success of the planting and management efforts. If the area hosts a more diverse, indigenous population of plants there will be an increase in insects. And insects are bird food, food that is needed during migration.

What can Member of the New Haven Bird Club can do to support the Urban Oases?

Go birding!

Visit one of the Urban Oases sites and report you sightings to eBird Beaver Ponds Park Cherry Ann St Dover Beach East Shore Park Edgewood Park Lighthouse Point Park Long Wharf Preserve Southern Connecticut State University West River Memorial Park

Visit an Urban Oases and keep a record of all the birds of each species you see. Then submit your observations for just the urban oases to eBird.org. Directions to the Urban Oases are here.

What to bring: binoculars, a field guide or bird identification app, appropriate clothing based on the weather, and your phone. When you arrive

New Club Events Schedule is on its way

The  new yearbook has made it way to your mailbox.  All the meetings are loaded and I am in the process of loading up fieldtrip on the website.  I am making sure every event has a location with maps on the website to make it easier to find you way to the walks and talks.  Just click on the Calendar tab.  The bird calendar is a bit different that our seasonal calendar.  We begin to see fall migrations in August.  We are looking forward to seeing you all at another year of great walks and talks.

Pat Leahy – Webmaster

2015 Christmas Count results

Click here for the detailed results of this year’s count.

Membership Renewal now available On-line

We have added new functionality to the website to allow you to

Update your name, address and phone information Renew your membership Make a donation to the club

Just click above where it says “Join”

The next feature will be on-line registration for the banquet.  You can still use the US Post Office but we are taking advantage of saving postage with these new features.